2016

Ramp City

First of all I need to apologise. I’ve been silent for the past couple of months for a few reasons, the main one being busy at work and not getting out with my camera. Anyway, now that’s out of the way lets get started.

As you may know I like riding bikes, I’ve done blog posts in the past about my cycling outings. Previous posts have all be centred around mountain biking but this one is different, instead of riding my mountain bike I’m out on my old BMX. I headed out with Rob, Jay, Dale and Dom to a place called Ramp City in Blackpool, if you know you know, after work for an evening session. We all arrived at different times but when everyone was together the session really started to get going.

Rob Vert Wall - Ramp City, Blackpool, England 24/11/2016

Rob Vert Wall - Ramp City, Blackpool, England 24/11/2016

I rode for about an hour before falling and hurting my wrist. I didn’t particularly mind though because that meant I could focus on getting some pictures. As soon as I got my camera out Rob was boosting the vert wall in the street section, obviously I had to get a picture of his madness. After a short street section session we moved into the mini spine where Jay pulled a big tuck no-hander and an even bigger turndown. Rob mentioned that he had been eyeing up a line for a few years but never actually pulled it off. That line is a transfer from the spine quarter to the big quarter (see gallery below). It took him a couple of tries and 1 slam before he got it right before he moved on to throwing barspins into the mix.

Jay Turndown For What - Ramp City, Blackpool, England 24/11/2016

Jay Turndown For What - Ramp City, Blackpool, England 24/11/2016

From the mini spine the guys moved over to the other side of the park to the pyramid box area. As usual Rob was messing about with some odd tricks/lines and trowing some classic lines. After some messing around, Jay calling out tricks and Dom and Rob practising tail whips over the box Dale called out Jay, Rob and Dom do a train over the pyramid. Jay pulled another huge tuck no-hander, Rob pulled a tyre grab and Dom a table air.

Jay Tuck No-Hander - Ramp City, Blackpool, England 24/11/2016

Jay Tuck No-Hander - Ramp City, Blackpool, England 24/11/2016

om headed off shortly after this so we all moved back over to the street section where Rob and Jay tried to jump from the wembley gap to the stairs/rollers. Jay gave up after a few attempts but Rob was determined to make it. It took a while but he managed it and it looked SICK. After Rob pulled the gap Jay headed off as well leaving myself, Rob and Dale chilling and riding/skating till the session finished at 9pm. After the camera went away I still wasn’t able to ride properly so I cruised around on Robs skateboard just so I wasn’t sitting around getting cold.

Rob Wembley Gap - Ramp City, Blackpool, England 24/11/2016

Rob Wembley Gap - Ramp City, Blackpool, England 24/11/2016

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Priory Lane Festival - Night

This is Part 2 of my Priory Lane Festival posts, if you missed Part 1 check it out before continuing.

The day portion of the festival ended at around 5pm and the night portion started at around 6:30pm leaving an hour and a half for set up. I actually nipped home in this break as there was nothing to shoot. The first act of the evening, Adam Williams, started just after 6:30pm and played until 7:30pm. Adam is a local musician who plays in local pubs and open mic nights and performs a mixture of acoustic covers and mash-ups of all genres, usually current and popular music. Adam is supremely talented and really deserves all the exposure he can get. I actually saw him playing at a local pub a week later by chance and his reception there was incredible!

Adam Williams - Preston, England 01/10/2016

Adam Williams - Preston, England 01/10/2016

Next on stage was Double R Arts, they performed a selection of songs from pervious shows they have put on in the past, mostly from the American Idiot musical. Some members of the group also performed solo, some in duets and 1 trio. All the members are amazingly talented, and all really know how to put on a show both as a group and as individuals. Their performance lasted for 45minutes, from 7:45pm to 8:30pm.

Double R Arts, O.K. - Preston, England 01/10/2016

Double R Arts, O.K. - Preston, England 01/10/2016

The 3rd act of the night was a local rock band who frequent the Priory Music Project, they go by the name Kings Mould. They are all young musicians who really know how to play their instruments and how to put on a show. They put 110% into their performance playing a mixture of covers and original songs. Their set also lasted 30minute and was a full frontal wall of energy and sound with the typical edgy, aggressive, punk attitude. 

Kings Mould, Passion - Preston, England 01/10/2016

Kings Mould, Passion - Preston, England 01/10/2016

The final performance of the night was a comedy music duo called Ryan and Craig, who are hilarious may I add. They played a 45minute set, 9:30pm to 10:15pm, full of comedy covers, public jokes and a few inside jokes. They had a huge amount of crown participation and had everyone in stitches the whole time, they serenaded 1 audience member and got another up for an impromptu performance. If I get the chance I will definitely be seeing these guys again and I suggest you do too!

