Tuesday, 29 April 2008
Got bloody soaked today in the heaviest rain i have seen in quite some time. Spent most of my day on the train going between Glasgow and Edinburgh and East Kilbride. I had to go to the Edinburgh branch to get till trained for work. It was a good day, getting paid to sit on the train and look out the window listening to music. If only more days at work could be like that.
Sunday, 27 April 2008
Click on the image to enlarge and you will see what the post title is all about.
Had a good day in Edinburgh yesterday. I remembered to check out the Fruitmarket Gallery that i said that i was going to have to go to a few posts ago. The gallery is a nice space but the show that was on wasn't that good. It was the Print the Legend show that i mentioned in the same post. There are a few nice images in it though but that was about all that i liked.
At the Stills Gallery there was a good show by Peter Hujar. I was not aware of his work before i saw the show but it was a nice surprise and was glad that i went.
I spent the rest of the day wandering around the city mainly photographing bins and getting the usual strange looks in the process.
Today has been spent getting excited about getting a BMX when i move to London (sad i know). I have spent all day watching BMX videos online, the weather is perfect for riding and i've been sat here getting more and more frustrated! I hate being inside when the weather is this good.
Thats all for now, might post again later on. Got to get this blog back up to speed.
Tuesday, 22 April 2008
I have been meaning to post this set of bins for a while now. They were all over the inside of a hospital in Glasgow. Privileged bins!
Started a new job this week in Jessops as i need some money for the move down south. Going well if not a little boring. The people are all really nice though which makes a big difference as does the bloody good discount!
Anyway, I'm off to watch The Pink Panther Strikes Again.
Good old classic comedy. Peter Sellers is a genius.
Friday, 18 April 2008
Well, it's been a while since i last posted once again. This blog is becoming more like a bin every few days than everyday, sorry about that.
Got my car fixed once again today, another £110 spent on it. I think it would be cheaper to just leave the bloody thing rotting a field. Just got to get rid of the bloody thing so i can move to London soon. Still no takers?!
Anyway, It's Friday night and i'm spending it in front of my computer, i need to get a life soon! ha ha.
I took this at the Glasgow Fort the other day. I think i might have to take a trip back and shoot some more stuff.
Tuesday, 15 April 2008
Sorry for the lack of posting this weekend, I was up in Sunny Dundee seeing my Dad. Had a nice weekend and saw some family that i haven't seen in about 5 years. It was really nice to catch up with them hopefully it won't be as long until i see them again.
On the way back i stopped at the garage to get the indicator bulb changed in my car, it is impossible to change it on a Megane without taking the bumper off. Nice and practical. As a result of this i was stung with a £43 bill for changing a bulb and holder. £9 in parts and the rest in Labour. Renault sure know how to design a car that bleeds you dry of money with being as un-user friendly as possible. Great one!
Anyway, I have decided that things aren't going so well up here in Bonny Scotland on the assisting front, so i have decided that it's time to head down to London to try my luck.
Lots of selling of things to do!
Anybody want to buy a Renault Megane? 59,000 miles, FSH, Reliable (ha ha ha), and a nice shade of wine red.
Thursday, 10 April 2008
Wednesday, 9 April 2008
Tuesday, 8 April 2008
I eventually remembered to email source magazine today about getting a new copy as the print in mine ran off the page. They are posting me out one which is nice of them.
Much of today was spent in Glasgow having a bit of a wander and more part-time job searching. Bills have to be paid unfortunately.
Right, i think it's about time for something interesting that's not about me for a change. I picked up a leaflet for the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh today. Looks like a nice gallery, i might have to take a trip through soon and check it out.
The show that is on at the minute is called Print The Legend: The Myth of The West. There is some nice work in it. In the leaflet there is a nice image by Peter Granser. I have just checked out his site and he makes some good work. Go look at it.
Monday, 7 April 2008
Well, it's happened. After a whole year of trying to convince myself otherwise, i have to admit that i made a huge mistake. This was not what i wanted, it would not benefit me at all, and i was much happier before.
You may be think right now that this is some major life changing decision that happened. You would be right but not in as serious a way as you might think. You see, it's simply that i want a BMX again and not a mountain bike like i have now.
About a year ago i stopped riding my BMX and decided that a mountain bike would be a much better mode of transport and that it would be more fun. I couldn't of been more wrong. Mountain bikes are big, expensive and not as much fun as a BMX.
Today I made the big mistake of Buying Ride BMX, which also just happened to be the Photo issue. I have Ridden for BMX for years and it was all that my life centred round in my teens.
