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The Martian

The Martian

The Martian

This Martian War Machine is one of a number of sculptures set around Woking and in Horsell Common, that celebrate the author H.G. Wells who lived in Woking at the time he wrote his famous novel The War Of The Worlds. It has been adapted so many times but in the original it is here, in my home town, that the Martians first land. They proceed to wipe out most of the area around where I live before heading up to London via Kingston and Richmond. I would love to one day see or hear a production that is actually set in its original location! Until then I decided to give the Martian sculpture a menacing and alien looking backdrop using various overlays of smoke and granite. This is my entry for the Fotospeed Challenge using an image photographed over the weekend. The sunshine really gave a boost to the metal workings of the sculpture! I created a few images of the machine, the second that I’m posting here was shot from directly under the sculpture.

Martian War Machines

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Seasons Greetings Gallery

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Seasons Greetings Gallery

I’ve been a bit quiet on here lately. One of the many reasons for my absence has been the creation of this gallery to send to all my family, friends, blogging buddies and followers, Seasons Greetings and Best Wishes for 2017! I just love the lighting display at RHS Wisley Gardens for Christmas!

This year they have outdone themselves with the beautiful floral light-sculptures, floodlit trees and the eerily-outlandish Glasshouse After Dark. Cacti and succulents are often quite alien in appearance but lit with neon-green, blue and red lights they really did become completely otherworldly and I LOVED it 🙂

So, Happy Holidays wherever you are in the world, and however you celebrate this special time of year! I’ll speak to you all in the New Year 🙂

Lighting The Path

Frosted Beauty

Glasshouse After Dark

And a festive friend!

Festive Robin

Part of WPC: Path and Travel Theme: Shimmer which is dedicated to Vladamir Brezina from Wind Against The Current. He will live on in his photographs!

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NaBloPoMo – From The Gardens At St Thomas’

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NaBloPoMo – From The Gardens At St Thomas’

There are some pretty, little gardens next to St Thomas’ Hospital in London that really do have the most fabulous views! I captured a few of them, on my Sony Xperia Z1 phone, while I was there yesterday.

The gardens are very sheltered, but I was surprised to find a few flowers still providing spots of colour in the borders.

Next to the main entrance is an intriguing sculpture called “Cross The Divide” by Rick Kirby, which is said to represent a helping hand and the relationship between the patient and doctor.

The very best view from the gardens is of the Palace of Westminster which is equally beautiful during the day or night!

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NaBloPoMo – Anyway Abstract

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I created today’s abstract using a phone photo edited in the PS Touch app. I used a number of blended layers and effects brushes to get this metallic look on what was originally a stone sculpture. I really like the … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo and Travel Theme Challenges: Strength and Endurance – Industry

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Weekly Photo and Travel Theme Challenges: Strength and Endurance – Industry

My photomontage this week is in honour of Industry in the UK. It comprises images of steel cables from the 19th Century Llanymynech Lime Quarry, the upper structures of The Shard building in London and a bronze sculpture entitled Help by artist and poet David Payntor.

The UK was the pioneering nation in the industrial revolution of the 18th and 19th Centuries. As technological advances spread across nations, the World was brought closer and standards of living started to rise for many. This was a period of history that sparked a new era of evolution for us. We are still evolving as a species and evolving the industries that support humanity and our economies.

The landscape of the UK is a monument to the progress of industry; the enduring structures built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the great shipyards of the 19th and 20th Centuries, abandoned quarries and mines, the old steel works of Sheffield, the many docks on the Thames in London. Our industrial history is built on the back of metals, minerals and manpower. Current and future industry is driven by the development of new technologies and the legacy of engineering genius.

For a strong and enduring economy, led by industry, the people of the UK have had to adapt and embrace change again and again. In 2013 the UK was the 4th largest exporter in the world. The financial services industry is particularly important and London is the world’s largest financial centre! The British Aerospace and Pharmaceutical Industries play an important role in our economy.The automotive industry is also a major employer and exporter. Our Construction Industry continues to grow, employing over two million people. The largest current project in the UK is Crossrail, it’s the biggest construction project in all of Europe! Due to open in 2018, it will be a new railway line running east to west through London and into the surrounding countryside with a branch to Heathrow Airport. The main feature of the project is construction of 42 km (26 mi) of new tunnels connecting stations in Central London. Isambard Brunel would be proud!

This is a gallery of the images used to create the montage in Photoshop:

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Blue Monday: Stained-Glass Sculpture

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Blue Monday: Stained-Glass Sculpture

Another piece this week from the RHS Wisley Gardens sculpture trail, featuring works by members of The Surrey Sculpture Society. My photos today are all details from a steel and stained glass piece entitled Soldier Of Fortune by Joe Szabo. I really like the details in this piece and they way it worked with its’ surroundings! The earthy tones from the rusted mild-steel echoed the early autumnal tones in the woodland whilst the piece rose and branched at the top, with rich tones of blue in the glass matching the clear skies seen through the tree-tops. This “soldier” was most certainly fortunate to find itself in the peace of the Wild Woods 🙂

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Travel Theme: Merchandise 1

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Travel Theme: Merchandise 1

Every year the Surrey Sculpture Society puts on a fantastic exhibition in the grounds of RHS Wisley Gardens. All the sculptures on display are for sale. I just love seeing these pieces of art set against the garden backdrop! The placement of the sculptures often brings an extra dimension to the artworks, adding a storyline not just to the art but also to the landscaping surrounding them. If I were a sculptor I couldn’t think of a better way to display my work! Here is a gallery of just a few of the pieces that I’ve seen so far in this years exhibition.