The colour seeped out of the image

as the dial on the camera was turned

in seconds, pastel colours turned into shades of grey

as the metallic silver objects shined


Shiny things

Salford 16th August 2017

taken by inky like a magpie in summer, and collated for your enjoyment in response to the daily post

Ooh, Shiny!

1. Diamond backed frog with two coins of the realm

2. The Moon, taken from a Salford Sky at Night

3. Plane in the test flight area of the RAF Museum at Cosford

4. Oldham Museum and Art Gallery – with its glass roof

5 .  Coins

6.  Pottery at Salford Museum and art Gallery

7.  Imperial War Museum North’s Metal “Shattered Earth” – Really Shiny on Summer days



Shining in the bright moonlight

holding her beauty by the waters edge

in the way she reflects herself in the water

maybe she will catch someone’s eye

mariners on the hunt for precious cargo

expecting to find valuables where she is



Time Team 2117

Digging Up Your Digs

Amongst the mass of paper

the tools of this man’s trade

old typewriter – style laptop

and camera – 1990s grade

Books – you’d call them classics

Kipling, Hawks, Horwood, and Fforde ?

Sharing a space with this writer

I’m sure its a kind of reward

Doodles and paintings a plenty

conserved by a layer of dust

cartoons and landscapes from windows

should we show them ? Yes we must!


Back behind the Bridge

Location : BASIC Clicks Base, Portacabin, Brain & Spinal Injury Centre, Salford

Date : 14th July 2017

Camera : Sony DSC-H300 (No Tripod Required)



Diving over a tree!



We’ve been playing with Objects and Backdrops today – and the toy cars!

Continuing on from last week we set up our shots on the stations before taking the shots with our camera


Campervan on the beach


Using the clips from old magazines and the toy cars produced some really good shots and saved us the cost of location (Hee Hee!)




Pointing out the birds!

I revisited this picture from the last session. Using the pencils as “Pointers”.  I hadn’t spotted this till after taking the pic, but I created a “Sunrise” effect by marking them out.


Sat on a Polar Bear

As well as the lego men, Graham, one of the group brought in some railway model men

this allowed the group to be a bit more adventurous with our photos….


Convoy 🙂



Land of the Giant Polar Bears 🙂


Off into the Wild blue Yonder

and here’s a couple when I got home 🙂 Created along the same principles – studio a bit more rustic than that of BASIC Clicks…but objects and subject matter stayed the same (Astronomy book provided a little colour!)


Heading home from the moon


Riding across jupiter
Riding across Jupiter!




If you’ve got any favourites – feel free to let me know!






immerse yourself


Salford, 11th July 2017


when taking an interest in a subject, it pays to get the most of the subject matter.

Do your research, but don’t restrict yourself to a library 📚 books are great, however if you can see an item relating to your interest….it makes your interest  solid..  tangible.

Its  probably why I enjoy walking round the county museums and art galleries

taking in the counties art collections and exhibits and learning about the stories behind the picture.

I’ve covered the imperial war museum north a lot on this site.  But there are many other galleries that bring art and history to life.


Lark hill place in the city art gallery is one such example. Whilst others admire the paintings of Lowry and other local artists, You walk down an actual Victorian street.

You can see items in the windows, smell the smells of Victorian life and hear the sounds of a Victorian day…hear the hooves of the horses hitting the cobbles, and the clang of the blacksmith getting ready to replace those horses shoes …all before going back to modern life and enjoying your packed lunch.

immerse yourself….you will enjoy it


On the record


Old box files

a tale of someone’s life

diaries , holding memories from long ago

photos of holidays from far off places

sitting next to journals of journeys gone by

memories frozen in a moment

time captured in an object

the cv…course of life ?…doesn’t come close

as you open the lid, and moments come flooding back