While at Uni i lost interest, mainly because of where i lived in Nottingham and a lack of people to ride with. As a result of stopping riding I got unfit and fat. The odd time i went out it wasn't fun because my tits were bouncing all over the place, (ok, I'm not that fat but you get the idea).
Back to the magazine. Reading it today reminded me how much i missed riding a BMX and how the whole thing is about more than just a silly little bike. It's about the mates that you ride with, the good times on and off the bike and the scaring yourself shitless when you pull a new trick.
It was through reading these magazines that i first started to get into photography. The recording of the antics on and off the bike was something that i found interesting. The images were really well shot and had considered compositions.
I started to believe that there was a connection between people who do extreme sports and the creative industries. This was a result of most of my friends riding BMX or Skateboarding and studying something creative at college such as Graphic design, Media or photography. A large amount of the images in the magazines were shot by photographers who also rode.
I still think there is a definite link between the two interests. Both require a large amount of originality and determination to succeed.
My passion for BMX is returning fast and it is making me want to shoot images even more than normal.
So, my mountain bike is now on ebay and hopefully it will go for a decent price so i can get the BMX of my dreams. I know, a bit sad for a 25 year old.
Sorry this has turned into essay, hope it wasn't too boring to read!
Thanks for making it to the end.
Sunday, 6 April 2008
What the hell is going on with the weather?! It's April and we are getting snow! Surely this isn't right? To be fair we didn't get that much snow in Glasgow but still. Maybe Christmas and Easter should swap times of year, well in the UK anyway.
Spent a few hours this afternoon taking some more photos from around town. I have a bit of a project building up i think, just gonna keep shooting and see what comes out.
Does anybody remember that song that was at number one for ages in the early 1990's, the one from Robin Hood, Prince of thieves?
Yeah thats it, the Bryan Adams song. Well turns out that he isn't just a singer but he is also pretty good with a camera as well. I first saw his work in Wallpaper magazine on a Guess ad. A really nice set of images with a beautiful model. Just checked out his website last night and couldn't believe the singer and the photographer was the same Bryan Adams, i thought it might of been a coincidence. Anyway, have a look at his work, some really nice portraits. Not going to link to any more of his music though! Sorry.
Saturday, 5 April 2008
Well, as you can probably tell from the title of the post, yesterday was a heavy one and i'm paying for it today. Always how you should be though the day after your Birthday. Had a great day and spent the evening with the whole family drinking and getting merry. I like it when the whole family gets together, its always a really good laugh.
Today i had to go and collect my car after leaving it last night. The sun was in and out and it was a nice walk in the freezing cold taking some pictures, only wish i had taken a warmer coat.
The arse has fallen out of my car. Now that the electrics are eventually fixed after a year and a half, i think it has got bored and decided to let bits drop off. I was driving yesterday and there was a huge bang and felt like something had hit the front of the car. I couldn't see any damage so drove on but when turning near full lock there was a loud screech. Turns out that the fabric stuff at the back of the engine bay has dropped onto the steering rack. NEVER BUY A RENAULT MEGANE! let this be a warning to you.
Thursday, 3 April 2008
Found this today and pissed myself laughing. I think you have to take stock of things when you are stood in the street on your own, laughing at a bin, maybe it's time to question your sanity a little. Anyway, i laughed and didn't question my sanity as when you go looking for bins i think your way beyond help.
Nothing much else to say today and sorry it's been a random ramble of shite.
Nearly forgot, I added a few new blogs to the blog list which are worth checking out and Low Winter Sun has had a revamp.
Wednesday, 2 April 2008
That's it, it's all done now. No more left. Season 2 of Prison Break is complete and i can get my life back. I am delighted yet saddened by this as i now have no more to watch, and the Fox website won't let me watch any season 3 episodes online because i am in the UK. I hope that those of you in America are enjoying it (unless you hate it of course).
Anyway, I found this goal post the other day and went back today to photograph it.
I liked the way that it was just left stood useless in a field that would be impossible to play football on.
I've just found a Level 42 album on my iTunes and it's ace! Not sure i should be admitting that on here but what the hell! I'm not even old enough to remember them in their hayday!
Just searching Youtube to find a good Level 42 video to post. Sorry about this.
Right here is a classic song by them.
Anybody watch Seinfeld.
As far as i know Level 42 had nothing to do with the show but the slap bass between each scene was awesome.
Sorry today has turned into a bit of a Level 42 tribute. Guess that's the risk i take when my iTunes is on random.
Tuesday, 1 April 2008
1st April already! I can't believe it. Where has this year gone so far? It's my birthday on Friday, we don't seem to have been in 2008 long enough for it to have come around.
Today was spent catching up with emails and phone calls and generally sat in front of the computer.
Time now to go and watch the last 2 episodes of Prison Break.