Nan’s 80th

Not much to say about this but the photos speak for themselves, my Nan is awesome and as a surprise the whole extended family on that side surprised her by appearing at her 80th.

It was a great weekend, the log cabin we stayed in was the envy of my parents (resulting in them booking it for a few months later).That Cabin is possibly the most calming place I’ve ever stayed (tie with a retreat place in Huddersfield)

Uncle Nick who normal lives in hotter climates (Thailand and Saudi) came over with his son (my cousin Simon) and his daughter Anabel (obvs my other cousin). I’ve seen Simon a few times through the years but Anabel must have been 7 or 8 last time I saw her.

Bobbie really enjoyed siting next to Nana, Amelie enjoyed having lots of food (common theme there). These images are of us at the cabin, Glastonbury Abbey (it’s huge)  and then the meal – great weekend with a family that doesn’t often come together but when we do it’s like we have never been apart.

The log cabin in SomersetThe log cabin in Somerset 2The log cabin in Somerset 3Glastonbury Abbey 1Glastonbury Abbey 2Glastonbury Abbey 3Bobbie trying to get the cameraGlastonbury Abbey 4Glastonbury Abbey 5Glastonbury Abbey 6Glastonbury Abbey - where to go next?Glastonbury Abbey 7Bobbie at the 80th mealMother at the 80th mealFather at the 80th mealAmelie at the 80th mealMairi at the 80th mealNan at her 80th mealThe family at the 80th mealThe family at the 80th meal 2The family at the 80th meal 3The family at the 80th meal 4Bobbie and Nan

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A family visit to Goddard’s house

Some times the greatest treasures can be on your backdoor. Living in or around York you become numb to the history all around you. Bobbie has been around old things (Roman walls, ancient buildings, Victorian landscapes, me etc) for as long as she can remember and although some things fill her with wonder,  history doesn’t quite do it for her and I suspect that’s because she lives in a city surrounded by Roman walls and enough history for a county let alone a city.

Be that as it may, the wife and I attempt to take our kids to historic places all over the UK. That means not forgetting to do so in our own city of York. Goddard’s House is the newly opened home of the famous Terry’s family of chocolate factory fame.

The bellow images are of our visit, they had games available to play on tables which was of great fun to Bobbie, Amelie and National Trust properties don’t get on just yet but she’s mellowing slowly.

Highlights picture wise

  • The Terry’s mixed drops with 1930s decor behind looks awesome
  • The fact that, not only did they make chocolate oranges…they made chocolate APPLES!
  • finally the Terry’s ash tray.

Anyway click below and enjoy…Sorry for the lack of activity on this blog.  I’ll work my way through the back log now I’ve taken loads of pictures but had no editing time, I’ll catch up. 

Terry's ash tray (remember them?)Terry's carsSome Terry's chocolateMagical 20s like displayTerry's chocolate boxThe hand I had...Amelie, Mairi and BobbieChocolate orange or chocolate appleGames to play at terry'sPullman carriage no lessToy trainbagatelle gameSales and Marketing Terry's style

Illuminate York 2015

Hello people,

As a demonstration of my lack of time to write this blog here are the photos from illuminate York 2015 (taken October 2015). The main things I looked at where the light boxes at the Guildhall, NRM train lights and disco balls down the Shambles. Not much else to say about them but to click and take a look.

I do truly love Illuminate York it’s my favourite arts event York puts on and does separate it from other cities in the UK and indeed the world. Long may it continue.

Illuminate York 2015 photos:

A brown tankEvening Star light trialGlitter Ball light trials 3The rocket being watchedDuchess illuminated 2Glitter ball light trials 2The Duchess illuminated 1Glitter Ball light trials 1Square light boxes 2Eurostar illuminated 2The ghost of children on cobblesDiesel PowerSquare light boxesChinese Loco in blueGlitter Balls all in a rowEurostar illuminated 1Southern C1 lit upGuild Hall entrance of flowersThe Glitter Ball in YorkMe with mirrors

Edinburgh's Camera Obscura - big clue to next blog

Where have you seen me?

