26 April 2017

Glenwood Library closure

Nineteen years ago I bought my house, and I remember at the time thinking how handy it would be for the library. My parents' house was about 2 miles away from the library, and I either had to walk or borrow my mum's car. Having the library at the end of my street was a wonderful thing, and it meant I could wander up there any evening to exchange my books, look up local history information, or pick up leaflets about local events. I started going to Glenwood Library as a child, after exhausting the supply of books at Pitteuchar Library. Glenwood was the main library for Glenrothes, and, even after Rothes Halls opened, it continued to be the biggest and best library in town.
Fife Cultural Trust decided to close the library, and, eventually, the council agreed, so the closure went ahead last month. There is a community plan to run the library, but it's very unclear what's happening with this - I haven't even been able to get hold of the business plan (unlike in Falkland where they had a very clear business plan put in place and made public, with volunteers recruited and architects drawings produced). All that's been said is that it will have at least the same facilities as before.

That's why I decided to take some photos of the library before it closed, so that I could preserve my memories of it as it is now. It was built in the 60s, so there are lots of retro details, and there are particular shelves that I remember as where I borrowed my first books from!

24 April 2017

Falkland photo walk: Mill demolition

When I went on my photo walk around Falkland recently, I realised that the Smith Anderson mill was being demolished. I love taking photos of buildings being knocked down, and this was particularly interesting to me because when I was a student I worked at Smith Anderson (but not at this mill). Luckily I bumped into an old man who was also taking photos, and he was able to point me in the direction of the best vantage points! It was a great place to explore textures and peeling paintwork.

23 April 2017

Sunday self-portraits: Cherry blossom

It's such a lovely time of year when the cherry blossoms are out! I have two cherry trees of different types, so when the blossom on one is fading the other is just coming out - giving me a whole month of lovely blossom. The blossom on the tree in the back garden contrasts really well with the teal door on the shed.
I recently got these dungarees in the New Look sale for only £6, and they are one of my favourite pieces of clothing ever! The denim is really soft. I've hardly worn anything else outside work since I got them! And the shirt was reduced to £7.99 in H&M, so it's a very cheap outfit overall (no pun intended!).
Dungarees are a great way of showing off my rapidly-expanding collection of enamel pins and other badges! I chose some in shades of pink to match the shirt and the blossoms.

It's interesting to look back to last year's cherry blossom self-portraits, when I'd just dyed my hair black and still had braces on my teeth! I'm now letting the black fade and grow out a bit, and doing the roots in more of a reddish brown.

21 April 2017

Falkland photo walk: Plants and flowers

Falkland is well-known for its displays of flowers - in the summertime there are always lots of lovely flowers in pots and hanging baskets. On this early Spring walk, however, there were not as many flowers in bloom, and also I was looking at the interesting patterns and textures formed by the plants.

I really loved seeing the pansies floating in the water trough, because this reminded me of Honen-in Temple in Kyoto where I took photos of a camellia blossom positioned on a water basin.

19 April 2017

Falkland photo walk: Doors

As I mentioned a few days ago, I love photographing interesting doors, particularly when the paint on them is starting to peel a bit. The best place for this was the Cinque Terre in Italy, but I realised that I could start a photo project taking photos of doors closer to home.
I'm planning to have a look round a few Fife towns for photogenic doors, but I started off in Falkland which is quite close to where I live.
One of the doors I took a lot of photos of was a turquoise one, on a little cottage that my friend Sayoko loved when I took her to Falkland - she said it had a real wabi sabi look to it!

17 April 2017

Falkland photo walk: Patterns and textures

When I go away on holiday, or explore somewhere new, there are certain themes I return to time and time again in my photography. I love to spot interesting patterns and textures and take photographs of them, and I also have a particular love for peeling paintwork on doors and windows. But I only recently thought of taking this approach on a photo walk closer to home. I ended up with so many photos from that one walk that I'll have to split them up into a number of blog posts!
I started right in the car park, with some peeling paint on a garage door, and continued walking around taking photos of any textures and patterns I found interesting - walls, tiles, paving stones, and much more. Concentrating on textures like this was a great way of seeing things around me that I hadn't noticed before.

15 April 2017

Library card

My much-loved public library at the end of my street, which was one of the reasons for me buying a house where I did, closed down last month. There’s a possibility of it being run as a community concern, but that all looks a bit uncertain at the moment.
Because all the staff are moving on, either to other libraries or retirement, I wanted to make them a goodbye card.
On the side of the library is a mural showing books, tv characters, and local landmarks. I decided to base the card on this to make it really personal.
I used a photo that I’d taken of the mural, and used Photoshop to convert this to a line drawing, which I then used as a template for cutting out coloured card to match the colours of the mural.

This was one of the most fiddly cards I’ve made, with lots of little pieces, even though I did simplify the design where I could! It also had a watercolour background, which I embossed with a brick pattern.

I gave the staff the card a few weeks before the library closed, along with some chocolates (so that they would have time to eat them!).
It’s always a great feeling when a card is well-received, and the staff in the library loved it! I could hear them talking about it as I selected my library books. When I visited the library on its final day the card was up on the wall along with some other cards that had been received.

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