Back to Basics – Pinhole photography 

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Poppybead Creative BlogNot long ago I received an email from a colleague at my day job.  This woman was also a colleague at my previous day job and remembered my love of photography.  She let me know about an exhibition and a workshop on pinhole photography.  It was only a few days before someone was talking about the Beyond the Battlefields exhibition at a photography meet up.

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The exhibition is free and being held in Aston Webb’s Rotunda Gallery at the University of Birmingham.  I didn’t realise the Great Hall was used as a hospital in WW1.

After being taken around the exhibition we started the workshop.  I always have a fear that I can never keep up in workshops, but this was different.  Jo Gane who took the workshop was lovely.  She explained everything really well and didn’t go too fast.

We went on to prepare a drinks can ready to take our photos.  The cans were then loaded with photographic paper and off we went.

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My first attempt didn’t require much exposure time, two seconds.  I am so happy with the result.  We used a smartphone app to invert the photos.

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This was the corner of my 2nd attempt, the rest of the shot didn’t expose for long enough.

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My last attempt blended the old and the new.  I really wanted to take a photo of a new camera.

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I am so glad I attended this workshop, it was out of my comfort zone and I survived.

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Throwback Tuesday: Black and White Photo Challenge

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Over the last few weeks I have had a number of nominations for the black & white photography challenge.  5 or 7 days and you take and post a black and white photo on social media.  Then you nominate someone else.
Well thank you for the nominations but I have decided not to participate this year.  Mainly, because I have done it before 3 years ago.

Instead I thought I would share my photos from 3 years ago.

 

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Knitting: One of the things I love doing & challenges every part of me.

I still love knitting and the process of knitting.  I mentioned in a previous post why I knit and that hasn’t changed.

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Armistice day: Crochet, beads & buttons.

A couple of weeks ago I posted about why I made all of the crochet poppies.  I am not a big charity crafter as I find it stressful.  This happened when I made these poppy brooches, but maybe with some planning it won’t be so bad.

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Basketball plays a large part in my life and the person I have become.

Basketball has kept me off the streets as a child, given me structure and the opportunity to make friends across the world.

 

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A book I need to finish and was put back on my radar.

I still haven’t finished this book.  I don’t read enough, even though I have the help of my talking kindle.

 

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Nail varnish, I think I have a slight problem. When I get to 200 bottles I might stop!

I don’t wear make up, but I do paint my nails.  A bottle of nail varnish would be a nice treat, then I realised there was rather a lot.

Thank you for coming down memory lane with me.  I am will re-visit photos, previous posts and remember what has brough me to this point in my life.

Card Making

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It’s been a while since I last made a card.  Like most of the crafts I do, I haven’t felt the motivation to create.  But that is changing.

So here are some cards I have made previously, do excuse the quality of the photos.

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Watch this space for some new cards, maybe including my photography.  If there is any of my photos you would like to see on a card please let me know.

My Name is Leon – An Evening with Kit de Waal 

After two nights of crap sleep I find myself wide awake at a quarter to six in the morning.  So I took the opportunity to listen to an evening with Kit de Waal hosted by Brum Radio bookshow.

I heard about this event through my friend Tina.  Who I met many moons ago when we were involved in university basketball.  Her friendship has opened my world to creative situations I wouldn’t of thought of.
She told me about the book and thought I would be interested.  I had all good intentions to read the book before going but didn’t.

I turned up early at Waterstones Birmingham, had a drop of red grape and sat down.  I didn’t know what to expect.

The guy on the left was hosting the recording and the guy on the right was assisting with tech stuff.

Kit read an extract from her debut novel, talked about the process and answered questions.  It was interesting to hear what environment helps her write best and the things she does for others.

I plucked up the courage to ask a question about what advice she would give to a new writer.  You can hear the answer in full on the recording linked above.  Surrounding yourself with people who will support you has resonated with me ever since.  She made it clear that being creative is not easy but having support helps you get over the hurdles.  I am not a writer but am creative and always appreciate advice.

I am trying to improve my photography and asked if I could take some photos.  Kit said yes below are some of my favourite shots.

It was a lovely evening to be exposed to something new and to catch up with Tina.  Being able to listen again reminded me of this and look forward to more events and situations that will open up my creativity, thank you.