There is not much analysis to do on our Xmas Photo Hunt, it was simply a bit a fun. The kids picked 12 themes for 12 days of Christmas, each theme had a sort of link to Christmas but could be interpreted in any way you want. Not surprisingly there were a lot of Christmas themed photos but also plenty of different approaches taken as well. I wasn’t sure with it being a busy family time if people would play along but plenty of people kept me busy with a steady stream of photos coming in.
Initially I was going to try and keep track of how each person was doing in getting all 12 but I soon gave up on that idea and left it up to the sender to work out how they were doing. A few people definitely got all 12 and it was clear there were a few ‘finishers’ out there but others put in anywhere between 1 and 11. Either way it was fine with me as it added a bit of fun and social media togetherness across the holidays.
The 12 themes were: Pretty, Sign, Travel, Crack, Together, Enjoy, Relax, Story, Kind, Wrap, Escape, Peace. Have a look at the gallery and see if you can work out the various interpretations. I’ve set the gallery to random so each time you have a look the gallery will be a slightly different order enabling you to get a slightly different perspective each time. As always huge thanks for getting involved and taking part. I’m not sure when or if the next photo challenge will be – follow me on twitter @ianstreet67 to find out. Hope everyone has a great 2016.
We finished this year’s summer photo fun with the kids choosing odd as the theme. This summed up the summer quite nicely for me as for reasons that I’ve never quite got my head round Leeds decided to opt for a 7 week summer holiday this year for schools instead of the normal 6. Apparently next year it will be 5, no idea why, as I say odd.
When people tweet me their photo interpretations they often put a little explanation in with the tweet, I never use this on the blog posts as I like the photos to tell their own story and when they are all placed together in a gallery you get a better overall effect I think than single photos with an explanation. Also I like people to look at the photos and either figure out what the taker was thinking or perhaps to see their own interpretation within the image. This week though with odd I did think about putting up the explanations as there is indeed some odd photos and interpretations, but then I thought naaaaargh just go with it. So here it is an odd gallery indeed.
Also an apology from me, I struggled a bit to get the blogs up on time this summer, primarily just because I’ve been busy, you know life getting in the way, and this post is a typical example as it’s two and half weeks after the end of the holidays. Tardy indeed. It’s also been an interesting summer photo fun as I look back over it with some weeks really capturing the imagination and lots of people taking part while other weeks barely seemed to get off the ground. I’ve no idea why this was, maybe people are bored with it after a few years of doing it? I suspect there’s no real rhyme or reason to it which is always part of the fun, you put the idea out there and see what happens.
I’d really like to thank everyone who has joined our good ship photo fun, it was my eldest who came up with the idea a few years ago and while I pull it all together they still come up with all the themes. I love every photo that comes in as each simple photo and tweet is a connection made across time and space and there is something beautiful about that as far as I’m concerned. Cheers from me and the kids.
We had a right splash of colour for week 2 of this year’s summer photo fun. I’m not sure whether we had more people contributing because they found this theme easier to interpret that the first week of start, or whether for most people this was actually the first week of the holidays. Either way there were some great interpretations and it was fantastic to see my timeline pop up with these lovely photos, including some from kids which is always great.
If you click on the gallery then you can scroll through them in the right size, do have a look and let us know which ones you liked. I really liked the pink umbrella in St Mark’s Square but I couldn’t take my eyes of the piece of art work dripping in colour so I had to put that one at the top this week.
As always huge thanks for playing along with us, the kids will set a new theme each week over the summer holidays so hope you will continue to play along with us. Just follow #summerphotofun and / or me – @ianstreet67 on twitter and you will see the themes, then just tweet your interpretation and they will all go into the blog gallery for that theme at the end of the week. You don’t need to be a ‘photographer’ just open your eyes, snap on your phone and have fun with it. If you happen to be in a part of the world where it’s not summer, no worries you are still welcome to interpret and join in.
The kids chose Contrast as the theme for half term week and I was immediately thinking to myself what a contrast it was that we were in half term already as it seemed only last week the kids were getting ready to go back to school after the summer holidays and of course our #summerphotofun. It got me thinking about all the contrasts that we have in our everyday world as we go about our lives and the fact that they are (for me anyway) everywhere. A small one relevant to this post is the contrast between what I might see in my eye and what appears on my screen when I attempt to photograph it. Occasionally this works the other way when something on the screen takes me by surprise but that’s rare compared to the other way around.
What struck me looking at the photos that people sent in was how much contrast there is around us but that how beautiful it is. Beauty is not something that perhaps first springs to mind when you think of contrast as it perhaps goes better with compliment but some of these photos buck that notion for me: the simple red mug amongst a sea of white, the autumn colours, a carpet on a wood floor, new and old, stillness amongst activity. Look closely at these pictures and there is a real beauty to behold (perhaps apart from lettuce and gravy). I absolutely loved the photo of the person sat on the pavement reading a book, totally in a bubble while all around people are chatting and laughing.
