After possibly the worst day of my life on Friday I thought I’d alleviate the pain by going out with a few Fab friends for the evening. Little did I know that the day was about to get a whole lot worse.
The evening started off pleasantly enough with a light sprinkling of snow on my walk to the train station. As we all started to gather in FACT for a few drinks & to exchange Secret Santa gifts, we all admired the large flakes drifting down the the air & collecting on the ground. But the snow wouldn’t let up & those of us who were relying on cars or public transport to get home started looking a little nervous.
To cut a long story short, after being herded like cattle for half an hour, I eventually got on a Southport bound train which promptly broke down. We were stuck in a tunnel for an hour & a half as the temperatures rose & peoples patience fell. After being pushed to Sandhills station & told to disembark, I was then faced with a 4.5 mile walk home is the worst winter conditions I’ve ever seen in Liverpool, arriving home at around 2am.
All fun & games, so here’s some shots from the evening.
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Tags: cold, liverpool, rail, snow, train, transport, winter
Moustaches have a bad reputation. Typically sported by dirty minded uncles, anorak wearing train spotters or pubescent teenagers trying to buy alcohol, the sight of a hairy upper lip now carries with it all types of unsavoury connotations. But there once was a time, a more noble time, when moustaches were sported with pride by dashing gentlemen carrying out heroic deeds & causing women to swoon at the sight of their finally groomed facial hair.
Historians will tell you that it was actually impossible to fly a Spitfire during the war unless the pilot could grow a suitable moustache & say “Chocks away Wing Commander. Let’s give Jerry a damn good thrashing.” whilst gripping a pipe between his teeth. To be a Hollywood legend of the 40s & 50s, such as Errol Flynn, Clark Gable & David Niven, it was absolutely essential to woo the leading lady with a stroke of the moustache followed by a ticklish kiss.
To reclaim the moustache as a force of good for all mankind, Movember was created by a few enterprising Australians back in 2003. The aim is simple, start the beginning of the month of November clean shaven & then grow the most amazing moustache possible as the month progresses. At the same time the participants generate as much money as possible for The Prostate Cancer Charity & raise awareness of this disease which effects 36,000 men in the UK every year.
This year was the first time I have ever tried to grow a moustache, & while my wife wasn’t exactly thrilled with the results, I was absolutely astounded by everybody’s generosity. By publicising my efforts through Twitter & Facebook, the people I’m privileged to call my friends donated £245 at the current count. Thank you all so much for laughing at my pathetic attempt at a moustache & kindly giving so much for a very worthy cause. You can still donate on my Movember page here or just have a good giggle at the other photos.
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Tags: charity, fund raising, hollywood, moustache, movember
I was out last night in Liverpool city centre with my trusty tripod attempting to capture some urban landscapes. To be honest, I just wanted to have a play, learn a little bit & actually use my camera for a change.
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I’ve recently been inspired to do some more landscape photography & get back into the Great Outdoors. I also wanted to try something different. This is why I spent a couple of hours last night on Crosby Beach, in the pitch black with the Gormleys, trying out some long exposure shots.
It was the first time I had played around with the bulb setting on my camera & I found it really difficult to compose a shot that you can’t see & then get the focus correct. Had to judge the exposure by the stopwatch on my phone & patience is truly a virtue when you’re waiting 3 minutes between shots in the cold. Definitely something that I’ll be working on though.
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Tags: another place, antony gormley, beach, liverpool, long exposure, night, Photography, sea, seaside