Friday, February 20, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Monday, February 09, 2009
'Tis in the nature of men & women to see potential for beauty in the face of all that spoils. So whilst the garbage washed up on our beaches can be portrayed and visualised as "objets d'art" by some (myself included), let's not lose sight of the fact that it's an environmental pollution problem with a positively ominous momentum.
I snapped this ragged totem a month or so ago on Perranporth beach and it reminded me of the "fairy trees" you find in Ireland where people hang strips of clothing, scatter coins and plastic Virgins - offerings to old Gods and old ways.
It worked some magic of it's own. What with the credit crunchie eating into our coffers and dodgy builders ripping us off, I was seriously considering the family subscription to Surfers Against Sewage. I've cut back on SKY, LOVEFILM and my subscription to Women & Guns. Fortunately, spying this collection of marine crap brought me to my senses. (Anyway, there's always the pole dancing in Newquay for extra income.)
Now that SAS have their very own on Facebook page there's an opportunity for you to sign up and "exchange views about the environmental and health issues affecting all surfers." Or have a rant. No excuse now not to sign up. Go on - your beaches need you.
PS: guess which one of those subscriptions I don't actually subscribe to?
Thursday, February 05, 2009
I've just wallpapered my desktop with this fabulous shot after an email from SurferMag who've proffered up a rack of fine photos for your delectation & delight. Like most "free" wallpapers, there's usually a name or a logo stuck somewhere in a corner that ruins the shot. In this case (without wanting to detract from Clark Little, the Hawaiian photographer who took the original) a bit of Photoshopping has enabled me to render this vision logo-free. If you ain't up to all that techie tweaking, email me and I'll send you the cleaned up version at a higher resolution.
For those of you who prefer to ogle fluid waves than static shots, I might point you in the direction of my friend Mr.B (who brought us Substance, Driven & Performing Monkeys). He's hooked up with Surfline to produce some "websiodes" that he hopes will showcase and pump up the profile of the British surf scene. As the man himself says:
"I was looking at some of the Surfline videos and realised that I have footage from the UK with just as good waves and surfing as the majority of these clips. So I went to Surfline with the idea of supplying them with a short video clip on British waves and surfers and they loved the idea. I started with a ‘webisode’ introducing Oli Adams because I have worked with Oli a lot over the past few years and we have compiled a lot of good footage, especially in the UK and he was super keen. I think it’s great for the British surfers to get their surfing out to a more international audience and it’s great for the Surfline audiences to see some exciting surfing and great waves from a country that is often overlooked in the surfing world."
A nod too, to Dan Rosandich on the other side of the proverbial pond. He emailed me a while back to tell me he'd launched CoolBlueVision - "Where Surfers Hang & Dream About The Next Big Wave". Dan's a cartoonist so I said I'd trade a plug for a cartoon and he sent me this ... fair deal?
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
I spotted this shot a while ago over at the ever engaging home of Pineapple Luv. I nicked it for a rainy day and used it on a snowy one instead. The kids, cock-a-hoop at a freebie off school - have made a snowman. If you live in Cornwall - the relatively balmy South West county of the UK that struts out into the Celtic Sea like a boot aimed at Ireland's arse - you'll appreciate that this could be a "once in a lifetime" experience.
I have a general loathing of those "motivational" prints and posters you see hanging in typically corporate offices. You know the kind of thing: "The surest way not to fail is to determine to succeed" and the like. Very pithy, but with loads more potential for piss-take than pith. However, I have to say there's something uplifting about this shot - in every sense.
As my absence here may have suggested, it's been a difficult few months for me, and Sea Nymph in particular. It's good to be back.
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