Sometimes someone comes up with an idea that seems so left-field, but it’s so well thought out, it just works – and bowls business networking is just that.
As I’ve become older, and beardier, I’ve become more entranced by the potential of impressionist flower photography.
Maybe it’s because I’m starting to look like Monet.
A Visit to the Confetti Fields
Due the hot weather, almost every single bloom in the entire field had ‘gone over’ – they were dry, crinkled and looking rather sad.
The same might be said for some of the other photographers who had gone to snap the glorious blooms – some of them wanted lovely close up photos of the flowers in pristine condition, and none were to be had.
But to me it was a scintillating opportunity to make glorious swirls of colour, to make the flowers dance.
There were strict instructions not to pick any flowers, so I couldn’t swirl the blooms.
Nor could I swirl the dance floor – the field itself.
But I could swirl the viewer, my camera.
At first I was thinking of Monet
Initially, my photographs were, perhaps, more Monet-like – I used very small camera movements to create a slight dancing movement.
But then I tried a technique I started using last year in bluebell woods – the twist.
And then Degas became my inspiration
And as soon as I tried it in the Confetti Fields, I was reminded of ballet dancers.
More specifically, the ballet dancers of Degas.
He painted them again and again.
I haven’t always liked these paintings, but there is a certain whimsy about them that I find increasingly appealing.
So my camera danced.
Let me know what you think of my impressionist flower photography.
And let me know whether you’d like me to write a more technical piece about how I make these images.
I’m going to be making test prints of all of these photographs, and more.
If you’re interested in a print for home or workplace, or you’d just like to tell me what you think, do drop me a line on my contact page.
To promote my photography and video production services, I’m trying different ways to meet business owners who might need what I do – and Business Biscotti in Stratford upon Avon seemed ideal.
I’d already met a few of the people who said they were going, at the brilliant monthly Donut Time networking sessions at Venture House.
Yes, I know, I seem to be attracted to events with biscuits, doughnuts or cake in the title.
I asked the wonderfully warm-hearted June Irani whether I could attend and take photos, and she generously agreed. Continue reading “Business Biscotti in Stratford upon Avon”
There are lots of variations out there, but this is a simple no-fuss way of how to make the best hummus.
This version makes very tasty, moreish hummus, rather garlicky, with little salt and lots of lemon juice.
It’s very adaptable, and at the bottom I give alternatives – but to my mind they’re not quite as good as The Original. Continue reading “How to make the best hummus recipe”
Sometimes you really gel with the people you work with, and this is the case with the team at Wharton Natural Infrastructure Consultants.
I was just thinking about getting back to work as a photographer (recovering from a broken back) when I was contacted by the company director Pete Wharton.
Pete explained that the company was rebranding, had taken on new people due to expansion, and so needed a range of fresh staff photographs for a new website. Continue reading “Working with Wharton Natural Infrastructure Consultants”
I’d never heard of a LinkedIn Local meeting before, but it sounded like a good idea when Ian Tomlinson mentioned it to me.
I’ve organised an Instagram gathering (Instacake) which was great fun and really rewarding.
There are lots of recipes for how to make elderflower cordial online.
But none come with a video like this.
This will make about four litres of the most delicious elderflower cordial, that even fussy teenagers will home in on like the proverbial.
We seem to inhabit different worlds these days, the tactile, scent-laden, visceral ‘real’ world and the electronic, glass-enclosed, remote ‘virtual’ world.
Only that’s not really true, of course, because they both interweave and blend into each other.
And this is especially true when we get the chance to mobilise our sedentary arses, get out of wherever we live and work, and actually meet, face to face.
I did that yesterday, and it was fantastic. More on that later. Continue reading “Do you want to meet people who are on Instagram?”
Sometimes you just have an urge to make a little stop motion film about belligerent, colourful coffee cups.
I’ve had a little play with stop motion on my iPhone once or twice over the past year or so. But it was a challenge on Instagram from one of my favourite film makers, Xanthe Berkeley that finally spurred me on to make a ‘proper’ little stop frame sequence.
Xanthe created this fabulously fun, and characteristically colourful stop frame animation to inspire people.
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This week I’m collaborating with @whalar for their new #ObjectProject challenge… our theme is coffee and I’ve created this simple stop motion with my own spin on it, by painting the coffee beans in bright colours… now it’s your turn to join in… by creating a photo, video or even a stop motion, with coffee as your subject and sharing it with the tag #ObjectProject_Coffee – there are some great prizes to be won from @workshopcoffee for our favourite entries. The “behind the scenes” of me shooting and a little interview, plus loads more details about the brief, can be found over on @whalar and in my stories… I do hope you’ll take part… I can’t wait to see what you create! . #xanthefilms #makefilmscourse #stopmotion #colorcolourlovers #abmlifeiscolorful #myunicornlife
I’m organising a meet up of Instagrammers in Stratford upon Avon on 26th of June.
It will involve cake.
It started with a conversation on Twitter, as it often does.
It went something like:
“We should organise an Instagram meet up in the Midlands.”
“Yes, with cake!”
“Why don’t we call it Instacake?”
“Okay, I’ll organise it.” Continue reading “Instacake”