Kingfisher: A Haiku

A fleeting glimpse
of reflected blue.
Spreading ripples


After the Rally

The henge stands empty
Silent echoes fill the air
Ghostly clashes, softened stomps
Mayhem displaced by stillness
Until next year…

This was inspired by the end of the Bloodstone Rally, an amazing festival or Morris dancing, fun and laughter which I was at this weekend.

The campsite/rally base was filled with noises of fun and dancing from the start to the end of the rally. This is the feeling I had when I came back to collect my van after the dancing had finished. It was quiet but felt like I could still hear the echoes of the weekend lingering in the air.

It is also an example of a Gogyohka, a Japanese 5 line poem 🙂

A real life art exhibition!

Between the 6th August and 9th September this year, I have a real live actual photography in a real live actual gallery!!

Photography has been my passion for as long as I can remember. Well almost, I mean it has been my passion for nearly 30 years but I can remember before that, I guess my passions before that mostly ran to the next A-Ha single, which care bears I had and reading…

Anyway photography has been my passion for a really long time… and I have, for a number of years wanted to have an exhibition. I have got as far as thinking about it but have always put myself off with negative thinking a sort of internal assumption that I couldn’t do it. I can’t blame anyone else, I never really spoke about it in any serious way.

Until one day last year when I mentioned it to Lucy from Portergirl who leaped on the idea with contagious enthusiasm. Spurred on by this I immediately googled venues in my area and emailed the gallery in the local theater (The Capitol) with links to my photos on Flickr . I was going on the principle that the worst they could do was say no, they were unlikely to be rude!

Much to my surprise, they emailed back within the day saying they liked my photos and would be happy for me to have an exhibition in their gallery, not long after that we had agreed dates and I had signed a contract!! I was in shock for quite a while, I didn’t really think they would say yes!!

So now I have a photography exhibition coming up, which still sounds extremely exciting, and daunting!! It is much more work than I anticipated but it is absolutely going to be worth it!

It is called Beauty in the Mundane and is based on the concept of seeing ordinary things in an extraordinary way! flyer

It is safe to say I am pretty terrified of this but also extremely excited!! I have no idea how to organise a photography exhibition! So far I have been concentrating on getting things printed, the next step is framing… and advertising…

I have got as far as making flyers, and a facebook page, but I suspect there is more to advertising than that…if anyone has any ideas feel free to let me know 😀

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Morris dancing through the dark

Firelight reflects off masked faces
Swirling Tatters
Clashing sticks
Patterns woven in
the shadows between the flames

This was inspired by some dancing I did with my Morris side, we were part of filming for a movie and were required to dance lit mainly by fire. 

This is an attempt at a Gogyohka, a Japanese poem of 5 line with no associated syllable count.