Monday, February 27, 2006
Flickr Cambridge 1
Peter's photo of me taking a photo of him at the first Cambridge Flickr meeting - at the Fort St George yesterday
Saturday, February 25, 2006
"The ordinary becomes exotic to first time visitors of Bali. In here, the bamboo wicker, the heavy weighing scale, the strange fruit, the traditional robes- all add to the allure. As a frequent visitor to this magical place, I find Bali special for their way of life, on how they manage to keep the old and imbibe the new.
Farl's photos give us a virtual tour around the Philipines, Indonesia, Madagascar and East Africa."
Friday, February 24, 2006
Black-and white street photos from Barcelona are only one style from Notarivs' work - go and have a look at some of his other photos in his stream
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
b l o k e s. . .XXXII
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
I'm about three-quarters of the way through Christopher Booker's "The Seven Basic Plots: why we tell stories"
I never liked English Literature as a subject at school, but since then I've come to love mythology and fantasy fiction. The idea of Storytelling has some small relevance to my work as well.
In the first part of the book, Christopher Booker explains his idea of the archetypal plots underlying all the best stories - "Overcoming the Monster", "Rags to Riches", "The Quest", "Voyage and Return", "Comedy", "Tragedy", and "Rebirth". Warning: this part of the book contains a huge number of plot summaries of novels, films, plays etc - some people may want to avoid spoilers!
In part two, he then looks at the archetypal figures playing roles in these stories, but this section drags a bit as he tends to re-hash the same story outlines as were used to explain the plots in part one.
Part three then looks at where (in his view) storytelling has gone wrong in the last century or two, showing how many novels only follow part of one of his archetypal sory arcs, and are incomplete as a result.
I have found it to be a fascinating read, building on the likes of Frazier's "The Golden Bough" and Campbell's "Hero with a Thousand faces" as giving new insights into the art of storytelling.
When I started writing this blog I intended it to be notes about programming and software engineering, but I found that the level of confidentiality in my work means that I find it difficult to find anything I can safely write about.
Since becoming more involved in photography, I decided to post some of my favourite photos from contacts on flickr. This serves a couple of purposes: it helps to highlight the range of great work on flickr (I'm still trying to get some of my friends to sign up) and also it's helping me understand my taste in photography.
The circle of life moves us all
It's summer right now in Brazil, and Neloqua's colourful photos bring some much-wanted sunshine in February (and all year round!)
Sunday, February 19, 2006
A rare smile
My friend Elizabeth has just joined up to Flickr, and ahs posted a few photos from our skiing holiday last week. Here's a rare shot of Duncan's teeth!
Thursday, February 16, 2006
The Forbidden Room
Dutch artist Mattijn has created a fascinating nightmare sequence of images: follow the sequence here
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
An amazing desert landscape from Lorien & Joe (nspiration Point, Bryce Canyon Nationa Park Utah, USA)
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
One of my own photos, for a change - this has gained 1500+ views and 38 favourites in just two weeks. It's a (fairly heavily) processed version of a snap taken in Yorkshire last August. I wrote up the technique on the 2 minute photoshoip tricks wiki.
Monday, February 13, 2006
Locker Low Moor
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Cortina is a fashionable resort, so the visitors spend most of their time in town being seen in their furs or shopping in the boutiques; the ski runs were almost empty.
We visited both the Faloria and Cristallo areas.
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
In the evening, we went on the 'crazy bowling and pizza' outing.
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Duncan, Matthew, Peter and Richard decided to do the back down to the bottom of the lift and come back up again then catch up, while Elizabeth, Rachel and I went straight onto the hidden valley. It was bitterly cold at the top of this run: I guess -10C with a force 6 wind? It was blasting ice crystals off the piste into our faces. We were glad to get to a more sheltered part of the valley and stop for lunch.
Then we went past the frozen waterfall, and down to the flat bottom of the valley where you are dragged by horses back towards Armentarola: still another 10km to get back to Selva.
Monday, February 06, 2006
Back up to Seceda; the fast group decided to do the run down to Ortisei again, I decided to take it easy back down towards St Cristina and let them catch up.
Sunday, February 05, 2006
Saturday, February 04, 2006
Friday, February 03, 2006
Angelo's got some great pictures of Italy. I chose this one as it gives a clue as to why I'll be offline for a few days.
Thursday, February 02, 2006
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
I think I would have to describe Ivan as an artist who uses photography, rather than as a photographer.