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Hazy Day

I went a bike ride today along the River Irwell past Salford Quays.  I’m not going to get very fit riding my bike because I keep stopping to take photos! It was nice though, a strange kind of hazy day.  I battled my way back through the city centre which seems to be getting very excited that Christmas is a month away.  I was so exhausted I had to buy a German sausage from the markets to keep the energy levels up 🙂  One thing I have noticed about Manchester is wherever you go, there always seems to be a view of the Beetham Tower, so I think whilst I live here I’ll try to capture it from as many places as possible.  Here are a few photos.

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River Irwell heading out of the City

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A random spot on the river completely covered in Graffiti (notice Beetham Tower in the distance)

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The same vandalised spot.  It was so bright and colourful it actually looked quite nice!

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Another view along the river, scribbled in with the aid of Photoshop

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Shopping crazy, looking down Exchange Street.  Again, the Beetham Tower looming in the distance.

Route map

In true geek style, here is the GPS track of the route!

I have a few pictures from London I hope to post soon and have also been working on a new track.  Its a bit of a genre-jumper, so its taking a while to put together.  I’ve even managed to get some crunching rhythmical guitars from my keyboard.

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Octo-Reel

Whilst in Bournemouth Aquarium, I found this rather magnificent octopus hiding in a cup (or bucket!) which seemed like a perfect moment for this site.  As I approached his tank he writhed his way out of the cup and settled in front of me. I managed to capture a few shots on camera as per the sequence.  Truly captivating.  The second shot shows where science fiction got the inspiration for a typical alien from!

To try and understand photoshop a bit better, I self created the film-reel and then twisted it all up for the second pic, which probably took me far longer than it should have done!

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….Emerging from the Sea…..

Not at all a music post, but very tentacle related.  I had an idea of modyfing one of my favourite piece of art – a woodblock print – The Great Wave off Kanagawa part of the “36 views of Mount Fuji” by Katsushika Hokusai

I think what i love so much about the original is how it captures a split-second – the wave was a moment in time never to be repeated.  For me it also perfectly depicts the power of nature.  As the wave surges and destroys anything in its path, there is no sense of guilt or remourse.

So I did the unthinkable – i re-drew it without Mount Fuji and added some sprawling Tentacles.  So as a bow down to the original, here is my version.

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I also put it through the mangle that is photoshop and came up with this “negative” version:

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