Well OK, OK, not me but my photograph was on our local news channel during the weather update. I only missed it because I wasn’t watching the program having not thought for one second that they would use it so I suddenly got lots of notifications on Facebook and texts from people I know who briefly glimpsed it.
It is the first photograph I have sent into them (because they like colour and mostly I like black and white) and also I see the photographs when I watch it and think oooo, that is lush and mine are rubbish compared that that one. However, I did like this one so I thought, ah I will email it in and they only blooming used it!
So, five milliseconds of fame for me but hey, I can actually say without lying ‘I have been on the telly’ (alright, alright the fact that I personally was not on the telly is just technicalities surely?)
So yes, this was very nice and very unexpected.
I think this is the first time I have ever submitted three entries into the photo challenge but I honestly did not expect to head down to the beach today and be able to walk for miles with no coat on this late into November.
Beautiful Autumn sunshine which left the pools of water on the beach like glass, fantastic for reflection hunting, which is exactly what I did.
As well as the unexpected knitted deer on the product shoot there was the unexpected cabin fever silly shots as the day wore on.
This is definitely NOT my most flattering look ever I must say, I should really know how to not look as though I have 3 chins and no eyes when someone points a camera at me these days but I was being made laugh so I will let myself off! I am also extremely un-photogenic which is why I tend to try and be at the other side of the camera!
Photographs by Jill Reidy.
This week I did a product photo shoot at a shop that sold vintage and hand-crafted items.
It was a long day and a lot of work but not only did we have loads of fun I also just wanted to spend all my money in there, we did come across a lot of unexpected items.
These though were among my favorites. The second shot of the knitted deer I just love and they were huge! Where on earth would you put these guys if you decided to buy them? This was just a quick snap as I had to take the studio down in order to get proper photographs of them.
The dominoes I just really loved as they were clearly very vintage and I could almost feel them going through the hands of the past people who had handled them, they definitely made me feel very nostalgic. I fell in love with them so much so that I am tempted to go back and buy some of them. I can see them coming in handy in future photographs somewhere along the way.
This I have found is a problem with product photography, it can end up costing way more than you earn if you are like me and fall in love with everything you point the camera at.
The lovely deer though, as much as I loved them I can’t see the fellas finding a place into my collection. Yet.
Here you are once again
standing at my door.
The hurt and sorrow in you eyes
like so many times before.
I should walk away from this
pretend that I don’t care,
but you strip away my layers
and once again you lay me bare.
the thought of you not touching me
and toying with my mind,
melts away the moments
of things said that were unkind.
It’s a crazy kind of love,
you’re in my being through and though.
I cannot walk alone though life
when I could make that walk with you.
I have always had a habit of finding myself knowing, meeting or stumbling upon very creative people and so I wanted combine that little habit with my obsessive habit of taking seascape photographs.
This piece of music was written by a very special and ridiculously talented friend of mine. It was originally to go with one of the poems I had written in here but as I cannot sing, I have yet to find a way of putting the melody and lyric with it. That is still work in progress. However, I think as a stand alone piece of music it is very beautiful so I wanted to share it with some of my seascape photographs (Most of which you will surely have seen before if you follow my blog as I also have a habit of trying to do as many weekly photo challenges as I can.)
I hope you like the music as much as I do.
I used to smoke but happily I managed to kick that habit to the curb a while back. I used to perhaps drink a little bit too much wine but now I have to drive so much for work and I am so busy in the week that is reserved strictly for the weekends in moderation these days.
So this is definitely my main habit, well apart from blogging and photography that is.
I’ve walked that path a thousand times,
with others blind to loves beguile.
Mundane chat that filled a space,
but not today, with you.
A vision shared with passion given,
released from lovers pasts and prison.
The artist’s soul who stole my heart,
That was today, with you.
I had a beautiful shadow from the blinds shining onto the wall so I set up my camera on the tripod, set it to a 30 second long exposure and had my daughter walk through the frame very slowly, stopping every now and again for a few seconds. This was the result. Quite an eerie scene but one of my favorites.
