Format Festival

Kicking off on Saturday 15th March in Derby is this years Format Festival which according to the About film on the website, it’s a Photography Festival but it’s not about Photography. I think I understand !

Anyway here’s a link for you to find out what’s going on Format Festival .

The Wife
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Who We Are ? Shall we tell em ?


Maxine Duffat, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport’s first black woman bus driver. November 1983. © Martin Jenkinson Image Library / pressphotos.co.uk

There’s still time to catch an exhibition featuring the work of iconic Sheffield photographer Martin Jenkinson at Sheffield’s Weston Park Museum which continues until 14 April 2019 and entry is free ( hoorah ).

Martin Jenkinson a Sheffield based photographer captured a range of iconic images detailing every life in South Yorkshire.

Details of the exhibition here Weston Park Museum

Meanwhile Café Royal Books continue to release some wonderful work by the likes of Chris Steele-Perkins, Stephen McCoy and Homer Sykes. Check them out through the link.

Overhaul

Street Eating – Chesterfield February 2019

It’s time for a long overdue overhaul of this Blog. I’ve done some streamlining. From now on I’m going to concentrate mainly on British Photography, past and present. The simple reason for this is that I think in our present parlous state British Photography needs all the help it can get.

For the time being my own personal photography will concentrate on documenting my home town of Chesterfield and surrounding area while this Blog will simultaneously search out other Photographers who are doing similar whether that be landscape, social documentary or personal.

Gone are many superfluous links to things other than Photography while I’ve kept in links to talented photographers overseas whose work appeals to me personally.

I hope you continue to enjoy this Blog and of course if you have any suggestions or contributions then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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I’d like to quote you from Banksy but why should I, he never quoted any of my stuff. However on this occasion I’ll make an exception.  I picked this up on Facebook from a mate of mine so whether it’s actually from Banksy or not I’m not sure and I can’t be arsed to verify because whether it is or not I pretty much agree.

The artist “Banksy,” on advertisers: People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They… leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you. You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity. Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head. You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs. 

People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They… leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you. You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity. Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head. You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs. 

Here’s an advert for the NHS I found in a London phone box 

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Orange

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Big Bang Theory

Current ponder is how many of my recorded The Big Bang Theory can I watch while the wife is in the shower or doing something mundane out of the room. I’ve tried to persuade her of it’s funniness but it’s the canned laughter she can’t stand. The answer is one episode and that includes fast forwarding through the adverts. My recordings are random so that I watch random episodes of Penny and Leonard married, Sheldon and Amy married, Bernadette and Howard with baby and all those things not which seem to run concurrently on E4 and E4+1.  

Pastel De Nata 

This week’s delight was finding Lidl sell Pastel De for a can’t resist “oh go on then you only live once” price of 49 pence. Sooner or later I’m gonna have a goat making these myself just for the heck of it. The wife likes them as well so that’s a bonus. 

Sainsbury’s do em for about 80pence ! shame on them eh ? 

Clothing 

Check out Smith Webb clothing which want you to be kind in the world  with their ethical clothing  ( sweatshirts and t-shirts ). It says on their website they’re proud supporters of Mental Health and Anti – Bullying Charities

Music 

If keeping up with the music scene here in the UK is your thing check out Jared Musson’s Blog Mortal Vibrations   

Jared also writes for music website Louder than War

Radio Radio

It was great to be a guest on my mate Darrell Roberts’ Thursday evening radio show on Millside Hospital Radio   

I got to choose seven tracks from seven decades for his 7 Decades of Heaven at 7 feature. Bearing in mind this is a hospital radio I kept my choices as eclectic and middle of the road as I could. Nothing too heavy or left field. I injected a bit of a street ( photography) theme as well. Here’s my choices;

Big Mama Thornton – Hound Dog

The Beatles – A Day in the Life

The Jam – Strange Town

Prefab Sprout – Appetite

Dire Straits – On Every Street

Adele – Hometown Glory

Elbow – Mirrorball

All these can be found on You Tube or Spotify should you wish ?

Taken with Lumia Selfie

Darrell Roberts and I in the studio