Hello people,

Interesting few months of offers to use photos of mine to market things. I always find this a little odd as I don’t go out to take “stock images” nor do I post to things like Getty Images. My images get found though this blog, google and flickR and then it’s up to the plucky people to find me on the web (they are quite good at doing that).

Opportunity number 1

Charming fella by the name of George Del Barrio approached me to use this image…
Edinburgh Camera Obscura 5

This was for his camera obscura exhibition in his gallery all the way in New York “The House of Ideas” http://vanderbiltrepublic.com/ I agreed, it looked like this:

Now I find my work appearing in any form odd, just knowing my words written at work are read by millions a year is a little freaky so my image appearing in New York is doubly weird. Now I won’t go into prices in this blog as I price things differently depending on project, person and requirements but I was just super proud to have my image used in this way at a proper art gallery, in NYC!

Opportunity number 2

This came from the rather good Lazenby Brown who I know from previous work with Your Move (who i used to work for) but I think they found me indepently from that link.

So we talked and sorted that out which turned out to be some marketing to encourage people back to york after our massive floods earlier this year, something I’m very much behind.

Doesn’t that look good? I’m rather proud of both of these uses to be honest, it’s great to hear someone else think your images are good other than your own ego!

I’m quite busy at the moment, just recently I had to cancel 2 things to fit one thing in, it’s that sort of time. But the family is growing up well so more photos and videos coming soon.

Bike Show at Squires Cafe, UK

The only place where walking round with a mug of coffee is the coolest thing in the world.

September 29th Bobbie put her shoes on her head and we set off for Squires cafe

This strange place is located near Sherburn in Elmet and on this day they had a bike show. We met up with my parents and had a little day out in the summer sunshine (despite it being the back end of September). Because it was so sunny it didn’t make for the best light for taking photos but think I did alright.

All taken on my D3000 with a 18-55mm lens and edited in Raw format only.

Enjoy

...and shoes on your head...Bobbie in October 2013BSAOrange flame motorbike detailBikes 1Bikes 2Mod manDon't cross this skull

Lakes Holiday 2013: Day 6

The weather on this day was not brilliant but still warm and we went to Bowness and while there went to the Beatrix Potter Experience and then later to the AWESOME Wray Castle.

So in Bowness the Beatrix Potter Experience can be found, a fairly large building housing all sorts of scenes from Beatrix Potter’s books. This was better than it sounds really, it did include a working veg garden that then feeds the cafe downstairs (genius idea).

The funniest thing was the huge number of Chinese and Japanese tourists that were also in attendance, now we thought “oh we will get Bobbie a book, from the store..” £6 I think, but it was nicely presented and we will give it to her later. The Chinese tourists in front of us in the queue had their shop assistant reply “…ok that’s £116 please” £116 on Beatrix potter things!!!! Long live the Chinese economy!

Anyway moving on, we then visited the little known National Trust property Wray Castle, this was our find of the holiday. I feel I should first explain what exploring properties with a little child is like.

The child will want to run about, no matter how good the Property management, the little child will find something to grab, tug, pull, knock, ruin or otherwise destroy items. This becomes an issue when visiting properties that are preserved for the nation.

Now we were expecting the very same experience here, Bobbie would enjoy it for a bit but after 15-20 “No don’t touch that”‘s she will get annoyed and then it’s tears and paddy time. Wray Castle couldn’t be further from this experience.

From the off they said to us “just let her run free, just watch her on the stairs but she can’t do much damage” we were confused but went into the first room which had massive building blocks and we spent 30 minutes making towers and having so much fun. We then went around the rest of the castle with fun and toys in most of the other rooms. It was so refreshing to have an National Trust property with kids truly at it’s heart and I thank the NT for making it that way but also plead for them to market it more!

And thus ends the Holiday blogs… coming up, how to play the drums and what a difference a manager makes.

