While covering a conference at Aberystwyth Arts centre there’s usually a chance to have a quick look at whatever exhibitions are currently there. This weekend that meant seeing the excellent photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe. It’s part of the Tate’s Artist Rooms on Tour project which you can find out about here. It’s on at Aberystwyth till … More Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition, Aberystwyth
The Welsh rock photographer, Chalkie Davies had about as close a front row seat as you could wish for of some of the most extraordinary episodes in music history as this exhibition shows. My personal favourite is this of Ian Dury which made me laugh out loud. I also liked this unexpected pairing: Nick Lowe and … More Chalkie Davies exhibition, Cardiff
This image is of ‘The Magic Crystal’ or ‘The Crystal Gazer’, by Gertrude Käsebier, 1904. It’s from the the Royal Photography Society collection at the National Media Museum in Bradford I know it, of course, from the cover of ‘Pearly Dewdrops’ Drops’/ ‘Spangle Maker’ EP by Cocteau Twins.
Enclosing Cardiff Bay is a barrage which you can walk across. The engineering end is actually near Penarth. I don’t know whose idea this was but it’s a great one. As you walk through the engineering stretch, you notice stretches of yellow paint seemingly at random. It’s only when you look back that you realise … More Optical illusion at Cardiff Bay barrage
I have never been on a helter-skelter. When I was very young, they seemed to exist only in Enid Blyton books and comics, something of the past which looked so amazing to me. I don’t remember ever seeing one in real life. I still like to see them and I still haven’t been on one. … More Helter Skelter in Cardiff Bay
They don’t make them like this anymore. This was the photo from my first year in my hall of residence, Hiatt Baker, at Bristol University. It now looks like it’s from the 1940s but just to prove it actually dates from the late 1980s, here’s a close-up. Even I had hair in those days.
I’ve posted pictures of this Newport landmark before but today it’s looking particularly good. Here are some other views of it: