A day out at the National Trust’s Charlecote Park near Stratford proved an interesting experience. The park is lovely with deer and beautifully designed parkland by the legend that is Capability Brown. The gardens were colourful and even though we didn’t venture into the house, the exterior is splendid. However, we were badly let down by the restaurant. Spending over £7 for a microwave lunch is all well and good but the fact it didn’t taste very good is a bitter pill. The Trust have received an email with my comments!! The ice cream we had later made up for it a little bit but I do wish we had a bit of warmth from the sun to enjoy it more! The property is definitely worth a visit, even more so when the sun shines. Also the attached plant centre is worth a look with an excellent variety of plants albeit a touch expensive.
Story-telling, drama, poverty, expressions, personalities and meaning. All these words tell me what this exhibition means. The Gammelgaard monochrome exhibition, held in the Atkins building in Hinckley, is totally different to the previous 2 exhibitions on view today. No mount boards here as each print is printed on paper of varying sizes. All work can be purchased for charity and the work by the authors are donation. It’s great to see something very different in the heart of England. Please visit all exhibitions. They are all free and worth exploring your mind and extending your creative boundaries. Exhibition website click here.
The second exhibition was at the BRITE centre in Braunstone, Leicester. This time it was presented by Leicester and Leicestershire Photographic Society. Not only where there L&LPS members prints, but other Leicestershire camera club members prints, including mine! I had my Full Steam Ahead print which was accepted in the David Clarke Trophy for GCR prints and Rutland Street which was part of Earl Shilton’s Greenless Trophy panel of 6 mono images which came second. Well done. Many prints were typical camera club stuff with some good and some not so good but credit to all who entered and got accepted. Click here to visit their website. Right off to Hinckley for the final exhibition of the day.
A day of exhibitions in Leicestershire on a glorious Saturday. The sky is out, the clouds have disappeared leaving a true sense of summer. First up was Leicester pro commercial photographer, Keith Cooper. His work was on display in the old library in Leicester city centre now home of LPPG. His work included a magnificent 14 metre pano of Leicester city centre at dusk. Wow the detail was amazing and is the highlight. Others works of Leicester landmarks are there taken with a mixture of Tilt and shift lenses and switched panos using a Gigapan device. Click here to visit his website. Right to the L&LPS exhibition at the BRITE centre, Braunstone.
On Sunday we were meant to take part in a studio session in Birmingham with a company called Ikon Studio. We got this through Groupon. All I can say is “What a scam”! We turned up for 11am start. The door was locked. There were around 9 of us all waiting. Others had tried to contact the studio but to no avail. On checking his website, this had totally changed since the beginning of the week and now resembled a movie review site. We have since complained to Groupon and ask for a full refund. When my partner and I went on a 2 day break to Llandudno earlier in the week, also organised through Groupon, the evening meal was the WORST I HAD EVER TASTED! So I’m not expecting much. Clearly when the owner doesn’t show. I’m considering unsubscribing to Groupon. It’s like cheap tat from a seaside gift shop. So instead we went into Birmingham City Centre for some urban photography and made a day of it. What fun! We must come back when the light’s better as we’ve marked some very nice locations. Below are some images I took from the day’s urban photowalk.
A lovely lady enjoying the sun in Victoria Square
“He didn’t see me!!”
Lovely ladies walking towards Victoria Square
Two Japanese ladies posing at the fountain in Victoria Square
These lads are posing very nicely for a group photo in Victoria Square
There was good news this week from the post when the results from the 49th Annual Exhibition of Midlands Photography (also known as MidPhot) were sent out. I had 4 entries in the Mono print section. Lady luck was shining on my a little as the three judges thought that three of my entries were worthy enough to be accepted into the exhibition. First up was Full Steam Ahead and this was awarded 11+ points, secondly Rutland Street was awarded 12 points and lastly The Sky at Night was awarded 12 points. Each image is marked out of 15 (with each of the three judges giving a score of up to 5). Then there is an accepted mark and for the Mono it was 11+. The other print, Park Life, just missed out with 10 points. Details about visiting the exhibition can be found here and I will be excited to see my prints.
On Sunday I was part of Scott Kelby’s 4th Annual Worldwide Photowalk in Leicester. This was part of 1,117 walks that were talking part worldwide with around 28,000 walkers. There was around 40 walkers taking part in the Leicester walk which was organised by John Toye, a NAPP member. It was a beautiful sunny and hot day as we ventured around Leicester city centre, the canal area and De Montfort Uni. We all took the same route but not necessarily the same images. The one I took above I just spotted walking near the Town Hall Square. Its a bit like a snapshot in time of how life in Leicester is lived and its surroundings. Click here to view the Flickr Group for the Leicester photowalk and click here to visit the Worldwide Flickr group. We finished at the Slug and Lettuce for well earned refreshments.