Monday, May 28, 2007

Rhetorical Question

What do you do when the only one that can make you stop crying, is the person who made you cry?

Monday, May 21, 2007

A house made of sticks

I made a dead wood stick pile in the garden at the weekend to entice friendly creepy crawlies. I think the sticks may be too small (just taken from some dead branches from part of a tree I hacked down), it's certainly not big enough to house a hedgehog, but hopefully some hoverflies, beetles and the odd bumble bee will move in to eat the bad insects.

More on Wildlife Gardening

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Mixing Paint

I got the idea for this from a posting on abstract macro photography on the Digital Photography School web site. It's not as good as the example that they give but I love the concept and think there is great potential here to make some nice big prints for the wall. There are a few more in my Colours and Textures Flickr set.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Virtually robbed

An interesting debate is raging on Flickr, again initiated by my most favorite photographer _rebekka. Whilst surfing the net she found that a company was selling some of her landscape photos at a rather tidy profit, they had changed her name and of course had not been reimbursing her any money. Understandably she is rather pissed at this and talks of law suits are flowing in the comments to her posting. In the age of the Internet however, this kind of practice is all too inevitable? Posting your pic under an all rights reserved creative commons license does not ensure that someone will not pinch your stuff. It's frustrating, and unfair, and blatantly wrong, but having a go at suing the company's arse off will probably not benefit her, especially if she does not win. But on the other hand there is a matter of principle, if she nicked the BBC's logo, I'm sure they would take her to the cleaners, why shouldn't she sue? The publicity she is getting from all this (it has already made digg) is by no means bad though, may be she should think about selling some of her prints herself to pay for the legal action. I hope that she doesn't take the step of removing her photos from Flickr, that would be very sad. Good luck to her though, whatever she decides to do, it's certainly opened a great big topical can-o-worms.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

How We Are

For the first time the Tate Britain is inviting members of the public to submit photographs for a forthcoming exhibition: How We Are: Photographing Britain (Tate Britain, 22 May — 2 September 2007)

The exhibition takes a unique look at the journey of British photography, from the pioneers of the early medium to today’s photographers who use new technology to make and display their imagery. To demonstrate the evolving nature of photography in the twenty-first century, Flickr photographs will be featured in the exhibition.

The group's photographs will be displayed on screens as part of the exhibition at Tate Britain. The photographs will also be posted and shared on Tate's website and on the website of the exhibition's media partner, The Observer. In the final weeks of the exhibition, 40 photographs – 10 from each of the four themes – will be chosen by Tate to form the final display in the gallery from 6 August – 2 September 2007. A panel of curators, artists, photographers and others will select the final 40 photographs. The final 40 images will also be archived on Tate Online as part of the exhibition's website.

Obviously, the very excitable photographer that I am, I instantly submitted a little batch of my best British photographs to the Flickr pool they've set up and they've been accepted by the administrator - I think that means they are being displayed electronically now!!! Fingers crossed - how amazing would it be to have something hanging in the Tate Britain!!!!