Bring the Paint!

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Bring The Paint International Street Art Festival is a free event set to transform Leicester with supreme quality, high impact street art. The Cultural Quarter will play host to live artworks, music, skateboarding, breakdancing, BMX and a range of creative activities and exhibitions.

Bring the Paint brings over 150 artists together to work on sites across the city. Look out for large scale murals in the Cultural Quarter and legal spray sites city-wide. Other festival attractions include; live music, local jams, pop-up street art, window illustrations, food stalls and workshops. Bring The Paint International Street Art Festival promises to be a unique experience with multiple exciting opportunities for all visitors. Bring The Paint International Graffiti Festival aims to inspire a legacy of artistic growth and collaboration within the artistic community and beyond. Offering a platform to be creative and collaborate on a monumental scale, the festival is a visual celebration of Leicester’s diverse culture and will showcase the city’s thriving arts scene.

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Dont forget to check out Bring the Paints, IG Feed and FB Page!!

You can read previous ramblings here Return of the Macks (Part 2),  Return of the Macks 2017 (part one) and Return of the Macks… and view more images here on my website.

Return of the Macks 2017 (part one)

Travelling up to Leicester on a Friday, wasn’t as straightforward as it should have been, we had to go via Cheltenham so that I could hand in my last workbook, for the degree show, also the trains were delayed and we missed our connection in Brum, the weather ahh yes glorious sunshine and hot…(Lokey gets grumpy on overcrowded cattle wagons, when it’s a beautiful hot, sunny day – ideal painting conditions).

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So we got to Leicester an hour or so later than we had wanted, checked into the hotel, then headed to Culture Quarter, to check out what had been painted in the lead-up to the main event. What images I did take were on film (I haven’t sent them away for developing yet), after having a walk around, and catching up with a few people who still painting in the failing light, we ended up in The Exchange (lovely bar and they serve tea and cake too), now the choice’s of Cider for a Bristolian were limited, they had some bottled stuff that was apple or strawberry, or the only cider on tap… ‘Cloudy with a chance of shit-faced – a proper clear, flat cider that only West Country folk would have the balls to drink, now remember we were all bottle fed and weaned on ‘Traditional Thatcher’s’.

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As writer’s do, there was the usual ‘pass’ the black book (It’s a writer thing, if you’re all together with peeps from out of town, you generally sign, tag or draw in each other’s black books, it’s a way of commemorating the event). It was good to catch up with old friends and new, I met and spoke to some interesting people, from all walks of life,

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some people were meeting their idols for the first time, others were old friends and crew members, who may as well be family as they’ve known each other since childhood, it was like any other night down the pub, convo’s from work, art through to family life… normal people shit, it’s wasn’t like one of these lads nights out, where get’s sloshed in the first hour, cause havoc in the town, the odd fight, and someone being nicked, it was like being in one of, those, 18th century Gentlemen’s Club’s (where no females were allowed) very civilised and somewhat posh, though we were all outside, due to it being rather humid!

This night ended a little later than planned, and the hotel, the humidity, when we walked through the fire door, towards our room, was like stepping off of a plane in Adelaide in a 100+ temp… Humidity and dehydration mean one thing, a mother f8cker of a hangover for some people! (I don’t drink by the way!)

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Those that were drinking ‘Cloudy with a chance of shit-faced’, didn’t touch it on Saturday night…

 

You can read my previous ramblings here Return of the Macks… (History) and view more image’s, from the ‘Return of the Macks’ on my website.

Dean Lane

Shooting with my fav Black and White film, Graff and writings at the Deaner. So first you need a brief bit of history.

