Archive for the ‘Fashion’ Category
This is the latest offering from the members of Curly’s Corner Shop Message Board after a photo competition with an unusual theme. I had challenged them to produce three pictures taken in three separate rooms of the house with some sort of direct linked theme to them, not an easy task! The forum is now one of the busiest and best populated on Tyneside with over 233000 posts!
This was was the winning entry from “Rosy” one of our regular contributors from Australia, she was delighted that her picture was chosen to feature here, Rosie told me:
I live in Queensland, I’m a great-grandma and I feel the cold when the winter months come along. I enjoy messing around with Paint Shop Pro and I just happened to buy the pink slippers (which actually are falling to pieces already) when you first posted the criteria for the competition I thought I would have a bit of fun and see what I could come up with. My PSP is an old version and since I put it on my new computer I haven’t added any plug-ins apart from Redfields which I used for the water ripples. The three photos were taken in my kitchen, bathroom and computer room which I think speak for themselves.
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Was out away from South Shields a few days ago in Durham City, which has it’s cathedral, castle, and ancient university. That’s where I bumped into this tailor’s shop on Sadler Street which caters for all of the needs of the student who wishes to look well dressed, and the humour of the graffiti on this bust attracted my attention.
Shot through the window, so please excuse any reflections.
Camera details: Pentax K100D, 50mm lens, 1/750 second, f6.7, iso 200
Cultures Together Mela 2005
Last of the archive pictures for now whilst we are away on holiday, this is from South Shields Cultures Together Mela held in the Bents Park on 3rd. July 2005, a fashion show featuring exotic garments designed by and for our BME communities.
Camera details: Konica Minolta Dimage Z3, 200 mm lens, 1/50 second, f4, iso 100
Cookson Parade 2009 #1
We had our annual Cookson Parade in South Shields yesterday, it’s our version of a “Geordie” Mardi Gras and kicks off the season of summer entertainment in town. Unlike last year the weather was very kind, it was hot!
I found these three lovely ladies in the forming up area near the Town Hall where they were starting to get excited about the start of the carnival parade, I hope my Photoshop work has done them justice – pity I cannot put names to them.
Camera details: Pentax K100D, 75 mm lens, 1/500 second, f5.6, iso 200
Traditional henna tattoo
“Look at mine mum”
I bumped into this delightful family in the Ocean Road Community Centre in South Shields at a recent event hosted by “Bangla Awaz” for our small Bangladeshi community, and they were eager to show me their newly acquired mehndi (henna) tattoos. These are a traditional temporary body decoration commonly seen on the Indian sub continent and in Pakistan and Bangladesh, they are extremely popular with brides.
The girls were full of fun and very expressive, as you can see.
This picture proved quite difficult in Photoshop to deal with an obtrusive and fussy background, so a couple of layers and a mask have been utilised to convert the background first to black and white, then tinted, before applying a gaussian blur.
Camera details: Pentax K100D, 30 mm lens, 1/30 second, f4, flash
Dr. Martens boots
Since 1960 Dr. Martens boots and shoes have become synonymous with youth sub cultures in Britain and around the world having been seen as the footware of choice for skinheads, punks, goths, emos, and other “grunge” sectors. I still have a couple of pairs which feel as comfortable as old carpet slippers and have soles and leather which can withstand the worst that our winters have to offer.
The boots with their unique air wear soles were invented by Dr. Klaus Maertens, a doctor in the German Army in 1945, he used looted leather and discarded rubber from Luftwaffe airfields, you can read the full story here.
I found this colourful display at the Scorpio shoe shop in Durham on a recent day away from South Shields, they have another shop in the Grainger Market, which I will feature shortly. As you can see, the boots have moved ona lot from the days of cherry red or black only.
Camera details: Pentax K100D, 65 mm lens, 1/45 second, f6.7, iso 200