The Cosmic Photo Challenge.

For this week’s edition of the photographic imaginarium which is The Cosmic Photo Challenge, I asked you to provide us with some pictures that satisfied the simple prompt; Inversions.

Upside down, inside out, back to front and the wrong way round, it’s amazing how much of a difference it can make to an image with just one or two elements reversed.

Take faces, for example, how would it look if you turned just the eyes and mouth upside down..?

…well, no, fair enough, maybe not that.

How about inverting the colour of a photo, then overlaying it with the original, then painstakingly erasing parts of one of them to make surreal juxtapositions?

Yeah, ok, let’s try that instead.

What did your visual adventures turn up this week? Show us your haul, we’d love to see…

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To get involved with the challenge; check out the Cosmic Photo Prompt each Friday, then post a photo (or photos) on your blog the following Monday, with a pingback link to my Monday post.

Tag your posts with #CosPhoChal.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages, animation, gifs, or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

Cosmic Photo prompt.

Ok, this is the third time I’ve “remembered” to post a prompt for Monday’s edition of The Cosmic Photo Challenge and maybe I’ll make it to the end without getting sidetracked this time.

This week’s theme is; Inversions.

That’s it, short and sweet, show us what you’ve got at the start of the week, enjoy your time off and I’ll see you for the big reveal.

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To get involved with the challenge; check out the Cosmic Photo Prompt each Friday, then post a photo (or photos) on your blog the following Monday, with a pingback link to my Monday post.

Tag your posts with #CosPhoChal.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages, animation, gifs, or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

DJ dc57 in the mix.

“Music”, John Miles once said, “was my first love and it will be my last”.

Well maybe I wouldn’t go as far as that, but music has always been a huge part of my life, despite my being about as naturally musical as a bucket of spanners falling down the stairs.

But as anyone who has been following my particular brand of nonsense for a while will be aware, that hasn’t stopped me from dabbling with Sound and Vision for a few years and my skills are gradually improving.

I’m always playing around with remixes for my own entertainment; forcing together tunes which are almost certainly not supposed be combined, foisting them on unsuspecting friends on Facebook and sending them all to my old friend, Ho, the inexplicably eager guinea pig for musical experimentation.

Obviously it’s gratifying when somebody likes the result of my sacrilegious sonic noodling, but I’ve never laboured under the misconception that any of my amateur offerings would get an official release by a proper record label.

Until now, that is.

Only the other day I told you about my cousin, Rich Thair, founder member of the globally successful Red Snapper and more recently side project, (with bandmate Ali Friend) Number. Well, when they released their single Face Down In Ecstacy, their label , Sunday Best Records decided to run a remix competition. It was to be judged “blind” so that the band would not know whose mix was whose and mine was of course submitted under the moniker dalecooper57.

The prize was the chance to have the winning mix released on an exclusive Bandcamp EP and I just could not resist entering.

I never expected to be in serious contention, competing as I was against people who knew what they were doing when it came to dealing with things called “stems”, for example.

These stem files were what I was sent by the record label (essentially, the component parts of the track to be remixed) and I had no idea what to do with them and nothing with which to, since as with everything else I do, I was using my phone for the entire process. So in the end I used the album version of the track, which I had purchased on its original release and informed the label that I just didn’t have the technology. They were very nice about it and basically said, do whatever you want, so I got to work.

This was about the time it occurred to me that all my previous attempts at mastering the remixer’s art had involved the aforementioned splicing together of songs, which I couldn’t do on this occasion because of copyright infringement issues.

But…wait a minute…that didn’t apply to using my own musical compositions, if you can call them that, for the additional mixing elements, did it?

Aha, the game was afoot.

So I sat down on a sunny afternoon a few weeks ago and, using one of the tunes I’d created with my Korg synth app during lockdown, I got to work on my remix of Face Down In Ecstacy

I submitted the completed mix a few days later, crossed my fingers that at the very least they wouldn’t reject it out of hand and waited…

To my amazement, the deadline for submissions arrived and I received an email saying my mix had indeed been entered into the competition and they liked the “spacey feel” I’d given the track.

