One of those moments when was walking along a busy main road about 9 at night and saw this image through a hotel bar window. It’s one of those scenes that I have no idea why I like it or why I have this mad feeling of having to capture it before someone walks in to the room and sits at a table ruining the loneliness. Still, the feeling was there and so I took the shot, mumbling to self about low light, dodging passersby and trying not to get a self portrait in the reflection but happily it all seemed to work. Maybe not everyone’s ‘cup of tea’ but I really do like it and it’s looking like yellow leatherette could be a contender for favorite greasy spoon decor. “Red leather Yellow Leather Red Leather Yellow…..
Have been thinking and planning of taking photographs in water for some time now..always hoping to emulate the greats and get that perfect image of a sleek body swimming perfectly through the deep clear water…
The reality however is a complete farce and very difficult to do..
While on holiday on the ‘Other Coast’ I thought would take advantage of the clear waters of the lake and the Atlantic ocean, I bought a Fujifilm disposable waterproof camera and off we set, a family of competent swimmers all with decent bodies, except mine but that didn’t matter cause the idea was I was taking the pics. We soon discovered that when the subject of the shot starts to laugh while furiously treading water and the photographer tries not to lose patience, trying to capture anything remotely decent is near impossible
and after numerous attempts …
with the subjects floating away leaving me with endless blue.
.. I just lay back, tried to stay afloat and not roll over, balanced camera on chest and finished the roll of film. I will definitely do more of this, will need more practice before I manage to get the sleek body diving beneath the waves but its really good fun and as soon as I can get the kids back in the water will be doing it again.
Another find from the bus ride today, this was on the way back from the meeting with friend. Had seen it on outward journey but getting on and off buses and never getting anywhere started to seem like a waste of time so waited till return journey and was rewarded for my patience because it had stopped raining.
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Creative Arts and Futures are an exciting, passionate and innovative charity that began work in 1998 in the ex-coal mining communities of West and South Yorkshire. Since the beginning they have supported over 4000 children and young people and 100s of families from areas of high social disadvantage. Over the past 10 years they have provided over £2.4 million worth of education and personal support programmes through commissioned work and grant funding.
Creative Arts & Futures Ltd was formally called Escape Training & Development which was set-up in South Elmsall in 1998 by friends Pete Bradley and Simon Bassett.
Over the past 11 years the charity has been lead by David Hirst, a passionate Education & Arts practitioner who has over 25 years experience as a qualified Youth Worker and Senior Education Manager for Statutory Services and the Voluntary Sector. From his experience in the youth work field he saw that many children, young people and families were ‘falling through the net’ of support provided by the local authority and voluntary sector due to funding cuts or services just not being available in certain areas. With this in mind, the charity strived to fill some of these gaps and challenge some of the effects of social disadvantage and poverty.
Over the past 6 months CAF has been busy devising and planing a new dance & performing arts academy for under 18’s with Wingz Academy and Skool of Stree -founders & artistic directors Sam Bell and Aishley Docherty – A world class provider of urban dance tuition The Academy was started in April 2016 and has seen over 50 young people attend the classes. The project will engage local young people in a workshops in performing arts which will give them FREE, FUN tuition in Dance, Music and Theatre. At the end of each 10 week block of training the young people will then devise and share a new performance piece and link into our urban arts projects.
The academy is open to all young people from the local area and the classes run every Saturday 11am-1pm at Revoe Leaning Academy Grasmere Road Blackpool FY1 5HP.
We also hope to run this project idea across Fylde and replicate this model to as many young people as we can budget for. The main drive for setting up the academies is to give access to young people who can’t afford tuition in performing arts and help nurture and develop their talents as well as have lots of fun…and learn to BeatBox!
Caught these two rehearsing in the sunshine on Blackpool prom yesterday, love how the people sat down are watching them and probably wishing they could still do that.
…especially old signs and advertising, more hidden treasures in Blackpool. The Lap Dancing Venue is closed and empty ..no longer a ‘Luxury’.
Since I took this photograph the sign has been replaced with a shiny colourful board advertising the arcade below. Personally would rather have Derek’s Tattoos.
The chances of finding a pink plastic tricycle left abandoned in front of a pink wall are remote but find one I did on the backstreets of the backside of Blackpool.
Once again the town surprises me with it’s treasures or maybe it’s just me that sees art in the everyday.
Out wandering and wondering again as am apt to do when mojo disappears and was happily surprised to see these red doors brightening up the back of a rather dull warehouse.