For the first few days of shoot week of this month’s @FP4Party I was still in Eastern Europe. We’d been visiting my mother-in-law in Poland, and as we’ve done a couple of times now, travelled to the mountains on the Polish/Czech border on New Year’s Day. Being the day after the main event, it’s usually a chilled-out trip to a mountain top hotel for an evening of good food and beer in front of an open fire, and taking in some sights the following day before heading home Continue reading
A while back, I wrote about putting together my first ‘zine. It was a collection of the photographs that Wojtek, Pavel and I had shown as part of our No Constructive Conclusions shows. While it contained six pictures from each of us, the others had given me free reign to design, produce and distribute this printed version.
I loved the whole experience, especially the buzz of people getting in touch and asking for copies. The first run of 25 went in a couple of days and I now have only a couple left from a further order of 20. They went out across the UK, Europe and to the USA.
Feedback was great. People liked the work, but also the format and quality of the zine itself. It even got a really nice write-up from James Cockroft that you can see here. I had quite a few questions on the process from people interested in putting their own work out in physical form. Continue reading
Six months ago, I wrote here and over on Emulsive about starting a couple of solargraphs on the summer solstice. These beer cans with holes in, containing a sheet of photo-paper, would record the path of the sun as it crossed the sky from its highest pass on the 21st of June, to its lowest on the 21st of December*. Continue reading
At the end of last month, Iain and I took a flying visit to Newcastle for a walking tour of the central motorway. It was great to have any kind of excuse to get back up to the wonderful city, but an added bonus to meet a group of like-minded people, who also knew some excellent craft beer venues.
In the book ‘How to be a (bad) birdwatcher’ by Simon Barnes, the author talks about the simple pleasures that being interested in birds can bring to everyday life. You don’t need to be a ‘twitcher’ or even to know the names of the birds that you see, his contention being that if you’re paying attention, you can see birds at any time of the day, whatever else you might be doing and so sat in a dull meeting at work, the long-tailed tits on the bush outside will help pass the time; in the queue on the motorway, the cirling buzzard might bring thoughts of freedom and escape.
And it doesn’t need to be birds. It could be concrete! Continue reading