Don’t try to win over the haters; you are not a jackass whisperer ~Brené Brown
Listening to Bombay Bicyle Club – “Flaws”
It’s another workday
How we choose to spend the day is our choice.
But be mindful of your thoughts and deeds.
Celebrate the rising of the sun, the smiles of people you meet.
They need the lift that a smile and a word of thanks brings.
From my view today I see commuters, students and mothers with young preschoolers. Rustling, bustling wallets open, cards ready, waiting for that hit . Choices choices what to have, pumpkin spice, mocha or espresso? Here I sit letting it flow over me with my Pikes Place simple but just enough. Viewing from the table trying not to stare. Long dreadlocks with a suit, Doc. Martens with leggings .. Young exec in a snappy suit talking loudly on the phone. The man who shuffles and sings to himself. You can view the world from a coffee cup.
( with apologies to Sarah Huizenga her Coffee Shop Chronicles are HERE)
Sounds of sirens, of many languages. Bustling, running, pushing. This is London, vibrant and loud, flawed and thrilling. Could I live here ? No, but a place to visit and marvel at the beauty. The immense landscape, of modern and ancient, somehow it works. Joggers pant past tourists with maps and cameras, buskers play steel drums all a glorious mess. I love you London…..
We visited London for the day. What a shock, I hadn’t visited for a few years. It was an assault on the senses and I was so tired when I got home. When I loaded my images to say I was disappointed is an understatement. But, when I start looking again I realised that this is street photography, you don’t have time to stand around composing, you get pushed and shoved so it has to be snap snap. So if it’s not completely in focus does that really matter ?
I have decided that I still love the whole Photoshop Artistry thing, and although I don’t process like this so much anymore, when I do I love it.
It is all about conveying a feeling and for memory keeping so important to maybe slip in some candid shots I have to learn that is OK.
River Thames with Tower Bridge in the distance
St Paul’s Cathedral from the South Bank.
Under the arches.
The wonderful Borough Market in Southwark see the website HERE
So I am going to continue looking for the intimate, the personal.
Have a great weekend keep looking for those special moments…
Sounds, smells, whirling dancers. Girls with flowers in their hair, children running and laughing. A man in a stripy poncho with a leather hat. Hot chocolate , buzzing from music, words and thoughts run through my head.
Continuing on from my Tuesday post, we travelled from Somerset to Shropshire stopping off in Gloucester and Berrington Hall before visiting the Shrewsbury Folk Festival.
Find One – The delightful Gloucester Docks, industrial heritage for the modern age…
Find Two – Berrington Hall in Shropshire. A Georgian delight with a Pride and Prejudice costume exhibition with THAT shirt.
Find Three – The sights and sounds of a festival I’d forgotten what fun they were.
Find Four – The joy of live music.
Finally – To see the joy on the faces of performers who love what they do.
Supplies by Anna Aspnes
Music listened to: The Dhol Foundation, John Jones, Molotov Jukebox, James Riley, Karine Polwart and Marin Simpson, and so much more….
Roll on next year !
“The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.” ― Susan Sontag, On Photography
As many of you know Mark and I try to visit National Trust properties as often as we can. We are members which saves us a considerable amount of money. This week we revisited Lacock Abbey and the Fox Talbot museum in Wiltshire. It has a very interesting history, not only is it 800 years old in places but also was the home of Henry Fox Talbot. It was founded as a medieval nunnery in 1232. For movie and TV buffs it was used as the setting for the first 2 Harry Potter films, and the village was used as a setting for Pride and Prejudice (the Colin Firth one) and Cranford. To me it is the almost perfect place to visit (all is missing is water), it has wonderful medieval architecture a botanic garden and a very interesting history.
But this visit was really to learn more about Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877). He was a mathematician, botanist and chemist. he is known for inventing photography, his process of creating a negative in the camera and from that making multiple positive prints was the dominant process throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His work was based on earlier experiments by others.
Talbot inherited Lacock when he was 5 months old but didn’t live there until he was 27. His disappointing attempts at drawing whilst on his honeymoon led him to think how science might help people with no artistic talent to make images.
If you would like to read more about this amazing man you will some more information HERE
I wonder what he would think of today’s instant photography and the ease of processing !
Photo taken using Hipstamatic.
As summer begins to fade there was a last show of beautiful flowers in the kitchen garden.
I created a scrapbook page. Supplies by Anna Aspnes and Agnes Biro.
I love this quote from Talbot
Textures used in the scrapbook page are kk waterfront1 and quiet.
Popping in today to link up with Barb for her app happy Wednesday. I used this yesterday in my Texture Tuesday post, but I so love the effect I created in PicTapGo it reminds me of a 60’s type album sleeve by someone like the ‘Lovin Spoonful’
Hot town, summer in the city
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty
Been down, isn’t it a pity?
Doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city
I added some text I had created in Photoshop then imported into Letter Glow….
Are you joining in ?