Views around Worthing, West Sussex

In a break from my recent floral posts, I thought I would share some of my photographs of my hometown of Worthing on the South coast of England.

Being the town I grew up in, I often overlooked this lovely seaside resort as a source of photography. I am almost over familiar with  it! Anyway having moved out of Worthing many years ago now, I can look at it more objectively, and really love popping over there for days out. It has had a lot of money invested in it in recent years, meaning it has lost that “run down, out of season resort” look it once had.

Thumbnails of Worthing prints available from my redbubble shop.
Art prints of Worthing, West Sussex.

 

My images can be purchased as stickers from £1.69, art prints £10.91 or framed prints £56.06. The framed prints are fully customisable, with different sizes, mounts and frames available.

Flower design mobile phone cases.

Over the last few weeks I have been sharing some of the products that can be purchased from my Redbubble shop.

Today I thought I would share the floral mobile/ cell phone cases and skins. These designs show solitary flowers on plain backgrounds. The cases come in two types, snap  (£19.45) or tough (£24.31) for extra protection.

 

 

“Snap” case Specifications

  • Material

    Slim fitting one-piece clip-on case

    Protective Lip Weight Thickness
    Yes 15g 10mm

Features

  • Slim fitting one-piece clip-on case
  • Allows full access to all device ports
  • Extremely durable, shatterproof casing
  • Long life, super-bright colors embedded directly into the case

“tough” case Specifications

  • Material

    Clip-on case with a unique inner silicone absorbing sleeve

    Protective Lip Weight Thickness
    Yes 30g 11mm

Features

  • Clip-on case with a unique inner silicone absorbing sleeve
  • Allows full access to all device ports
  • Extremely durable, shatterproof casing
  • Long life, super-bright colors embedded directly into the case

To view and buy iPhone cases from the complete floral range, please visit the iPhone section of my shop here.

To view and buy Samsung Galaxy phone cases from the complete floral range, please visit the Samsung section of my shop here.

Thank you to all the hard working teachers (you know who you are!)

As the school year comes to an end here in the UK it is a time of reflection, excitement and anticipation. It has been an amazing year for my kids, growing in confidence and discovering who they are and what makes them unique. This journey has been made easier and more fun due to their amazing teachers and teaching assistants.

The big one, in particular has had a fantastic year, so I decided to create a home made thank you card for her teacher. He has used Lego throughout the year as a teaching method and a form of reward (it’s amazing how much the kids will behave to get the opportunity to build the latest Lego model!)

The other theme running through this academic year was the fidget spinner – very much a love/hate object. “The kids love ’em the teachers hate ’em!”

With these two things in mind I created a personal thank you card to sum up the year, I was quite pleased with the result!

Lego fidget spinner card.

So, to all those starting their summer holiday – enjoy your well earned break and thank you for recognising and celebrating our kids, for being the brilliant individuals that they are.

 

Master of photography-my thoughts on the final 

In the penultimate episode the contestants were asked to capture another tryptic. This time its had to tell their own life story. So they were all sent home to try and represent their lives in three images, one of which had to be a self portrait.

It was interesting to see what was important to each person and how the chose to portray it.

I, like many photographers I know find self portraits tricky, apart from getting the composition right, it is hard to shake off  that self conscious feeling!

Comewells images really did stand out. Yet again they were compelling due to the simplicity of the story telling and composition. A simple story, easy to understand and captured with simple clean images.

It was interesting to see the judges starting to disagree more. As I said in an earlier review of this series, photography can be so subjective and what tells a story to one person can be meaningless to another. So it is not surprising that they would not agree completely.

As in my last review I have decided to have a bit of fun and come up with a tryptic of my own, taking images from my own stock library to create it.

tryptic showing my daughters and a close up of my eye.
My World!

In the final of this series the surviving four contestants were sent to four different locations in Europe to photograph a minority culture. They had to choose how many images, between 3 and 5,  to present which they believed told the story of their selected group of people.

Again, it was really interesting to watch how each one approached this task and how well they gained the trust of their subjects.

