Been finding it difficult to sit down and continue with this blog, so I’m going to cheat and list over the next few days some of the pics that have been “Favorited” over on Flickr. Today’s is from a year ago exactly when I was still learning what was possible with my Samsung Galaxy Note.
It’s the 1st of March at 06:47 a.m. I’d taken the bus from Brighton at 03:30 in the morning, I can’t remember my time of arrival at Gatwick, everything passed by really quickly, even the tiresome yet necessary security checks. I have soft dried apricots and almonds in my bag for breakfast, all that I buy in flight is a bottle of water. Had to ask for ice, hey ho….it is Easyjet after all. I am finally on my way to Olhão, Faro, Portugal.
This break is long overdue and I’m hoping for good weather.
I boarded third from last as I like to sit as far away from disruptive noise as possible and in doing this I am able to avoid small children (no offence intended). I’m lucky that there is an empty overhead locker to accommodate my camera-bag and equipment, with a kindly couple of about my age sitting next to an empty window seat beneath it. I grab my opportunity and sit down and wait.
The plane took off at 6:30 and before too long we were approaching the south coast of England, that green and pleasant land. This is what I saw.
Taken with a Samsung Galaxy Note GT – N7000 at 06:47 on March 1st, 2012.
F-stop: f/2.6 Exp: 1/132 sec. ISO: ISO-32 Focal length: 4mm Max aperture: 2.81 Metering mode: Average
A lot of the Blogs that I come across tend to be inward looking and all about the writer and without much reference to other people but today it’s all about somebody else.
In little under a week I shall be visiting a very dear friend that I first met thirty years ago. Rachel was with Gerry and I was living with his brother, Graham. Neither relationship was very long lived, just a few years (a little under three for my dalliance). Looking back with great fondness on those times I guess Rachel was the little sister I never had and I the elder ‘gay’ brother that she never had (her biological brother, Karl, is straight). We were often at each others homes and going out and getting drunk together, talking about art, boys, fashion and music and all the other stuff that interests you when you’re young. We both moved away from our home towns. Rachel from Lowestoft, famed for being the most easterly point on the English mainland and I from Norwich, famed for…well, actually I’m not sure, Colman’s mustard I guess. Rachel went to London Central St. Martins College and the Royal College of Art via Japan and Germany. I ended up in Brighton stuck at American Express as a very pressurised financial analyst and feeling rather miserable.
So fast forward to now and Rachel is in Portugal and doing a doctorate at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto while I’m still in dear old Blighty but looking forward to seeing her later this week at her home and printers studio in Olhão.Surrounded no doubt by sardines and sailors! Her specialisation is in Gyotaku printmaking with mainly marine life and has been exhibited internationally many times. Click on her art below for more info:
I will be looking for typical Portuguese architecture, graffiti and anything that takes my fancy. There will no doubt be endless opportunities all along the Ria Formosa and the surrounding towns and villages so check back during the middle of March to see if I found anything to share.
Just a little video I did today with that good old freebie “Windows Live Movie Maker”. Photo’s were all taken this month with my Samsung Galaxy Note around the Brighton North Laines area (UK). I think android phones are really good for stuff like this and I hope you enjoy the music.
Disconnected is by The Creatures (ex Siouxsie & The Banshees. A U.K. group that formed from the emergent Phoenix that was Punk).
Always one of my favourite performers she’s still “looking good, not too shabby”.