A good few years ago M had gone back to Ireland for a month to see his parents and I had stayed at home. One Saturday I decided to go to Liverpool to take photographs of architecture and general life. Liverpool is a pool of things to see everywhere you turn. So, lunch time came and I was walking south along Queens Dock and decided to go to McDonalds to eat. Being a bright sunny day, the starlings were there waiting for people to drop food or feed them. I had sat my camera on the table and was eating my fries. More and more birds came over to see if I was feeding them. I decided to break up the fries and gently throw them onto the next table where the birds were now gathering. Seeing that they were all coming to the same spot I decided to turn my DSL camera to them and press the auto focus. Again gently throwing fries to the table for them they all of a sudden arranged themselves in the position you can see from my photo, and I clicked the shutter and snapped this photo. Needless to say, when I looked at the photo I decided to give them all the rest of the fries as I thought they had earned them.
I hope you like the result of my photo day.
Well, my letter writing seems to be at a steady stream. I have 5 penpals so far, a guy in France, and ladies in Germany, Bath, Finland & America. I had written to a lady in Belgium but received the letter back saying that the address was incomplete, so messaged her as I had copied and pasted her address from her message. Yesterday, I received a message asking if I would write to a guy in Russia, so what the hell, although I find writing the first letter always a little hard as I never know what to say or how far to go. Do I just do a page intro and leave it at that or do I write something longer with no reals scope on discovery? Getting a happy medium is quite the thing. My penpal in Hamburg sticks to one sheet of A4 paper, both sides which work well, but I can be a chatterbox in the letter writing side, and when sending to my one in Bath manage usually 9 pages.
Now my mission is to get a penpal in Japan. I learned to speak Japanese many many years ago and loved everything about the culture and the place, so thought I penpal there would be fun. Maybe find one in New York as it is a place that I love to see on films and the TV, and maybe one in Australia or New Zealand. Oh, and Iceland too!
Andy Warhol, who would have been 90 on Monday said: “Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.” I quite agree with his sentiment, although I may have had more than 15 minutes. Many years ago, well, 9 years ago, we rescued a dog called Sky. She was locked in a bathroom with what may have been a brother surviving on only the toilet water. Their owner had ended up in the hospital and had died. No one knew of the dogs in the hospital, and only due to a neighbour, the RSPCA were alerted. We adopted Sky and the BBC asked if I would be in their program “Animal 24/7”, of course, I agreed to it and had lots of fun filming. Sky had a lot of fun too. It was really interesting watching how they make the programs and constantly repeating things from different angles in order to make it all look fluid. Although we no longer have Sky, her photo sits in our hall of fame with all our other animals past and present. Yes, that round ugly mug is me.
As a lot of my readers will know, I love to take photographs and have done since I was 14. My first job was as a photographic lab technician in charge of enlargements for the company and correcting photographs that had things in them that needed to vanish, a process called spotting. I had to spot away everything from dust marks to some, well, how do I put it, penis erasing. Yes, you read correctly, usually, a big group shot and there would be in the photo a man with his bits out. It was very enjoyable to do and made me laugh quite a lot, and surprised me how many men got their junk out on photos. I would always ensure that the offending item was erased and no one could ever tell. Now that is easy with the use of digital photography, and I have done some of my best corrections using the likes of Photoshop, especially on old photos that have fold marks and tears on them.
Anyways, I was invited to join a photography site and now have some of my work there. But, I did not want to let you all away without seeing some of my prize images.