Rich Spencer's news and projects blog, including updates on freeboprich photography work and life as it comes to me.
Angels on rooftops, acrobats with buns of steel, grungy leaping dancers in hoods, eerie figures in the crowd, poetry, a spectacular 3D projection on Town Hall and Goldie in a mac.
All ingredients of a brilliant show that lasted for magnificent four nights and these were from Thursday’s. Click on the photo above to go to the full gallery on my performance photography Facebook page.
Saw this for the 2nd time tonight! Totally hilarious, intense, all the good words. Go see this movie if you haven’t already! Bring your friends with you.
Currently plotting second viewing. I can’t remember the last time I saw something twice in the theater.
WHAT THEY SAID!
JEEEESUS - I hope she at least has a wrist strap on that camera! /priorities
In 18 months every casual bike commuter should be riding Alfine Di2 electronic shifting with a carbon belt drive.
Hmm, Belt Drive or shaft drive? I’d swap the drop bars for pursuit too, but then I’m just difficult, that’s still a great looking ride!
Birmingham Blitz Dames logo refresh from last year…
A classic piece of design that catapulted the Blitz Dames’ image forward!
August 4th - Cresting Greenhill in Lichfield, heading down the Birmingham Road on my way home, traffic was very heavy. I love riding the traffic in Lichfield - challenging, exhilarating and smugness-inducing. A fine ride.
Sadly, I had a better audio track for this ride, but yootoob’s audio fingerprint thing spots it and removes it, which is a great shame. That technology is bloody impressive, though…
Man, I wish I had the chutzpah to do that - yesterday with the wind up in my face I struggled to keep up with the flow of traffic and kept getting stuck behind idiots at the same traffic lights who didn’t bother to move when they had the chance :(
June 14th - Lichfield Trent Valley is an awful railway station. Jammed into the chord junction formed where the Cross City Line intersects the West Coast Main Line, it’s a collection of huts, cabins and rambling, exposed platforms. It’s very busy with commuters and has still yet to get a functioning public information system. One of the worst aspects is accessibility; both the Cross City and southbound mainline platforms are utterly unaccessible to anything with wheels. I’m lucky, I can pick my bike up and carry it. Wheelchair users are stuffed.
Couldn’t have put it better myself - it’s a complete disaster area and the only reason for using it as a station is for a cheap direct route to the capital.
I reckon he’s just in it for the chase! Great video, Bob!
May 30th - Rabbits don’t do clever, but this one at Farewell, Staffordshire was quite unique. Taking a suicide run out of the hedge on the left, he doubled back when he realised the danger and ran straight ahead, in the same direction as me, for about a quarter of a mile. The camera loses him for a bit, before I catch him up again and he jumps into the hedge. Never seen that before.
The video quality is quite poor. I’ve had to zoom in quite a bit, and you may need to turn the quality setting up on youtube.
Times are changing - Freeboprich will continue to be my brand for all performance related photography, but but in a much needed re-evaluation of my business structure, I am bringing my name to the fore to give an overarching identity to the work that I do.
I will also be completely overhauling my web presence in the process, tumblr has never been particularly conducive to pulling in an audience in the way it would hope (yeah, it’s not helped by me not using it very often!), but it only serves to fragment my updates from my site and ideally they should all be together.
So, a fresh start, coming soon!
Mars is all Red,
Earth is Pale Blue,
Look close that dot,
For on it sits you.
On the 14th February 1990 Voyager 1, having completed its primary mission, turned around to looked back at us and took this humbling image of the Earth.
‘A mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam’ - Carl Sagan
My God - there’s some noise in that photo! (obsessive, much?)
Happy Valentine’s passing….
Currently one of my photos of Kaki King from the Glee Club in Birmingham is the top user rated image on her Last.fm profile - while this is all very nice, my treatment of those images was pretty severe and makes me cringe slightly.
I had just come into ownership of my Canon 30D and I had been using Adobe Lightroom all of a month - I don’t want to put the image itself down, but I had not the experience to attempt a decent monochrome conversion, and created something that lost an awful lot of the finer nuances of the image.
For those who like the original I’m happy that you appreciated it. The harsher look does add a rough charm that is reminiscent of her delivery, but I think that this smoother take now makes more sense to me and shows something more delicate in Kaki’s style.
I can’t change the image in Last.fm for obvious reasons, but I thought I’d make this a relevant link for those who’d be interested. Thanks for reading.