The photo at the top was taken by one of my kids on their phone at the recent Leeds Light Night and gives a pretty good example of contrast as the city hall is illuminated with stunning visual projections which stand out against the blackness of the night sky. Light Night is an amazing thing that happens each year in Leeds and is a perfect example of a good contrast when the whole of the city centre changes it’s normal Friday night characteristics and becomes a family friendly playground.
Me and the kids have been doing our photofun themes during the various holidays for a couple of years now and really enjoy and it’s humbling that other people join in and make it such fun. Thanks to all of you who have taken part this time it’s really appreciated. We’ll probably do #DecemberPhotoFun over the 4 weeks so follow me @ianstreet67 on twitter if you don’t already to pick up the themes. We might throw in the odd random #weekendphotofun as well along the way.
Click on the gallery below to open it and scroll through the photos in the correct size they came in.
I always enjoy the themes that the kids choose and over the last few years we have been playing around with this they have got progressively better at choosing themes as they think about what might come in. They like to come up with a theme that is both definitive in nature but gives lots of scope for interpretation. I often think that some of the best themes they have chosen are colours or geometric shapes but this weeks theme of Curl was definitely one of the best they’ve chosen and there have been some brilliant interpretations that have come in from you all week.
We’ve just sat down to go through them and there were so many we enjoyed and it gave a real insight into how individuals can take a simple word and interpret it but also how photographs can make you think of the world around you, whether that be nature, art, jobs etc. I loved the photo that a cardiac nurse sent in of her stethoscope entitled ‘tool of the trade’ and the curl of the blade runner is also a very powerful image. As always our photofun would not work without all of you who take part and we’d really like to pass on our thanks that you take the time to do so and make it so much fun. When the pictures are all put together in the gallery they create a vibrant tableau of the world around us. As always click on the gallery to open it and you can see the photos as they came in, do let us know which ones you like. Lots of crackers this week we thought.
We kicked off this summers photo fun a week late this year due to holidays etc but while we were away in Ithaca the kids got planning on some themes for the remainder of the summer. They are getting dab hands at this now and come up with lots of ideas to form a long list and then whittle it down to give a good mix. As always I was unsure if people would play along with us but sure enough the Balance photos started arriving during the week and there have been some lovely photos and interpretations. The wedding ring photo for example was sent in by someone on their 10th anniversary who said that to succeed in marriage you need to strike the right balance which I liked very much. There were a few of you who enjoy Yoga and of course bikes feature which brings to mind Einstein’s great quote “Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance you must keep moving”. I particularly liked the cheeky photo of cricketer Gary Ballance scoring his 100 the other day which was certainly not a photo I’d have anticipated which is why we love doing this so much, you might think you know what will come in but we are always surprised. I didn’t imagine a car stuck up a tree either.
As always this idea only works if you take part so a huge thanks to all of you who have submitted photos, I think the gallery looks great. If you just click on the gallery you can scroll through each photo in the correct size. Some of the Balance is obvious but some you’ll have to think about. Do let us know which ones you like. I’ve been having a few technical issues so I do apologise if I’ve missed any of your photos out, if I have let me know and I’ll update the gallery.
Top trumps were all the rage when I was young, we all had various packs that were mostly based around cars and football from my memory. I’m not sure whether they ever went out of fashion but I seem to think that they did until coming back with a resurgence in the last 10 years or so and you can now get top trumps on almost everything, as well of course of cars and football. I didn’t however know about bike trump cards until one of my kids bought me them as a little surprise gift on the weekend from Colours May Vary. These trump cards are slightly different from the ‘Top Trump’ brand as they are beautifully illustrated by David Sparshott so that each card is like a mini art snapshot and the pack would make a great present for anyone who likes bikes (they’ve certainly found a welcome home in my house).
The 30 bikes chosen are widely different from individual iconic steeds through to ubiquitous utilitarian numbers with a brief description of each bike and they battle across six great categories: Day to Day Practicality; Ride-by Kudos; Top Speed; Robustness; Price; 24-7 Comfort Level. I’ve taken much hilarity from the Fixie only scoring 25/100 for Ride-by Kudos so I suggest you make sure you buy a pack of these for the hipster in your life.
Contributors Ben Spurrier and Clare Beaumont must have spent a long time arguing and haggling over which bikes to include before settling on the final cut:
- Sling Shot Farmboy
- Cervelo R5 CA
- Graeme Obree’s Old Faithful
- City Hire Bike
- Look Al 464
- Lotus Type 108
- GT Fury World Cup
- Red Line Flight
- Dutch Bike
- Colnago Master
- Lo Pro Pursuit
- Pinarello Dogma
- Mongoose Program
- Paris Galibier
- Condor Fratello
- 1970’s Clunker
- Moulton AM 20-2
- Polo Bicycle
- Peugeot Equipe
- Specialized Epic S-Works
- Mclaren Venge
- Strida SX
- Team GB Olympic Bicycle
- Merckx Track Bike
- Raleigh Chopper
- Trek FX Hybrid
- Ridley X-Ride