Illuminate York 2016

It’s that time of year (2 months late) where I take out the camera gear and take advantage of some brilliant lighting installations that York put’s on as part of illuminate York.

If you read this blog you’ll know this comes around each year and I’m a kid in a sweet shop, using all sorts of camera tricks to really capture the experience of the installations.

I have to say I struggled a bit this year, the first part is my fault on the night I said I’d go take photos. I was delayed by about an hour so didn’t have loads of time to devote to the night. This meant I didn’t take my normal glut of photos, but hey I’m a dad of 2 and getting free time is a challenge.

The second issue is…it just didn’t seem as much as an event this year, admittedly I didn’t go to the paid Minster light show but in previous years avoiding the paid for part wasn’t so much of a pain, this year it was. Some installations were nothing short of lights against buildings…we’ve come along way from that and we deserve better.

The third issue was the toy/mech re-sellers. Me and Pete met outsider the Minster, at which point 9 (NINE!) hawkers were congregating selling flashy light wears. The problem with selling these at a light festival where people attempt to take stunning images is that that amount of rapid flashing green and pink light actually impacts the image. As it was this was only an issue in this location and and installation wasn’t good enough to be captured but my goodness it was just too much.

The fourth little thing was the tidiness of it all, take a look at the roman walls with the cross on. Try as I might, without significant editing I can’t hide those light sources, all it needs is a black cover but it didn’t get that and so I left it untouched to show you what I meant…anyway enjoy the trains and look forward to next year!

The railway museum provided a great platform yet again (no pun).

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YSP – October – Not Vital, Ai Weiwei and more

I’m not sure if it’s coming from Castleford (home of Henry Moore) or just an innate love or decent art but my goodness I love a trip to Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP), it always has something good installed and this visit was no exception.

Not Vital had a great series of artworks across 3 rooms in a new extension to the indoor exhibition space. We then went over to Ai Weiwei to see his tree sculpture “Iron Tree” which is a truly complex and labour intensive piece of art and therefore dam good art.

We saw other things but that was the highlights…Photos below, enjoy!

Me, Bobbie and bubblesNot VitalNot Vital - The headsNot Vital - The head is in his handBobbie - there she is!Not Vital - AntlerNot Vital - Bobbie's lookingSculpture at YSP 2Sculpture at YSP 1Ai Weiwei - Iron TreeWall of sound

Bobbie’s Birthday Day Out

The pride, the absolute pure pride that when given the choice of what to do on a day out for her Birthday my daughter chose going to a heritage railway and riding on a heritage bus. She’s 5…what an absolute star.

We went to the railway where her name comes from “Roberta” from the Railway Children which is based on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway .

Here are some lovely pictures of the day and Len and Lynda (the inlwas) came too and we had a picnic at the park. Why is there no photos of that I hear you gasp…try having a picnic in a park with a 5 year old and 1 1/2 year old and you’ll understand why.

The ball is a ball of 2ps made to look like the Death Star…random. It had a bike inside it…art.

Number 85 lampA little tank2ps joined2ps joined 2The Death Star of coinsBobbie at KWVR 4Bobbie at KWVR 3Bobbie at KWVR 2Bobbie at KWVRGrandma and Amelie 2Grandma and AmelieSteam in reverse

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

Illuminate York 2013

This Year for my ‘favorite thing that happens in York’ I went round with Mr B and explored the festival with him.

The images don’t really explain themselves but that’s nice isn’t it? Enjoy the best festival York puts on!

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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

Haxby Scarecrow Festival

In May my wonderful village all go a bit crackers and make scarecrows and put them in front of their homes. The assembled masses then take tours of the village using the scarecrows as landmarks. I did take a photo of each scarecrow but chose the below photos as a best of the best. I also took a few of Bobbie as it’s been awhile since she had some photos taken.

Taken with a Nikon D3000 18-55mm – shot in RAW.

Enjoy!

Mr Bloom scarecrow
Hungry caterpillar _
Nearly miss that one - woof!
Looc Ness haxby
You've got to be a muppet if you don't know these two
BFG
Bobbie Eye
Happy bobbie
He liked the cakes but got a straw like taste...

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.

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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.

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