Moving Subjects

Using a Ricoh GRD III and a Nikon DSLR to photograph streets, people, architecture and anything else that catches my eye.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Contemporary Art Gallery in Colchester - Part 2

This is the follow up to my recent post Contemporary Art Gallery in Colchester.

I wrote a little about the conception and construction of the First Site Gallery, and the controversy from the angry anti modern art mobs. I posted a selection of images taken from the outside of the radically designed building; and now it is time to show the insides.

Firstly, I just like to show a few images of people exporing the spaces created by the difficult geometry of the building. I deliberately processed the first images with a 'high key' to contrast the calm and quiet walls and ceilings with the dark shades of visiting public.

All kinds of people can be seen looking around, including parents with kids, old folk, and shoppers with strollers; not just the 'well read' art lovers and intelligentia.  It is a free space open for all to pop in and experience the other side of art.

My white balance is all over the place!

Here are some of my favourite exhibits from the last two years.  I have taken all these images stealthily, as the gallery operates a general 'no photography' rule.  That being said, these exhibitions are all from well over a year ago; and hopefully these will not offend any of the artists or gallery management.  (If I have to remove them, I will of course).  I hope though, I am promoting the gallery in my own independant way.

Artist:  Richard Deacon

Artist:  Lynn Chadwick

Artist:  Roger Hiorn

Artist:  Anthea Hamilton

Artist:  Anthea Hamilton 

Artist:  Anthea Hamilton

Artist:  John McCracken

Artists:  Nigel Henderson  and  Eduardo Paolozzi

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Dressed for winter

Now the summer is here, and in UK we can enjoy the occasional hot sunny day, in between the typically cloudy and warm rainy days; I thought I'd post a few shots of people taken during the colder months.  November, December and January require good warm clothing, and if we're going to stay warm then lets look good too.

Here are few smartly dressed winter folk of London town:

Her spotty coat seemed to blend in well with the large wall photo of London City architecture behind her.

I couldn't help but noticed the similarities between the modern urban man in the foreground and the dapper well dressed chap from the 1930s in the background.

Now she has definitely dressed for warmth and style.

But this poor old chap just wants to be at home...   look at his 'fed up with shopping' face!

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Japan - things that caught my eye

It's been a while since I posted some images from Japan.  These are not in any way examples of photography, but just snapshots of things that caught my eye taken while wandering around the mad world of Osaka and Kobe, all taken with my old Sony Cybershot W1 point and shoot .  My wife explained some of the following oddities:

These is a display of popular stand up comedians performing at this comedy club in Osaka.

This is 仮面ライダー or Kamen Rider , a very popular 1970's manga and anime super hero.

Here we have ドラえもん or Doraemon, an incredibly popular robotic cat and famous manga and anime character for young children in Japan. He has been entertaining children since 1969, and his original story book (in manga form) has sold over 100 million copies.

This statue of a fox is linked to the shinto deity inari. These can be seen all over Japan, and often wear these traditional red bibs.

Everywhere you go in Japanese cities, you will find these chaps waving illuminated sticks around, guiding cars and trucks in and out of parking spaces or buildings.

A huge mural of Roy Lichtenstein's  Vicki! I thought I heard your voice can be see on the side of the facing building. This is a view of the afternoon rush hour in Osaka, taken from my room. These overhead express ways pass straight through the cities in all directions, helping the millions of cars, buses and trucks get in and out of the central megopolis.

I have no idea why there is a huge steel sculture of a fly on top of this Osaka roof...    but I like it.

And finally, a VW campervan cafe / , adorned with Santa Claus in the city of Kobe. A very cool cafe indeed.