Archive for the ‘life’ Category

Feet first

January 3, 2010

Happy new year peeps. To kick us off I thought I’d look for something inspiring. And Tom Robinson‘s travel photography is just that. You’ll mostly feel envious and jealous of all the amazing places his feet have been.But no doubt inspired none the less. Sweet stuff here.

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Long live VHS

November 27, 2009

In the 1980s VHS technology made it possible for “mobile cinema” operators in Ghana to travel from town to town and village to village creating temporary cinemas. The touring film group would create a theatre by hooking up a TV and video onto a portable generator and playing the films for the people to see.

In order to promote the films in towns, artists were hired to paint large posters (usually on canvas flour sacks). The artists often had never seen the film in question and had total creative freedom to design and paint whatever they thought worked as promotional material. Often leading to more interesting concepts than the films themselves.

Sadly,  the “mobile cinema” began to decline in the mid-nineties due to television; and as a result the painted film posters were substituted for less interesting artwork produced by photocopying the original poster. Boo.

But now most of the posters are featured in the book Extreme Canvas: Movie Poster Paintings from Ghana . Yay.

Plane Stupid

November 27, 2009

If you are in the least bit squeamish this vid probably isn’t for you. But then again if you choose to fly in a plane maybe you should be forced to watch it. The advert for Plane Stupid is pretty shocking from an animal cruelty pov, but will it stop me flying to go on holiday or business? No. How else can I get across the atlantic in 7 hours? Also, I’m not entirely sure the tagline, “it’s not about polar bears anymore” fits with visuals. I thought that was what the ad was trying to prove.

But the ad did get me thinking and before i get down off of my high horse, this week alone I have heard of three conflicting climate change issues. Monday, the unregulated business of global shipping was responsible for more carbon emissions than anything else. Tuesday, car journeys were more responsible for climate change than anything else. Yesterday, it’s flying.

In an already cluttered market, where consumers (that’s what we are) are bombarded by thousands of messages a day. How is the punter on the street supposed to decipher the green/carbon messages and get behind any of these initiatives. If I did react to all of this weeks messages, in a positive way I wouldn’t purchase any items, travel by plane or get in my car. Hmmmm. What to do?

Elf yourself

November 15, 2009

Last Crimbo you couldn’t go an hour without seeing the lo-fi elf’s of Elf Yourself fame dancing on someone’s computer screen. Well now the Elf’s have taken to the streets and flash mobbed NY. Elf yourself Live is coming to a city near you.

My parents were rubbish

November 1, 2009

parents

These aren’t my parents, my parents are brilliant (just in case my mum ever reads my blog). The couple pictured above are actually the proud parents of Rob a poster onto the website “My parents are awesome”. As the website says, before the fanny packs and Andrea Bocelli concerts, your parents (and grandparents) were once free-wheeling, fashion-forward, and super awesome. Thumb’s up family fun here.

Plane stupid

October 25, 2009

jetliner

Josef Hoflehner is a fab photographer with a mountain of black and white work on his website. His jetliner series caught my eye. There is a whole number of pic’s of the ridiculous holiday destination St Maarten island, which has a landing strip right behind the main beach. Nice work here.

Don’t feel down

October 23, 2009

weak shop

If you’re feeling tired and generally worn down by life. Well The Weak Shop is here to carry the burden. Nifty gadgest to help you cope with the stresses and strains of life. like carrying your wallet and holding your head up. I’d write more but I’m tired. Fun here.

Shooting stars

October 18, 2009

In The Japan they love to play a prank and make a fool of themselves on national television. But re-enacting a hostage situation with deaths and a gun being held to your head, could be considered to be taking it a bit too far. Jeremy Beadle will be turning in his grave (god rest in soul.)

Eyes wide shut

October 15, 2009

columbia road

Seamus Ryan is a photographer with a studio in Columbia Road, London. For those who don’t know, every sunday Columbia Road hosts a fantastic flower market, where you can buy all manner of plants and foliage at rock bottom prices. The result is mass of people from all walks of life and fragrant flowery scents from all around the world.

Not to miss out on this hive of activity every Sunday Seamus throws open the doors of his studio and invites the flower mad public to pose for a portrait. . This Sunday as a part of his Sunday shoots series he will be taking pics of the public with there eyes shut in aid of RNIB. Fab.

New event for 2012

August 20, 2009

Nice.