Guardian travel tip

Guardian travel tip
Guardian travel tip

So this is not really related to my graphic design day job but my feathers were rather fluffed so I thought I’d share! I submitted a travel recommendation to the Guardian on their topic of places to visit in Washington state and Oregon, and it was chosen as the winning tip, and they used my photo too, yay. Here’s the link: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/may/29/best-of-washington-state-and-oregon-us-readers-travel-tips

Posted on May 30th 2017
Posted in Photography, Travel

Blackpool

Following on from my previous post, this is to show that although not ‘quite’ on the same scale as Las Vegas, you can see some funky sign designs in this country in good old Blackpool. I haven’t been there for years and years (childhood holidays) so it was nice to go back. There’s been lots of investment on the seafront and it was great to see lots of new public art (unfortunately other areas of town aren’t looking too great). The highlight was the comedy carpet, a huge typography based mosaic design celebrating British comedy… apparently it contains over 160,000 granite letters. I spent quite a bit of time reading and tittering at the quotes and jokes.

Posted on October 10th 2016
Posted in Photography, Travel

American Type Dream

Motel signs in America
Vegas signs
Neon Boneyard
Neon Boneyard signage
Neon Boneyard signs
Old signs in Neon Boneyard

Last year I enjoyed an epic US road trip starting from Vancouver and ending in LA via Seattle, Olympic National Park, Portland, Las Vegas, Death Valley, Yosemite, San Francisco, and the Pacific Coast Highway. It was incredible to see such an amazing variety of places and landscapes. I can’t justify posting all my holiday photos on here but I can get away with these ones. I thought Vegas was, on most levels, awful but I did love all the neon signage. I also got to fulfil a long held dream of visiting the Neon Boneyard there which has a huge collection of fabulous old casino signs. A graphic designer’s dream outing! I just totally love the old style typography on them, the colours and styling, and how evocative they are. Why can’t there be lots of old signs like that in Brighton? We also drove though Lone Pine and Bishop on the High Sierras (location of lots of old Westerns) and got equally excited by all the motel signs. There were many squeaks of glee when we spotted another one. Loved them all.

Posted on September 10th 2016
Posted in Photography, Travel

Ooh la la

Images of texture and type from France
Images of texture and type from France
Images of texture and type from France
Images of texture and type from France

On a recent holiday to Provence I couldn’t stop taking photos of textures and type; the flaking paint on shutters, the rotting and patched up doors, fading lettering from old shop signs. Maybe its the light (and the weather) but the colours just all looked amazing. I can’t wait to be back.

If you’re looking for three ‘different’ places to visit near the Provence / Gard border, these places certainly offer a break from medieval hilltop villages and sunflower fields:

• Take a little train around the salt flats next to the walled town of Aigues Mortes in the Camargue.
• See famous paintings projected at enormous sizes over the floors and walls of a former bauxite quarry in Les Baux de Provence.
• Take a walk around the spectacular former ochre quarry in Roussillon; it’s like a mini Utah!

Of course, villages in southern France can be very very pretty indeed… I thought these were the prettiest of them: Gordes, Roussillon and St Remy.

If I got started on all the delicious things to eat in France I’d never stop… suffice to say that the French do marvellous things with dairy products… mmn…

 

Posted on September 20th 2012
Posted in Photography, Travel

Olympic torch comes early to Brighton

Alex Bamford moonlighting photo - Stoats & Weasels blog
Alex Bamford moonlighting photo - Stoats & Weasels blog

The official Olympic torch relay isn’t due to reach Brighton until Monday but Alex couldn’t wait until then.

He’s been taking photos by moonlight for quite a few years now and the Sleepwalking set is his new project. See more of his pyjama clad moonlighting madness here.

Posted on July 12th 2012
Posted in Photography

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