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Lake District Malarkey

6 Top Lake District and Lancashire Photography days on the edges of Morecambe Bay

Morecambe Bay is actually a multiple estuary with 5 rivers draining into it. The area is approx 120 square miles stretching from Walney Island near Barrow in Furness to Fleetwood.

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Sunderland Point (tidal) is a quirky village where the River Lune meets the sea. One visitor attraction is Sambo’s grave. There are seabirds, boats and views towards Glasson Dock and Fleetwood. Toilets are available which are kindly  looked after by the local  residents.  Sunderland Point

The Heysham Coast. The 8th century St Patrick’s Chapel is popular with photographers with views across to Black Combe and Grange over Sands, there are a few ruins remaining including the famous stone ‘open graves’ which were features on a Black Sabbath album cover. Adjacent is St Peter’s Church, Heysham, a church building has…

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Poverty is a state of mind

Poverty doesn’t really exist according to the Tory government it is just a ‘state of mind’ and when i heard this i began to look at what they meant and the governments idea of poverty and what is actual poverty are very very far removed.

I decided to start a photographic project ; http://spikeymousephotography.co.uk/poverty-is-a-state-of-mind and i am funding it through; http://en.fotofund.org/campaigns/poverty-state-mind-damn-government-dictates/ if you would like to donate to it.

The country needs to cut the overall deficit which is expected to be £1.5 trillion in the 2015-16 fiscal year. Now bearing in mind the 33 members of the Tory cabinet who are able to attend cabinet meetings is presently made up of 53% independently educated ministers, with 50% having attended either Oxbridge or Cambridge. They are not short of a quid or two, they get a good stipend for what they do and the perks are many. So when they are gathered around the table and looking at ways to cut the countries deficit they seem to protect themselves, keeping their tax low, giving themselves raises over the 1% the nurses receive, cutting benefits for the people who need them the most. And it is this that got me thinking and looking at how it has affected ordinary people.

 The bedroom tax,  a cut in your housing benefit if you live in a council or housing association property and have what is classified as a ‘spare’ bedroom. You can only claim for a certain number of bedrooms, depending on how many people live in your home. This means that the amount of net rent covered by housing benefit is cut by:

  • 14% if you have one spare bedroom
  • 25% if you have two or more spare bedrooms

So this means if you are disabled and have an empty bedroom where you keep your medical equipment because its close to you or you have no where else to store it, you are penalised for living in accommodation that it too large for your needs.

Disability benefits have been reassessed, changed from what you cant do to what you can do, which completely rules out certain disabilities from receiving benefits full stop and they are then placed onto benefits forcing them back to work regardless of them being fit to or not. And if they don’t find work or jump through hoops looking for work they are sanctioned, their money stopped for weeks, months or upwards of THREE years. Which then leads to food banks and well yes, poverty.

So the ministers sitting at their table with no money worries, perhaps they have old family wealth behind them, or are lucky to know someone who knows someone who can get them onto the board of the large companies, decide how to add money to the coffers to pay back the £1.5 Trillion the Country owes, not by raising the taxes on the rich or on the big multinational companies but by penalising the every day person, Mr and Mrs Normal. And they say ‘Poverty is a state of mind’.

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*Telegraph.co.uk, Guardian.com, Sutton Trust for additional data

 

I need new walking shoes!

I need new walking shoes now i have wet feet! Walking on Bidston Hill to the Windmill and getting wet feet and taking some great photos in the process.

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Chester Art Fair

Dipping your big toe into the Craft Fair pond is ok if you are prepared to put in the time and money, stand behind a table all day and not make any where near enough to live on. I have dipped my big toe in the Craft Fair pond, found the traders very friendly but the shoppers very tight with their money.

I have 2 VIP tickets and 10 weekend tickets for those who REBLOG this post. Good luck.
If you are trying to make a living out of your art it is quite disheartening when shopper after shopper looks through your work, has a chat and then walks away empty handed, no matter how hard you try to sell them one of your fabulous photos. Looking around there are various options open to you, give up, carry on as you are, look for exhibition space or go for bigger more prestigious art fairs.
I decided to ‘have a go’ at the Liverpool Contemporary Art Fair, nestled among the galleries and established artists from all over the world and it was great! As it is a ticketed event you knew that who ever stopped by your stand was actually in the market for some new wall art and had the ready cash burning a hole in their wallets. The fair prints the tickets, has the website, hires the space and stands, invites the VIP’s and you use your social media to advertise and turn up.
That’s why we decided to do another and signed up for the Chester Art Fair.walking on water
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Chester Arts Fair

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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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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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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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Mistaken Identity

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The other day I got an email from 500px telling me that some of the pictures I had listed with them for licensing could not be accepted because I didn’t have model releases for them. On contacting 500px I got the following reply:

 “We recently ran an algorithm to detect images that had people in them with no release attached, this was our attempt to speed up the ingestion process since we are working through a bit of a backlog at the moment. It has certainly been effective in identifying unreleased photos, but it sometimes tags photos that don’t have people in them so we still have some tweaking to do :)”

Heather
500px Prime

Now I can sort of understand how the shot at the top got selected by the computer as the sculpture does have some anthropomorphic features…

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