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Black and white of boat in the water gray palette of colour

Day 206 – Abstract Palette

“The photographer's palette [is] a thousand shades of gray.” ~ H. E. Clark Turning an image black and white, or monochrome as many call it, is a very subjective thing. Some images lend themselves to such a muted palette and some surprise you when they do. The absence of colour though is something we never actually experience in real life, even those who are coloured blind see some light colours. Yet when it comes to photography we accept it a presentation of reality when in fact it is hugely abstract.
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Bubble wrap pop in black and white

Day 205 – Pop

Bubble wrap, the silliest addiction known to man. I don't think it is possible to touch the stuff and not pop it. There is something hugely satisfying about running your fingers over the little bubbles and squeezing them until you are rewarded with that perfect little noise. Pop! 
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girl in the river summer afternoon

Day 201 – Summer afternoon

"Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language." ~ Henry James I hate to say it in case I jinx it but summer, real proper summer seems to have finally arrived. The windows are open wide, the sun shines, the warm air swirls around in one of those perfect summertime breezes that just does enough to stop it being too hot. This, this is my weather heaven. Long may it last.
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Bristol suspension bridge the gap

Day 198 – Bridge the divide

"Bridge the gap with closed minds though careful dissection of ideas and solid presentation of fact." ~ Maximillian Degenerez Sadly we seem to live in world where facts seem to have been replaced with soundbites and arm waving. Shout your agenda the loudest and no matter how crazy it is the media will present it to the masses for you. In fact the crazier, more extreme and factless your shouting is the better. It is leading us into a world of division and extremism that I fear.
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Black and white of english countryside pathway fields ordinary paradise

Day 191 – Ordinary paradise

“She grew up in the ordinary paradise of the English countryside" ~ A.S. Byatt I have a split personality when it comes to where I grew up. My parents lived in central London and my Grandparents down in Sussex. Every school holiday I would spend with them and so my life was much split between the inner city and rural countryside. As a result I love and have a strong affinity with both. However if I had my way I would live in the middle of the city and dip into the countryside when I needed it. Because for all…
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Dark clouds over field black and white UK referendum

Day 184 – Dark Clouds

"There's a bright spot in every dark cloud." ~ Bruce Beresford Dark clouds have formed over the UK this week. We are a country in turmoil, politically, financially and socially. I have always been happy to live in the country. Despite its many problems and issues it has always felt like a place of tolerance and kindness. Now I feel that the dark clouds of something far more sinister are looming and my country is deeply divided, without leadership and very possibly in a financial crisis it will never recover from.
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Black white self portrait of the nape of molly's neck

Day 170 – The Nape

“my love is a winter’s mist gently dissolving through the window at the nape of your neck.” ~ Sanober Khan In case you are wondering this a self portrait. I take a lot of them. This one was part of a series that I took one evening using just a simple soft light from a lamp. I loved the way it created darkness and shadows but of course the trick if getting the ISO right to avoid having too much noise in the image. I spent rather a long time working on it but got a result I was pleased…
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London building brutalist style

Day 163 – Brutalist

"Brutalist architecture arouses passion and fury in equal measure. Of all the styles of housing in London, none is more polarising." ~ Kate Watson-Smyth It is easy to look at this building, a perfect example of Brutalistic architecture, and see something ugly. It is harsh and rough and imposing and yet, or maybe because of that, I find something hugely appealing about it. It is unapologetic, function over form, and that grittiness feels powerful and strong to me. Brutalist architecture flourished in post war London with the need for rebuilding and more housing. Many of those buildings are now in a…
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Solar panel tree in Bristol City phone charging point

Day 156 – Solar Art

"The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun." ~ Ralph NaderThis fabulous solar tree sits in Bristol City Centre looking like a piece of modern public art, which it is, but it also has a use. At the base of it are a series of plugs, protected from the rain by little hoods, that you can plug your phone charger into and recharge your battery for free using the power generated by the tree that rises up into the sky above your head. Now that is what I call…
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Barricades in Phildelphia subway

Day 145 – Through The Barricades

And now I know what they're saying It's a terrible beauty we've made So we make our love on wasteland And through the barricades ~ Through The Barricades by Spandau Ballet 
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Roller coaster Dorney Park rise and fall

Day 142 – Rise and fall

“With peaks of joy and valleys of heartache, life is a roller coaster ride, the rise and fall of which defines our journey. It is both scary and exciting at the same time.” ~ Sebastian Cole I don't like roller coasters. It is just not my kind of excitement however my children love the damn things but they don't seem to mind my lack of participation as I am always happy to be the 'looker after' of everyone's stuff whilst they go and defy the laws of gravity.  
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macro shot of delightful daisy in black and white

Day 135 – Delightful Daisy

"So let's enjoy the unfolding shape, the elemental, organic delight and agony of it all.” ~ Natalie Goldberg This a Daisy. My front garden lawn is awash with them. Even though we mow they spring back up. They are indestructible and I adore the delightful little things. I can't understand people who weed them out of their lawn. For me they are part of having a lawn and there is nothing quite like sitting in the sun and making a daisy chain from them.
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