Contractions and expansions

Oh my word. It feels like a month since the trip to the zoo. But it’s only been one short week. Yes it feels like a month, because we’ve done so much. But also like a couple of days because it’s flown by so fast.

So what have we done that’s made time contract and expand all at the same time? Well, the zoo trip was the start of a lovely week with my family in Norwich. As a Freeman of the city. I was lucky enough to enjoy a special visit to the Museum of Norwich. And over the week I also had a chance to see familiar sights in the city, as well as discover a couple of new ones. Another new place for me was out of the city. My father took me and my daughter to Ranworth Broad, where the ducks were very enthusiastic about us once we’d bought a box of food.

 

I also had a fun, if exhausting, day with my sister and my daughter looking for decorated hares all round the city. We followed a trail of 50 giant hares, and though we didn’t manage to find all of them we were quite happy with 43. Six of my favourites are shown below. It was a very hot day and 43 hares took us about 5.5 miles on foot round the city, so I think we did pretty well, considering.

 

Our last afternoon in Norwich wasn’t actually in Norwich, but in Lowestoft. I had many childhood holidays in Lowestoft so if should have been really familiar. And a lot of it was. There are still two piers with amusement arcades, and “Tides Reach” (selling drinks and buckets and spades, inflatables, hats and a myriad of other seaside paraphernalia) next to the fish and chip shop (which we visited for tea). But the beach is different. Sandy parts are now stony, and stony bits are now sandy. But what glorious, golden sand! Daughter and I played on the beach for an hour, digging and paddling. And the water was warm! And the gardens on the front weren’t up to old standards. Some of this will be due to the recent spell of hot weather, but some is just the changes that come with time. An afternoon in Lowestoft was still wonderful though, especially in such lovely weather.

 

I’ll try to keep this blog up to date with the best photos of what’s happening during the holidays. But please excuse me if I’m having too much fun to do it frequently!

School’s out for summer

I guess today feels like the first proper day of the school holidays, because so far it’s been weekend time. Not that we’ve wasted that time: oh no the summer holidays really got off to a good start with the Little Mix concert in Earlham Park, Norwich on Saturday night, and a multi-generational family trip to Banham Zoo yesterday. It was lovely to see my sister, my niece and nephew and their families, especially the little ones. I think lots of fun was had by all.

And remember summer holidays gives more time for photos, so if you’d like anything doing now’s a great time to get in touch. Whether that’s parties or portraits I’d love to hear from you.

 

Scorchio!

I think we can all agree we’ve had an unusually long run of fine weather recently. I’ve managed to enjoy it this weekend as we had family visiting so life was a bit more relaxed. But even before the weekend started I had a fun Friday afternoon at one of the sites of the Camphill Village Trust. I met and photographed some wonderful people there in the Delrow Central cafe. I’m going to another CVT site next week and hope to be able to share some pictures with you after that.

The rest of the weekend has been with family. We set up a paddling pool for my daughter, spent time in the garden, went for a fantastic lunch on Saturday, had some beer on Didcot’s Boundary Park in the evening and enjoyed a few hours at Cuttleslowe park today.

 

My hometown

A bit of me will always think of Norwich as home. But for the past 16 years Didcot has been home. And of course over that time I’ve taken photos of it. So I was very interested to hear about an exhibition coming to Didcot’s Cornerstone arts centre in September to celebrate their 10th anniversary.

ENJOY PHOTOGRAPHY? WANT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS OF DIDCOT TO FEATURE IN AN EXHIBITION? WE NEED YOU!

Yes, there’s a chance that photos taken by you (or me) might make it into the exhibition. The information says that they particularly want

abstract images that show detail, texture, creativity and colour. We would love as many of you to get involved in this project as possible!

So I shall be looking through my archives and in addition I went out snapping last night. I hope you inspire you to go out and take some photos and maybe you, or me, or both of us can share a wall come September?

If you’ve got any comments then please get in touch

Ghostly images

Do you recall that I said I was thinking about a long term project? Well yesterday I went out in my lunch break and made a start. You probably won’t see any results for some months but while I was out on the grass I saw plenty of people walking, or even running, past. And so I got thinking about long exposures and taking some pictures down at floor level to get some kind of trail as people crossed my field of view. I had no idea what settings to use, so there was a lot of trial and error and lots of pictures of empty grass, but eventually (and typically just before I had to go back to the office) I got a few that I rather like.

A hot day at the park

Phew, it was scorching on the park this afternoon. How the Paw Patrol characters, or the football players managed I’m not sure. But it was all in a good cause, raising money for cystic fibrosis, and I hope everyone had a good time like us, but without the twisted ankle of course! Yes unfortunately my daughter had a little accident which meant we had to go home early, but an afternoon of rest and she’s fine now. It means of course that we didn’t get to see the raffle drawn, so if you won the voucher from In Any Event Photography please get in touch to arrange.

There is a gallery of pics – thanks to all who let me take their pictures – over on my Galleries page, just follow the link from there. I met some lovely people this afternoon and if anyone wants or needs to get in touch then please email me at sam@inenyeventphotography.co.uk or use the form below.