Thursday, 12 June 2008

Bad news for Hallam

Last week saw the final degree show and currently running is the final master's degree show to be held at Sheffield Hallam's Psalter Lane campus. Once again, long-term educational investment has been sacrificed for short-term financial gain and the real losers - the future generations who will ultimately pay the price for our greed. So it was in the past, so it is now and so it evermore will be... - or so it seems. The 'new facilities' offered to the art students at City campus are all but a (comparative) joke and morale couldn't be much lower. The staff appear to be doing just about anything that they possibly can to highlight the positives involved however these are seemingly few and far between. In short, it feels like everyone is perceiving the beginning of the end for the 'art department' and exactly what will evolve after the fat cats have fed their pension funds remains contentious. I will be sure to write more about this whole issue as situations unfold but for now, here's the first of some slideshows that I've been working on offering my interpretation of various third year pieces. The pieces are not in any order and I think it will be obvious to anyone who cares to look, that some images have been 'worked on' more than others. Please accept them at their face value, that being my interpretation rather than my opinion of another's work. There will be more to follow in the next days.

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Tuesday, 27 May 2008

YEsSS!!



I don't know if anyone bothers to go down my external links bit over on the right but there's some great stuff for viewing and I like to think that I'm pretty selective. At aniBoom, for example you will see some amazing stuff and I've been particularly watching some of the entries recently for animations to accompany Radiohead tunes. The one above by xanertoon is a current favourite for me but there are tons of others to look at and Radiohead are sounding well hard these days!!

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Sunday, 25 May 2008

Morticia's Monday

This is the only thing that I've written for some time and presents somewhat of a 'departure' from anything that I've done in the past. It was written to a fairly open-ended brief however was to remain within the parameters of a story based on an art student named Morticia...'nuff said?
see what you think...

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Some poems

O.K. so I'm a bit embarrassed by some of these but in the same way as I've done with my recent slideshow posting, I thought that I'd just bring some of my poems up to date. The really embarrassing bit is that I've also attached recordings to each piece and you'll see (if you care to look of course) that as each page loads, a version of the logo shown here appears somewhere close to the title. If you want to listen then you'll firstly need to have a QuickTime Player (it's a free download) installed on your computer. Although anyone who knows me personally would undoubtedly dispute this, I hate to hear my own voice however, I've now had 4 people (that's 90% of my fan base) request the inclusion of these recordings so that the regional dialect which I often use in my writing can be better understood.
In alphabetical order

Classified is just a silly performance poem
Comparatively Speaking is just a silly poem
Feelings Present is...?
For Jo is about the 'sacking' of a work colleague
The Blob is (I suppose) my performance 'show piece'
The Fence is a poem about 'subliminal _isms..'

Obviously I hope that you like some of them otherwise I wouldn't be posting them! - (s'ppose)

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Saturday, 24 May 2008

The dancers slideshow

I suppose that this one holds pride of place for me in some ways and not per se because of the quality of the photos (I'll leave that one for you to judge) but simply because it was one of the most wonderful nights that I have attended in a long time. 'Street Vibes' as they choose to be known are a group of self-motivated Sheffield kids who have formed themselves into a break dancing group and I consider it to have been a privilege to have been asked to photograph them at a show that they hosted in a crumby local theater. I have shit loads more images from this evening and will possibly upload some more slideshows at a later stage but these will have to do for now. It's apparent that I have 'treated' some of the images as well as chosen to initially shoot many of them on slow shutter speeds helping to eccentuate movement - see what you think.

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Monday, 5 May 2008

I love this!

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Finally some slideshows!

So just click on the picki if you want to see a load of slideshows that I've been working on. Most of the photos were taken before I started on my degree course and I'm just posting them to bring the site up to date.

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Thanks to Shadowbox

Just so you know, I have designed the following slideshows in Adobe Lightroom, utilising a web gallery facility called TTG Shadowbox, available at The Turning Gate. I don't think that Adobe need any introduction however TTG Shadowbox, created by Matthew Campagna is currently available as a free download plugin (donations appreciated) and is certainly the most versatile facility that I have found to date. It takes some time to set up due to it's many variables and for me, much time was spent trying to keep things as simple as possible. I hope that you like the results and I'm always glad for feedback.

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Friday, 2 May 2008

The Box

Some second year art students from the Hallam University Sheffield trying to keep dry!

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Thursday, 1 May 2008

I want a Trabant

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How much I now know

This is the first writing that I ever had published and I wrote it on the topic of a driving accident in which I was involved. It is of course one of life's ironies that good can be drawn from even the most tragic of events if we so choose. Following this story's publication, I was asked on two occasions to make live radio recitals and the feedback was incredible.
click here if you wish to read it

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Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Photography Sites

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