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.
Summer Photo Fun 2015 got off to a bit of a slow start, with the kids picking Start as the first theme. I was not sure whether people were finding it hard to interpret the theme, or whether we had simply got off to too early a start for people. The summer holidays in Leeds this year are a bit strange and have caught quite a few people out as we count through our diaries and realise that it lasts for 7 weeks this year. Now summer holidays have been 6 weeks for as long as I can remember but for reasons I don’t understand this year they are 7 weeks and next summer 5 apparently. The result of this meant that we leapt into Summer Photo Fun a bit earlier than normal.
Still a few people saw it and got snapping and as always there were some lovely interpretations, the start of journeys, adventure, races and perhaps my favourite the photo at the top feature the start of new life. Although it was a quiet start to summer photo fun, as always many thanks for those who contributed. Let’s see what the rest of the summer throws up.
Anyone is welcome to contribute, just watch the hastag on twitter #summerphotofun and / or follow me on twitter @ianstreet67 for the weekly themes that my kids set.
Simple was the theme set by the kids this week for our summerphotofun project and as ever some lovely, thought provoking and funny pictures came in. Many of you used the theme of simple pleasures with things stripped back to their essence, nature, food and experiences featuring strongly along with a couple of very moving but simple memorials. You hear a lot about wanting to live a simple life as an antidote to the perception that life is now too complicated or fast paced. I’m not sure personally that I buy into the over complication argument but I also know that I live a simple, slow life in many respects and have done a long time before the slow movement became a fashionable thing. For me to enjoy life all you need are to concentrate on the simple things, time with family and friends, good food, spending time outdoors and enjoying new experiences, get that right (and I don’t think it’s difficult to do) and you have a path to contentment. All things outside this are just distractions, ignore as many of them as you can. I think when you look at the photos that have come in this week a lot of them are perfect slices of this way of living, none more so perhaps than the photo at the top.
As ever thanks go out to all of you who have contributed and come up with such a lovely varied gallery (I loved the oil and water shot), just click on the gallery to open it and see the photos full size. Do let us know which ones you liked in particular this week. I hope I haven’t forgotten to include any but if I have let me know and I’ll amend the gallery.
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.
Last week has seen our Summer Photo Fun project draw to a close with a final theme chosen by the kids of Reflect. I really enjoyed the themes that the kids came up with this summer but it was also interesting to see the order that they decided they should be in and I feel it was very apt that reflect came at the end when they would be perhaps looking back on what has hopefully been a good summer holiday for them. The idea of reflect is also a great photo theme as of course it can be a physical reflection captured in a mirrored building or a landscape captured in water but it can also be the concept and thoughts associated when we reflect which was beautifully captured in for example a stone bench. There are other things that make us reflect, the war memorial in Sydney being a haunting reminder of times past and of course the gravestones in a cemetary. There were lots of great interpretations this week and as always we have enjoyed looking at them as them come in, seeing how it fits the theme and how people have chosen to interpret it. As those of you who have been playing along all summer will know we also had the idea of seeing if we could get photos from an A-Z of places across the summer that also matched the themes. This week saw us complete the set with photos from France, Norway, New Zealand and Xiamen ! and you can see the full list on the original post here. The idea for the alphabet of places was to show the kids how ideas can spread and how different people who you don’t know might pick up on what you are doing and join in – the positive side of social media which I think is important to show to help balance out some of the less that positive press that social media can get. Our photo fun themes though I think show social media at it’s best and all of you who have joined in, whether for the whole summer or just for one photo have embraced the idea brilliantly and the kids and I have enjoyed it immensely.
As always click on the gallery to open it and you can scroll through the photos as they were sent it. Do let us know which ones you liked. Last summer was the first time we had this idea and we carried on over the year doing ad hoc weekendphotofun themes and one of the Xmas holidays as well. If people are interested we can carry on doing that as well, I can either just announce them via twitter or if you want advance notice you could DM me your email and I can create an email list of interested people. Whatever works for you. Anyway it’s been great fun over the summer, thanks for getting involved.