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.

Thanks for visiting

All images are copyright of Dawn Shallcross

A City With A View

After almost three years of lockdown misery, we flew over the sea and arrived in Portugal’s beautiful capital, Lisbon. It was a feast to the eye, inspiration to the intellect and a pleasure to the heart. The city is a juxtaposition of the old and new, but both elements compliment each other.

The oldest part of Lisbon is Alfama, which is a labyrinth of narrow, steep, cobbled lanes leading up to the 11th century Sao Jorge Castle. There is the contrast of rustic houses and cafes and shops, with amazing colourful Street Art, and recycled pretty innovations to help reduce the carbon footprint. This was my favourite part of the city, and I would have liked to spend more time mooching around it, but a sprained ankle sadly stopped this. (That’s a cautionary tale about wearing sunglasses inside hotels)

It has been so difficult to decide what photographs to include in this first post of four, but I have mainly featured images taken from Alfarma, and the views from our hotel roof bar which capture the surrounding area of the city.

I hope these shots inspire you to go and take a look at Lisbon for yourself. And please watch out for other posts in the near future looking at Lisbon’s exciting Art Nouveau and Deco Museum, the wonderful collection of Modern Art (From Constructivism to Pop Art) at the Museu Colecao Berardo and a post featuring Lisbon’s street art, as there was so much to see.

Bom Dia

Downhill is the easy bit

Another level

Keep your eyes on the road

A beautiful derelict window from the past

Around the corner another window with the typical tile work of Portugal

Treasures round every corner

Hitting the right now

Didn’t have time to find out what this signifies due to a sunglasses debacle but noticed quite a few of these.
Had to take this from the roof to bar as the graffiti
in the middle of the buildings reminded me of a photograph I took in Manchester
A more spectacular view of lisbon at night also from the roof top bar.love this reminds me of a cubist painting.

“Saude/Cheers” and thanks for taking the time to look at my post.

All photographs are copyright to Dawn Shallcross

PRIMAVERA

Sunshine,blue sky and at an abundant floating bubble of frog spawn.These images were taken with a Hauwei 30 mobile as I wanted to quickly capture these abstract images before the sunshine disappeared,( As you know how rapidly Manchester weather can change.)
I was initially intent on capturing the frog spawn but then became aware of how abstract the shots were due to the reflection and bright colours.I hope you enjoy these photos and are to also enjoy sunshine and hopefully the first signs of Spring.

I have just noticed that blue and yellow are the predominant colours in these images ,so lets hope for peace in the Ukraine.

Primavera 1

Primavera 2

Primavera 3

Primavera4

Primavera 5

Ianua Lights

Another new year but a bleaker start than normal, not just lockdown and dark days but also doing dry January. I must be bonkers but up for a challenge. Another challenge this year is to refocus upon my creativity and to help awaken this I received a book which was first published in 1992, called The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. It is all about discovering and maintaining your creativity whether you want to be an artist, writer, actor etc. and provides twelve a week course for you to follow. As yet I haven’t made a proper start besides doing “morning papers “, more will be revealed through my future blog posts.

However, my inspiration to write my first post for the year happened when I noticed how beautiful the winter sun struck a vase of yellow tulips. I was not only excited by the beauty of the flowers, but also the shadow created on the white wall. I love shadows and am fascinated by the effect of different lighting upon every day objects, landscapes and faces…And yes there is sunshine on the horizon as the Covid19 Vaccine begins to be rolled out, and on the 1st of February I will drink to this, as well as the gradual increase of daylight .

Happy New Year Everyone

Colour Burst 1

Formby Beach Winter Sun

Colour Burst 2

Winter Dusk 1

Winter Dusk 2

Winter Dusk 3

Sun Burst 3

All images copyright to DawnMacroArt

 

 

Waiting For Macro

After a lot of research and speaking to a couple techy camera experts I finally decided to buy the Sigma F2.8 105mm Macro Lens, but then had to wait until August to actually buy one. (Photographers have had macro madness during COVID19 so none in stock ) I have been playing with it for the last week or so trying to suss out the best settings and still learning but here is a few I have taken so far.

Good To See You 1

Octopoppy

Lets Dance

Bad Hair Day

Good To See You 2