// Hipstamatic (III)

26 12 2010

The latest Hipstamatic instalment…I’m supposed to be in Hawaii at the moment, but the snow you see in these photos, and the snowy photos in this post kept me in this cold icy country. Not impressed doesn’t quite cut it, but we have a rescheduled flight to catch tomorrow, the snow and ice is starting to thaw out, and Heathrow has been getting flights out on schedule, so here’s hoping…

1. Easyjet flight from Gatwick to Glasgow International 2. Foil balloon for my dads 60th 3. Sixty cake, baked by my mum 4. Wandering up a mountain in Scotland 5. Book worm 6. US Dollars, that I haven’t had the chance to spend yet! 7. Temperature in my friends car – it dropped to -8.5°c before we got home 8. Snowy tram lines at Ampere Way 9. Drinking wine to drown my sorrows the night we found out our flight was cancelled 10. Drinking more wine…to drown my sorrows 11. Carr Lodge Park, just outside Wakefield 12. Pink champagne on Christmas morning


// New discovery: Path

12 12 2010

This morning I managed to stumble across Path when browsing the iPhone app store.

It’s described as “The best way to capture and share photos of your life with close friends and family”. As it stands, I have no friends or family following my Path (Username: ka-pow), but I’m currently loving the wonderful Path for iPhone interface irrespective of the fact nobody is aware I’m posting!

There were some negative comments within the reviews about the fact that Path now allows you to browse to your iPhone library to import older photos, rather than simply forcing you to use a photo taken through the app in the exact moment, but I have to disagree; I’ve enjoyed importing photos from the past couple of months (and it labels them as older photos, so there’s no confusion as to what’s current and what isn’t), and I also fully support the fact that this allows you to include photos taken through third party apps such as Hipstamatic, which as you all know, I’m a huge fan of!

Anyway, to give you a little look at the interface I’ve raved about, I’ve taken some screengrabs of my own path in action…

The idea is to upload photographs as “moments” on your path, which other users can follow. When you upload an image you have the option to assign tags for People, Places and Things, and this is how it labels your photograph! For example, in the aeroplane image above, “Easyjet” is the Thing, and “Gatwick Airport” is the place.

I love how you can see a snippet of your photos in a scrollable list, it shows you the tags and also how old the image is within the timeline. When you click into the image you can see where the photo was taken on a map, or (I presume) see which of your friends and family have viewed your picture. It seems like such a cool little tool, and potentially the next thing in the Photo Blogging world.

// Things I love (VI)

28 11 2010

Loving the muted, pastel shades of these photos, and the warmth they omit. I’ve linked them all back to weheartit so that any users of that site can heart any of these images they like. Enjoy ♥

// Numbers

26 01 2010

I get weekly emails from both Typography Served & Photography Served. This week, rather than the typography, it was actually some of the showcased photography which caught my eye – in particular the series below.

When they’re reduced to small scale as below, they aren’t instantly recognisable for what they are; the naked human form (all female), artfully arranged into numerical forms. Whilst this series of number is entirely female, there is also a set of male numbers on the creators website (featured below). I love how fluid the numbers appear, and see no reason why the sequence couldn’t be expanded in the future to also include letterforms.

I feel like this concept is the kind of thing which could work really well within a Sanex / Vaseline ad campaign; their television adverts lean heavily towards imagery of nude models, so in my opinion this would align perfectly as a headline typeface or similar. They’re eye-catching to say the least!

Sequence of numbers created by Arjan Benning | Credit to Kimberley Chan for reminding me what the naked-adverts were when I’d come up against a total mind block.

// Things I Love (II)

5 12 2009

Following on from this ‘things I love’ entry, I promised to make it a regular thing, and here is my second posting. Not strictly design related this week, but just images which made me stop, and look again, or look more closely. Basically images which have something about them, from fake clouds and macaroons, to birdcages and rubber ducks. Enjoy!

// 12 photos in 12 hours

6 07 2009

A Photomarathon is a photograph competition with a twist: You receive a 12 picture film. Over 12 hours you have to take pictures on 12 given topics. It’s not your physical condition, but your sense of improvisation, fun and creativity that is stressed throughout the Photomarathon.

The first I heard of a photomarathon was via Newport-based freelance photographer Eleanor Jane, who took part in the event in Cardiff this year for the first time. You can read her blog on the run up to the day in question here.

Over 370 photographers took up the Photomarathon challenge, and an exhibition of all their photos will be held at Cardiff’s Old Library on The Hayes, in the city centre. It will be open to the public from Saturday July 25th until Sunday August 9th. Opening hours will be 10am to 4pm, everyday except Mondays.

I think it sounds like a fantastic concept, though sadly nothing of this nature in Leeds, or even Yorkshire as far as I’m aware…

// Project 365

26 06 2009

For those of you who aren’t in-the-know about Project 365 (or those who would like to learn more about it), you can read about the concept here.

I initially started the project on January 1st 2008 (which would’ve made it Project 366 thanks to the leap year), though I found the British weather to be extremely bleak which drained my enthusiasm somewhat. I restarted on June 26th 2008, and thus ended yesterday – June 25th 2009. And what a year! Whilst I might’ve found the 2008/2009 Winter as equally bleak as the previous year, I was substantially underway to not cave to the internal pressure of giving up – and I’m so glad I didn’t.

Of course, some days it was extremely difficult to keep going. My life revolved around what was essentially a 9-5 job (in fact two 9-5 jobs, though I have since been made redundant – a story for a different day) and finding motivation some days was taxing, to say the least. So sure, some photos aren’t great, in fact I’d go so far as to say they’re downright dull, but apart from one monumental fuck up (pardon my French) on Day 281, I did what the brief told me, and took a photo every day for a whole year.

As for some of my favourites…? In no particular order:

Day 52: A chocolate heart Day 38: Long Distance Love Affairs Day 153: Sunset over Garforth #2 Day 175: Fifty pence Day 200: Emma Day 193: Cherries!
Day 227: Anna Day 202: Vine ripened Day 256: Origami heart Day 315: Feet & texture Day 255: Crazy Backcombing Day 245: Bed Friends
Day 205: Turquoise Day 130: Taking flight Day 25: Heart Shaped Box Day 332: Fountains Abbey Day 170: Shadow Day 358: Nana & Matty <3
Day 291: Postbox Day 98: Pantone Color Bridge Day 26: Leeds City Markets Day 133: Gunpowder, treason & plot Day 74: Hibiscus Day 12: Love Leeds!

The all important question — would I do it again? Most definitely! Not immediately, though it will be a definite adjustment to not have my camera almost surgically attached to me. Perhaps I will restart it in Summer 2010 so I can document the run up to my wedding, and my honeymoon – at least I’m guaranteed a few photos of interest that way!