To see the rest of the pages in this blog click on the links below:
Day 1&2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5

A Flying GooseBobbie and Peter RabbitLooking in through the windowMr ToddLittle pigsBeatrix Potter sculpture 3Beatrix Potter sculpture 2Beatrix Potter sculpture 1Old brownMrs Tiggy-WinkleWhen a cat and a bear have teaBeatrix Potter pondThat naughty PeterKicked outMy princessWray CastleWray Castle view 2Wray Castle view 1

Lakes Holiday 2013: Day 5

Day 5

Another picture perfect day arrived and we went to the small railway on the lake and then the Lakeland Motor Museum.

The train was great and Bobbie is now old enough to get excited about a train and she seemed to really enjoy it. The Lakeland Motor Museum was small but a great way to spend a few hours (even with a screaming child). My favorite picture is Bobbie next to the Pet cars used in Top Gear, it gives a real sense of scale.

At the Lakeland Motor Museum we also got the chance to see some of the Bluebird road and water record holders, it was stunning to see them in real life, the Bluebird car was the stuff of legends for me growing up so seeing my toy in true scale was very special.

We once again went swimming on this day.

If you want to see the other days see the links below

Day 1&2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 6

Enjoy.

Bobbie loving a steam trainRelaxing holidaySteam train!Old motorcycle suspensionTriumphAustralian fire engineBentley"File up here with Shell"BSA logo1 person car - car before it's time.Police spec MGAlfa Spider (not running obv)Bobbie next to the famous 'Pet' carsAllegroFord escort mk1Bluebird 1Bluebird 2Bluebird (boat) 1Bluebird (boat) 2

The fallout of Instragram – a personal story

A few months ago this little tech mess happened Instragram: no we would never do that honest, so along with other tech minded friends we took a few minutes to look at how our images are stored and who can do what with them.

I tried a few alternatives and then suddenly it hit me, I have Flickr Pro account and the Flickr app on my phone so problem solved I can take mobile images, save them on a site that at least respects my rights and put a few fancy (read as pointless) filters on my images.

So here is what I have so far from my mobile – Enjoy.

Not my normal gear – each photo is taken with a Samsung Galaxy S2 using the Flickr Android App.

The last ride to workFound this in an Old MagazineReady for lunchSnowmen need to drinkMe and My BobbieRetro CastlefordGood Memoriesyear 1 report!

Lavender, deer, and Dalby

Over October Half-term holidays (school break for non-UK readers) the family Gibson went on a few days out, one was to Lavender farm in North Yorkshire, in the middle of nowhere is a farm for Lavender. As well as being able to order Lavender tea (which creates Lavender burps) you can also see their hungry deer!

A Hungry deerMairi and Bobbie at the Lavender Farm - North Yorkshire

Then we went to the awesome Dalby Forest for a nice walk with the stunningly vivid Autumn leaves.

Dalby Forest October 2012 4Dalby Forest October 2012 3Dalby Forest October 2012 2Dalby Forest October 2012

So as normal everything was shot on my Nikon D3000 with a 18-55mm or 55- 200mm lens and taken in RAW. Processed using ViewNX2.

Coming next a few shots from Illuminate York.

Much love

Best roundabout in the UK

Me and Mairi were getting ready one morning when we hear radio 2 discussing the Holgate roundabout with a working windmill on it; this is something you just know of if you live in York. We did wonder why until we saw the bbc news website with the article declaring it was voted this years roundabout of the Year.

Well who could stay away? So that weekend we went to take Bobbie for a look as they had an open day, we were able to get very high up with here inside the windmill which was fun not a little scary with a small child. The group who restored it to full working order have a flickr group here

Below are the external shots I took,

Coming up will be illuminate York, which all proves to be a good hunting for my best snaps of the year. See what I’ve done the previous years 2011 & 2010.

Holgate windmill October 2012Holgate windmill October 2012 2Holgate windmill October 2012 3Holgate windmill October 2012 4Holgate windmill October 2012 5