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Showing posts from November, 2015


It's that time of year when a visit to the beach is full of treasures. Big storms churn it all up and I am at my happiest wrapped up warm with my supply of KitKats, bags and trowels. January is always good to find things that have been washed up to the strand line and I am still hoping for those elusive teeth at some point next year. Here are some things I have found in the past month.

Adopt a Slide - 19th Century Glass Eyeballs.

I first saw  adopt a slide  on  twitter  earlier this year. It is the slide collection of the Visual Resources Centre (VRC) at Manchester School of Art. I haven't been able to visit the department and look at the collection for myself yet but I spotted slide number DS11-003 on twitter and knew that was the slide for me. I love slides and have over 500 or so of my own of various different things, an old mill in Leigh that's since been demolished, local housing estates and fishing villages in Wales. I started taking pictures on slide film in college and it produces stills of a moment in time in such vivid colour. A small portrait that held up to the light can show you the world from last week or 60 years ago. Adopt a Slide is a really important project and incredibly interesting even more-so as the image library is currently under threat from closure. Analogue methods of cataloguing aren't seen as important as they were when things can be so easily digitised and put onli

Collections-Shopping Lists.

It is getting tougher out there on the mean shopping streets and as well as finding zero pennies, I am finding that shopping lists have also been scarce. I am hoping things will pick up in the next few weeks and to find some Christmas lists ten pages long with frantic writing on them about carrots and parsnips and what presents to buy for Auntie Sue in Antarctica.