Sunday, 15 February 2009

Traveling Hamsters

I am setting off for work today down to Essex. I had meant to post earlier but as always never seemed to have the time to update the blog! Steampunk was good enough to send me a sample of his new glass earplug design (stunning) so am wearing that as I go, a fresh green plant caught in crystal clear glass hanging from my ear. I will be back next Friday so will hopefully update further then. TTFN

Sunday, 8 February 2009

And The winner Is......

Firstly I would like to say a big thankyou to those who entered the competition, you were a small group but select!
I can honestly say that I loved every single entry, you all had a different view on the carousel and the fairground and a different way of putting that across.
From Silvermoss's and Covetables' free form poetry which was fantastic to Steampunks' darker side (a view I have to admit I rather share) there was not one entry that fell short of doing justice to this most favorite of rides.
That said there has to be a winner, and it was a difficult choice. I swayed between entries as the week went on and it was a real struggle to single one out but in the end I have to announce the winner of the signed 8"x8" print is...(drum roll)...
Majomis' entry took me back to my days of heady crushes and her lyrical style evoked such wonderfull images of growing up around funfairs and their exotic hold on us all that I had to choose her stories.
However, as everyone told such good tales, or recalled other memories for us to share (Posted with Love by Kat...great outcome to a story), or visualised such poetic images I want to send everyone who entered a 4"x4" mini print as a thankyou. Please email me your addresses and I will send them off to you as soon as I can.
For now, have a great weekend and my best wishes to you all.
Tracey x

Thursday, 5 February 2009

A snowy Bristol day

At last, it snowed in Bristol. And it was enough to grab a day off work and head up onto the downs with the cameras. When I left the house first thing nothing was running; no buses, my normal train route was cancelled, and there was much less traffic on the roads than normal. It was almost peacefull for a city!
I headed up to the Clifton Downs with the largest camera bag I own...staggering under the weight of two very large and heavy cameras, with the tiny Holga hiding in the side pocket. Its hard to say who outnumbered who up there, students, children or people with cameras!
It seems there is a trend for giant snowballs...scattered across the downs they sat like easter island statues, still and somehow menacing, as if they would suddenly roll over and flatten you. No heads, arms or other such snowman accessories, just great balls of snow (isn't there a song in that somewhere?).
However, I found there is a limit to photographing trees in the snow and escaping the fast moving objects such as sledges, dogs and small children became harder as the morning drew on so I abandoned the Downs and headed to Clifton. Finally I caught one of the rare buses that did start running back home for a cup of tea and a rest as after four hours my back was complaining about the weight of the camera bag!
I used up two rolls of film in the Pentax 6x7 though, while changing film in the cold via a frozen park bench was interesting! I'll wait to see what comes of them but for now I have just finished this shot of animal tracks taken on the Downs with the Nikon D1x.
Work again tomorrow but while the snow was there...a RandomHamster played!

Monday, 2 February 2009

Carousel Horses...100 views celebration prize!

To celebrate the one hundreth viewing of the image 'Carousel Horses' on my website I am giving away an 8"x8" signed print, backed onto acid free mountboard.
To win a print simply leave a comment on this blog entry that sums up Carousel rides to you, or of what the image of the painted galloping horses brings to your mind.
You can be as poetic or straightforward as you like, just tell me your feelings on this favorite fairground ride by February 8th (next Sunday) and I will pick my favorite entry.
Good luck, I look forward to reading your ideas.

Sunday, 1 February 2009

SteamPunk glass, I'm a fan!

I have recently discovered the work of SteamPunk Glass. Glenn hand makes every tiny piece of iridescent art himself, with patience and I would imagine great care since he is handling glass at incredibly high temperatures!
I love this piece, so perfect for the coming spring and so delicate. I normally like fairly organic chunky jewellery but the sheer beauty of Glenns' work has left me speechless and how much more organic can you get than the capturing of a ghost of a flower within glass.
I await with interest his new experiments with borosilicate glass...tougher and perfectly clear but with the addition of delicate coloured fronds within.
Visit his website if you want to know more, or you can find him, like me, on Folksy.

Waiting for snow

Its another Sunday, the only time I seem to get to update the blog, though I must try to do it more often.
Its been an odd week. Work on site has begun in another area, we are now putting sample slots through some of the Roman buildings forming part of the port town. Photography wise it has been a slow one, with no real opportunities to get out and take any shots. Thats why today I ended up doing another slightly gothic set. That was a headache, the darkness of the rook skin with the light from the candle making things interesting exposure wise!
I was also seriously considering taking on a small shop in the indoor market at St. Nicks all week. That caused some real muzzy headed confusion in the do I, don't I, stakes. In the end I decided I needed more time to build up my portfolio as well as more capital behind me. Though I will definately think about doing it in the future.
For now I am waiting and hoping that the snow forcast for across the country will eventually get as far as Bristol. I haven't had a chance to go out with the cameras in snow for ages so will be a very happy if frozen photographer if we do get any of the white stuff. Fingers crossed!