Allantide & My Mate Allan

 

I have a mate called Allan – he is probably unaware of Allantide so I thought I would trawl the internet and find some facts out about this day, today, for him – and post them up here. Needless to say me and my mate, Allan, will not be indulging in these traditions – we are, instead, DJing at an event called VIBE tonight.

My mate Allan
My mate Allan

Allantide (in Cornish Calan Gwaf or Nos Calan Gwaf) is a festival celebrated on 31st of October . The festival itself seems to have pre-Christian origins similar to most celebrations on this date, however in Cornwall it was popularly linked to St Allen or Arlan a little known Cornish Saint. Because of the this Allantide is also known as Allan Day. As in all celtic cultures this time of year was seen as being a significant one and sometimes considered to be the celtic New Year (although this is disputed). In the celtic mind this was the point in the year when the veil between this world and the next was most thin.  At one point Allantide was a popular time for parties across Cornwall. It is customary to give large polished Red Apples at Allantide which in the past  were bought at large “Allan Markets”. Continue reading “Allantide & My Mate Allan”

“That’s One For The Album, Dear”

 

At some point in your travels, you’ll come across a sight that’s so beautiful, it takes your breath away. In those moments there’s only one thing to do. Take a photo. With your balls out. Nutscaping is a photo-taking trend which involves dropping your trousers, whipping out some testicles (yours, if you have them), and gently hovering above the camera so your balls hang down like a majestic moon in the sky. Continue reading ““That’s One For The Album, Dear””

Why Am I Obsessed With Editing Photos Beyond Reality?

 

Photos are intended to support, not supplant, memory, but it seems like we’ve always been pretty set on using them as occasions to reformat history. Benito Mussolini had his horse handler removed out of this photograph, to make him appear more Napoleonic. Although some people are more extreme at it than others, it’s common practice to edit the truth out of our own, personal images. Any time we dress them up with an Instagram filter, for example, we’re doing it: each filter is meant to imbue new emotions onto the image, shift its color spectrum, or change its focus in a way that mutates the original image’s imprint. Continue reading “Why Am I Obsessed With Editing Photos Beyond Reality?”

Cinemagraphs

 

A Cinemagraph – to my knowledge – are still photographs in which a minor and repeated movement occurs. Cinemagraphs, which are published in either animated GIF format or as video, can give the illusion that the viewer is watching a video. They are commonly produced by taking a series of photographs or a video recording, and, using image editing software, compositing the photographs or the video frames into a seamless loop of sequential frames. This is done such that motion in part of the subject between exposures (for example, a person’s dangling leg) is perceived as a repeating or continued motion, in contrast with the stillness of the rest of the image. Continue reading “Cinemagraphs”