Saturday, December 06, 2008

RADIOACTIVE RAMSEY?

Luminous pebbles

Look what on found on the beach along the Mooragh, Ramsey.... Radioactive pebbles. Scary huh!
Ok you got me. I think we can all safely assume I manipulated the image somewhat, well a quite lot. To me this is what digital software is for. Not to tidy up an image, but to add a novel element
like say a Martian landscape with orange an lilac luminescent pebbles. As you can see my photos are still be held hostage by my laptop and I can't upload new ones until next week. So in the meantime an old stock image that I have had some fun with. I like it I will have to do more over the top stuff like this, just for fun. Amazing the images you forget about. Amazing too to think someone has this image on a mug. Going off at a tangent below.



As you know Gary was relinquished from his Political Cartoonist Job at the BBC this week. Well it seems a lot of people were quite upset about this and contacted the BBC.
We knew Gary had a following but the feedback he has had has been incredible. The upshot of all this is the BBC has confirmed with Gary that they don't want to lose him altogether, but due to the credit crunch cuts had to be made. What to do. The Barker Gallery for now has finished, the last cartoon went on yesterday. The old Galleries will stay on the website, that's 4 of them, for anyone to see at anytime. From time to time Gary will be called upon to do the odd piece of artwork ad hoc and one day hopefully when the recession has passed... well that's the future. The website he built for his illustrations will now be the first point of hire.



One request if I may? The BBC, well Gavin Allen, Editor - The Politics Show have actually written a lovely piece about the Barker Gallery and with a feedback form for comment. If you click HERE you can have a read for yourselves. Gary can't read it. Too modest about his talent. Well I'm not, about his. I'm an excellent photographer, but the best Political Cartoonist, and I know from your emails how many of you agree. Thank you.

26 comments:

Gaelyn said...

It's fun to manipulate images with the right software. And they look neon.
I'm glad BBC has reconsidered, at least a little. Better than naught.
Keep thinking positively.

George Townboy said...

Love what you've done with the image.

BBC = Bad Bad Channel.

napaboaniya said...

You're right! If they were really this colorful and lying around the beach!! :P

Robert V. Sobczak said...

They look like crayons.

magiceye said...

that sure was a good retouch of genius!

Ces said...

Aw! You should have left me wondering. I love the image. I thought you colored the stones. Very lovely. Thanks for the smile.

Aileni said...

A little light in the gloom - good news.

Aileni said...

Incidentally, a seperate harddrive might be the thing for backup storage. But you must have thought of it.

Laurie said...

What a whimsical image in light of your recent woes. Gary is such an amazingly gifted man. This economic slowdown is showing up in the strangest ways. I'm hoping the Barker Gallery has a rebirth somehow.

NYD said...

I enjoy tooling around with photoshop just to see if there is something quirky or unusual that I can get out of a picture that just won't occur in nature. Yo did a wonderful job.

This economic crunch will be hurting artists all over the world. They are the first to feel the brunt of a crumbling cookie.

Irredento Urbanita said...

Yes, you touched a little the reality, you recreated, you gave more life and fear to those stones.

Really good.

Regards from Barcelona

Valery

Trujillo Daily Photo

Barcelona Daily Photo

Mo said...

What a wonderful treat on a Saturday morning. Psychedalic Stones!

Dina ... UK said...

What a mess the World is in...
Hope you will be OK, there are a lot of redundancies around here very sad...

It's Ramsey side of the marshall's hut.
Do not expect it to last long up there ...
Thank you, when you do have a look
our last visit was 2006.
It would be nice to know if it is still there.
The fencing has changed, It was concrete post's closer to the circuit then.
Thanks Dina.

namaki said...

hello ! I think this is my first visit and thos radioactive pebbles are just breathtaking ! evil beauty ! ;-)

Mediterranean kiwi said...

some good news amongst the bad news

i didnt think your image was a fake - my children have actually done this with paints on rocks that we find during our anuual seaside holiday, but we leave the stones on the beach, because we can't take them all back home (too heavy):
http://organicallycooked.blogspot.com/2008/09/cretan-salad-in-paleohora.html

Rambling Round said...

Lovely rocks, haha!

Chuck Pefley said...

Wow, does that image pop when viewed against the black background of your blog page. I do hope you were wearing your lead suit when you were handling this assignment :)

Condolences regarding Gary's assignment ...

Pagan Sphinx said...

I like the colorization very much. I don't do a thing to my photos. My software is not very good for this so I stick to the original photo for the most part.

I think this is just so lovely to look at; regardless of whether it's been touched up or not.

alice said...

Great idea!

mrsnesbitt said...

What a star!

Dxxx

Gail's Man said...

I like playing in my digital darkroom. Some of my better creations have appeared on Paintbox Pictures. Why not pay a visit?

Tanya said...

I like what you've done with the photo. Don't have but a second right now, kids yellin for me, but I'll come back and click the link when I get a longer break, I promise.
How are you and Gary holding up? Are you feeling a bit more positive. We're all with you in our thoughts!

Frankie / Nick said...

Truly a fantastic photograph, well composed. Have never really seen one, it's awesome, thank you for sharing. Good luck with your new comp.

lisasarsfield said...

This is great!! Imagine if they really did look like this...OMG. You've done a great job here.

Marie-Noyale said...

Can't wait to see what you will do with the sand !!!!
You are Absolutely right to be proud of your Best Political Cartoonist.
This BBC editor wrote a nice piece.

Knoxville Girl said...

Cool photo. And I'm glad the Beeb reconsidered. I've learned so much about UK politics from Gary's cartoons.

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