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August 30, 2011 - No Comments!

Donuts on Deansgate with @JensonButton and @TheFifthDriver

Yesterday Jenson Button took to the streets of Manchester in his Mclaron MP-23, tearing up Deansgate to Albert Square and back in again whilst 55,000 fans cheered him on.

Glad we got down their pretty early as we got quite good spot at the turning point by the town hall, where we got sprayed with bits of tyre/road as Jenson performed burnouts right infront of us. The Q&A was pretty interesting, especially after we had just been ejected from behind the fanzone by an angry security man for sneaking in with some of Jensons party!

Check out the videos at the bottom, as they attempt to portray the noise and power of it all - like angry elephants smashing their way around Manchester!



This video filmed by my mate @stevo9856 is awesome!

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Jenson getting a bit sideways on his final run back towards Deansgate.

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Jenson heading to the Q&A session - just after we had been ejected by a grizzly security guard.


Lewis Hamiltons suit and car.

July 29, 2011 - No Comments!

When the fairytale is over…

Snow White, after the prince's kiss. (Photo: Dina Goldstein)

Where Cinderella went after the ball. (Photo: Dina Goldstein)

Rapunzel in treatment. (Photo: Dina Goldstein)
Little Red Riding Hood's bottomless basket. (Photo: Dina Goldstein)
Still waiting for Sleeping Beauty. (Photo: Dina Goldstein)

"These works place Fairy Tale characters in modern day scenarios. In all of the images the Princess is placed in an environment that articulates her conflict. The ‘…happily ever after’ is replaced with a realistic outcome and addresses current issues… Disney’s perfect Princesses [are] juxtaposed with real issues that were affecting women around me, such as illness, addiction and self-image issues."

May 12, 2011 - No Comments!

Cinemagraphs: beautiful animated gifs

“We wanted to tell more of a story than a single still frame photograph but didn’t want the high maintenance aspect of a video…” - Fast Company

Jamie Beck (photography) and Kevin Burg (design/motion)  have worked together to create these beautiful, subtle and intricate animated gifs they call Cinemagraphs.

Here’s a collection of Cinemagraphs from Jamie’s blog From Me To You.  

So, how are they created? Here’s an explanation by Jamie Beck, thanks to The Atlantic. Read more

March 24, 2011 - No Comments!

My holiday: Instagram Vs Hipstamatic

I've just got back from a week in the French Alps, and as usual I've taken loads of pictures. As well as taking loads on my proper camera I also used my trusty iPhone 3GS, and namely the Instagram and Hipstamatic apps.  Since I've started using the instagram app, I've barely touched hipstamatic and the multitude of other camera apps I've got installed. But I thought this little trip away would be a good chance to revisit it (it cost me money after all) give them a little head-to-head and decide once and for all if one reigns supreme.

Here are the results:



One point to note, is that all the instagram photos were taken on a sunny day, where as at least half the hipstamatic shots were taken in poor visibility and low light.


Generally I much prefer the instagram interface, not having to wait for the image to "develop" and the ability to try all the different filters out before selecting the best one. However the randomness of hipstamatic does sometimes produce nice and unexpetced results, but equally there are plenty of shots which could be much improved if there was a better viewfinder or if they could be applied retroactively.  I also like the ability to edit the image in another app first (I use TiltShiftGen, quite often to tweak colours, saturation and contrast), before then applying the filters and thats before you even get onto the social aspect of instagram.

I'm not going to talk about the social aspect of instagram (which is great by the way, as you will know if you're familiar with the app), but merely comparing the usability and results as I had limited access to that whilst up in the Alps.


The main difference in the actual shots/filters seems to be the level of contrast, with it being richer in instagram and more washed out and dreamy in hipstamtic. I tend to prefer the results instagram provides - being able to browse the various results means the best filter is always selected, maybe if the same was possible with hipstamtic I'd use it more as too often the results aren't quite what I hoped for.

