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Watching Paint Dry

Odisy came to Bristol over the Easter bank holiday and painted with Bristol’s own Sokemone  and created some magic with their piece over in Southville. I managed to drop by over the weekend and get a few photos of the piece coming together through rain and sunshine as is most bank holiday, it was well worth the journeys across town to see them paint and the finished work!

Watching Paint Dry

Odisy and Sokemone

Watching Paint Dry

Odisy

Watching Paint Dry

Sokemone

Watching Paint Dry

Sokemone

Watching Paint Dry

Odisy

Watching Paint Dry

Sokemone

Watching Paint Dry

Odisy

Watching Paint Dry

Sokemone

Watching Paint Dry

Odisy

Watching Paint Dry

Odisy

Watching Paint Dry

Sokemone

Watching Paint Dry

Sokemone

Watching Paint Dry

Odisy and Sokemone

 

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Obsession

I went to a local car show today, one that was all Italian cars and bikes, the Bristol italian Automotive Festival a great little show with loads of beautiful old and new italian Cars and motorbikes I have been going for as long as i can remember.

Well this year i got hooked on one particular black Ferrari and yes there were newer ones and older ones but this one just caught my eye and I spent over 40 minutes  taking photos of just one side, for me it just worked.

I’m not sure if anyone else would think the same but I had a lot of fun taking them ……

Obsession

Ferrari

Obsession

Ferrari

Obsession

Ferrari

Obsession

Ferrari

Obsession

Ferrari

Obsession

Ferrari

 

 

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Banksy’s Mobile Lovers

I was fortunate enough to photograph the new Banksy piece “Mobile Lovers ” in Bristol near the Broad Plain Boys Club in Clement Street.

I got to the location reasonably early and was taking photos of Banksy’s piece before all the media circus began so managed to get some really lovely shots of everyday people visiting. Early on there was a council street cleaner who realised what the piece was and quickly took a snap on his phone before carrying on. Soon after that quite a few council vehicle’s turned up to take more photos as, I suspect word was passing around. Finally there were media photographers as well as film crews rolling up, along with some folks from a local radio station for interviews. I guess it’s to be expected when Banksy rolls out one of his pieces, especially in Bristol. While all this was going on I kept shooting and watched as Dennis (from the boy’s club) chatted to the various visitors and members of the media, in a couple of cases he gave interviews talking about when they realised what they had on their doorstep, he outlined his plans for the piece and why he was planning to remove it.

Banksys Mobile Lovers

Mobile Lovers

Over the course of the day I watched as people came and went; some stopped to admire the piece, there were discussions about street art and Banksy, some folks took photographs, while some just admired the work in silence. Eventually the task of removing the piece began and, as I am a photographer and it’s what I do, I documented that as well. The board was removed and then taken inside the boy’s club building. All the time I was photographing the work I watched as other visitors arrived and were shown into the boy’s club to see the Mobile Lovers. Dennis would talk to people about the club and it’s work. He’d talk of how they were a charity and as the visitors were taken through to see the piece he would mention that a donation to the club would be appreciated. Some people gave and some people didn’t.

So, while I don’t want to get dragged into the right and wrong of the situation as I am the photographer not the lawyer or the art expert, when a started seeing it reported on the news and internet saying the boy’s club were charging people a fee to see the piece I couldn’t help feeling disappointed. It felt to me that maybe the media were deliberately misquoting him or twisting the truth just to make more of a story.  There was already a lot of, I guess I could call it tension, around the piece and it has just felt like the media have been embellishing the story to goad people against each other.

Just for the record (and for whatever it’s worth to anyone who might care), I was there most of the day and I saw nobody being charged a fee to view Banksy’s piece either before or after it was taken inside the boy’s club.  What I saw was people being given free access to see the work and as part of their experience they were given a guided tour of the boys club along with some information about it and they were asked, if they would like to, could they drop a donation for the charity.

Banksys Mobile Lovers

Mobile Lovers

It’s also been reported that the were four boxers on guard, kind of implying four huge bruisers hulking and looking menacingly at everyone who passed by. Again, that was a bit of exaggeration on the part of the media. One of the activities the boy’s club is well known for is training the boys in boxing. So, as you’d expect when Banksy drops one of his pieces of street art outside the boy’s club, a few of the boys from the boxing group were sitting on the side doing what teenagers often do… Watching as all the fuss occurred. It was all a bit relaxed and pleasant, something that the media probably felt wasn’t necessary to report.

