Cosmic Photo Extravaganza: Broomhill Sculpture Gardens.

On Sunday morning I took a drive just out of Barnstaple, to Broomhill Art Hotel and Sculpture Gardens, which I have visited many times and I’ve taken a great many photos there, too.

The National Sculpture Prize is hosted here and a lot of the previous winners are on permanent display in their own part of the beautifully landscaped, lightly wooded river valley. But there is hardly anywhere on the sprawling, gently sloping site below the hotel and galleries, which isn’t a vantage point from which to view the huge number of artworks on display.

It is always a pleasure to wander through this surreal landscape of the imagination, seeing it grow and evolve each time I visit and I thought this time I’d really try to do it justice with a bumper photo tour. I even added an artistic experiment of my own, another peculiar panoramic selfie. ;~}

I hope you enjoy your look around a really magical place, maybe you can visit it yourselves one day…

Click on the image at the top or the link below it at the top of this post to find out more about Broomhill.

The Cosmic Photo Challenge: A reminder of what you’re missing.

Hi there, sorry I haven’t posted in a while, life has been a bit full and I’ve been absorbed in various other creative pursuits, the main one being audio visual in nature, about which more in the not too distant future.

But for now I’m concentrating on the purely visual arts, namely; The Cosmic Photo Challenge.

For well over 200 posts now, my fellow intrepid photographic adventurers and I have challenged ourselves to come up with images themed around a weekly prompt and the results have been eye-opening, to say the least.

The creativity and talent out there in the blogosphere never ceases to amaze me and I’m very grateful to all of those who regularly take part…but I want to see more of that fantastic talent and imagination.

To that end, I’m reposting this week’s challenge here, with a few extra photos thrown in to sweeten to deal, along with ***A REALLY REALLY OBVIOUS LINK*** to The Cosmic Photo Challenge’s new home, so you can come on over and get involved.

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On The Cosmic Photo Challenge this week, I asked you to capture your images; On the shore.

After over 20 years living in North Devon, I finally made my first trip to a hidden Victorian gem, Tunnel Beaches in Ilfracombe.

Accessed by an unassuming white tunnel entrance just a few minutes walk from the high street, these beaches were opened in the early 1800s with the two naturally separated coves enabling ladies and gentlemen to bathe with their modesty intact. The gentlemen’s beach was in use for a wedding yesterday, so I took a stroll around the rugged landscape of the ladies beach and made a video tour, accompanied by an extract from a recently composed piece of appropriately watery ambient electronica*.

Where did your search for the water’s edge take you at the weekend? Let’s have a look at your pictures…

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*{Should you wish to experience the full version of this new track, along with it’s own, strangely mesmerizing video, you can do so HERE}

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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.

The Cosmic Photo Challenge

Friday’s lack of inspiration carried over into the weekend, so this week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is less spectacular than usual, featuring as it does; Ordinary everyday objects.

Among the objects I ordinarily see every day are ornaments in the living room – gifts from various friends and a clay lion Audrey made – along with the string lattice lampshades, with which I made some interesting abstract art.

What caught your eye around the house at the weekend, let’s have a look…?

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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.

The Cosmic Photo Challenge.

Good morning everyone, I hope your Monday is going as planned so far, welcome to The Cosmic Photo Challenge, this week prompted by the theme; Houseplants.

I’ll be honest, it was a spur of the moment suggestion when I realised I’d missed even my usually late deadline for Friday’s Saturday’s post, but I’m quite pleased with the photos I captured of our indoor greenery, including one “artistic interpretation”.

Now let’s see the results of your search for vegetation to visualise, 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.

The Cosmic Photo Challenge.

Today’s edition of The Cosmic Photo Challenge is entirely your call, because the prompt was; Freestyle.

I have a few random images from the last week to offer you, starting with a rather obliging small tortoiseshell butterfly, which posed long enough for me to get a nice close-up…

…followed by an interesting view of a spider in the shed and a shot of the local crows coming home to roost.

Then we come to the inevitable mucking about section; starting with a composite image of three lucky consecutive shots of a squirrel I captured, as he jumped out of the flowerbed…

…and ending with an edited version of a simple photo of my reflection in an empty picture frame.

Now I’m keen to see what you have in store for us this week, so let’s have a look, don’t be shy.

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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.

The Cosmic Photo Challenge.

For today’s edition of The Cosmic Photo Challenge, I asked you to capture your photos; Out in the country.

I nearly lost my gamble with the weather by waiting until Sunday to go out taking pictures, but I managed to dodge the showers for long enough to plod up Codden Hill.

I took in the spectacular views (five counties are visible on a clear day) from the foot of the memorial Jeremy Thorpe erected to his wife, Caroline in 1971, which you can share by watching the short video below.

Where did your search for rural photographic inspiration take you at the weekend?

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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.

Good evening, I hope your Friday is winding down acceptably.

Before we get to today’s prompt for The Cosmic Photo Challenge I’d like to make a small announcement…

*ahem*

Today (August 6th) is those lovely people at Bandcamp’s fee waiver day, when for one day only ALL proceeds from sales go to the artists.

So if you’re browsing my back catalogue of original material* and find something you like, you can be happy in the knowledge that The Man won’t be taking his slice of my (very reasonably priced) pie.

CLICK HERE to check it out

Thank you for your attention.

*listen for free on Bandcamp (free remix album also available)

So, to the theme for Monday’s post, I’d like you to please provide images based on the prompt; From the inside.

As ever, interpret that however you wish and we’ll all see what we came up with after the weekend, which I hope brings you inspiration, recreation and relaxation in equal measure.

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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.

The Cosmic Photo Challenge.

Hi there, welcome to Monday and also to The Cosmic Photo Challenge, which this week is all about what happens when you; Drain the colours.

I chose to showcase the *lack of* beautiful colours of some of the flowers in the garden.

But before that…

…I have been posting my challenge photos on Photo Sans Frontieres on Facebook, where I have recently encouraged group members to get involved. Well I am happy to say that this week I can include a fabulous shot of a cast-off dragonfly skin (known as the exuvia) from new member, Clive Wilson.

Now let’s see your monochromatic offerings…

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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.

The Cosmic Photo Challenge.

For your mission on The Cosmic Photo Challenge this week, I asked you to provide images based on the theme of; Reflections.

The reason I chose this prompt was because I had the dubious pleasure of putting together a large and complicated self-assembly wardrobe in Audrey’s fairly small bedroom last week, which features two equally large mirrored sliding doors.

Anyway, having spent all that time and effort (and swearing) building the thing, I thought I may as well take advantage of the new wall of mirrors to capture some interesting pictures.

Using Audrey’s various small make-up mirrors and her fancy mood lighting, I managed to create some agreeably head-scratching optical puzzles with my one phone and no editing,

Did the weekend catch you in reflective mood, show us your results, don’t be shy…

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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.

The Cosmic Photo Challenge.

Good morn-ternoo-vening to you, wherever you may be and welcome to The Cosmic Photo Challenge for this Monday, themed around the prompt; From an unusual angle.

My initial photos were of creepy crawlies in the garden and some nice raindrops on roses (one of Julie Andrews’ favourite things, apparently) until the distorting effect of the glass in kitchen door caught my eye.

I took several shots of myself from various angles without, and I would like to stress this, without pulling any silly faces at all. The results are, nonetheless, troubling…

What interesting perspective did you bring to the challenge this week? Let us see your personal spin on the prompt, it couldn’t be easier…

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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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