Exquisitely dull

design, media
As a few that know me will attest, I’m no fan of the Apple organisation, but as a designer myself I do like their product design - and most especially what they have done in making consumers aware that good design can command a premium. I very much like the idea that quality isn’t cheap. Nice one Steve, I’ll give you that. Actually, when I say I do like their product design (not that I own any of it) - it suddenly struck me the other day that what I mean is that I used to like their product design. It was while watching a client talking on his iPhone that it occured to be how bland it now seems as an object and the very latest 4S version (launched…
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Bacchanalian way

art
A detail of one of sculptor, Tim Shaw’s, Bacchanal figures in a “The Rites of Dionysus” at the Eden Project in Cornwall. Tim’s tableau is mesmerically fascinating and is described thus:  ”These sculptures draw inspiration from the unsettling accounts of the Bacchanal – of women who roamed mountains in a trance and at the height of ecstasy seized an animal, tore it apart and ate it raw, to commune with the Gods’ flesh and blood. The Dionysus myths are perhaps the oldest, most fascinating and most powerful stories that link mankind with the grapevines. They not only give us an insight into the customs and beliefs of an ancient civilization, but also tell us something about the unchanging nature of the human condition. The scenes of divine possession, madness, sacrifice…
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Shooting pool

photography
I was recently commissioned to photograph a couple of pool and snooker clubs [Hurricane Rooms]. One was an old establishment with an endearingly faded warmth that was the hangout of loyal locals. The other was a newly built chic interior with a rather more hip appeal. I wanted to capture something of the atmosphere of the two places and in particular the way that light plays such a crucial role in creating a sense of place and mood. I used long exposures and just allowed the light, the people and the movement to create the picture. Here’s a few of the results.      
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I calls it ‘bird in flight’

art, drawing, vector
Mmmm. This vector business is hard enough just trying to create static forms, but trying to impart a sense of movement - that’s tricky. Here’s an attempt to do just that with a mallard coming in to land. Must be quackers. Grateful acknowledgements to Alan D. Wilson for Creative Commons (Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5) use of source photograph. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/360302/mallard
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Going ape with vectors

art, drawing, vector
The fun with vectors continues. Starting to get fast and loose now. I’ve tried to capture something of the sheer mass and power of this wonderful animal. Since I first posted these images, I've created a larger version (1400 pixels wide) with added noise to increase the sense of texture and freedom. Click on the image above to load the this latest version. Grateful acknowledgements to http://www.yunphoto.net for use of source photograph.  
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