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Driving back from Birkenhead on Tuesday evening i turned to my husband, my partner in crime and coo’d over another beautiful sunset. With a weary sigh i wished i had the energy to get my camera and go down to West Kirby and take photos of the beautiful sunset that was in front of us.
I haven’t taken any sunset photographs in over 12 months, we live in a delightful coastal town and the sunsets are glorious so you can get a bit sunset’ed out and i had made the decision not to take anymore pictures for at least a year.
We have had some lovely weather over Easter and i had watched some glorious colours in the evening sky’s and this evening i finally gave in and made my mind up to drag my camera down to the beach.
We got home, i grabbed my bag and we dashed off to West Kirby beach, a mere 3 minutes away and as i had an idea for my photographs we set off at a trot or as much of a trot that you can manage with a leg that doesn’t work properly, to where i wanted to be. Have you noticed how quickly the sun sets when you have a sore leg, are walking on sand and have to walk far enough to get your shot? I didn’t think i was going to be in time but i was! I collapsed onto the sand, luckily in the correct direction to make the shot and as happens sometimes my first shot was the best.

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I wanted something different from the usual ball of colour and scarlet sky so i concentrated on the spartina grass and kept the colour well in the background, i think it works really well and out of the five photos i thought the best i just love the very first i took. What do you think?

Picture it, the start of a life, your born into a loving family, are brought up by that family to the best of their abilities given their social and economic backgrounds. As you grow up your family instills in you a sense of person, of responsibility and an ethos of how you should live your life and when you reach adult hood all of those things mean nothing because the government have messed up the economy of your country through their own greed and ego.
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At the age of 19 you want to leave home and start out on your own, you feel compelled to do this not because you have been forced to but because you have a partner or just want the adventure. What do you find out there in the big wide world? Well no jobs that’s for certain, not for your age group with no work experience and not so many qualifications. Now you don’t want to go home and say you have failed because in essence you haven’t but if you want to continue living in your little apartment you need to fund your living costs. There are different avenues open to you, get a job (?), live in a place with no intention of paying for it until you are tossed out, turn to crime or claim benefits.
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The benefit system was introduced to help specific people when they fell on hard times, workers who had lost their job, fallen sick or didn’t earn enough to pay for rent etc. You didn’t grow up and go straight onto benefits, that’s not what they are there for. But if you are that young person who has had to leave home, through abuse, death of parents, or by just being made homeless what is there in place to help you?
Apparently there are a few places which offer assisted living for kids aged 16 to late 20’s, find one if you can, government cuts and all. There is living on the streets, no thanks. If you are lucky to find a room to rent and are old enough to claim benefit the dear old boy network which our government is made up of these days has made it so hard to get any help that it is a wonder that there are not more kids living in a cardboard box under a bridge or committing suicide. You go to the job center, yeah right, benefits office and ask to sign on a benefit, you jump through hoops filling in a mound of forms only to be told ‘no sorry you can’t claim that, your not eligible’ on to the next form and in the end you finally manage to sort something out, yes they will pay your rent and housing benefit, they will give you money for your electric and food but to get it all they want you to perform so many different tasks on different days and if your early or if your late or if you don’t or if you do but at the wrong time, well now they have you over a barrel. There is a new word, ‘sanction’, the dreaded word no one on benefits wants to hear, because if you don’t do as your told when your told we will stop your money you naughty poverty stricken person.
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Who came up with it? Oh yes those elite and very wealthy men in suits. What they don’t understand is the harm they are doing to the young people who have no other option other than to ask for help. Like the kid who has left home, is job hunting but hasn’t found a job they like enough to stick at it, maybe they forget an appointment, don’t job search enough to satisfy a little hitler behind a desk and get a sanction. Maybe they make a few consecutive mistakes and are sanctioned for months on end, their money stops, they are told that as one benefit isn’t paying their rent then they have to pay full council tax, you owe us £700 mate, pay up by next week or else. No food or elecy? tough it out, ask your mum and dad, find the money from somewhere, don’t get caught shop lifting a butty because your starving as you’ll end up in court with a fine you have to pay out of thin air, your starving, you have nowhere to live as you have been kicked out of your supported accommodation because you can’t pay, you can’t go home, you don’t want people to think you have failed, you can’t bear to think you have failed. You wander the streets and a couple of months down the line you are sitting on a park bench wondering how you came to be homeless. Your dirty and haven’t eaten a proper meal in weeks and now you have absolutely no chance of getting a job because businesses don’t employ the homeless. All the while the suits in government shake their heads at the unemployment figures and try to find new ways to force people to get off their butts and find a job.
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Today’s government are so far removed from ordinary folk that they can’t see what harm they are doing, it would be very interesting to find out figures over the last four years, how many have committed suicide because they have been denied the help they were receiving, how many sick and disabled, young and old who have been driven to the brink when they have had their much needed money stopped because the government have moved targets or changed requirements. You can’t tell the suits to go and live like ordinary people because the suits who have enough can never live long enough like an ordinary person to understand what they go through every day, every week of their lives.
Unfortunately there isn’t a political party at the moment who can run our country like the good old fashioned Labour party, the party run by working class men for working class families and until there is a party who can we are stuck with Eaton educated wealthy men trying to tell us how to live our lives. You can’t vote them out as there is no one to replace them with so for the foreseeable future young people, the people who will eventually be responsible for our country are being battered and down trodden and forced into poverty. What kind of future can they look forward to?