Dame Emily Park aka Dean Lane Skatepark was a place no sane person would enter unless you were skateboarding, sniffing glue or writing your name on one of the walls, back in the 1980’s. The Deaner is/was a ‘Hall of Fame‘, where many of the Bristol & Kingswood Graffiti Crew’s would produce productions, taking out whole walls, the rules were simple if you couldn’t better or burn a piece, don’t bother painting over it…

..by any means necessary (Stole the photo from Lokey, see more on his Flickr) painted by Pert, Kato, Shok1, Kilo, Skore, Daz, Infoe (R.I.P.), Verse, Tes

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Its also the place where Banksy first met the Dry Bred’z Crew or DBZ (and Yes its BRED’Z not Breadz as some may suggest)  The members were (I know I’m going to a miss a few people out, so will amend once I speak to Lokey) Vers, Tez, Lokey, Justa, Kato, Pert, Nach, Soker, Sorse, Shimz, Bush and Banksy

Now the deaner doesn’t get any huge productions anymore since the factory walls came down, and the Skate area of the park has been updated and modernised, so the wall space has changed a fair amount over the years.  My reasons for choosing Black and White film are simple, sometimes Graffiti, when it’s photographed in monochrome, can give a different feeling and change how the piece appears. I hope these images give you a sense of 1980’s Dean Lane…

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Exist To Resist: Activism, History and Having It..

Matthew Smith (Mattko) has decided it’s time he did a photo book, one of which that highlights the social history of the UK, through very turbulent times, coming out of Thatcher’s Concervatitive era to that of John Major’s Concervatitive Government, Mayday 1997 saw a change a General Election, a new Prime Minister – Tony Blair a Labour Government…

Exist to Resist is a social history book of born out of a love for UK’s rave, sound system, and festival culture. It is a photographic celebration of community gathering and grass roots democratic activism in images made between 1989 and 1997.

Mattko Kickstarter Film from Mattko on Vimeo.

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After over a decade and a half of Conservative government a great culture of resistance and opposition had arisen and become embedded within British society. Acid house and rave served as the musical soundtrack that united all of those disparate sub-cultural tribes in one mission; to gather, dance and celebrate together for free.

I grew up through the 1980’s and 90’s, time’s were tough for people, the country was in a recession in both decades, high unemployment, but the one thing we did have, were Free Parties and Raves, a huge shift in the music scene, a change in fashion, people’s attitudes, this is what Matthew Smith has captured in his book, the elements of activism, music and gatherings.

Life now is all about Social Media, the Internet, Smart Phones, CCTV Camera’s, constantly being watched by the Government, tracked where ever you go… We have less FREEDOM!

Please go and support Matt’s Kickstarter, I have 🙂

Multi Expo’s

These’s Multi Exposures are all done ‘in camera’ and taken on film. Film is my medium of choice, for a few reason’s, waiting for the film to be developed, looking at the prints, not knowing what to expect… Here are a few of my fav images, that I have taken over the past 10 years.

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Birnbeck Pier

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Birnbeck Pier is unique in that it is the only pier in the UK joining the mainland to an island. The Pier is Grade II* listed and is on the Heritage at Risk register.

The pier was designed by Eugenius Birch and opened on 5 June 1867, this year will be the 150 Anniversary, celebrations will be taking place over the weekend of the 3rd and 4th June, at Pier View, Weston-Super-Mare (Map).

The Birnbeck Regeneration Trust has long campaigned for a revival of the Birnbeck area since 2004 it has actively worked towards achieving its aim.

Preserving for the benefit of the people of Weston-super-Mare, and the Nation, the natural, historical, architectural and constructional heritage of Birnbeck Pier and Island, together with associated buildings and structures, and the land and buildings adjacent and above the shoreline

If you would like to support, volunteer or help in some other way, please contact the Trust using this email volunteer@birnbeckregenerationtrust.org.uk or visit here for more information.

This image is looking back towards Pier View, on the mainland, from the edge of the main jetty (Pier, which is Grade II* Listed), on Birnbeck Island, you can clearly see, how dangerous the jetty is, due to rotting, warped weathered planks on the walkway.

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To see more of my Monochrome images, on my website, click here and to see more images from myself and other select photographers, please click here, for the Trust’s media section.