Rocks are hard objects we don’t think of as bendable in any sense of the word, and yet Spanish artist José Manuel Castro López has found a way to manipulate stone so that it appears soft and pliable. His stunning sculptures don’t even look real, as the rocks he carefully crafts are full of impossibly awesome twists and folds. Simply looking at his work makes you question everything you think you know about rocks.
If you’re into walking and live in the Hindley area, check out this great walk along an old railway line off Wigan road, Hindley, up to the Leeds to Liverpool canal, along the tow path, up to top lock, along Withington lane, cut through HIndley Hall Golf course, along Hall lane, left at Hemfield road (old dirt track), to Makerfield way, and back onto the old railway line, back to Wigan road.
The photos have been taken on a mobile phone and various times, you might notice the difference in colours and seasons. It clocks approx 5.7 miles. Check out the exact route by watching the video animation. Hope you enjoy..
We had a walk around Jumbles Country park today, which is just a stones through from where I spent part of my childhood. Between the ages of 5 and 10 years old I lived in Bromley Cross and have fond memories of the area. It’s only the second time I’ve been to Jumbles, the first time being a couple of years ago.
During that first visit, I’d had a funny experience. Jumping back in time, as a 9 year old me and a friend managed to persuade a local newspaper shop owner to give us a job delivering newspapers, but because we were under 10 years old at the time, we could do it only if we did it together. Now I have a strong memory of a country lane me and this friend used to deliver newspapers on, because it had no street lights, and it was always dark because we did the job during the winter months after school, some of the houses were quite secluded and scary in the dark, from a 9 year old’s point of view anyway.
Now jump forwards 39 years, having walked around Jumbles country park, I was completely unaware it would bring me back on to the very same lane (at the back of the park) that I’d delivered papers on all those years before. I hadn’t actually ever seen the place during the daytime, yet I had a strong sense of deja vous as we came onto the lane from Jumbles, and I said to my wife, “I wonder if this is the lane?” I felt a need to walk further down to see if it would bring me to Turton railways station, which it surely did. A very strange experience for me at the time, but it was great to rekindle some of those old memories again.
Anyway here are a few images from our most recent visit that we took using our phone camera …
There are a lot of different ways to display your favorite photos from your favorite travels around the world. You can put them in a photo album, have them set in a finely crafted frame, keep them in your wallet, or any number of things. It all depends on what moves you.
What gets you going? What inspires you? What makes you feel that certain indefinable something that helps move you forward? Don’t be afraid to be creative! What matters how things look at the end, not so much how you got there. With that in mind, following are three display ideas which aren’t necessarily traditional, but can help you memorialize your favorite times in style.
1. A PVC Vase To Memorialize Your Favorite Places
A bit of PVC pipe can be an ideal display solution. All you do is cut lengths of PVC which match the height of your photos, then carefully wrap them around, and plant the pipe in a circular holding solution; like the slot where an umbrella would usually fit on your backyard patio furniture.
Those umbrellas are notorious for being accidentally left open and ravaged by the wind. Instead of leaving the table with a hole in the middle empty, stick some PVC in there with some travel photos that match the décor of your backyard, or green room. Then round the scene out by putting flowers into the hollow inside of the pipe, and allowing them to spill over the side—as in the photo below.
Many homes will have areas specifically designed in a way which helps you remember travels, or those special occasions which deserve to be commemorated in some way. Sometimes a whole room of the house may be devoted to such presentations of your travels. If you’re going to go this route, you can avoid the reinvention of the wheel by simply finding and installing various backdrops.
Follow this hyperlink for photography backdrops and props; you can find just what you need to set up your most perfect scene. Whether urban or floral, expressive or monotone, you’ll be able to find whatever best fits your favorite travels. When you can add props as well, that allows you even greater visual definition in presentation.
3. A Chicken-Wire Partition Collage
A partition that accordions open or closed can be a great way to maximize the space in a room, dividing it up in a stylish way through semi-transparent imprinted chicken wire or colored fabrics. You can further maximize such space preservation options by making a collage of photos from your dream vacation up and down the partition, on either side.
For example, if you lived in a small one or two-bedroom apartment, you could divide up the living and dining area with such a partition, even going so far as to have either side feature a different style from a different vacation. Perhaps the side facing the window fits a green theme for the room and includes pictures of lush Hawaii, while the more beige-toned opposite side of the room features pictures from your travels through Las Vegas in the sand-strewn summertime.
When it comes to the presentation of your photos, you definitely want to do something more than simply store them online in varying digital albums where they’re forgotten until someone you didn’t know was following you decides to randomly like one from years ago.
Instead, give some care to your favorite times. Put them up for family and friends to see, and do something more convenient than leaning a bunch of frames on the top of cabinets or dressers where children and revelers can stumble into them and break them.
In contrast, when you’re displaying photos in a scene including a backdrop, or throughout a partition collage, or supported by PVC, you have greater strength in presentation, allowing pictures to survive even in the face of Murphy’s Law. Determine what your best photos are, and what works for you. You’ve got a lot of options, there’s plenty of potential; let your imagination run wild!
It’s the Great North Run day today, and this story, which has featured heavily in the sentiment of the day, and the desire to help others, really caught my attention, so I thought I would include it here. Hope you get some motivation to help others from it.
Here are a few photos from our recent trip to Balmoral Castle and gardens. We spent a week on the estate, stopping at one of the cottages that are available to rent. Photos are a mix of DSLR and camera phone, hope you enjoy them.