Friday, April 03, 2015

SelfiesHad my hair cut today so I thought I would take a selfie using Apple’s Photo Booth. Here is a sample. It raises the hoary old question : what is real and what isn’t. Talking of selfies did you know there is a museum in the Philippines dedicated to selfies? And here is a Twitter stream all about selfies in museums.







I had my hair cut today so I thought I would take a selfie  using Apple’s Photo Booth.

Alien
Here is a sample.

It raises the hoary old question : what is real and what isn’t.

Talking of selfies did you know there is a museum in the Philippines dedicated to selfies?


After Andy Warhol
And here is a Twitter stream all about selfies in museums.
and now for something...original

Over to Delta Studios for three hours Life Drawing.

We had a male model, John, with a suntan  you could die for- result of  six weeks in Australia. 

As a mature model now retired from his professional life he has discovered there is a great demand in Scotland for models so he has got himself a new career modelling for colleges ( those that still teach it), art clubs and studios.

I am not surprised he is in demand. He has an amazing body.

Life Drawing is no longer taught in most art colleges, or if it is then its minimal (I got two weeks at Glasgow School of Art) yet the demand from artists for drawing from life continues.
There is something very fundamental for an artist when you are confronted by a nude model. Mistakes are instantly recognizable. You can’t fudge lack of observation.


I would argue there is still a role for Life Drawing . What do you think?

New currency for Scotland-Queen Nicola the First


The Bank of Scotland issued yesterday a limited edition of the new currency, the merk, along with the smaller coin, the bawbee.

Professor Gavin McTaggart, a former chief economist at the Scotland Office, welcomes the re-introduction of the merk and the bawbee saying it helps to re-establish Scottish identity by reverting to the original coinage used in the 16th century.


 In fact the bawbee, Scotland’s best-known coin, was first issued in 1539 and continued to be struck until 1697, but it died finally with the Union of the Parliaments in 1707.

The re-introduction of these ancient Scottish coinages is yet another symbol of the growing confidence of Scotland as a country prepared for the 21st century.

Already the merk has become a valuable collectors item retailing well above its market value of £1 on e-Bay.


Get one while you can. Be sure to check though that you have the genuine article and it bears the correct date: 32nd March 2015.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Symmetry- whelk

I collected this   giant whelk in the Caribbean some time ago hoping that one-day I could use it in some photographic project.


Well today it has its three seconds of fame- as my contribution to mono Monday Symmetry, in my online photographic journal

Thursday, March 26, 2015

V & A travelling gallery comes to Stirling

The future is digital.
Well, we all know this but it still comes as a jolt when confronted with some of the latest technologies used in the creation of art.






jewellery designed by Lynne Maclachlan using computer software and 3Dprinting.


Today the Design in Motion exhibition, a collaboration between the V&A museum

and the Travelling Gallery came to Stirling.


All the designers featured use digital technologies to push the boundaries of their discipline enabling them to create work that is totally knew and unexpected.


One of the most innovative is this piece by Geoffrey Mann where he has used a 3D printer to visualise the fluttering of a moth. Mann, Director in Glass at Edinburgh College of Art, is fascinated by the idea of transforming the ephemeral nature of time and motion into forms that we can see using photographic and digital technologies.

Geoffrey Mann's printed 3D image inspired by the fluttering of a moth.

For those who love playing computer games

Strawberry Thief, based on a William Morris fabric, offers an expressive, creative and immersive experience. Even if you are of the generation that I am and hate the idea of computer games I must confess that this one did offer a zen like experience, maybe because it is designed by a young woman, Sophia George, still in her early twenties and the first ever V& A Game Designer in Residence.

Strawberry Thief, computer game designed by Sophia George.

You can download this app free from the App Store.