Black and White Photo

I love gig photography – it’s a massive passion of mine – I’m rarely happier than listening to one of my favourite musicians and snapping away while they perform.

One of my major gripes is the lighting at gigs – whoever told venue owners that rotating red, blue and green lights is in any way complimentary never took a photo. My solution to this issue is to shoot in black and white. I often don’t even take a colour photo at a gig.

This set of photographs was taken under the other gig conditions that are troublesome for photographers – low light with no way of adding your own light to the scenario. Again shooting in black and white comes to the rescue.

The subject of the photos is a singer called Thom Morecroft, originally from Shropshire, he currently lives in Liverpool and is a stalwart of the local music scene, as a performer and also running a very popular open mic night. Thom is a great guy – kind and generous and a very talented singer and musician.

The EP that was launched the night these photos were taken can be bought here.

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Another weekend, another layout

So following on from last weekend’s crafting craziness I am back at my desk this morning and being inspired by Shimelle again. This time it’s a sketch – three photos on one page. I do quite often use three photos but I don’t think I’ve ever used them in this configuration before. I like it! I can see this being something I do again. So here’s the brief and the sketch if you want to try this yourself. 

I also did something this week that I haven’t done for years – I ordered something from an online scrapbook shop. Wow – it felt strange going through the pages and pages of stuff I haven’t seen for such a long time. I was very good though and only order consumable stuff (glue and a craft sheet because mine has gone AWOL in the move). I need to have a big tidy up of my supplies before I start buying fancy stuff again as I’m sure anything I see online I have a variation of it somewhere in this room.

Clutter and untidiness is not a reason to shop! <she says, sitting on her hands and trying to forget her paypal password>

Sunday Challenge Three – An Adventurous Colour Story

I really enjoyed this one. Great colour scheme to use and I get to scrap holiday photos! Perfect.

I’ve been re-discovering my stash – good grief I have a lot of half finished projects! Not sure what any of this stash was bought for originally but it was all together in a bag so I didn’t even really have to think about the colours too much – they just worked perfectly for the challenge.

The photos are from our first holiday together in 2012. We’d had a stressful 6 months to get to that point and so the holiday was a major de-stressing exercise. I’d visited Barbados a few years before on a working holiday and I was very keen to return. Pete had never been there. It was a fabulous holiday – just the right balance of adventure (jeep safaris and the wild west coast beaches) and relaxing by the pool.

See the challenge on Shimelle’s website.

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Sunday Challenge Two – Circles

This didn’t turn out the way I thought it would – I’m not thrilled with it and I’m hoping it looks better when it’s dry. I used a sepia glaze on the circles, trying to echo the glaze on the background paper (Tim Holtz) but it just looks a bit weird. I may just top them with butterflies if it still looks strange when it’s dry. Or glitter. You can fix anything with glitter😉

Challenge from Shimelle’s site here.

I have fixed this now – corrected layout is first – disappointing layout below. I realised it was mainly because it was an even number of circles that I hated.

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Sunday Challenge One – Frames

I love the inspiration for this challenge. I take a lot of photos but I very rarely put them on the walls. This challenge was inspired by a wall of photos in frames and I love it. I really must try harder to put my favourite photos up on the walls around my home.

So here is my frame inspired layout. I used my Cricut to cut the frames and the letters and the brads are My Mind’s Eye. Still loving discovering things in my stash I’d completely forgotten about. I may never go out again😉

Elizabeth is a wonderful singer/musician that I have become friends with here in Liverpool. Her husband, Gary, is also a very talented musician. I will be taking photos for Elizabeth at her monthly folk music night in Formby – Bow’s Folk.

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Challenge Four – Monochrome and an older photograph

So I groaned when I saw this title. I just threw away hundreds of old photos that I felt I would never scrap. I have a new life and I’ve scrapped that old part of my life already and I have no desire to keep revisiting it. So out they all went (I did keep the digital versions on a hard drive – I’m not completely heartless, I just don’t need them taking up physical space).

So the oldest photos I have printed are from January 2012. So that’s my “old”. My monochrome colour for this one is blue. I have no idea where the paper came from and I’m enjoying discovering my paper supplies again. The waves were apt because the photos were taken down by Liverpool’s waterfront and the scraps of material were near the top of my sewing box and caught my eye.

The journalling talks about how I love having a willing model – Pete will stand in front of anything so I can take a photo!

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Challenge Three – Colour Blocking

So I wasn’t really sure what this was but I think this layout meets the brief. It feels like a lot of my layouts – maybe I’ve been channeling early Creative Memories techniques without realising it!

The photos are of three of my favourite Liverpool based singers. Paul Dunbar, Robert Vincent and Gary Edward Jones. All three are amazingly talented and you can’t go wrong seeing any of them perform. Check them out if you’re in Liverpool. ShimelleWeekend - 1 (2)

Shimelle’s challenge is here.

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