Monday, 20 July 2015

Meccano guys

I love visiting antique shops while I'm in the States, and last week's prize find was this excellent vintage toy...

I remember my little brothers playing with construction sets similar to this in the 70s - the UK version was Meccano. This one is the Gilbert Erector Set; I'm not sure whether or not the 1927 on the lid is a date or not, but it probably dates back to at least the 1930s. I loved the colours and the instruction booklet, and I was particularly touched to see that there were some little constructions in the box that must have been made by a previous owner.

I used these as inspiration to make some creatures of my own, incorporating the vintage parts into my own Meccano family. Here they are...





Monday, 13 July 2015


Summer holidays - a great time to pursue random fantastical photo projects. Like this one - a deer skull we found in the woods, with some Queen Anne's lace to prettify him. Actaeon was the guy from Greek mythology who was turned into a stag, as punishment for something he may or may not have done to annoy the goddess Artemis...

A slightly mouldy wooden tray, a tin and a nice wide aperture made him seem a bit more magical in camera than he looked to the naked eye.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Not the tall ships

I was gutted that I missed seeing the Tall Ships in Belfast this week - though plenty of people have taken fabulous photographs of them. I took a sorrowful walk round the harbour instead, imagining all the glory I was missing. And in fact I cheered up rightly and found plenty of interesting little things to shoot round the Titanic buildings, both the new visitors' centre and the old drawing offices. I hope you like them.