We Can Be Heroes

At last the tent is up again with fairy lights attached, you can hear the bands sound checking from the main arena stage, people are at one with the universe, dressed in a wonder world of of colours with drink in hand. Yes we are delighted to be back at Bearded Theory (our favourite music festival), which has an amazing line up, including Placebo, Flaming Lips, Peter Hook and the Light, just to name a few, but what would a festival be without the people ?

The dress theme this year was heroes inspired by Bowie, and the last two years absence of the festival due to the pandemic. Here is a collection of images capturing the spirit and joyful vibes of the Bearded Theory festival goers .

My next post will feature some of the awesome bands that played.

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All images are copyright of Dawn Shallcross

The Secret Garden

Thanks to my lovely neighbour Rose, I have been able to mooch around her beautiful garden once again, after another wet day in Manchester with camera in hand. Rose has great knowledge of plants and flowers and is quite happy to tell me which are the weeds and flowers in our relaxed garden.

Here are my favourite macro photographs from Rose’s secret garden, enjoy.







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Next week I will be featuring first of two posts capturing the Bearded Theory festival goers, and later another post sharing some of the band photographs, with contributions from my good mate John.

Lisbon – Art Inside and Out

Just as everywhere you go in Rome you are surrounded by history, in Lisbon you are surrounded by art; whether it be beautiful tiled buildings, world renowned paintings, or street art. This is my final post on the wonderful city of Lisbon…until I return for another inspiring stay.

I visited the https://en.museuberardo.pt/ which hosts work by Piet Mondrian, Marcel Duchamp, Picasso and Andy Warhol, just to name a few. Here are some of my favourite pieces of art (It was really difficult to decide which ones to include as there were so many to choose from.). I hope they inspire you.

Renato Guttuso Studio e Paesaggio 1960 – Museu Coleção Berardo

Street Art – Alfama
Lordes Castro Ombre Portee de Dilma Gamara 1967 – Museu Coleção Berardo
Street Art – Alfama
Martial Raysse Paysage champêtre en quinze tons 1963 - Museu Coleção Berardo
Martial Raysse Paysage champêtre en quinze tons 1963 – Museu Coleção Berardo
So many beautiful tiled buildings
Street Art -Alfama
Peter Blake Captain Webb Match box 1961-1962 – Museu Coleção Berardo
Street Art – Alfama

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Art Nouveau to Deco – Lisbon

Whilst in Lisbon we discovered the amazing Berardo Museu Art Deco, which hosts an inspiring and beautiful collection of both art movements. This belongs to the art collector Joe Berardo and was opened last year. The collection features ceramics, paintings, sculptures and furniture, all illustrating the characteristics of these two styles. Another bonus is having the opportunity to do some wine tasting at the end of the tour as Berardo is a producer of quality wine. (Yes, of course we did. Saude!)

Art Nouveau design emphasises organic forms, using delicate curves and long lines with a lot of ornamentation. It was a reaction to the Industrial Revolution, and Deco was a reaction to World War 1, and made use of the developments created by the Industrial Revolution. Deco emphasises symmetry and streamlines basic shapes.

I have just selected a few of my favourite pieces from the collection to share with you.

The Art Deco symmetrical shaped gates leading to the collection

This was made from a newly discovered type of mahogany , but I can’t remember that details.
1930 A beautiful sculpture by Demrtre Chiparus made from bronze ivory and marble.
Such beautiful details
The original poster from the 1925 international Arts and Industries Exhibition.
Beautifully patterned Art Nouveau lamp shades.
There was an extensive collection of all the designs used by an industrial manufacturer. Sadly I can’t remember the details but it was brilliant

Please see Berardo Museu Art Deco for more information

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An Overlooked Beauty

Some people think this flower is a nuisance weed but I adore them, especially when they go to seed. To me they are sparkles of beauty when they are weighed down by the rain, and glisten against the darkness, through my lens. Sometimes we have to look harder to see the sparkle in ourselves and others but it’s the small sparkles that can make the difference to the way we live our lives.

These photographs celebrate all those people who make our lives sparkle.

Shine 1
Shine 2
Shine 3
Shine 4

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