We have all heard of them. Poundland, the shop that brings tat to your high-streets for a quid a pop. This it seems also applies to people’s livelihoods, it would appear that to them, that too is worthless.
They bought the building that our Indoor Market was in. The traders turned up to work last week to find the building had been locked up. No notice period had been given to them. All of their stock is still inside the building and they cannot get it out or get any answers from either the former landlord of the building or indeed from Poundland themselves.
They have simply, two months before Christmas at which should be their busiest trading time been stripped of their businesses without any explanation.
This is wrong on so many levels. They had not been given the required notice period, in fact they were given NONE. They had not defaulted on their rent and they had complied with everything required of them. All of these stall holders have overnight lost their income, not to mention that the local people, particularly the elderly ones who enjoyed this market on a daily basis have lost yet another integral part of their community to yet another tat shop that nobody wants and nobody needs.
It is an absolute disgrace that these large companies feel they can just treat people like this and expect them to just accept it. Our town now has no market at all for the locals to go and browse, buy local and sit and have a coffee and a chat within their community. And believe me, we are big on shopping in our local town here.
I was very proud of our sleepy seaside town today, they came out and actually protested about it, they shouted and got the local news involved and even the BBC turned up to film it.
I hope that the right thing is done here and these people are allowed to continue to trade as they rightly should be. I also hope that Poundland realise that not every town wants them and furthermore, this town does not forget very easily and I fear if they continue in the way that they are at the moment there purchase of this building could well have been in vain, and I hope that it was.
I see you have moved on,
you’re with another now.
I’m as happy for you
as my heart will allow.
When I see that you miss someone else,
when that was once reserved for me.
I know I need to close this down,
for it was never meant to be.
So stay happy my love,
and I’ll begin my climb,
knowing now with clarity
that it never was our time.
So you asked me as we walked, if fate had played her part,
that our paths had crossed so suddenly, after so many years apart.
I replied that was ridiculous, it just did not exist.
You always could read through me,
I felt your lips smile as we kissed.
That sunset was so vibrant, with hues of pink and red,
a walk that was much-needed after days curled up in bed.
I turned my camera on you, you pulled a face then laughed
I clicked and said … it may have helped, just
a little, I suppose.
Green, orange, yellow, and blue — each of these is a hue, a color or a shade that’s true. A rainbow shows the melting of one hue into another, from red to violet, and all shades in between.
The noun hue means both a color and a shade of a color. Green is a hue, and turquoise is a hue of both green and blue. Most of the time the word hue refers to colors, but sometimes it’s used for shades of meaning or even the tone of a person’s face,
My daughter, with a hue of tweenage attitude.
Sometimes that is how I feel about Jack’s eyesight when we are walking in the woods. The truth is that sight hounds can see up a mile into the distance. He will suddenly stop and go into sight mode and more often than not I have no idea what he has spotted. Today he went into statue mode, ears up staring into the distance for a good five minutes. I was pleased that I had the camera with me as I loved the light that was spilling into the shot and I really do love his ears when he sights.
In this case I don’t doubt it was a squirrel that he had seen far into the distance as there were a fair few of them scurrying about today.
Not all the locals are fans of the artwork that over the past years has sprung up on the beach and prom. Largely citing money spent by the council that could have been spent on more pressing things and the like, It is a a subject that divides and causes cross words over the odd pint by good mates in the local pubs… apparently.
Being that I am not largely a political creature I love some and I dislike some and try to base my judgement on it by how they make me fee personally when I see it rather than the cost issues (and I learnt today that Fisherman’s Friend have matched the councils contribution for these particular pieces of artwork by Stephen Broadbent, so good on ya Fisherman’s Friends!)
