Category Archives: photography

Eyes as Big as Plates

Well.. Eyes as Big as Plates is an artistic venture which could also be called  Old People With Things On Their Heads .. that really is it.  A fantastically quirky and captivating set of pictures that I love.

Eyes as Big as Plates is the ongoing collaborative project between the Finnish-Norwegian artist duo Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth. Starting out as a play on characters from Nordic folklore, Eyes as Big as Plates has evolved into a continual search for modern human’s belonging to nature. The series is produced in collaboration with retired farmers, fishermen, zoologists, plumbers, opera singers, housewives, artists, academics and ninety year old parachutists. Since 2011 the artist duo has portrayed seniors in Norway, Finland, France, US, UK, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Sweden and Japan and Greenland added to the list in 2015.

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Eyes as Big as Plates # Bengt II (Norway 2011) © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Each image in the series presents a solitary figure in a landscape, dressed in elements from surroundings that indicate neither time nor place. Here nature acts as both content and context: characters literally inhabit the landscape wearing sculptures they create in collaboration with the artists.

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Eyes as Big as Plates # Astrid II (Norway 2011) © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

As active participants in our contemporary society, these seniors encourage the rediscovery of a demographic group too often labelled as marginalized or even as a stereotypical cliché. It is in this light that the project aims to generate new perspectives on who we are and where we belong.

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Eyes as Big as Plates # Agnes II (Norway 2011) © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Don’t know about you but I really love that picture of Agnes 🙂

To see more like this check out the carousel of images or the Eyes as Big as Plates blog for their latest adventures!

The Thin Line That Leads Us

Rhiannon and I shared an office many years ago when we worked at the Open University. Both our lives have had many twists and turns since then. The Thin Line That Leads Us was a blog she started in 2005 when she left her academic job and husband in Sydney to return to the UK to be with Stu who she first met as a student.

Callanish stones from the blog post Kayaking to Callanish.

The Magical Eden Valley in the blog post Sinners

Lemon leaf from the blog Tales of the Unexpected.

The bunkhouse shoe collection from Running Mad on Arran.

Glen Sannox in Running Mad on Arran.

Rhannons’s dad worked as a research scientist and she has many of his photos from his time in Antarctica..  This picture is from A Christmas Greeting.

She doesn’t blog on that one any more but has a new photography website at http://www.rhiannongeorge.co.uk

Animals made from vegetables

Animals made from vegetables are a massive thing at village shows in Yorkshire. I don’t think I’d ever come across them before I moved up here.

They are really daft but I love them and very disappointed that these show categories are just for the kids!

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And one from Malham Show a few years ago  taken by my friend Rebecca

A Mindful Morning

Mindfulness doesn’t have to be about meditation and sitting quietly.. it is also about noticing and appreciating little things and being aware of your surroundings.

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I love autumn leaves and it was the perfect time to see the colours changing.

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The park used to be a proper old fashioned pleasure ground and had a little railway track around the lake. The trains stopped many years ago but they have kept this old platform, sowed wildflower seeds and let nature do its thing.

old railway and wildflowersA butterfly sunbathing on the flowers by the path.

butterfly on purple flowers

 

Bob Leckridge – Heroes not Zombie

Heroes not Zombies is a wonderful and thought provoking blog by Bob Leckridge who is a medically trained doctor living in Scotland. He was a GP for many years before retraining as a homeopath and now works at the Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital which is part of the NHS.

Bob started blogging several years ago and there are a huge number of posts on Heroes not Zombies about health, mindfulness and meditation, photography, homeopathy, life, nature, travels and more.

The thing I love most are his wonderful photos.  He has an eye for patterns and nature and notices beautiful things that many of us would miss. For an example see this recent post from here to here which starts with the story of a single hollyhock seed .Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

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Many of Bob’s photos can be found on flickr and are well worth a look.

Rachel the Vagabond Baker

I have very many talented friends with excellent blogs so will give some of them a plug on here. I have known Rachel and her partner Chris for years and they have quite an unconventional life. Most of their time is spent travelling or house sitting and  they have recently bought a fab demountable camper to live in. They are both photographers and I think the eye for a good picture is what makes this blog a real gem.

Vagabond Baker is not just a recipe blog..  but also a wonderful showcase for their extensive travels, photographs and unusual nomadic lifestyle.

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Strangely.. the most popular blogs she has ever written are about her reasons for learning Finnish!

So pop over to Vagabond Baker and have a browse or find her on twitter @vagabondbaker or Vagabond Baking on facebook.

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