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Art Photography

Patterns

#CFFC #Patterns

Zigzag Patterns , Mediacity , Salford

I like patterns

you can find them all around you,

whether its in nature , or in your home furnishings

in a mural or a picture

I Volunteer at Imperial War Museum North, in Manchester, and a key place you spot patterns are in the camouflaged objects around the exhibition space


Most camouflage patterns are inspired by Nature. I was lucky enough to capture a picture of this lizard while he was standing still – out in the distance his patterned skin would have blended into the tree, as if he was part of it….Great for hide and seek.


Mother nature’s rather good with patterns as well, together with jack frost. This pic was taken in the winter season, and although it seems random, there’s a definite structure and pattern to the way the crystals of frost have formed on the car roof.

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BBC Humour Photography Places Poetry

The day I bumped into a dalek

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Salford Quays Lightwaves Festival December 2016

The day I bumped into a Dalek,

it was frosty by the quays

there was ice on th war museum airshard

but they weren’t the ones screaming freeze

They were meant to be playing games with th’cybermen

in the round place by the street

but the silver soldiers never showed up

they thought they would be beat

So instead they played some air hockey

with the kids and security guards too

and the Daleks found fame – taking part in the game

and drawing the match 2 by 2

And that night – they were friendly old fellows

as the locals they gave them a cheer

as the Daleks they played, and people weren’t afraid

as they found they had nothing to fear.

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Photography Places Poetry TV

Mediacity

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A Glass palace has been built

on the banks of the canal

it’s not for the royals –

but its not common or banal

It’s a place where programmes will

be written and played

and where young northerners

will learn out a trade

Where Drama – of Th’ Lowry

will be played out on screen

whilst players eat at restaurants

in buildings between.

And major networks set up in old port

broadcasting most of the national sport

from old Trafford’s cricket and football in day

to far off events in places away

These building is local – built up by the skilled

trained up by academy – in City and Guild

Taken over by companies of National Aplomb

plenty more lights, camera, action to come

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Photography Warm Weather

Looking Up

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in response to the prompt

Perspective

(Photograph, Looking up – Mediacity  UK: Salford (c) Brian F Kirkham 2013)

You gain a particular perspective , looking up in the sky.

I don’t know what it is, perhaps its noticing the flocks of birds flying in squadron in the morning sky.  Or perhaps its the reflections of glass panels, displaying life as it passes the buildings.

Whatever it seems to be – it raises a smile on a Spring or Summer Day.

Just to feel the combination of warm summer rays and cool breezes coming in off the air

If you’re lucky – you’ll see rainbows form, as they bounce off the window panes

or just bask in the glow of an infant summer sun.

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Cities Football Life Poetry Space Sport Sports

A Martian Landed at Media City

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A Martian he landed at Media City

He took a look round, but thought it a pity

That attracted by all those colourful lights

He landed his craft where he couldn’t see sights.

He saw a Man in a uniform sat behind desks

turning young adults to nervous wrecks

saying ‘this isn’t a place for you kids to play’

‘come back wi’ your teacher – on some other day’

The visitor saw the kids walk sadly away

as his eyes behind visor began to stray

as bustle behind windows , created a story

on some news worthy gossip, from Lib Lab or Tory

And on other desks too – tittle tattle from grounds

as footballers antics in town they’ve been found

and the camera’s flash on some sportsmans head

the latest transfer that’s been put to bed

The Martian he watched – as the screens switched to war

now and then stopped by the flash football scores.

It’s a funny old place this earth he did said

as news of the olympics flashed overhead.

And the lights they did change – as he saw the rings

and saw all the cheering and singing and things

as a scene from old stratford shone out a light

making the quayside shiny and bright.

So he entered his spacecraft and crafted a star

something that could be seen from near and of far

and he let it go upwards leaving trails on its way

lighting the sky for the others to play.

I wrote this tale during my time as An Ambassador for London 2012. The BBC had just moved in to their home on Salford Quays and this was my response to some of the overbearing security in that area…I thought, what if…hope you enjoy it© 2 years ago, Brian F Kirkham life • media • olympic • sport • alien • life2

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Animals Art Arts Photography

The Wabbits have landed

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A number of Large rabbits have landed on Salford Quays.

Its all to do with a digital lightshow taking place on the quayside,

entitled ‘lightwaves’ – the aim of the show is to animate the spaces around Mediacity and the surrounding piazzas. (for English purists: I can’t call it a Square – Its Round!)

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There’s an interactive artwork opposite the Lowry, which changes colour as you pass the columns of light it creates.

The rabbits will be staying around for Christmas, and on first impression people, big or small – seem to like them!

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Art Gallery Arts Canalside History Media Museum Photography Studios Theatre Waterside

Out with the Samsung

Shots of the Mediacity & Quayside taken on a Walkabout of the Quays in Salford.  Camera used was my Samsung WB-250…the one I use as a backup for Panoramic Shots.

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IWM North

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Media City – BBC Salford

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IWM North

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The Lowry

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IWM North from Bridge House and Pier 6

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Bridge House, BBC Salford Mediacity UK

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Mediacity UK Studios, Salford

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Dock House, Media City UK

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The Lowry

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Panoramic from Mediacity

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Panoramic of Mediacity

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Second Panoramic of Mediacity

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Lowry & IWM North

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Mediacity & IWM North

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Digital World Centre & Lowry

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Erie Basin View

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Detroit Bridge

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Anchorage