Before Bed

5 10 2007

before bed

It’s a nice bathroom, technically a wet-room. Toilet, bathroom, heated tile floors, all in one.





Bristol Harbour festival Slideshow

5 08 2007

I met up with all sorts of friends last weekend. Friends from London, students from the college where i taught and Bristol based friends. I had a great time and plenty of laughs. You will have to wade through the firework pictures to get to the ones of me and the pirates 🙂





Andy’s entered a photo competition

2 07 2007

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The Telegraph newspaper in association with Curry’s (an electrical store in the UK) are running an online photo competition.

There are 4 catagories to enter photo’s under:

Our People, Our Places, Our Events and Our Environment.

The idea being that the best photo captures a ‘moment’ which defines people/a place/an event/ or our natural environment.

I could win a DSLR!

If you get a moment, click on the links below to vote for my pics. Interestingly the votes don’t actually go towards the final result they are ‘just for enjoyment and don’t influence the result’.

Well, maybe, but if one of the judges sees a picture of mine up there and then see’s it when he’s judging them, that tiny piece of familiarality might just help me.

Go on, click now, thanks 🙂

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Photo of the day

1 07 2007

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Colour or Black and White Photography?

2 06 2007

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“When you photograph people in color, you are photographing their clothes. When you photograph them in B&W, you photograph their souls.”    — Ted Grant.

Nice quote, and so true. Taking the colour away means your eyes go straight away to the person’s face more specifically their eyes and expression. Much better for people shots as your mind will get distracted from the person in the picture by the colours around them.

So, this picture of me needs changing into Black and White, oh hold on, I’m not wearing clothes!!!





New Photo’s on my Flickr Site

13 04 2007

Shazzamm!

I have just added tons of previously unseen photo’s. Many from my work in the studio with families and kids.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/skiprophoto/sets/

The shots are now organised into descreet sets and you could use this link to access them from now on if you wish.

There are 2 ways to catch up with what I have recently uploaded

1) My photo feed, subscribe http://api.flickr.com/services/feeds/photos_public.gne?id=20004110@N00&format=rss_200

2) A Flickr photo preview has been installed on the right hand side of this page, this only shows the most recent 3.

 

Enjoy 🙂





Trip to Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

18 03 2007

Swanny I took a trip down to the lovely Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands trust, here are the pics I captured.

The WWT is a conservation exercise set up….

“in 1946, when Sir Peter Scott realised how many thousands of geese depended on the shores of the Severn Estuary.
Today with its award-winning visitor centre overlooking nationally and internationally protected wetlands, this world famous site is an important wintering area for migrating waterbirds such as Bewick’s Swans and houses WWT’s species conservation programme.”

For those of a photographic bent, they are all taken at 28mm with my Ricoh GRD.

Link to the Photos

(when viewing these photos, please use a colour aware browser such as Internet Explorer or Safari. If Firefox, Camino or Mozilla is used their colours will appear washed out).





Film still lives

18 02 2007


I miss Spring
Originally uploaded by 6of7 nyc.

Not my shot, more’s the pity. But film in my eyes still has the wonderful colour dynamic that digital still misses on all but the high end £9k+ cameras. Beautiful.





New Post – Art on a Bristol wall blogThe ‘Alien’ …

17 02 2007

New Post – Art on a Bristol wall blog

The ‘Alien’ taken on a telephone exchange box on Kellaway avenue, Redland, Bristol.

See in full @ Streetartbristol.blogspot.com





Ahh, Skiing in La Plagne, French Alps I have just …

25 01 2007

Ahh, Skiing in La Plagne, French Alps


I have just returned from a skiing trip with some good friends. It’s only taken 3 years since Canada! Why so long, well money mostly. However it just makes it all the sweeter. I came back and wanted to go again and I am already planning the next trip in 2008.

You can see my general SkiPics folder at my Flickr Ski Pages





Well I tried a Hasselblad H2D today. Ooh, baby, i…

26 12 2006


Well I tried a Hasselblad H2D today. Ooh, baby, it’s a 39 MegaPixel Digital Medium Format Camera about the price of a small BMW. Here are some pics.





me angel

23 10 2006





Top o’the Mountain

15 08 2006

The fresh flurrys of drifted snow prickle my face like sea spray as I walk to the edge to begin my controlled slide (technical term you know!) to the bottom.

What was it about ski instructing I disliked? I felt really good doing it and proud to come back to tell all my friends. Felt really happy, a different person, healthy and fit too.