Ryan & Craig - Preston, England 01/10/2016

Ryan & Craig - Preston, England 01/10/2016

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Priory Lane Festival - Day

Before I start I’m splitting this event into 2 blog posts, one for the day portion and one for the night portion. I have so many images and so much to talk about I didn’t want it to be 1 HUGE post. So here we go, Priory Lane Festival during the day.

On October 1st I attended the Priory Lane Festival that was hosted by the Priory Lane Music Project at the Priory Lane Youth Centre. I was invited along to photograph the event by my friend Michael who runs the music project. I arrived at around 12pm, lunch time, to be greeted by a whole host of different things going on, I hadn’t anticipated just how much would be going on at once. There was a Graffiti Artist, Graffiti Rooms, spraying a mural for the music project, Birds of Prey, a BBQ, a coffee morning/cake sale, and drama workshops.

Graffiti Rooms - Preston, England 01/10/2016

Graffiti Rooms - Preston, England 01/10/2016

I mainly hung around outside to shoot the progress of the mural from blank boards to finished piece. The artist, Graffiti Rooms, is a really down to earth guy with a supreme talent and passion for what he does. I chatted with him a few times throughout the day but tried to leave him to his work as much as possible. Like I just said the mural started as 3 plain white boards leant against the side of the building but over the course of 3 hours and many, many layers of paint, they slowly turned into a beautiful mural that through a camera lens looks like its been designed in Adobe Illustrator and printed out. If you have a minute go check out Graffiti Rooms’ Instagram page, it’s seriously cool!

Graffiti Rooms, Halfway - Preston, England 01/10/2016

Graffiti Rooms, Halfway - Preston, England 01/10/2016

Whilst the mural was being painted I dived inside to check out the Drama Workshops. Double R Arts hosted the workshop and the amazingly talented kids played out some scenes while the audience guessed who they were, the scenario and the where they were supposed to be. I watched for a short while and all the kids are seriously talented for their ages. Lighting was difficult inside so I didn’t get many useable images.

Double R Arts - Preston, England 01/10/2016

Double R Arts - Preston, England 01/10/2016

After the drama workshops finished they were replaced with a Drum Circle Workshop hosted by Tidal Beats. They arrived with a massive array of African Drums, set up a circle of chairs and welcomed anyone and everyone who wanted to join in. They didn’t just play and expect people to be able to play along, they actually taught people how to play the different notes and rhythms as they went along. The 2 guys leading the workshop were super tenanted and really had a back for teaching as well as playing. They ran 2 workshops during their time at the event and both were full and completely different. If you want to check them out or even join they check out their website and get yourself down to one for a super fun activity that everyone can enjoy!

Tidal Beats, Demoing - Preston, England 01/10/2016

Tidal Beats, Demoing - Preston, England 01/10/2016

After checking out the drama and drumming workshops I headed back outside to see how the mural was coming along and was AMAZED by the progress! I had left when it when nothing more than an outline and a few accents, but came back to a work of art! The artist was just adding the final touches to the piece so a grabbed a few shots and just watched in awe.

Part 2 of the even will come next week and will be all about the evening at the Priory Lane Festival so make sure you check that out when it goes live.

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Rob

A Weekend In: Paris - Day 3

If you don’t know, myself and Emily look a short weekend trip to Paris at the beginning of September. I would recommend checking out my posts from Day 1 and Day 2 to get up to speed before continuing.

Day 3 started like any other, a short journey towards the city. This time though we started our sight seeing by stopping by Notre-Dame, we didn’t spend much time there on Day 1, to check it out in more detail. We snapped some pictures in the courtyard outside before joining the fast moving queue to have a look inside. Once inside we remembered that it was a Sunday, the big hint was that there was a service underway, but that didn’t detract from the experience, if anything it made it better!

Votive - Paris, France, 11/09/2016

Votive - Paris, France, 11/09/2016

We spend a good amount of time meandering round the cathedral, being careful not to make too much noise and soaking up the atmosphere. There is lots to look at and learn about inside the cathedral which makes it well worth the wait in line to get in. As we made our way round the back end of the cathedral and down the opposite side we noticed someone preparing some incense in a thurible. We hung around a couple of extra minutes to observe what was going on and toke some pictures. I actually believe this is one of the best photos I took the entire trip!

Service - Paris, France, 11/09/2016

Service - Paris, France, 11/09/2016

From Notre-Dame we took a stroll over the river and made our way down to the Louvre. Once there, whilst avoiding dodgy souvenir salesmen, we just admired the pyramid. We knew the pyramid was one thing we had to see whilst in Paris so we made sure to spend some time there and get as many pictures as possible. We took some funny ones, holding the tip of the pyramid, and some more normal ones, I even did a Through My Tens picture (which got feature on the Tens Instagram account) because That’s something I want to do whenever I can now. After spending some time around the outside of the pyramid we made our way down into the shopping centre below. We didn’t actually know there was a shopping centre at the Louvre until we arrived and did some research. We probably spent about an hour in there, grabbed something to eat and wandered in and out of shops before leaving. We decided not to go into the Louvre because we aren’t really art fans and didn’t want to pay the entrance fee just to see the Mona Lisa, maybe next time.