Wow!

Like, WOW!

Ok, so I wasn’t going to win, but I’d had it accepted by a real record company for serious consideration, that’s pretty good, right?

And on Friday, I found this momentous message in my inbox;

“Hi Guy,

Thanks again for your remix entry.
The band have decided to release a remix EP exclusive to Bandcamp, which includes your remix. The release is a 7 track EP which consists of some of the entries from the competition and the original ‘Face Down in Ecstasy’ mix.
The release will be published on Number’s Bandcamp page on Monday 21st September. I’ll send over the release link once published!
Thanks so much again and hope you have a lovely weekend!
Cheers,
Sunday Best Recordings”

WOOHOO!

Yes, it’s official, dalecooper57 is now on the same record label as David Lynch, how cool is that?

I am, as I’m sure you can tell, extraordinarily chuffed about this turn of events and I would now like to suggest that you click on the image at the top of this post, or USE THIS REALLY OBVIOUS LINK to navigate your way to your listening pleasure.

Right, back to the turntables, who knows what’ll happen next…

The Cosmic Photo Challenge.

Good morning, welcome to Monday.

There will be an exciting announcement coming later today, but for now it’s time to turn our attention to The Cosmic Photo Challenge and the prompt I left you to mull over at the weekend; The everyday into the unusual.

I dropped my glasses onto my Audrey Hepburn cushion on the way to the shower yesterday and this was what I saw on my return…

…which reminded me of this sacrilegious but amusing defacement I made a couple of weeks ago.

After that, I got a bit carried away.

I took a handful of perfectly ordinary images from recent photo outings…

…and did a lot of peculiar things to them until they looked like this.

How did you get on with meeting this week’s challenge, we’re all dying to know..?

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To get involved with the challenge; check out the Cosmic Photo Prompt each Friday, then post a photo (or photos) on your blog the following Monday, with a pingback link to my Monday post.

Tag your posts with #CosPhoChal.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages, animation, gifs, or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

Cosmic Photo prompt.

For this week’s edition of The Cosmic Photo Challenge I’d like your imagination to take the wheel and turn; The everyday into the unusual.

Seems to me like another obvious opportunity for some cryptic creations, but maybe you have your own ideas for some otherworldly imagery, I look forward to finding out on Monday.

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To get involved with the challenge; check out the Cosmic Photo Prompt each Friday, then post a photo (or photos) on your blog the following Monday, with a pingback link to my Monday post.

Tag your posts with #CosPhoChal.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages, animation, gifs, or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

Family matters.

It’s always good to meet new people and it’s doubly nice when those people turn out to be part of the family, even when the connection is a little tenuous.

So imagine my delight when, while chatting to my cousin Richard yesterday, (DJ, musician and founding member of Red Snapper) I discovered two other distant “cousins” I previously knew nothing about. One of them is another very talented musician who goes by the name of Garanuk and the other is a WordPress blogger!

So after you’ve taken in Richard and Will’s musical accomplishments, pop over, say hello and check out Nina’s extraordinary story on her blog, Chaos in Slow Motion.

The Cosmic Photo Challenge.

This week on The Cosmic Photo Challenge we are aiming to capture the world; As summer* fades.

I chose to wait until yesterday morning to go out seeking inspiration, returning to Fremington Quay, this time at low tide, to take some photos on the river’s edge and along the Tarka Trail cycle path.

*or winter

How does the changing of the seasons look in your corner of the world?

Come on, we all want to see, it’s easy to do…

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To get involved with the challenge; check out the Cosmic Photo Prompt each Friday, then post a photo (or photos) on your blog the following Monday, with a pingback link to my Monday post.

Tag your posts with #CosPhoChal.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages, animation, gifs, or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

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