But it became frustrating. What with the dark morning early starts and non-stop lessons, it was very restricting. I felt controlled, and, I was. I had no say in what lessons I took, no say in how many a day I did, I was paid by the lesson…no work, then no money. Towards the end I started to turn down the lessons when I could, just to rest and relax.

I said to myself at the end of it all, I would love to do it at weekends but all week, sometimes 6 days…more than i wanted to handle.

You know what? Its the same job as with photography. Huh? You may remark.
Well, it is exactly the same situation, the same customers, the same kids (and doing the same thing with them), the same controlled work schedule.

But it’s not exactly the same surely? No, the ONLY differences are,
– no early starts
– it’s not outdoors
– I am teaching kids how to sit still, not move in the right way!!

So I seem to be attracted to these low paying controlling jobs!

But they do give me change, variety, experiences and people contact. Perhaps I need some work which is self-controlling huh?!!!! And perhaps I need work which provides the opportunity to travel, variety of experiences, people contact and change.

I have been thinking again about Counselling again. Long term, with the aim of doing overseas work, perhaps for charities, the UN or some other aid agency. This work is more in need since the climatic troubles ‘began’ e.g. the Tsunami.
Other than that, SLT, Speech Language Therapy, Mentoring, Coaching are another ideas I am working on.

I got the real urge last night, to setup a Charity, helping young kids to discover the work of their dreams whilst still at school. In my experience the limited experiences of their parental situations and friends cannot provide the inspiration and exposure they need. MY work experience was 2 weeks at an office filing paper. How useful is THAT. Man it makes me mad.

Building up the information base and confidence is now the order of the day. If I have that, I can make an informed decision and move forward, instead of shifting sideways again.

I had an email through the other day. ‘Workers required for US and CA ski fields , Season 2006/7’ Hmmmmm, I am tempted!!!!! 🙂

x





Singer

13 08 2006

Taken at the Ashton Court Festival, July 2006.

Jane Taylor in full flight. Posted by Picasa





Underground art show, Bristol

11 06 2006

A friend invited me to an underground art exhibition just south of the river in Bristol. Squatters had entered a unused warehouse about the size of a five-a-side footy pitch and created a creative exhibition. Travellers, hippies, dreadlocked friendly types brought along their own distinctive brand of street art. Graffiti murals, photographs, iron sculpture or just a pile of carefully arranged plastic tyres and bottles on the floor. The displays were wide ranging.

Possibly the most intriguing was Lisa’s. She had brought along a small van’s worth of things picked up over the years and created a small space, lit with tea lights in a dark corner of the warehouse. She called this space her garden. A deck chair and some wood provided the seating. Contemplative messages were written on everyday objects, like street cones, drift wood or board, pot plants gave some greenery and people were invited to come into this space to relax. It was suprisingly calming, just a few people in this small area surrounded by old bits of stuff most with meanings.

The atmosphere on the first night was one of activity and for me at least, wonder. People setting up their little sections of work and waiting for others to arrive, sitting on old sofa’s eating home made curry and drinking cider. Some had brought their kids along who were jetting around the site on push-scooters, superman capes flying out behind them. Thinking about it though, ‘brought their kids along’ is probably an incorrect description, most likely their kids are always with them with this being a part of their travelling lifestyle.

I went back there on the last night, had missed the old clothes fashion show. Catching the end of the event it all felt different, over, not new, done. People were milling about chatty but they were smoking a creatives post-coital cigarette. Energies used and enjoyed.

First photo taken during the running of a home made film , rear projected onto cloth.

Andy





Photo of the Day

17 05 2006





Photo of the Day

16 05 2006





Tintern Abbey

15 05 2006

Had a lovely weekend with a friend in Hereford, great weather too…


On the way back i drove past the slightly eerie Tintern Abbey, knocked apart by Mr K H the 8th sometime around 1536? What a plonker.

It jumps out at you when you come round a bend in the road, much like the Reichstag did to me in Berlin. Large old buildings in the middle of somewhere you weren’t expecting them to be!





Evenings walk

11 05 2006

Wow, lovely weather over here right now. Warm sun and relaxed people all around me 🙂

I went out for a walk, so relaxing, woke up feeling dizzy and spaced, this walk really chilled me out.

A few questions though…….how did the cat get up there?…..and who left the shoes behind….?

🙂





The only way is up

11 05 2006


Berlin Arrow, originally uploaded by Ski Pro Photo Guy.

Can you guess what this was on in Berlin?

Was it a) someones hat b)a street sign c) on an elevator





Berlin Double Decker

11 05 2006


P1000759, originally uploaded by Ski Pro Photo Guy.

Ahh, the life on the upper deck. Of course as brits we went straight upstairs 🙂