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.DVYZE Magazine  on Twitter as @dvyze is in BETA.  This new San Francisco, California-based magazine will feature art, photography, fashion, music, film and more.

SUBMIT: editor@dvyze.com

To get an idea of the art they will publish, you can view a featured photo series –“Suds And Smiles”  by Samantha Fortenberry —here.

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Dupe Arts Zine, London, has a CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for ‘THE WILD ISSUE.’  The work must respond to the theme but it can be interpreted as literally or abstractly as you like.

Seeking:  Art, photography, illustration, collage, drawing, cartoons, short stories, poetry, articles.

Closes Friday 1 May 2015

DUPE independent arts zine is calling for submissions for its fourth publication and are looking for visual or written, original and creative material.

GUIDELINES :

Send your final piece of work to contactdupe@gmail.com

Please send all images high res 300 dpi.  Maximum 4 images

Please consider that the zine is Riso printed.  (i.e…

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Interesting Photo of the Day: Very Close Encounter with a Massive Minke Whale – PictureCorrect.

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Digital Blending methods by Jimmy McIntyre
follow the link below to several great tutorials using digital blending to create sharp, dynamic and natural images.
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A late start to 2015

A late start to 2015……. who am i kidding we are well into the year and i have been very remiss in not posting anything other than someone else’s posts, things i want to remember etc. It’s not that i haven’t wanted to post just that i haven’t had the time. At the end of last year things really took off, i was selling at craft fairs and artisan markets every weekend, going out taking photos and working on my computer. Looking after family and myself and i kind of lost the time to post anything.
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I decided that i am going to start my own business and i have been working extremely hard finding bigger markets and more prestigious exhibitions and basically asking to be included in magazines, papers and any kind of of art thing going. Some i was turned down for and some i was snapped up for, so this month i have a feature in the ‘Lake’ magazine, have booked some great artisan markets in Liverpool and best of all and by sheer chance i have a booth in the Liverpool contemporary Art fair, http://www.liverpoolcontemporary.com/ it’s held at the Royal Liver Building from the 26th to the 28th June and i will be among some pretty amazing artists.
Now is the time i really could do with a patron, someone to help me start up, pay for my work to be printed and framed but that’s not going to happen anytime soon, so i am furiously hording money to pay for printing on archive papers and framing. All that adds costs onto my work which then brings me to how much i need to charge and really it goes into large amounts, i just hope i have the equations right and i’m not pricing myself too cheaply.
I have also been looking through my work, right from the beginning and the ghastly HDR stuff to the really nice stuff and you can see the leap in experience and technique and i am really pleased with how much better my work is now.
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I have been working on some photos of the River Mersey and the ferry recently, the Three Queens are coming into Liverpool and i have the chance to sell when they are here so i am stock pilling images of Liverpool :-D http://www.cunard.co.uk/cruise-types/anniversary-cruises-2015/ I am going to try something a little different and have coloured some of my images red or blue to play on the Liverpool and Everton football theme, it will be interesting to see how they go. I am going to try and post more as i am going to need to advertise myself to a wider audience so be prepared, i’m not lol but i will try harder, i promise.

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Photographing Flowers, Not Distractions

Spring is here! The insects and birds are returning to do their part in making this world beautiful. The gardens are filling with joyful colors, fragrances, and subtle textures. It’s time to pack a bag for the day and enjoy a walk through the gardens, whether its someplace like Longwood Gardens or your own back yard. You can take in the beauty that the world has to offer during this season…but don’t forget your camera and extra batteries.

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Is it a distraction or a creative element?

Gardens are filled with all kinds of photographic possibilities but there are also a lot of potential distractions too. They might be the tool shed, a fence, other flowers, electrical lines, people etc. The photographer must be aware of these elements and make a decision on whether to include these elements…

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