Ultimately the winner of Master of Photography had to show the judges that they had a good eye for a photograph while producing consistent results. The unanimous choice was one of the UK photographers, Gillian Allard and I have to agree that she did produce some really interesting results. It will be interesting to see where it will take her in the future.

If you have enjoyed reading about my thoughts on Master of Photography, you can catch up with my previous reviews here :

episodes 1-3

episodes 4-6

Introducing my floral Sticker collection

Today I thought I would share with you some of the stickers available in the floral collection from my  Redbubble shop. Below is a sample of a few of the flower designs available:

 

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These bespoke stickers can be used to brighten up any laptop or notebook and start at the bargain price of £1.69! Discounts are available if you want to buy a combination of stickers. So you can get a 25% discount on any 4 stickers or 50% on any 10 purchased. So if you love your stickers – Redbubble is the place to go!

The main features of these stickers:

  • Removable, individually die-cut vinyl
  • Ideal for smooth flat surfaces like laptops, journals, windows, etc.
  • 3.2mm white border around each design

They are also available in four different sizes from 10cm to 35cm high.

 

High Key tulip flower snaps up one of the winning spots in photo competition.

Last month I entered a couple of my photographs into the ephotozine monthly competition. The theme for June was “flowers” so my high key floral images seemed like the perfect choice.

Single tulip flower set against white background.
High key tulip flower

This week I discovered that one of my images, the high key single tulip flower,  was chosen to be one of 20 winners. It was very exciting  to receive the email letting me know I was one of the winners.

I also enjoy scrolling through the other entries into the competition to see all the other interpretations of the theme. Looking at the other shortlisted entries made me very proud of my achievements too, as there were some very impressive images.

You can take a look at the competition page showing all the winning floral images here.

Master of photography episodes 4 – 6

Last month I reviewed the first three episodes of master of photography.  As I am still really enjoying the series, I thought I would share my thoughts on the next three. This time for my own amusement I am illustrating it with my own interpretation of the themes taken from my archive. It has been fascinating looking back over my old images and seeing where my photography journey began!

Episode four was all about telling an erotic story in three photographs. This is a tricky subject to get right but I think the contestants did really well. I loved the abstract look that Gillian Allard produced and thought this was an interesting take on the theme. The other favourite from the judges was from Souvid Datta. It was good and I did appreciate the amount of thought he put into the storytelling, I’m just not sure it really said “erotica”.  Yes he told an interesting back story on the history of erotica but were the images themselves erotic? I guess that is why art is subjective, and probably erotic art more than most.

lady in high heels floating above some money
 “levitation” was captured for a competition in 2015. I had recently upgraded to the Canon EOS 70d and was having a bit of fun with it!

In episode five the contestants were introduced to a Paralympian and ask to capture the essence of who they are and what their sport is about.  The judges said at the end of episode four that it was going to get tougher and they weren’t wrong. Their expectations have certainly got higher but I guess that is how people learn and improve. I couldn’t have picked an overall winner this week as each of them produced at least one image that I liked. This is also why I guess the competition has got tougher, as it is always much harder to produce a photo story rather than an individual piece.

Paralympian Hannah Cockcroft racing at London 2012 games.
British Paralympian Hannah Cockcroft during qualifications at the London 2012 games. Captured on my Fuji Finepix S3400 bridge camera.

Episode six got the contestants taking a closer look at Street Fashion during London fashion week. Again they had to create a photo story, this time capturing the mood on the streets of London. There is always some debate about how much setting up of an image is acceptable and the contestants certainly had different approaches to this. My view has always been to capture the scene in front of me, but it has to be said that the superior images this week were captured by those who “set up” the scenes. Gillian Allard again impressed the judges, and although I was not as clear about her “story” as the judges were, I did like what she produced. I also feel she is finally showing more of her true personality. Previously she came across as very confident and self assured and it was lovely to hear she doubts herself too!!

couple walking the catwalk at London Fashion weekend 2015.
In 2015 I won a competition where the prize was a place in the photographers pit at London Fashion Weekend. This couple decided to leave the show early and ended up walking the catwalk!

With only two episodes left of this series the competition is definitely getting harder to judge and the standard of photography continues to impress me. I look forward to finding out who will be judged “master of photography” in two weeks.