No reason other than I like the absence of advertising..
Ailsa Riahnnon, Art Exhibition, Brendan Dapper Bunting, Carlito Juanito, Dawn Mander, HeDreamtMars, ICAN, Infected by Design, Jamie Cook, Jay Devine, John Marc Allen, John Tree, Kosmonaut, Kosmonaut Manchester, Laura Thompson, Manchester, Northern Quarter, photography, photography is art, Robin Ross, Will Bentham
On May 4th the ‘Best Of Blackpool’ exhibition opened at the Kosmonaut in Manchester, curated by Jamie Cook and showing works from the best artists Blackpool has to offer.
The artists are promoting Blackpool as the creative hub that it is. All part of the local art community they came together to show the public the best side of their city and what it has to offer. Being a group show there are a great range of materials and styles to be viewed. If you wish to see for yourselves the breadth of the talent, then pop along, view, review and enjoy.
John Marc Allen
Infected by Design
Brendan Dapper Bunting
Sometimes other people’s misfortune give me the opportunity for a cracking shot and though I first thought this was a funky fake table decoration at the ice cream parlor, close inspection and that sweet milky smell convinced me that it was the real thing.
More meanderings around back streets and I happened upon this distinctive mark clearly indicating the identity of where I was. A characteristic sign reflected in the windows of yet another closed shop.
I have been neglecting my blog for a while now..family, projects (2) new Independent Creatives group ..all sorts of everything leaving me little time to get out with camera. However I did get out for a day last week to shoot more unsuspecting public and strangers on the street for my Documenting Blackpool project. On my wanderings I found this beautiful tiled vestibule hidden behind heavy dark oak doors in a local pub on a not too popular street in the centre of Blackpool.Sadly I cant seem to find any information about them as it seems they have been so well hidden over the years that locals and council have forgotten they are there but careful examination convinced me they are Doulton, now Royal Doulton, and could well be more William James Neatby designs.
Neatby designed the tiled panels in the Winter Gardens Theatre Bar in Blackpool and though these seem to have a more Alphonse Mucha style they could be Neatby or could be they were created around the time Neatby worked on the commission for the Winter Gardens by an acolyte of Neatby and /or Mucha as am sure they both had quite a few back in the day.
So there we have it, more hidden treasures in Blackpool and I am convinced more and more each time I go out that it’s always worth opening doors and stepping through cause you never know what you could find.
On my way to the launch of the Preston Pride of Place Project yesterday I was once again distracted by a window and once again the window was made up of glass-blocks.. now have no idea why these windows appeal to me so much but I really do like them and the older the better…this one was tucked away down a ginnel but was especially pleasing with it’s warm welcoming light ..
and on closer inspection the glass blocks reminded me of abstract art.. am wondering if I could remove one of the walls at the back of the house and rebuild it with just glass blocks.
Might be a tad cold and me thinks the lack of privacy would be a problem but it sure would look good and as the back of my house is south facing the light in the early morning would be fabulous..wonder if I can convince husband….?? Watch this space !
Open day at Blackpool Winter Gardens was a huge success again this year, people everywhere photographing the beautiful architecture, sitting in the Opera House watching vintage films and parents armed with cameras capturing their kids as they danced and played on empty stages to music only they could hear. After being drawn as always to the East Side Gallery and photographing windows , seats and random coat hangers I set off in search of an object that would inspire me. Now this isn’t difficult in The Winter Gardens because every room and corridor is beautiful and I love every brick of it…..still I ventured up back stairways and through closed doors and found myself on the upper balcony, the view to the stage and seats below took my breath away but I wasn’t there for views from the gods so I carried on my wandering and there it was.
Mind working overtime with images and inspiration, Rothko, Eggleston even Stanley Kubrick and The Shining..all these thoughts and I knew this was my photo of the day, had to open a cupboard behind me, sit on the floor and hold doors open with feet but managed to fit it all in the frame. How happy I was..3 frames shot quickly rushing really to get back downstairs but then I saw the Gents toilet door….haha again me thinks…there’s no one about so will see if they’ve been modernised since the building was built..remember am up on the upper balcony and haven’t been up there since I was a kid. I opened the door to find an inner door and complete darkness…of course no one was upstairs and no one was using the toilets..I stepped inside , fumbled about for the light switch muttering under my breath again.. as is my wont, found the light and there I find myself in the gents loos and in front of a row of shining pristine porcelain urinals..oh joy! another 4 quick shots of the ‘offending’ items, turned the lights off, composed myself so I didn’t look like a crazed woman coming out of the gents and hurried down stairs feeling very happy.
2016, abstract, Anna Paprzycka, art everywhere, Blackpool, cartoon cans, John Marc Allen, Panasonic lumix, Robin Ross, screen printing, street photography, The Daily Post, The New Year, The Old Rock Factory
So here we are in 2016 some hoping it will be better than 2015 but I have to honestly say 2015 was pretty awesome for me, personally anyway…. I have a fabulous family with new arrivals due in the springtime, a roof over my head, food on the table and a clean warm bed. My photography, to my surprise, was a success with publications and mentions here there and everywhere so am feeling pretty contented…but, ah yes there’s always a but… this autumn I decided I wanted something different as everything was starting to look the same and so I thought I would try my hand at screen printing and the help of a very talented friend, Robin Ross of The Old Rock Factory I set about creating.. I photographed, he edited, off to Granthams with sizes of transparencies and lists of paper types ..I oiled paper copy of one while Robin developed copies of others, we chose colors, sizes and screens with help from talented local artists John Marc Allen and Anna Paprzycka, it was all so confusing to the novice but finally got the hang of it and I am very pleased with the pieces I produced So we did our pop up shop gallery with other local artists in Blackpool and it was a great success…but, yes another but….. I still felt a little unsatisfied, still searching for something different so thought would try some modern art and inspired by some images I saw in wet wood sidings while out walking I came home and worked on these…oil and water..
Am convinced there is art everywhere and we just need to see it..so from an autumn of screen printing session , shooting nude calendars, prints in books and magazine publications am now trying to paint …abstract could be the thing this year at least till I start looking for something different! Happy New Year to all. Art is Everywhere we just need to see it.
a northern town, beach, Blackpool, car lights, colour photography, Lumix G2, northwest, Panasonic lumix, photography, postaday, Robin Ross, seaside, steamy windows, street lights, The Daily Post, The Old Rock Factory, weather, wind
Heard the news about storm Barney yesterday and warnings of flooding, falling trees and the advice to stay indoors whenever possible. .. but had to go to Blackpool anyway so off I went in search of some stormy images on the prom, however the wind really was far too strong and after battling with camera straps coat fastenings and my hair, which is wild and woolly at the best of times, I gave up and sort of creeping from one shop doorway to another and clinging to walls I made my way to see the talented Robin Ross at The Old Rock Factory . After a couple of hours chatting about the arts and putting the world to rights I set off home and was blown about some more and got drenched by the driving rain but the bus finally arrived….sadly not a doubledecker this time so after some thought and determined to capture some sort of image I decided to kneel on the back seat between some school kids who looked at me as if I was mad.. sniggering and giggling until I showed them what I was trying to capture.
They were, in the end, suitably impressed with the images and the bus carried on being banged about lurching from side to side ..battered and buffered by the strong winds with a group of giggling school kids and a mad old bird on the back seats.