Louvre Through My Tens - Paris, France, 11/09/2016

Louvre Through My Tens - Paris, France, 11/09/2016

The Flamme de la Liberté was our next stop. We, again, walked down from the Louvre along the river to get there. We saw the Flame from the river cruise we did on Day 2 and made a note to go and check it out. There isn’t much to see here but I got a cool picture of the flame with the Eiffel Tower in the background. There were lots of flowers and pictures left on the flame as a memorial to Princess Diana, as it was the 19th anniversary of her tragic death at the bridge the flame sits above. There was also hundreds of love locks hanging along the chain fence that surrounds the flame.

Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France, 11/09/2016

Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France, 11/09/2016

From the flame we made a second visit to the Arc de Triomphe, but this time we crossed the round to get to the foot of it. When you get up close to the Arc you realised just how big it actually is! The thing is massive! Emily and I opted not to go to the top of the Arc, mainly because there was a big queue and because we just didn’t fancy it, so we just hung around the bottom. The detail and intricacy of the carvings all over the Arc is just incredible, I couldn’t imagine having to do something like that, the men and women who did deserve every bit of praise they got because it is just beautiful. We spent some time at the Arc admiring the carvings and sculptures, taking pictures, and just chilling out after all the walking we had done.

Carvings - Paris, France, 11/09/2016

Carvings - Paris, France, 11/09/2016

After our second visit to the Arc it was time to get something to eat. Emily, again, found an amazing gluten free restaurant so thats where we headed. On our way we headed down the Champs-Élysées before getting a train back down towards Notre-Dame. We arrived at Loulou’s and had another amazing meal, we both had a club sandwich and a coffee as well as some adult beverages to end another amazing day. We actually headed back to Loulou’s the following day for breakfast before heading off to the airport to catch our flight home. We both recommend Loulou’s to anyone if you’re looking for somewhere reasonably priced with good quality food and drink.

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Rob

A Weekend In: Paris - Day 2

If you don’t already know Emily and myself spent a weekend in Paris at the start of the month, if you missed my Day 1 post then check it out HERE.

Day 2 started with a trip up the Eiffel Tower, we set off from our hotel at around 9am and after a couple of buses we arrived at our destination. Security is high around the tower so after a short security check we were in! As we were there so early the queue for tickets was fairly short so we got ourselves immediate access tickets to the top. The trip up to the observation decks was an interesting one, double decker lifts moving diagonally is definitely an experience. We skipped levels 1 and 2 and headed straight up to the top. The outside viewing area isn’t very big and was jam packed with people. We did manage to get to the edge to admire the amazing 360degree view over Paris. I got some awesome pictures from the top and think they were the best I took the whole trip!

Shadow Perfection - Paris, France 10/09/2016

Shadow Perfection - Paris, France 10/09/2016

Once the top started to get busier we made our way back down to level 2, then down to level 1 before heading back down to the base. We hung around the base for a while before heading over the road to the river for a spot of lunch. We grabbed a simple lunch, sandwich and chips, before jumping on a river cruise. We cruised down the river seine for an hour soaking up the sights, enjoying the sun and heat along the way.

Notre-Dame - Paris, France 10/09/2016

Notre-Dame - Paris, France 10/09/2016

From the river cruise our next stop was the Arc de Triomphe, we strolled over there trying to stick to the shady patches after being beaten on by the sun for an hour. Once there we snapped some pictures but didn’t hang around for long. The reason being was that we wanted to have a shop down the Champs-Élysées, where I bought a Paris Levi’s tee and emily picked up a shirt from Zara. When we made our way to the end we had a nosey round the most impressive Abercrombie and Fitch I’ve ever been in before grabbing a well deserved adult drink at a nice bar with the funniest waiter.

Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France 10/09/2016

Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France 10/09/2016

From our well deserved adult drink it was time to eat. Emily found a Gluten Free restaurant, called NoGlu, not too far from where we were that thats where we headed, passing the Fontaine des Mers and the Academie Nationale de Musique before reaching our destination, for an amazing meal that hit exactly the right spot. Our day ended here as we just made our way back to the hotel for the night.

Sunset - Paris, France 10/09/2016

Sunset - Paris, France 10/09/2016

If there are 3 things you need to do in Paris then the Eiffel Tower, a River Cruise and Arc de Triomphe/Champs-Élysées are definitely the 3 you need to do.

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Rob