Friday, 29 June 2012
Thursday, 28 June 2012
Back in March I went on a street art walking tour with London Detours. Led by (the amazingly entertaining) Joe, our allotted four hours zoomed past as we wondered the east end taking in just some of the street art around (and stopping for a much needed coffee). High, low, huge, tiny, painted, stencilled, 3d, stamped, political, mispelled, sarcastic, pretty, ugly; it’s everywhere.
Below are just some of the pieces we saw. Some were commissioned, many weren’t.
My favourites were the tiny people with shadows by mexican artist Pablo Delgado (as shown in the top row). Other artists wh'o’s work we saw included , El Mac (the cowboy in the second row, another favourite), Banksy, Ben Irons, ROA, Malarky, Pez, Stick, Jimmy C and many many more.
The nature of street art is that much of what’s pictured above is no longer there. It’s been painted over or removed. Even on the walk, Joe was seeing some things (hello Mickey Mouse on the cross) for the first time and as it turns out, the only time.
If you’re in London, visiting or living here, I’d recommend one of these walks. If not street art, then maybe the east end or Westminster or one of his othering offerings? I’ll happily come along with you.
Whislt technically a lot of the above is vandalism, I'm a real fan of it when it's pretty, clever, funny or the like. I do detest tagging though. What are your thoughts?
(all the pics should be clickable links to their flickr location where you can view them larger and really see some of the detail)
Wednesday, 27 June 2012
If you follow me on either twitter or Instagram you’ve probably already seen at least one of the pics in this post. @Postagram tweeted about a new photo app last night that had some pretty instant appeal for me.
Popsicolor, by the makers of Percolator (you know the circle filled pics you see?) watercolour washes your photos. I spent some time last night playing around with it and loving what I could do. There are a choice of colours for both top and bottom of the pic with them blending in between. I tended to stick to the Blue Agave (aqua) and the strangely named Cotton Candy (a royal blue) but did mix it up at times. The wash/effect can then be focused in different strengths (minimal, natural, bold) all giving different outcomes.
I really like this app and for £0.69 (I think $0.99 in the US store) it's value given it's fun and different to those that I already have. I can see me using this to get the header I want for this blog at some point.
Here are some of the results (L-R; minimal, natural, bold) of last night’s playing, along with the original photos I was editing
For the most part, the minimal is my favourite effect although natural gives more context. The bold doesn’t do much for me although it does seem to do better on the darker image (and avoids looking like a big white cloud)
- Photos can be taken in app or picked up from your camera roll
- Size of image can be adjusted (1024px, 1536px, 2048px and source size, mine defaults to 2048)
- Colours remixed (ie. randomised)
- Picture saved to camera roll.
- Speed – it can take a while for colour changes etc to take affect. Given it has a bit to do, this doesn't bother me that much.
- Applying changes – it redraws/washes/paints the pic after every change (ie. top colour, bottom colour, focus changes). Given the slow speed at which these occur, it would be great if you could select all the changes and then just have them applied at once (a go button almost). It also resets the colour choices with each change in focus, adding processing time.
- Background – this is super minor but it would be great if there were different backing options, especially black. For the most part I like the white but choice can be a good thing.
So this app I recommend and think it can only get better. Any photo app recommendations for me? I’m currently loving this, Fuzel, easyTITLER, Snapseed and 360 and will occasionally use a few others with a review on 360 coming soon. If you are using Popsicolor, share-share, I want to see!
Leaving you with my favourite popsicolor’d pic so far