Stacks of Books

books, Photography, Pleasures

Salford 15th September 2018

#CFFC #Books

It’d be true to say – I like reading.

I go for books with a bit of character in them,  Goscinny and Uderzos Asterix books were a favourite of mine as a kid – and I’ve now got my hands on six anniversary editions

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Bedtime Reading

My favourite author is Terry Pratchett, he created some brilliant characters. And I’m happy to say I had the pleasure of meeting the man himself at a Waterstones bookstore in Manchester, before his untimely death. One day i’ll have the nerve to pick up and read his final epic – the shepherds crown – but till then I’ll satisfy my discworld fever, by reading one of this lot (and the smaller paperbacks)

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and when i’m bored with that (NEVER! sic) youll find me skimming through my comedy collection – The Goons, Monty Python, Morecambe and wise and Scott adams

Color Red

Colours, Photography, Poetry

A selection of stuff, taken by me during photography classes

submitted for Cees Fun Foto Challenge

Starting from the top, the Man Utd bee (1 and 2) – still buzzing around Old Trafford, Manchester as part of #Beeinthecity . next the tin soldier (3), an old tin box i kept cookies in. Red Bowl with soup in comes next (4), for the culinary photographer – Tomato Soup, (5) Trafford Road Bridge, near to Manchester Utd (6) Tomato on a Slate (7) Red Begonias, and (8) Red Bauble on last years Christmas Tree

The Orb was a lighting experiment – and used Red LEDs to brighten up a Glass Sphere.

Light green moments

Colours, Photography

image.jpgSalford, 8th September 2018

Saturday morning, and I’m pondering the next shade of colour in fees fun foto challenge

lime green

now you say lime green to me, and my artistic thoughts go directly to the fruit bowl

lemon-lime-paint

But limes nowadays seem much darker in tone than what I’d normally associate them with….you would have to split  them open to get the colour you were looking for

But a quick scan of the kitchen cupboards soon reveals this light green colour.   In a packet of custard, or perhaps pasta or even strawberry jelly (strange but true). For the doubters it’s the one in the green packet…

lime jelly ? An acquired taste.

and outside in the garden, the trees have more of a lime green colour to them than the actual shade of a dark green limeimage.jpg

look again… and the outside of the lime is hiding in plain sight…

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Creating a buzz

Art, Photography, Poetry

4th September 2018

#Beeinthecity #Manchester #Buzz

A poem in honour of those colourful bees currently nesting in my city

The hive will be in Gtr Manchester till 23rd September – it’s well worth a visit.

(for those who haven’t read my #beeinthecity posts – they’re artworks!)

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Banks-B , #Beeinthecity on Manchester’s Market Street

The hive arrived
Home for some bees
With artistic flair

Swarming around
City streets, with a
Hint of colour

Covering the sights
Of the county
North to south

Bringing smiles
From Salford’s quayside
To Manchester’s airport

The Photographers Tears

Photography, Poetry

Salford 1st September

#photography #poetry

Note to the reader : this piece may be about photography – but doesn’t contain any !

I lament the loss of film

happy was I when as a child,

I headed for the campsites, rugged and wild

Armed with my Cartridge camera case

and carefully choosing, taking pictures of place

Leaving work for the man in the processing lab

making photos with chemicals –  I thought it were fab

till one day i’d noticed – a computer in store

and I wondered what it was there for ?

The film it did – change – the cartridge got small

now hanging up panoramic shots on the wall

as machines took the cartridge – producing the pics

and the time to produce was cut in a fix,

But then that all passed on – with the microchips

0s and 1s stored the pics with a pip

Secure Digital the buzzword the kids liked to say

photography looked like – it had lost its way

For while it produced some wonderful sights

the storage it held, had a bit of a bite

for the power it drained , cameras poor battery

and the images stored – were sometimes set free!

Bee Industrious

Museums, Photography, Poetry

25th August 2018

#beeinthecity #manchester

Museum of Science and Industry, Castlefield, Manchester

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Captured in his own little Garden at Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry, Industrious

Busy little bee sits in his own little world

Among flowers and scents and colour

working over the flower beds

where the people wait for the train

industrious little fellow he is