But then I knew all this before, which is why I hadn't used it for donkeys.  But it does produce some nice images, and combining the two apps also gives some interesting and different results. So maybe I will use it a bit more from now on, if only to make my photos slightly different from all the instagram'd ones flying about.

If you want to check out my photos I'm sure I will get them on flickr soon or you can browse my instagram shots here (requires login) or here.

If you want to follow me on instagram my username is bentopliss.

May 25, 2010 - No Comments!

DJs & their living rooms…

DJ T // © Ragnar Schmuck


Dominik Eulberg // © Ragnar Schmuck


DJ Hell // © Ragnar Schmuck


Andrè Galuzzi // © Ragnar Schmuck


Richie Hawtin // © Ragnar Schmuck


Craig Richards // © Ragnar Schmuck


Ali Schwarz (Tiefschwarz) // © Ragnar Schmuck


Four Tet // © Ragnar Schmuck


Ellen Allien // © Ragnar Schmuck


Ricardo Villalobos // © Ragnar Schmuck


Andrew Weatherall // © Ragnar Schmuck


Selway //
© Christopher Woodcock for Bedroom Rockers



April 1, 2010 - No Comments!

Tim Fishlock – 50by70

Well, Ive been meaning to blog this for a good couple of months. Here it is, finally.

For Christmas I received the limited edition 50by70 book from Habitat.  The book is presented in a screen printed box, and features 20 removable large format prints sized at 50 x 70 cm, just ready to go into one of Habitats standard frames and onto your wall.  It took me a little while to decide on how I wanted to display it and which pieces I wanted up on my walls.  The good thing about this book is that it is all easily interchangeable, so I can swap the work around as and when I feel the need.

"The idea behind the book is to give people the chance to own beautiful, limited edition artwork by established and up-and-coming artists and then be able to put it straight into a 50cm x 70cm frame," explains Tim Fishlock, editor, designer and curator of the project.

"A lot of time was spent putting together a diverse and hugely talented mix of image-makers," he continues. "50by70 is as much about introducing the work of established artists to new audiences as it is show-casing the skills of the new kids on the block."

Contributing artists: Adrian Johnson, Merijn Hos, Aaron Johnson, John Offenbach, Basso & Brooke, FLAG, Sroop Sunar, Julian House, Kevin Cummins, Stephan Zirwes, Alex Trochut, Jorge Chamorro, Shepard Fairey , Patrick Hughes , Tim Fishlock, Denis Darzacq, Zeloot, :phunk, Tsang Kin-Wah, Anthony Burrill.

"In the original pitch to Habitat I used Patrick Hughes' amazing Sunshine print on the mocked-up cover. When the project got the green light I then had to nervously approach the much-celebrated Mr Hughes to see if he'd be interested in contributing. Fortunately, he said yes and allowed his image to be used on the box too. Other big names on my dream contributors list were the artist Shepard Fairey, fashion designers Basso & Brooke and photographer Denis Darzacq. They all agreed to take part as did a whole other bunch of my favourite creative types."

"The graphic/illustration pieces are printed on Challenger Offset while the photography prints are printed on Marazion - both 140gsm. Print process is litho. The book is stiched and cloth-bound with a 400gsm cover. The perforation is graduated throughout the book to ensure the prints are easy enough to remove - this was the trickiest thing to get right."

I actually went for 80x60 “Aluminus” frames (black) with a 10cm ice-white mount from Zanart.

September 16, 2009 - No Comments!

Lo-fi lomo

Transformer Film Camera

If you are of a certain age you will recognize this product as a 35mm film canister, but you may not notice that it is also a camera. That’s right, hidden inside this oversized film canister is a 35mm camera, not a digital camera. The camera is a tiny point and shoot that pops open to reveal the lens, flash and film holder inside. the design revives the iconic film canister graphics of the past, giving the camera a nostalgic feeling for those old enough to remember the pre-digital era. the camera’s controls are located on the side and the top
twists to advance the film. The camera also comes in an even more unusual disguise, a coffee canister. See for yourself here.