Sunday, 30 January 2011
I decided to try using a black & white film in my fisheye camera for a change, and I quite like the results. I took most of these over Christmas when it snowed and we went a nice walk around a woods in Derbyshire.
Saturday, 29 January 2011
A while ago I went through a phase of checking Found Magazine's Find of the Day - if you've never visited the site, they ask people to send in items they've found; anything from photos, notes and letters to ticket stubs, to-do lists and so on. It made me constantly on the lookout for similar items on the street, but I never found anything of interest.
One winter, when I was a kid my brother and I were taking our sledge to the park and found a cassette tape in the snow. We pocketed it excitedly, wondering what could be on there (a mixtape for a loved one? Secret spy messages we were never meant to hear?) but by the time we got home we realised it had fallen out of his pocket.. devastating!
Last week I bought a book from Oxfam and found this photograph inside. A picture of a happy family, seemingly used as a bookmark, that the owner will never get back. Have you ever found anything interesting? (Oh - I also bought a camera from a charity shop that had a half used roll of film inside, which was pretty exciting to develop!)
Friday, 28 January 2011
By chance Lovefilm sent me another Michelle Williams film this week, Me Without You. It stars Williams and Anna Friel who play best friends growing up in the 70s and 80s, and how their relationship with each other changes in the transition to adulthood. I enjoyed the film, both lead performances were really good, and there was a surprise appearance from Kyle Machlachlan who plays their college lecturer.
Tuesday, 25 January 2011
This week I've had to move out of my flat while it's being redecorated, therefore things have been a bit all over the place! But as I haven't shared any photos in a while I thought I'd post a few from the past couple of weeks.
I spotted some pretty rainbows in my room a few weekends ago, I love it when the sun shines in.
I went to a board games afternoon the other week, there was a pretty amazing selection. I never did get to play Wildlife Adventure though which was a pity.
New-fangled Boggle ahoy!
Monday, 24 January 2011
As I missed posting about a film on Friday I thought I'd do one today. I've seen a few good films in the past couple of weeks, 127 Hours which was great, Ride, Rise Roar, the David Byrne tour documentary (also recommended- the dancing's amazing!) and Blue Valentine starring Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling. I think this was perhaps my favourite, as the performances were really good and I really felt for the characters.
It's a story about a relationship which breaks down over several years, and we see early clips of the couple first getting together, next to later ones of them arguing, which can be quite bleak to watch. I think the common feeling was to empathise more with Gosling's character than with Williams'! (When he plays the ukulele to her early in the film - aww..) Her character just seemed to really harden over the years. And their little daughter was so sweet, it was hard not to feel sorry for her most of all.
Saturday, 22 January 2011
I'm a huge fan of quirky cinemas (Nottingham was home to the smallest cinema in the world - which i just found out has recently closed, nooo..), so this cute little solar-powered cinema in a caravan is the sweetest thing! It was constructed from an old 1970s caravan and repurposed using recycled materials to create this mini cinema which only has room for 8 people. Sounds cosy to me! See more about its construction here.
Wednesday, 19 January 2011
This week my travelling journal finally found its way back to Nottingham! I was so excited as I turned each page, everyone who drew/stuck things/wrote in it did an amazing job! Here are some of the pages to prove it. I sent the journal off to the first person, Brodie in Australia last June and asked each person to write or draw about the day they received the journal and what they got up to.
Brodie included a Melbourne music mix cd!
Bianca's bright and beautiful pages, and a happy mix cd to boot
Another Aussie, Sharni's page, decorated with a ticket from her favourite singer Kate Nash
MK's pretty pages from Japan, and an envelope of lovely photographs
Willa from Canada's cool comic of her day
Mariella in Puerto Rico did some gorgeous paintings of her day, in which she first got her driving permit
Thanks so much to everyone who participated! There are a few blank pages that remain so I'm going to send the journal to a few more creative folks round the world, I'll keep you posted!
Tuesday, 18 January 2011
Last year I stumbled upon the work of Vivian Maier, whose anonymous photographs were discovered at an auction in Chicago by John Maloof.
A lot of Maier's life remains a mystery, as she died before anyone had chance to see her photos. But since buying them at auction, Maloof has been busy scanning in the thousands of negatives he bought for the rest of the world to see. This film gives a lot more insight into how the photos were discovered and the challenge to find out more about Maier's life. Her work is brilliant; she captured some really unique moments on film and is a real inspiration to anyone interested in street photography. See more here.
Image by LizzlizzThe most depressing day of the year is now over! The above is pretty much how I spent yesterday.
Things that are slightly cheering me this January: Mix CD's made by friends to brighten up my journey to work, tickets to see David Byrne's new tour film later this week (plus him beaming in via satellite!), finding out PJ Harvey has a new album coming out, and endless games of Boggle.
Monday, 17 January 2011
Last year I won a giveaway hosted by Lady Croissant, and along with an awesome vintage Polaroid camera I received Baby Blue in the post. She is a sister of Ada the Globetrotting Doll, whose many adventures round the world can be found on this blog. I took Baby Blue on a tour of Nottingham and its sights last week, to see the post click here.
Friday, 14 January 2011
This week I watched a childhood favourite of mine; Dumbo! It's been years since I curled up and watched an old Disney film, and I enjoyed all 64 minutes of this sweet animation, from the opening scene with the stork to the brilliant song performed by the crows, When I See an Elephant Fly. The scene where they lock up Dumbo's mother, labelling her a 'mad elephant' still makes me well up! I think I much prefer the old animations to newer Pixar films. (Although I also watched Wall-E recently which was brilliant!) What's your favourite Disney film?
Wednesday, 12 January 2011
I'm not really into fashion websites, but I quite enjoy flicking through the pages of I want to be her!, a site which portrays the fashions of a variety of women in photo or sweet drawings, detailing why their outfit works. It's nice to to draw inspiration from people with their own individual style instead of the usual models in glossy magazines.
Monday, 10 January 2011
I had quite a fun packed weekend, which involved finding my very own Raspberry Beret, going to a Roller Disco and coming 2nd (blast!) in a pub quiz on Sunday. If only weekdays were as fun-filled!
I was workin' part time in a 5 and dime...