Posts tagged ‘Art’

Belfast Murals

Belfast is world famous for it’s fantastic murals painted on the side of various houses and buildings throughout the city.

Even though the decades of sectarian violence known as “The Troubles” were, officially at least, brought to an end with the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, the underlying tensions between Catholics/Protestants and Republicans/Unionists haven’t really gone away. Consequently many of the murals still depict images that leave the viewer in little doubt as to which side is being supported.

On a more positive note, Belfast has undoutedly come along way in the last two decades, and so there are also many murals that depict images of peace and hope for the future…..and that despite the fact that Brexit threatens to undermine the progress made over the last two decades.

There are also some murals that have meanings that are not so obvious or easy to discern.

Whatever the message or politicals behind these murals though, there is no question the artists responsible are incredibly talented and they have turned Belfast into possibly the worlds largest open air art gallery.

© Mark Simms Photography (2018)

Water of Life

“The Water of Life” is a sculptural water feature located in the cloister garden of Chester Cathedral. According to Stephen Broadbent, the artist, it “presents the life changing encounter between Jesus and the woman of Samaria, as told in John’s gospel, celebrating the literal and spiritual, life-giving properties of water.”

The Water of Life 1

The Water of Life 2

© Mark Simms Photography (2014)

Merry Christmas

I just wanted to say, at this festive time of year, thanks so much to all those people who visited, followed, liked and commented on my photoblog during 2013. I really do enjoy sharing my work with you all, I find your positive feedback and kind words a constant source of support and inspiration 😊

As Liz and I are up on Orkney for Christmas, the first time we have been away for the festive period in 13 years of marriage, it seems appropriate that I share with you a shot from the trip. So, below is a close-up image of a wood-carving of an angel from St Magnus’ Cathedral in Kirkwall:

Wooden Angel

Merry Christmas everyone, wherever you are and whoever you’re with, I hope you have a great time, but most of all take care and best wishes.

© Mark Simms Photography (2013)

The Wirral Spring Art & Photography Exhibition 2013

On Friday evening we were supposed to attend the preview event for the annual Wirral Spring Art & Photography Exhibition held at the Williamson Art Gallery in Birkenhead. Unfortunately, because of the poor weather we couldn’t make it.

For those who don’t know I entered this last year for the first time and was fortunate enough to have two pieces accepted for the exhibition. This year they changed the rules so that you could only put forward one piece for consideration, but like last year my image was selected for display. I knew about this a couple of weeks ago, but it only dawned on me the other day that I hadn’t actually shared the news or the image with you…..so here it is:

Post-Rain Reflections 5

I should also mention at this point that my darling wife Lizzy also decided to enter a shot this year and this was accepted into the exhibition as well. Below is Lizzy’s lovely shot of a pollen laden Bumble Bee going about it’s business…..well done Lizzy, very proud:

Pollen Overload

We eventually managed to beat the snow and get down to the gallery on Sunday to see our shots displayed in the exhibition. Overall the standard was high, although not quite as good as last year in my opinion. There were 47 images displayed in the photography section of the exhibition (I have no idea how many entries there were originally). Of these 47, five were recognised by the judges – 1 prizewinner, 2 highly commended and 2 commended. Unfortunately Liz and I weren’t amongst these five and I have to say that I was surprised with 2 or 3 of the judges’ choices, as personally I think there were shots in the other 42 that were more deserving of recognition…..;0).

Still we shall keep trying and hope for better luck next year.

If you’re in the Wirral area and fancy popping in to take a look, then the exhibition runs until 5th May.

© Mark Simms Photography (2013)

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