12-02-2017 still busy but still taking photos.. just about to start the Editing process had a great lecture and Edit practise using the Americans by Robert Frank Editing is as much about what to take out as it is to do with what is put in. Sequencing is also critical. just a couple of pics for you today murky inner city photographs showing "Progress" in Town planning and contrasting styles of architecture juxtaposed in Huddersfield's urban towns-cape The former Kirkgate pub dwarfed by hideous 1960's brick council buildings but also sitting next to the former palace theatre built in an art deco style I took this with my 24mm tilt shift lens and i think I have overcooked it ever so slightly The new Kirklees college towers above the old buildings at chapel hill in the foreground at the right is the Rat & ratchet brew pub (ossett owned) contrasting wildly with the new "Cruise Ship" behind .(Also 24mm TSE) 04-02-2017 Busy time so i'll keep it brief.... taken more photos, the work seems to be moving away from the theme "Britishness" and incorporating a bit more "Britain" not sure yet if this is a good thing but thats the way its going. I'm still keeping to the quirkiness of Britain/Brutishness but it's moving about on and off topic... hopefully this will be resolved in the edit. Still happy with the images .. just not sure how they will fit together as a body of work.we have had a few Talks ,both online and in the Uni by photographers which have been useful and interesting. Been having a good look at photographers who have covered a similar range of subjects,this week i've had a long and deep look at work by Daniel Meadows and Tony ray jones,i'm hoping to incorporate ideas without copying them reinterpreting might be the right expression. here's a couple (OK Three) of mine below mainly useing signs as a theme Grill Bar slop-shop more like, i hate these places which try to be all things to all stomachs failing in them all.. I imagine that if it wern't for drunks no one would eat this slop. Taxi Rank although you would never guess would you ;) The council letting us know why we cant drive down this road . 21-01-2017 Back at Uni last week ,struggling to get going again after Xmass and spending so much time writing Dissertation and Critical reflective summary,pluss its cold outside. been out around and about near to where where I live found a nice little farm protest about planning for Industrial units,which would blight our green and pleasant land. I also went up to Keighley a town i like quite a lot ,it's a bit run down but has the Uk's if not the worlds best brewery "Timothy Taylors" and a few good pubs Nothing more British than a pint of best Bitter,and nothing more British than a proper Pub the above Boltmakers Arms is just that.But as i was driving and taking photos i resisted the temptation to go in :(. In stark contrast to the Boltmakers and just down the road is the Cricketers Arms looks like an interesting boozer still cling to life between a couple of semi derelict textile buildings Definitely a touch of the Peter Mitchel's (See earlier blog ) about these two photos. http://strangelyfamiliar.co.uk/projects/ just to pad the blog out a bit and also to show the wonders of British Towns here's a photo i took in Knaresborough before back in October but hadn't time so process. It wouldn't be Britain without Cricket would it? and while in skipton i came across this statue of Freddie Trueman legendary Yorkshire Cricketer A bit of converging verticals in the background but i decided to keep them. 11 01 -2017 Well it's next year already not done much in this blog since 21 st dec been way too busy doing my dissertation. well thats done and uploaded so I will be doing some stuff here soon 21-12-2016 My Blog is like busses none for ages then two come along ;) Another exhibition this time our final years xmass exhibition they say a pictures paints a thousand words so have a look at these photos and i'll save my voice :D three of our students mounting their work Pictures at an Exhibition not a bad turnout of spectators Silvana with her work My photographs Hope you like the photos and the Blog (If anyone is reading it that is :D) have a happy Christmas 20-12-2016 another late Blog been trying to do one at least every two weeks but lots writing getting in the way of the photography another blog another gallery this time the Art Gallery at Manchester great gallery http://manchesterartgallery.org/ super exhibition Strange and Familiar :Britain as revealed by international Photographers Including a series of specially commissioned photographs by Romanian photographer Alex Beldea One Of our university's (Huddersfield) own. Alex's work being admired at the gallery info about the Exhibition and a few photos i took of some exhibits Bruce Gildens work on the wall more of the exhibition works some great photographs at this exhibition BUT there are far too many to take in at one go,It's a great body of work BUT it's a Great BIG body of work so i would advise you to maybe go twice or more. Trouble with that IS Manchester is at best a shithole to drive into... and the council are currently digging the place up to make it even worse to drive into.They are putting in buss priority lanes. so go by train which is a pain too and very expensive. 28-11-2016 Been a bit busy so this post is a bit late :( but no worries you might like it Had a visit to the Impressions gallery Bradford last week great exhibition by Peter Mitchel Manchester born but Leeds photographer it finishes on the 3rd December its worth a look heres a link http://www.impressions-gallery.com/exhibitions/?current and bellow a couple (or five) pics i took at the exhibition a couple of viewers Interesting Graffiti all in all some good stuff Useful to me as my Project is on Brtishness, and Planet Yorkshire comes within that remit,in my mind at least so suitably inspired and whilst in Bradford I got the camera out,and looked for a few interesting things i had seen whilst in Bradford last year. and this time I made the decision not to crop as tight as i would usually do I think they are better for the loose framing. wonderful piece of street sculpture down a back street of Bradford with people just walking past it without a second look Not just this piece of art people seem oblivious to either Samson brings down the Temple and people just walk on by and here's the full effect of Samson's feats of strength as he brings down what used