53 Pieces of Unsolicited Advice: No.48

Clean up after yourself

one of my pet peeves is an empty toilet roll left on the holder

At work of late, I seem to be finding them more and more when I go to the bathroom. Or the empty toilet roll and it’s accompanying paper wrapper left on the floor (I suppose at least there’s a fresh roll on the holder).

It makes me wonder whether people do this sort of stuff in their own homes.

And who picks up after them?

Because it doesn’t take all that much effort to change an empty toilet roll and then dispose of the rubbish into a bin.

And while I’m at it, wash your bloody dishes too, instead of leaving them to rot in the sink.

and just in case you’re not sure how to change a toilet roll, here’s an instructional video to help

photo credit: samantha celera via photopin cc

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The Weekend Photo Project: ‘your town’

The Weekend Photo Project: 'your town' prompt

My little town has on open air sculpture gallery.

dotted around the town – in various states of undress – are sculptures from local and international artists

We have the boobie pole and the belly pole.  We have a totem pole of individuals grazing in to one another’s crotches.  We have a warrior and we have lovers embracing.

it can tend to be a little confronting for visitors

Responses range from gasps of horror, to giggles of embarrassment, but as locals, I don’t think we see the sculptures anymore.

This weekend, The Weekend Photo Project is all about showing everyone a little something about your town that is a little special.

Want to know where you can share your photos?

Facebook: Create an album (title suggestion – My Weekend Photo Project) and upload your photos (and don’t forget to add the hashtag #twpp now that FB does hashtags). You can make your album public so that anyone can have a look at your photos or you can share your photos with me over on my biz page.

Your blog: Upload your photos to your blog and share them with the wide world. Leave a link here so that others can follow the snail-trail.

Flickr: Share your photos at The Weekend Photo Project group.

Pinterest: If you’re on Pinterest create a board for your weekend photos. Don’t forget to add the tag #twpp so that others can search for them. I have a The Weekend Photo Project Pinterest board that I’m going to invite people to pin on. If you’d love to be involved, follow the board and I’ll send you an invite!

Instagram: Snap a photo with you phone or i-device and upload your photo to Instagram. You’ll find me here on Instagram. Don’t forget to add #twpp to your caption. Proceed to share!

Twitter: Use Instagram, link to your Pinterest board or your blog. And remember to add #twpp as your hashtag.

Anywhere else you like: I’m sure I’ve left out others ways of sharing, so leave a comment below and let everyone know where your photos will be!

Be sure and leave a comment below to let me (and everyone else) know where you’ll be sharing your photos. Visit other peoples photos. Like them. Comment.

and please, share The Weekend Photo Project – the more people we can get involved, the more fun it will be

Don’t forget that the prompts are open to interpretation – there is no right or wrong photo – just the photo you make of your world as you see it.

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{photography} where 10 black & white photos to inspire you led me

Last week I confessed that I’ve fallen head over heels in love with black and white photography.

The beauty of black and white is that it has a way of really letting the viewer experience the image.  The colour is stripped away, leaving behind the composition, light & shadow, texture and tonal qualities – the essence and emotion of the image.

its soul

These are my modest attempts at finding the soul of my subjects.  More experimentation is required, but in the meantime, I’m giving it my best shot.

dandelion-in-black-and-white

pears-black-and-white

gerbera-black-and-white

which one is your favourite out of the three?

and what else do you think I should photograph?

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53 Pieces of Unsolicited Advice: No.47

laugh-it-up

The world had been turned on its head of late, with death, despair and sadness seeming to be the only things in the news.

My Husband says it’s just a teaser of things to come.

i say it’s a reminder to live, love and laugh

Laugh loud and long, just like Sam here.  Because there is more than enough bad news in the world at present.

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The Weekend Photo Project: ‘someone you love’

The Weekend Photo Project: 'someone you love' prompt

i’ve got 3 someone’s i love

It’s just a question of trying to get them all in front of the camera at the same time, with no fuss…

Any suggestions?

Once upon a time the kids (not so much Husband) used to be more than happy to pose in front of the camera for me.  Now it’s next to impossible to get them to without much complaining and “Oh, Mum, do I have too?”‘s.  I’ve resorted to sneaking up on them a lot lately, but once they hear the shutter button go once, that’s it – no more sneaky photos.

doesn’t mean i won’t stop taking photos of them though

Keen to join in The Weekend Photo Project fun?

Here’s where you can -

Facebook: Create an album (title suggestion – My Weekend Photo Project) and upload your photos (and don’t forget to add the hashtag #twpp now that FB does hashtags). You can make your album public so that anyone can have a look at your photos or you can share your photos with me over on my biz page.

Your blog: Upload your photos to your blog and share them with the wide world. Leave a link here so that others can follow the snail-trail.

Flickr: Share your photos at The Weekend Photo Project group.

Pinterest: If you’re on Pinterest create a board for your weekend photos. Don’t forget to add the tag #twpp so that others can search for them. I have a The Weekend Photo Project Pinterest board that I’m going to invite people to pin on. If you’d love to be involved, follow the board and I’ll send you an invite!

Instagram: Snap a photo with you phone or i-device and upload your photo to Instagram. You’ll find me here on Instagram. Don’t forget to add #twpp to your caption. Proceed to share!

Twitter: Use Instagram, link to your Pinterest board or your blog. And remember to add #twpp as your hashtag.

Anywhere else you like: I’m sure I’ve left out others ways of sharing, so leave a comment below and let everyone know where your photos will be!

Be sure and leave a comment below to let me (and everyone else) know where you’ll be sharing your photos. Visit other peoples photos. Like them. Comment.

and please, share The Weekend Photo Project – the more people we can get involved, the more fun it will be

Don’t forget that the prompts are open to interpretation – there is no right or wrong photo – just the photo you make of your world as you see it.

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{photography} 10 black & white photos to inspire you

i’ve fallen in love with black & white photography

I’ve been processing most of my own photos to black and white of late… there’s something about stripping away the colour – the distractions – that appeals to me.

Which means I tend to spend a little bit of time looking for inspiration online.

here are 10 of my current favourites

Untitled by leonhard.katzel on Flickr

portraits don’t always have to be full faces – Untitled by leonhard.katzel on Flickr

simplicity and reflection - Solitude by Jacques Gauthier

simplicity and reflection – Solitude by Jacques Gauthier

everyday objects can be beautiful - Pear Still Life by Lupen Grainne

everyday objects can be beautiful – Pear Still Life by Lupen Grainne

intense black - I wanna be yours by Gabriel (correctly linked, I hope)

intense black – I wanna be yours by Gabriel (correctly linked, I hope)

dandelions were a favourite subject even way back when - Dandelions by Frederick H. Evans

dandelions were a favourite subject even way back when – Dandelions by Frederick H. Evans

one of my latest that I'm loving - Fork by me

one of my latest that I’m loving – Fork by me

using negative space for impact - Negative Space by ??? (if you know who took this image, please let me know so I can link correctly)

using negative space for impact – Negative Space by ??? (if you know who took this image, please let me know so I can link correctly)

Black & White Dandelion - dandelions... an eternal source of beautiful photographs

dandelions… and eternal source of beautiful photographs - Black & White Dandelion by lladybuggz

music and photography - Cello

music and photography – Cello by KEnzPhotography

do you know of any black & white photos that just beg to be shared?

Please let me know in the comments!

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