Friday, April 28, 2017

More Utility boxes of the Algarve

So I'll stop with the boxes soon but here are some more  of the images I captured. (#Carvoeiroboxes)

Quite a selection of topics I think you'll agree..


Portraiture?
Buildings





















Wildlife too
Symbolism
And even fish




















Middle Eastern 
Non representational 





















And I fear to say 'twee'
Let's finish with another favourite...
£149 66 means the w/e will see £150

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Algarve Public Art

Amongst the delights the Algarve has to offer are  beautiful blue skies which provide a great setting for some dazzling colours natural and 'person-made'.

Hard to imagine such a striking public work on the streets of Ealing London

As well as Public Art (like this, above in central  Ferruagudo)  which integrates so well into the resorts the villa's and streets are vibrant and full of life in a way that doesn't work in the more Northerly UK where I spend most of my time.

In fact in  the village of Carvoeiro there's been a project that has turned the usual ugly utility boxes into works of art. Carvoeiro resident Phil Francis, aka Phil da Bife, and his friend and graffiti artist Hélder José, aka Bamby have done the work (you can see the story here).

Here are some of the images I captured. (#Carvoeiroboxes)

How ugly would that be without a flower?
Odd  about these trees (ideas?)
A Religious Icon


















I thought trees grew straight?


And in nature from the nest? day.

And we saw something  similar depicted on the boxes 





















More images from the local artists improving the local environment in the next post or two.

And the fund is still building ..

£147 .56 is what we're looking at 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

And back again - I'm floored

Gatwick airport shops before the news

So just over a week ago, Tuesday morning  and travelling to Gatwick airport in mini cab the  news was that  our PM (UK) was going to make an announcement.


Checked bags in - Usual waiting around at airport - Cup of coffee and sandwich - gate announced.


At gate TV was on and Theresa May has called an election - how can we can stay away for at least the duration of the campaign?  

Back to the increment-ing £146 26
So the Conservatives have found the weakness of the opposition parties too hard to resist (there are other theories as too why the election was called too) and decided to cut and run.

My initial thoughts were that this could be good news for the LibDems (they have a clear-ish message on Brexit), Labour (I thought) would be struggling and SNP laughing - the UK would be no more - As the weeks go I will see if I still see it playing out like this.

Portugal Holiday


The view from our rooms



So arriving in Portugal and eventually at our destination on the Algarve it's a lovely area  and the people at Vale d'Oliveiras were fantastically pleasant (with good language skills too).
well laid out





The hotel (if that's what it was) is one of the best we've had in terms of quality, space and standard.



An organic area too



Portugal is apparently on of our oldest allies and I reflect again on what Brexit means (here we can see Portugal perspective)  - there are many people in the area who rely on tourism and British tourists are I would suggest in the majority - Golf resorts and sailing being particularly popular pursuits  for retirees and holidaymakers.


It's always a plus for me to have a bathroom that includes a bath (as this one did) - there were two rooms a modern kitchen and a clever arrangement around connecting bathrooms - along with outside space I can see that this would be a great place to be able to retreat anytime an election is called.

Many developments are now based around a 25% timeshare arrangement as opposed to the old 2 weeks that were around 20+ years ago.


Outside space
A flat/hotel apt. that can take 5 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Tim Bourne is on holiday!

Hello Granddad
Reminders of holidays - my Granddad used to have a proper mug like this one and my brother collected blue pottery!

See you in 10 days or so


£145 15 should cover things 'til I git beck 

Friday, April 14, 2017

John Latham - a major figure? (104)

The Gallery
On Tuesday after my final session of the CityLit exhibiting course decided to stop off at Serpentine Gallery on the way back home - I generally enjoy the visits to this gallery not only because of the fantastic location but also because of the artists they show and the scale of the two galleries - the Sackler often providing new items in a unique setting.

The headline figure is a British artist (although born in Zambia) who was anew name to me - seems he'd been important but not a headliner grabber the way some of his contemporaries were - his name John Latham and in fact he only died about 10 years ago at the age of 84.
Books lovely books
A strongly coloured work





















Latham worked in a variety of styles but much of his work considered the importance of books (it is said as a reaction the the destruction of some by Nazis).

As well as 'retinal art' though he was associated with the Fluxus group (the group included Yoko Ono and Gustav Metzger) and was a radical figure - subsequently his studio in Peckham has become an exhibition space and I hope to visit it soon.


More work from Latham

Latham even had something of a philosophical idea that he called Event Structure -

Deep or what?
Here's a clip where people who knew him speak about him and  his work -

(N.B. Skoob is Books backwards).

Doors

Another £1.10 takes us to  £135 15p


It's in Argyle Road W13 and perhaps not a duplicate road?












And hiding behind the car a nice Stained glass job


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Hanging around at Questors Grapevine ( 103 a revisit I'm afraid)



So Tim Layden and I ably assisted by his Mum got to grips with our exhibition space this morning.

Tim has 12 images about the months of the year and I too have focused on 'Time' .

Three Glassy pictures 
And two with people

















Covent Garden and Chinatown/ Soho 

It's interesting to see the planning come to life - I've added labels and there are brochures and business cards.

The other Tim's work is on the long wall and provides a nice counterpoint - if you're in West London do pop in and take a look.










Some of the year as described by Tim Layden in a mixture of materials 





And then a drink
















And it's £134 05

Doors


A touch of the Gordons

Gold above the door

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

'More is More' and the Last Photo' Exhibition session along with planning (No 102)

Yesterday we had the last of our Exhibiting Photography course - it was good to get the opportunity to try out what we had been exposed to and I'm optimistic that I could have a visit from our course tutor Shirley Read an expert in Photographic Curation.

My inclination is somewhat against the times to say 'more is more'.

I have the following provisional line up for tomorrow.


As you enter from the left - 3 with galss 

And next to them - people









On the other side of the arch - 3 featured works showing my images if what I think is A Cosmopolitan City  - starting with 'Covent Garden' then hopefully the red images will draw the eye.

And  then 3 bigger pictures - with a certain 'distance' to them.











And now with the new £1 coin - £133.03



We'll find out how it looks in the next day (and Tim L's too)

The photographs are taking me back to my 'red' project  - oddly the first of a rather excellent short series by  Wayne Hemingway's 'Owning Colour - Red on Radio 4 also had that effect.


Doors



I like Gordon Road




A revisited road but a new door