Tag Archives: photography

Daily Prompt: Tables Turned

template-mastercopy-for-KerstenWoods-ProductionsLike a lot of people I am most definitely camera-shy.  However, David ‘snapped’ this image whilst I was doing some filming with Anja.  I used it in all the publicity stuff I did for the films we made, and as in this instance, on the actual DVD.  I am ‘hiding’ behind the camera and feel quite comfortable there.  Unlike Anja, I do not relish being in front of the lens even though she somehow managed to persuade me to do several talking pieces to camera which I found absolute agony!  So this is a rare picture of me.  You won’t be seeing many more (not if I have anything to do with it)!  Perversely, I have no such qualms about doing ‘extra’ film work.  I figure that no one looks at the extras in a movie as they are just there for atmosphere.  Had to turn down a bit of extra work for Doc Martin recently because I was too busy.  However, if you can be bothered to scour the crowd scenes, I’m in a couple of films out now: escaping the zombies in World War Z (Hollywood Zombie Epic) and at a wedding in About Time (a ‘rom-com’ by director Richard Curtis of Notting Hill fame).

For more Turned Tables, visit:

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/07/06/daily-prompt-discomfort/

Advertisements

5 Comments

Filed under Dpchallenge

Four Stars: Two Anniversaries, Two Christenings & Open Studios.

IMG_9820 black and white

my daughter, Georgina, with her daughter, Rose

This is all about the women who span 4 generations of my family: 4 stars for four beautiful women.

Starting with my mother-in-law, Jean.

my mother-in-law, Jean, with my sister-in-law, Rebecca, as a baby

here she is holding Rebecca, aged 8 month old

The christening gown that Rebecca is wearing was made by my mother-in-law, Jean.  3 generations later, the same christening gown is worn by baby Rose for her christening.   Here she is cradled in the arms of her Great Aunt Rebecca, now a grandmother herself.

The same christening gown worn by Rebecca (who is holding Rose), Rebecca's children and my children, (including Rosie's mother).

The same christening gown worn by Rebecca (who is holding Rose), Rebecca’s children and my children, (including Rosie’s mother).

another of Georgie's creations

one of Georgie’s creations

 Also, Rose Beatrice, reaches her milestone first birthday.

Georgie's design for Rosie's cake

Georgie’s design for Rosie’s cake

the finished article - all Georgie's work!

the finished article – all Georgie’s work!

Rose observing the festivities

Rose observing the festivities

If you are wondering what this has to do with Open Studios, well the timing of these family events happens to coincide with this years’ Open Studios Cornwall.  Consequently, I have only managed to visit a few Open Studios and I wasn’t intending to buy anything but found this little raku glazed pot by Judy Collins (Studio No: 37) at Trewidden Studios and decided to buy it for my daughter as it will go with her collection of ceramics.

IMG_9682

IMG_9683

From the few studios that I did manage to visit, one of the stand-out Open Studio for me was Susanna Bauer’s (Studio No: 36) with her exquisitely hand stitched magnolia leaves.  (This was purely ‘window’ shopping).

Susanna Bauer

IMG_9653

Also Roger Weisman‘s (Studio No: 26) large welded ‘words’ whom I found by chance whilst driving down a lane near Chyenhal.

a gun-shot 'hope'

a gun-shot ‘hope’

And Jonathan Smith‘s talk at the Newlyn School of Art, author of ‘Summer in February‘, talking about his book and the film soon to be released.

I found this beautiful limited edition book of etchings, Florence Flies Away, by illustrator, Esther Connon, at last years‘ Open Studios and have been waiting for the right opportunity to give it to Rosie.   I decided to give it to her as a christening present.

IMG_9693

IMG_9691

And finally, it is George and Georgina’s (known as the GG’s – pronounced ‘geegee’ – in the family) 2nd wedding anniversary, I have designed these mugs for them which follows the theme of their wedding present from me.  (see here)

The designs for the mugs I put together in InDesign.

The designs for the mugs I put together in Adobe’s InDesign.

the finished article

the finished articles

This venture was a first for me so a bit of an experiment.  Next time I would like to refine the process and find a better quality plain white mug/cup to work with.  I wonder if anyone can tell me where I might source such a thing?

For more Four Stars:

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/daily-prompt-four-stars/

8 Comments

Filed under Art Works, Dpchallenge, my sketchbook pages

Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape: A Circular Walk from Kestle Barton via Frenchman’s Creek

This week, I decided to take up WordPress’ weekly ‘photo challenge’ with the special subject, ‘escape‘ – and see if anyone notices!  My escape is walking: it costs nothing (except travel costs, perhaps), the exercise is great for clearing the cobwebs, its ideal space for ‘dreaming’, and the dogs are especially grateful.  An ocular feast for mind, body and soul, in the company of special canine friends who are soon lost in their search for squirrels / rabbits, and don’t need to be engaged in conversation!  What better escape from the normal demands of everyday life can there be?