I do feel very lucky to have seen the Banksy’s new piece, “Mobile Lovers” (I don’t know if that’s what he calls it but the name suits), in situ and for me it was perfectly placed. Something that many people will not see now that it has been removed is that it was placed in such a perfect way to work with the streetlight just next to it.  Also, viewing it at night was far better as the paint itself had an luminescence to it that made the image glow slightly, as you’d expect from a pair of mobile telephones. I would have loved to have had the chance to take a night shot of it!

Banksys Mobile Lovers

Mobile Lovers

However, if you do want to go and see it it is currently (right now in fact according to a photo I just saw on Twitter) being mounted in the Bristol Museum on Queen’s Road. It is probably going to remain there over the Easter Holidays while the dispute over ownership is resolved.

All I can say is, while I love street art and enjoy photographing the pieces and stories that revolve around it, it sometimes saddens me to see the problems that it can create. In this case it’s people’s reaction to Banksy’s fame that is ultimately the issue and there will be some unhappy people when the piece finally finds its new “approved” home.

Banksys Mobile Lovers

Banksys Mobile Lovers

Mobile Lovers

Banksys Mobile Lovers

Mobile Lovers
Banksys Mobile Lovers

Mobile Lovers

Banksys Mobile Lovers

Mobile Lovers

Banksys Mobile Lovers

Mobile Lovers

Banksys Mobile Lovers

Mobile Lovers

Banksys Mobile Lovers

Mobile Lovers

Banksys Mobile Lovers

Mobile Lovers

Banksys Mobile Lovers

Mobile Lovers

Banksys Mobile Lovers

Mobile Lovers

Banksys Mobile Lovers

Mobile Lovers

Banksys Mobile Lovers

Mobile Lovers

Banksys Mobile Lovers

Mobile Lovers

Banksys Mobile Lovers

Mobile Lovers

 

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Tea and Marmite

I have taken photos of this building before usually when I’m passing I have a look and see if theres no scaffolding on it, as something always seems to be done with this building.

Today, for the first time, I had someone appear (seemingly from nowhere) and ask, in a very confrontational tone, that most irritating question when you are taking a photo; “What are you doing?”. The temptation to say something sarcastic sometimes gets the better of me! This time, however, I was quite jovial about it and said the obvious, “I’m taking a photo.” after which I waited for the normal reply “WHY!”. But this time it didn’t come, there was only a, “Can you leave? This is private property.” followed by a sternly pointed finger toward to the wet floor sign I had walked passed and completely missed while checking my camera settings, as you do (well I do), while thinking of the shot. I was going to argue but I was in too good a mood and just smiled and walked off.

Perhaps being someone who likes to take photos of almost anything that catches my eye, after all they are meant for me and I see something in the image that appeals to me, it’s a personal thing. I don’t understand why some people, when they see someone taking photos of the unexpected, think there something funny going on or that I’m a bit on the strange side (actually, I’ve got no argument on that one). I think maybe, incorrectly, they live in a very closed and orderly world and I suppose maybe I’m being a little judgmental on someone I know nothing about.

It might be my imagination but I seem to be coming across this kind of situation quite a lot more lately. I was just going to bin the photo, as I’m not totally happy with it, and not mention the incident at all but I guess it serves a purpose this morning.

On a different note though, yesterday I spent part of the day watching one of Bristols best graffiti artists work on a commissioned piece. There was a lot of people going past, some were very complimentary and asked lots of good question and on the whole very positive about what was going on. A few, well lets say they were on the disapproving side.

I feel quite lucky as a lot of people that I know are; creative, imaginative, positive and, more importantly, open minded with a can do attitude. Or at the very least they will have a go regardless of success or failure but give their best!

I don’t know where that lot came from… Sorry for the long rambling post or if it doesn’t makes sense! But, I figure it might be worth somebodies time to read.

Anyway I hope that everyone has a great Monday and the week ahead and for me it’s time for tea and toast with Marmite!

Tea and Marmite

A touch of blue sky

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The Avenue Drivers Club

I had a hour to spare on Sunday and managed to pop down to The Avenue Drivers Club meeting at Queens Square in Bristol and took a few photos of some of the vintage cars before they all went for a drive in the beautiful spring sunshine that we had over the weekend.

The Avenue Drivers Club

Trojan

The Avenue Drivers Club

Trojan

The Avenue Drivers Club

Trojan

The Avenue Drivers Club

Trojan

The Avenue Drivers Club

Trojan

The Avenue Drivers Club

Cadillac

The Avenue Drivers Club

Corvette Sting Ray

The Avenue Drivers Club

TVR

The Avenue Drivers Club

E Type Jaguar

The Avenue Drivers Club

E Type Jaguar

The Avenue Drivers Club

E Type Jaguar

 

 

Paul Green Photography § Bristol based photographer specialising in architectural, abstract, travel, street art & whatever takes my fancy.