to be the Temples of Bradford's Industrial area Little Germany All That viewing of artworks and taking photos made me a bit thirsty so to complete my day in Bradford I called in the Fighting Cock for a Pint of Taylors Landlord Great alehouse if ever your up that way 21 Preston Street, Bradford BD7 1JE, England Just to help you find it hers a couple of Photographs 18-11-2016 Struggling along with my Dissertation still cant see how it's gona make me a better photographer but it has to be done so i'm going to do it luckily i have Garry as my dissertation tutor so thanks Garry for all the help and encouragement took a few photos of the 11-11-2016 armistice day memorials should fill up a bit of space on here hope anyone who is reading this likes them (Is anyone reading this blog ?) Holmfirth war memorial i got a little bit lucky with the light and the clouds made an interesting sky too Particularly pleased with this on as the contrails in the sky make it look like an Arial dogfight has taken place Another shot from Holmfirth war memorial Bailiffe Bridge war memorial garden very interesting memorial "We waited here for Tommy" 10-11-2016 Got a couple of interesting photos last week of a piece of British Heritage which although now facing obsolescence has been given a new lease of life. A disused K6 telephone Kiosk which has been turned into a mini Library or Book exchange A great idea as it would be a shame to lose our heritage On a more political theme i have been working on my "Britishness" project with "Brexit" as my theme here are two "Work in Progress" ideas from a shoot i did the other day the flag is in need of an Iron, but they are just to see if the idea works The fading away of the EU from British politics is the theme 5-11-2016 I'm learning more about blogging by the week :) apparently i'm supposed to put my newest ramblings at the top that way people who view my Blog dont have to scroll through endless ramblings from the week before.Sorry :D so Now I shall be adding my weekly posts at the top. Went to York this wed 3-11-2016 Nice place, i've been endless times but still like it My project is on "Britishness" so i popped round to the WAR Memorial by the Minster and took this photo of the wreaths of Poppies and the fallen leaves which i found symbolic as we are coming up to November 11th I wandered round to the Museum Gardens to see a bit of the Roman History and there in amongst the Roman sarcophagi were squirrels performing for the cameras of the tourists so as not to feel left out I Joined in and took a couple too 1700 year old (ish) Roman sarcophagus with Squirrel I wonder what form of wild life will be playing on my Grave in 1500 years time Onward and ... errr across town i found these punishment stocks outside Priory Church of Holy Trinity Micklegate it's good to observe that even in Medieval times York catered for the disabled they could punish two able bodied miscreants and a one legged miscreant at the same time ..... in these unique stocks. And then up the road and round a few corners... one of these in a doorway Flying the flag for Britain a tourist from Hartlepool perhaps ????? or maybe a French spy in disguise ??? And finally for those of you who are new to my blog something to keep you regular :D A little about me I am a third year mature student at Huddersfield University, Yorkshire ,England (For my overseas viewers/readers) Studying Photography as part of my Studies I have to do a blog now that I Know what a blog is. :) (...isn't google wonderful) I can now start my blog as I am a Photographic student you are going to get more photos than words but don't worry they will be good ones IF anyone would like to see some of my other photographs which I have taken before during and after I became a student here is my Deviant Art page http://richardldixon.deviantart.com/ and here is a link to my photos on the Megalithic Portal a much more specialist web site for ancient Historical sites http://www.megalithic.co.uk/user.php?op=userinfo&bypass=1&uname=rldixon Yesterday 11/10/2016 we had a small exhibition at the university just one photo each,which was a worry as our photographs are part of our major project and as such may not work as individual photographs outside of the context of the project.So picking a single image had to be done with care My thoughts were that I should exhibit a photograph that would stand up on its own as a single image,and below is the photograph which I chose and exhibited the subject of my major project is Britishness some of our students putting up photographs at our Exhibition 19-10-2016 Trip to London visited a couple of Gallery's in London long day :( will upload a few pics and some comments soon.... And here they are the first exhibition was at the photographers gallery a retrospective of Feminist Avante-garde work from the 1970's not really my cup of tea and so very dated but still of interest ,if only as an historic reference,probably good for our younger students who didn,t live through it two of the works which i liked Some of our students watching a video by one of the artists Outside the young women of today seem to walk past oblivious to the 1970's feminist movement.How quickly we take things for granted. As we gather outside the Photographers gallery "Silvana" spots a camera pointing in her direction. Interesting poster (with alterations /additions) The best art as often is,Is on the walls outside not in gallery's. Tourists doing a little dance in front of an iconic London K2 Telephone Kiosk and the Houses of Parliament. A Man in some very exotic clothes and very un-exotic trainers ... And on we went to the National portrait Gallery to see William Eggleston unfortunately they would not allow photography.. AT A PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION.. so i will not give them any publicity..on my Blog except to say it was worth seeing BUT not worth paying £7 to see ..... Others may disagree but they will have to disagree on their own Blog. 26-10-2016 Reading week at uni so not been doing much photography concentrating on the dissertation.. soul destroying but i will get there in the end so here are a few architecture photos i took during the summer I just love interesting Buildings Wonderful building the Corn exchange Leeds just begs to be photographed And over the other side of the hill in Lancashire is the Midland Hotel Morecambe 1930's art deco Railway Hotel Stunning Stairway to heaven ????