DAYLIGHT – #MondayMusic

Get yourself ready for some 360p joy with this Monday Music treat.

This has been one of the most frustrating songs in my head for a while. Managed to resurface from a decade ago to tease my brain. After searching for “we something something something, we something something something” for what seemed like weeks, I found it!

Matt and Kim’s Daylight reminds me of so many great drives, of finding new music on MySpace and strange duos where it’s like are they together or brother and sister or what is happening.

Let me know if this chucks up any old memories for you?

Enjoy

Final 2 weeks of the @iamashley get your camera out creative kick up the butt

The usual walks with Elliott over the festive break threw up some foggy treats, fingers were well and truly frozen. Saw some amazing examples of nighttime Glasgow but I couldn’t get my ass out at night to replicate so here are Razor Ramon’s photos.

I also took part in the posterproject. Every few weeks they pick a word at random from the dictionary and the aim is to design a posted based off this word. This time it was “Rise”. After some long exposure experiments as shown below I decided upon the rise of a camera. As seen in the poster below.

Week 2 of the @iamashley get your camera out creative kick up the butt

Another week down of dragging my old Canon 550d and it’s nifty 50 about. This time down to Manchester for a bit and then out with Elliott and some lens whacking. There is something really analog about lens whacking that I love. I often use old Yashica glass for doing this and the manual aperture rings are a clunky joy. I guess it takes a while to get the art form down and the bokeh and crap focus is pretty much cliched indie film to the max. Still, I think it has a place in photography, much like editing of photos. Maybe next year I will get round to that part.

Lens whacking

My favourite stuff of 2017 and a review

Will I ever learn? Every year I come here and write a blog post with some wonderful plans for a New Year ahead, full of photography, filmmaking and exciting art projects.

This year was a break from the 12 monthly projects, a chance to relax and get away from the forced creativity that would enable me to do bigger better projects.

I did nothing.

Only thing of note this year outside of a very creative job was my photography from New York. To be honest, I was rather pleased with a number of photos I took.

More importantly, let us look externally at things that I thought were awesome in 2017.

Travel location – Brooklyn, New York

Such an amazing city which I didn’t expect to enjoy as much as I did. As a simple country boy, I never imagined I’d see places like this and get to stay with some amazing people and go to Coney Island looking for Warrriooorrrssss.

Albums – Top 3

Any year that has Ed Sheeran as the most streamed artist isn’t a good year in my books. Still, some banging tunes came out this year. These three albums contain some of my favourite tunes.

  1. LCD Soundsystem – American Dream
  2. Grizzly Bear – Painted Ruin
  3. Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly and James McAlister – Planetarium

Special shout out to Wolf Parade returning with a massive album

Feature Film – Tony Erdmann

Again, I did not go and see enough films this year. The top pick for this year is reliant on you enjoying super dark, long and German films. If not give it a miss.

Short Film – Glue

Between the amazing follow shots, the awesome jazz soundtrack and some serious pow pow, what’s not to love.

Advert – McTavish Surfboards – Dirt Nap

Only came across this recently but it’s gorgeous. I do enjoy a visually amazing ad, it’s like perfume ads, you see them and you’re just like “wha??” but it’s a visual representation of a smell, how could it not be “Whaaaaa??”.

Sporting event / Venue – West Ham Vs Bolton, Olympic Stadium

This was a bit of a grim one. We got trashed, was a horrendous game but it was so much fun. The stadium looked majestic as we walked up to it, the chants were hilarious and the sleeper train home to Glasgow afterward was a delight.

Documentary – Right To Roam from Patagonia

Another recent discovery but a really inspiring one from Patagonia. When you live in Scotland sometimes you forget how amazing the freedom of walking, camping, and exploring is in this gorgeous place. Well worth a watch and yes snowboarding again, it’s playing on my mind perhaps.

TV Show #spoilers – Twin Peaks: The Return

Easy one for me, enjoyed this weirdness immensely. Such a visual and audio treat. Could have done with less Dougie Jones but you had to go through that to get kick ass cooper.

Beer – North Sea Stout from Pilot Beer

Drank a lot this year but this recent beverage has peaked it. Sea water in a milk stout, it makes no sense but tastes yum.

 

November weekend in photos and an Etsy launch

 

Spent the weekend with this little bear as we wandered around Glasgow. Ended up heading to Bakery by Zique, some amazing tasty treats.

Since we got Elliott my wife has been making bandanas for him to wear, as seen above. We have now started to put together an Etsy shop where we sell some gorgeous bandanas made from some one off and specialist fabrics. Have a look-see below, it’s been fun to have a physical object to ship for a change.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ElliottsTriangles