Monthly Archives: May 2015

photo of the week

I’m going to cheat this week (my page, my rules to break!) and share two of my favourites from the instagram of talented writer/director, Laura Evers Johns. I see she’s just added some lovely skies too (https://instagram.com/lauraeversjohns/). Thanks Laura.

We were on a beautiful walk in the Berkshire countryside when I paused to take this picture. There's always something about a pathway or course to the horizon that beckons – it feels like a call to adventure. I love bleak industrial landscapes too, and there's a little something of that about this.

We were on a beautiful walk in the Berkshire countryside when I paused to take this picture. There’s always something about a pathway or course to the horizon that beckons – it feels like a call to adventure. I love bleak industrial landscapes too, and there’s a little something of that about this.

My mum was holding an exhibition of her woodblock prints with some artist friends in a scenic studio, surrounded by the loveliest garden. It was close to magic hour when I took this photo – and the garden really did seem enchanted, somehow.

My mum was holding an exhibition of her woodblock prints with some artist friends in a scenic studio, surrounded by the loveliest garden. It was close to magic hour when I took this photo – and the garden really did seem enchanted, somehow.

http://www.lauraeversjohns.co.uk/

Photo of the week

This week’s Photo of the week comes from my mate Gary Seabrook. He’s even written a few words (below pic)

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“I took this photo at London’s Winter Wonderland on my iPhone. I’d taken my little girl there the day it opened.
When I saw the Helter Skelter it reminded me of the funfairs on piers at seaside towns that I’d go to with my family when I was a kid. Like my daughter I absolutely loved them. I tried to capture the feeling of childlike wonder and excitement. The spinning, falling, hurling, roller-coasting, sugar-fuelled lunacy of it all. When I look at this shot I can almost smell the weird mixture of candy floss, honey roasted nuts, steam engine fumes and axel grease. I want a massive cuddly toy, now!!
Believe it or not, this image is pretty much as shot. Most of the stuff I put on Instagram is shot with my iPhone 6. I try not to filter my photos to death or play around with them too much. The iPhone 6 has such a fantastic camera that generally you don’t really need to retouch much at all. Maybe some creative cropping, but that’s about it. I like to take photos using various ’natural’ filters. My current favourite is the polarised lens of my Ray Bans. You get some very cool results!
My Instagram account is: garyseabrook
Video Production company; http://www.freshlymadefilms.com

Photo of the week

Inspired by ‘the jealous curator’ who fills my inbox with beautiful things (link below), I’m going to attempt ‘photo of the week’.

The first is by my friend Ruben. He shares his photos regularly on social media and I always look forward to seeing where he’s been. I like how he sees the world. Look out for more from him…

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https://instagram.com/rubenruiloba/

http://www.thejealouscurator.com/blog/

It just doesn’t add up

Well it seems nobody is happy with the outcome of the UK 2015 general election, not in the circles I move in anyway.

At least 50% of the uk’s voters must be happy though – the ones who voted for the Conservative Party as they won with a majority. If that’s just the outcome of living in a democracy and I am, in fact, a minority, that’s fair enough, but I still have the right to be represented in parliament.

And I’m not the only one who thinks so. There is a call for ‘Proportional Representation’. A friend posted, “Between them, the Greens and UKIP got 16% of the popular vote. If that translated to seats, they’d have 104 in total. They got 2.”

Whatever you think of the other parties, proportional representation must surely be fairer? It might also encourage more people to vote. Remember, it’s not 50+% of the uk that want a conservative government when only 66.1% of the UK voted. It’s 50+% of 66.1%! That leaves a hefty chunk of the population who either disagree, couldn’t vote for practical reasons, don’t think any of the parties have anything to offer or think there’s no point voting because ‘their vote won’t change anything’. I wonder what the outcome would’ve been if voting were compulsory.

I’m sure we’d be closer to a true representation of the UK if more people believed in the system and felt they had some input. There’s a petition below for electoral reform. It’s got to be worth a try.

The petition:
http://www.electoral-reform.org.uk/

There are some other interesting stats here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2015-32601281