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Weekly Photo Challenge – Spring


This week’s photo challenge from The Daily Post is Spring. This weekend we went walking on Midsummer Hill in The malverns and were met with a glorious display of bluebells which left us in no doubt that Spring is in full flow. You can see the rest of the photos from our walk on our post Blog A Pic – Midsummer Hill on The Malverns.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections


This week’s Photo Challenge from the Daily Post is on the theme of “reflections” and you can find out about it here –

We were out and about in our hometown of Great Malvern shooting a bit of street and Peanut caught this shot which had some lovely reflections of the people in the shot in the shop window. So there you go that’s “Reflections” done! Hope you like it!


Weekly Photo Challenge – Abandoned

This week’s Photo Challenge from The Daily Post is Abandoned. I have noticed already that it is a popular theme and even for us it was an easy one to work on. A few years ago we did a photo shoot of our Opel GT car in an old abandoned industrial park in Great Malvern and you can see those shots here. While on the shoot though we grabbed some shots of the abandoned work units and we have re-edited them for this challenge, using the Perfect 8 plugin for Aperture. There is something very powerful about the photographs we are seeing for this challenge as we watch nature gradually reclaim man’s footprints on the world.


Weekly Photo Challenge – Threes

This week the Photo Challenge is all about a set of three photos that tell a story. Here is a link to the challenge – Daily Post Photo Challenge – Threes.

Late last year we went to a MINI event at Santa Pod Raceway in Northamptonshire, where a spot of drag racing and fast runs down the strip were going on. Here we have The Turbonator a Rocket powered Mini going down the strip. The first picture paints the scene – a broad shot showing the Mini on the start line firing up and getting ready, smoke bellowing from the engines!  Then we have it on its way and finally driving past. All great fun and lots of noise!


Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Empty

An empty Corner of Venice

Loving can cost a lot but not loving always costs more, and those who fear to love often find that want of love is an emptiness that robs the joy from life.

Merle Shain

Here is a Link To Ese’s fun Challenge –

Venice is jam pack full of tourists. I almost think its existence has been given over to tourism. And yet it is a city that thrives on it and embraces it. Venice absorbs the tourists and allows you still to enjoy it beauty and fascination. In truth it is quite easy to find a corner of Venice and hog it to your chest as your own piece of Venice devoid of all others. But Venice is a place you should go to with your lover. Not to do so and it will make you confront  your emptiness and loneliness that in normal life you can hide and disguise and avoid facing up to.




Weekly Photo Challenge – Treasure


This week the theme from The Daily Post for the Weekly Photo Challenge is Treasure. As soon as we saw the theme we knew what we were going to photograph – a couple of old money pouches rammed  with old coins and the odd gold sovereign. These have been in the family for years, it is our family treasure. Not worth a lot in monetary terms but priceless in sentimentality.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie

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This week’s photo challenge set by the Daily Post is Selfie.

Nothing revolutionary here just pics of me behind a camera photographing through a mirror. The notion though of a selfie sets me thinking about the importance of an emotional connection in an image. A good landscape shot, can be ruined by the ignoring a simple rule and not levelling the image. I saw a good image today of flooding but all I could think was, “No worries the water will soon pour away to the right it’s on a slope”. But actually it was an emotional connection that I could not see in the image and this brings me back to a recurring thought I get a lot recently, and that is the importance of putting people in images, bringing them to life. On my photographic journey, I have spent so much time trying to keep people out of images but now I regret that, people bring emotion to an image, give it life and vitality so I must get more people in my images. So here are a few selfies. They have me in them and that brings emotion and feeling and perhaps forgiveness for burnt out images. You see people and subject, win out over technique every time! Continue reading


Weekly Photo Challenge – Juxtaposition


Juxtaposition is the act of placing things side by side, especially for the purpose of comparison or contrast. More specifically, it is the placement of things together that are generally complete opposites or the placement of things together to emphasize their differences, more than their similarities. A juxtaposition in a photograph is interesting because it will generally spark an emotion, which can stem from the jarring effect of the contrast between the objects juxtaposed. It is a concept that has fascinated me for donkeys years, since my high school English lessons when I was first introduced to this word, which arguably itself is a juxtaposition when we look at the etymology of the word – from French juxtaposition, from Latin iuxtā (“near”) from Latin iungō (“to join”) + French position (“position”) from Latin pōnō (“to place”). Back in 2010 we did the classic Project 365, (have a look here) where you take a photograph every day and we accompanied it with a “Groovy word of the day” which allowed us to explore our fascination with words. Some words you just like the sound of , such as “poppycock” or the inherent onomatopoeia in a word such as here, “water plops into pond”. Juxtaposition is a word that would definitely feature in our Groovy Word selection!

This week’s Photo Challenge from the Daily Post is juxtaposition and you can check it out here –

In a perfect world we use this challenge to grab a picture in the week that the challenge runs, to force us to shoot something fresh, to challenge us. However, in a dull, wet week in Malvern, I succumbed to referring to an old picture because when we shot the photograph, juxtaposition was the word that jumped out at us, as we grabbed the photograph. We were on holiday in Venice last September and on our wanderings we paused to look at a contemporary art exhibition and the piece in the photograph here was the one that really caught our eye and drew an emotion from us. I was all over this piece like a rash doing my very best Andrew Graham-Dixon impersonation as my arms whirled with enthusiasm, as I aped the animated Andrew at his best. I loved the juxtaposition within the piece itself – the contrast between the uniformly level water which runs through the whole work from left to right, with the er… uniformly uneven shapes  and angles of each water bottle. This juxtaposition made the piece for me and would work wherever this art was displayed. Here though it was displayed hung across a doorway, allowing a view of Venice to act as the backdrop for this canvas. This created a second juxtaposition for me, as we then compared the contemporary art of the piece itself,  with the living art that is the faded grandeur of Venice, as age and water damage, and sunlight create a rich and ever changing texture on the wall of the Carabinieri behind.

To conclude simply, we enjoyed this week’s challenge – it took us back to a great holiday and a photograph that sparked an emotion in us. I hope you enjoy it too.