The sculptures that adorn the Cleveleys end of the prom are based on a book called ‘The Sea Swallow’ by the children’s author Gareth Thompson (Illustrated by Hannah Megee.) We have the book, and my daughter loves it. She has met and been inspired by the author and given that this rather lovely fictional tale is so special to where we live I really love that they have chosen that subject to base the artwork on.
Some of them I admit I am not a great fan of. The recent big wooden paddle is great for climbing on and I can see the lads and lasses from the skate park directly opposite it loving it long time but I have yet to be inspired to take a photograph of it. The sea swallow sculpture at the main entrance of cleveleys prom I find a bit bland, it gives me a bit of a crick in my neck to ‘take it in’ and I largely walk past it without as much as a glance.
Mary’s shell though. Oh now, I do like this a lot.
It looks just quite normal if not a little odd viewed side on, a bit like a big old slug heading for the water but get close in the right light (I have not got close in the right light as yet I hasten to add) but I can just ‘tell’ how this gorgeous thing will glow and give and end up being a photographers dream. Which sadly for me means that there will be a billion trillion photographs of it adorning my timeline on facebook. So many that I will eventually get sick of the sight of it let alone be inspired to try and get a decent shot of it so I shall enjoy it whilst I can.
Today was the first time we went to see it properly and to be honest there were so many people there it was hard to get any decent images of it, but I think that one of the things that I like about it is that it just cries out to be got in, climbed on, hung off, swung on and jumped off. It is open, friendly and tactile. Probably a few arms and legs will be broken as kids leap off the top of it, they may even take an eye out on the spike on the way down but hey, that is what memories are made of before political correctness got in the way right? I like that. No, I don’t just like that, I love it. I wan’t to see my kids sliding down it at a billion miles per hour, interacting with art and maybe getting a bloody knee in the process like what I did, I will not be suing the council if that happens although I might draw the line at a broken back.
I feel as if we need to need to enjoy the freedom of this quite quickly and as much as we can right now before some tree mother hugger ends up making them put boundaries around it and none of our children can enjoy it ever again because Tarqjn scraped his knee a bit and it bled.
Apparently in the original plans it was meant to blow water out of the tip during certain times of the day as well although having viewed it compared to the original plans I am not entirely sure how that can happen… I could be wrong and god, I really do hope I am.
So, the side view gives nothing away really but get head on to this beauty and things start to change. They open up and you can see there are a billion angles that will give shafts of light and glistens of sea. You can see the ebb of the winter high tide flowing over and through it as it rises twice a day from high tide, the sunrise and sunset peeking in and around it, there is also the sound that will come from within because as usual acoustics play a huge part in the design of the bigger features on the seafront so on winter windy days sitting in this structure will bring amazing sounds. There are also curves and twirls that are just delightful and the engineering of it is just rather beautiful.
So, my first viewing I have to say, I love it (and to be honest, I have not really ‘loved’ many of the others and it is fair to say that we will be visiting this a lot over the changing seasons and yes, we will be sat inside it wearing our winter coats in December for sure.
In the meadow where we walked,
through Autumn sun and paths that forked
up winding hills past hidden ponds.
where breezes blew and wheatgrass awned,
and dragonflies refused to land
for portrait shots which I had planned.
So on we went past sheep dog trials,
and tiny houses away by miles.
Through Autumn sun we did not stop,
and gathered heather at the top.
I don’t normally do hills, but it is funny when you are with someone who is quite different from you it changes your outlook.
Climb a hill, feel the burn (thank god I gave up smoking a few months back) and look at life from a different perspective.
My very first proper landscape shoot and I do still have lots to learn so please forgive any glaring errors, landscapes are not my forte by any means of the imagination. (I am normally land level looking straight on and usually at the sea so I was out of my comfort zone here). No filters with me so forgive the contrast but I quite liked it just the way it was to be honest.
Ps, sorry I have not been here much recently, just so busy with work and new things going on in my life I am meeting myself coming back. I will catch up at some point if I get five minutes to myself!
The past cannot hold you back,
allow yourself to grow.
Accept that hand held out to you,
This one will not let go.