A Circular Walk from Kestle Barton

Of course it’s not just one photo but a sequence of photos that follow the linear route of my walk.  I decided not to doctor them to make them look pretty but to keep them in tact as a ‘working’ document.  The most challenging thing about this particular ‘challenge’ was picking just 20 or so photos from the 136 that I took!

The Helford River taken from OS Explorer 8

The Helford River taken from OS Explorer 8

In the 13 years since I have lived in Cornwall I have never visited the village of Helford on the Lizard Peninsula.  I wanted to see Jessica Cooper‘s paintings that are currently showing at Kestle Barton and in the process discovered there was a 2 mile circular walk from Kestle that takes in a couple of coves along the Helford River.

IMG_9439Taking my very battered Lizard OS and the map that Ryya kindly gave me from the gallery at Kestle Barton, going clockwise, I began my descent into Frenchman’s Creek. Pretty soon we are into the woods that run down the valley.

IMG_9303

The smell of wild garlic is pervasive after a sudden hail storm.

IMG_9304

One of the National Trust signs. Not too sure what the ‘permissive’ means?

on the footpath now

on the footpath ‘proper’ now

a first exit into the creek itself.  It all feels very secretive and obviously a perfect setting for smugglers to ply their trade.

a first exit into the creek itself. It all feels very secretive and obviously a perfect setting for smugglers to ply their trade.

catching tantalising glimpses of the creek along the path.

catching tantalizing glimpses of the creek along the path.

Now this is getting interesting for me.  The path is so worn the roots of the trees are showing.

now this is getting interesting for me. The path is so worn the roots of the trees are showing.

The sun has just come out and the creek is sparkling.

the sun has just come out and the creek is sparkling.

but my focus has gone back to the roots

but my focus has gone back to the roots

and the steps they have created

and the steps they have created

in contrast to the man-made version - less hazardous, granted - but not as interesting

in contrast to the man-made version – less hazardous, granted – but not as interesting

coming out of the woods and away from the creek

coming out of the woods now and leaving the creek behind us

looking back the river looks small and the sky suddenly seems looming

looking back, the river estuary appears small and far away but the sky suddenly seems looming – must press on

reassuring to know we are on the right path

reassuring to know we are on the right track

coming into Penarvon Cove

coming into Penarvon Cove

well, this place is a well kept secret!

well, this place is a well-kept secret!  A place that time forgot

rejoin the path at the top of the beach where the upturned boats are stored

rejoining the path at the top of the beach where the upturned boats are stored

this would have been a little 'pop over' if i was on a horse.  Tempted to hula but manage to crouch underneath

this fallen branch would have been a little ‘pop over’ if I was on a horse. Tempted to hula but manage to crouch underneath

a sneaky peek through the window of the Shipright's Arms in Helston village reveals the creek beyond

taking a sneaky peek through the window of the Shipwright’s Arms in Helford village reveals the creek beyond

this place is so chocolate box I am spoilt for choice so home in on the thatch that abounds

this place is so ‘chocolate box’ I am spoilt for choice so home in on the thatch that abounds

I need to cross this bridge turn right and I'm back in the woods

I need to cross this bridge, turn right and I’m back in the woods

another right turn in the path and I will have completed the circuit

another right turn in the path and I will have completed the circuit

but not before I have stopped to enjoy the reflections in the stream

but not before pausing to enjoy the reflections in the stream

and the bluebells!

and the bluebells!

Writing this up, I suddenly realise I didn’t pass a single person on my walk.  Not even a smuggler going about his business.  I decide to add this walk to my list of favourites.

To see more responses to this week’s photo challenge:

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/photo-challenge-escape/

10 Comments

Filed under my sketchbook pages, Walks

Draw and Shoot

mussels attached to a ball

SHOOTING

Secondly, I am looking at landscape with a photographer‘s eye.  In this mode, my concerns are mostly about colours and textures.  Here, I am composing pictures (for possible paintings); or thinking of different camera angles and recording field patterns or how bracken and winter grasses interweave their habit; the way that snow transforms a familiar scene; quickly taking a shot of a purple sky before it disappears, or – as in this photo – pouncing on a found object that I have rescued from the jaws of my dogs.  I use the camera on my phone which is always in my pocket.

DRAWING

And lastly, I view it with a painter‘s eye and go forth purposefully with small sketch book and sharpened pencil in my pocket.  This type of drawing requires solitude and dedication away from the madding crowd.  Preferably, with no dogs to keep a wary eye on, no people to distract you with ‘chatter’.  In fact, if I encounter ramblers or dog walkers, I resent the intrusion into my private world and tend to pick isolated places for this reason.  This is an ‘unpeopled’ landscape save for a few ancestral spirits that might be hanging around.

Leave a comment

Filed under Found Objects, my sketchbook pages, Studio Practice