Monday, 27 January 2014


Apart from the absolute high I am experiencing right now from being offered my dream job today, I am feeling great after a wholesome and affirming good ol' Bristol weekend. As I often do, I decided to sling my camera over my arm and take myself off for a 'photowalk' yesterday.

The weather was wild, but at times welcoming and beautiful, so I ran out doors with my Pentax to capture some of the splendour. I walked around the Redland area and also ventured up the length of Gloucester Road, taking in the magnificent trees, edgy street art and lovely architecture that makes Bristol such a special place.

And after receiving a text from my lovely housemate, I found myself over in St. Werburghs at a Wassail  – of all things!

In which Other UK city could you wander for 15-20 minutes only very slightly off the beaten track and find yourself at a wassail?! Complete with live folk music, a yummy BBQ and a spiritual blessing at a large tree (we slipped and slid on the mud as we tried to sing from damp song sheets), I danced in circles, tapped my feet and welcomed in the new year with the rest of the crowd. An enchanting afternoon and testament to what I love most about Bristol: always the possibility of the totally unexpected, and always the feeling of community. 


Redland, Bristol | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Redland | Photo: Rosie Pentreath
Kingsdown, Bristol | Photo: Rosie Pentreath
The changeable weather gave us a glorious rainbow over Stokes Croft | Photo: Rosie Pentreath
Gloucester Road, Bristol | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Gloucester Road | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Just off Gloucester Road | Photo: Rosie Pentreath 
Specialist Flooring | Photo: Rosie Pentreath
Just off Gloucester Road | Photo: Rosie Pentreath
Bishopston, Bristol | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

The [Go]lden Lion | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Bishopston | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Gloucester Road, Bristol | Photo: Rosie Pentreath 
Tawitt, tawooo | Photo: Rosie Pentreath
Overlooking Stokes Croft | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

St Paul's, Bristol | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

St Paul's | Photo: Rosie Pentreath 

St Werburghs, Bristol | Photo: Rosie Pentreath 
St Werburghs | Photo: Rosie Pentreath  
Boiling Wells, St Werburghs | Photo: Rosie Pentreath 

'Here we are, a-wassailing' | Photo: Rosie Pentreath 

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Monday, 20 January 2014

The Playlist: Vance Joy

I'm delighted to have discovered a new country/pop singer-songwriter making some waves on the scene recently. Vance Joy was born in Melbourne and is signed to Atlantic records. His voice has the power to be coarse and smooth in equal measures and, like Ben Howard, Angus Stone and Sam Bradley (etc), he treats the great lyrics he writes with real care.

He released his first EP God Loves You When You're Dancing back in March 2013, and the music included in that is as soulful, ernest and uplifting as the record's title suggests.

I love Riptide for its energy and catchy chorus (and the lyrics "closest thing to Michelle Pfeiffer you have ever seen", of course). Other great tracks of his are Emmylou and From Afar. If you're a bit of an alt-folk/country fan give it a listen.

Vance Joy | photo: Vance Joy/promotional


Monday, 13 January 2014

Music: The Golden Filter, Unselected Works, Vol. 1

Unselected Works, Vol. 1 is an album of stand-alone songs unrestricted in style, theme and form from american electronic duo The Golden Filter. "We felt that these songs should remain 'unselected' and not part of the machine", say Penelope Trappes and Stephen Hindman on their Facebook page. "We love them to death. Enjoy."

These sonic experiments are indeed all tracks that contain the very best of what the duo have become known for; sultry tunes over soft-edged beats and layered textures. 

Never Let Them Know is idiosyncratic Golden Filter: a subtle-but-relentless and slowly-evolving beat underlying a soft synths melody and ethereal vocals from Trappes. Black Monday follows with an entirely different feel and is a gorgeous example of Trappes' enchanting voice and the duo's striking chord sequences. Vows Pt.2 is a more confident brash answer to the opening track Vows Pt.1, both providing a masterclass in how The Golden Filter use layers of rhythmic patterns above subtle white noise and distortion to great effect.

Other great tracks on the album are the stripped-back and moody Cheerless, and I Want U for suspense and raw energy. A different mood is introduced again in Seasaw, which is heavily rhythmic and syncopated.

More Vows come back with Pt.3 before the final track, Cover My Eyes and Spread My Legs which is euphoric and dancy; all catchy loops, driving beats and soaring synths. Intense and delicious.

This is a brilliant selection of experimental electronic music – give it a listen.

The Golden Filter | Photo: promotional/The Golden Filter


Monday, 6 January 2014

Photography: Wildlife Photographer of the Year, M Shed

The 2013 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is currently being exhibited at M Shed in Bristol and on Saturday I went along to take a look at the successful snaps.

In its monumental 50th year of running, the prestigious competition encouraged no shortage of stunning images and breath-taking situations from a selection of the world's best photographers. I was particularly drawn to the works in the 'Urban Wildlife' category – Marcos Sobral's Primate Moments is endlessly interesting and amusing. And in 'Animals in their Environment' Paul Souder won with an unusual and arresting shot called The Water Bear 'There was just a flat, world of water and ice and this polar bear swimming lazily around me. I could hear her slow, regular breathing as she watched me below the surface or the exhalation as she surfaced, increasingly curious. It was very special.', says Souder of his experience shooting the bear after the cat-and-mouse game of trailing her.

Other favourites for me were Alessandro Bee's Little Bird, Big Water and Łukasz Bożycki's Eye of a Toad. I was pretty impressed by the under 10 and other young persons categories as well – compositions like that from the hands of photographers so young are remarkable.

Greg du Toit came out as the grand title winner with his Essence of Elephants, along with Udayan Rao Pawar for depicting a female crocodile surfacing with her hatchlings in Mother's Little Headful in the 11-14 category.

This is a brilliant selection of photographs and well worth the visit.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 | Alessandro Bee, Little bird, big water – 'Animals in their Environment': specially commended
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 | Stanislao Basileo, Dam difficult – 'Urban Wildlife': runner-up
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 | Greg du Toit, Essence of elephants –  'Animal Portraits': winner; Grand Title Winner

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 | Marcos Sobral, Primate moments – 'Animals in their Environment': commended

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 | Łukasz Boźycki, Eye of a toad – 'Animal Portraits': commended

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 | Jasper Doest, Snow moment –  'Creative Visions': winner 
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 | Pal Souders, The water bear –  'Animals in their Environment': winner
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 | Solvin Zanki, Pearls of spring –  'Underwater Worlds': specially commended

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 | Udayan Rao Pawar, Mother's little headful –  '11-14 Years': winner; Young Grand title Winner

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 | Etienne Francey, Freeze frame –  '15-17 Years': winner
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 | Steve Race, True Love –  'Behaviour: Birds': commended

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 | Etienne Francey, Harvest gold –  '15-17 Years': commended


Friday, 3 January 2014

Hello 2014

As 2013 came to a close I was lucky enough to be able to reflect on the past year from the comfort of a beautiful house in Jersey. I was part of a group of fifteen friends – some old and some very new – who welcomed 2014 in with style, partying in our colourful dresses, my new Kurt Geiger Carvela pumps and dapper suits for the boys.

The next day tender heads were diffused with chilly fresh air, strong winds and the odd drop of rain on a beautiful stretch of beach. It was a simply stunning afternoon running around like crazy across the sand and racing the approaching waves back to dry safety. I wouldn't have spent those early moments if 2014 anywhere else: that beach walk was the perfect New Year's Day antidote. 

Here is how the 35mm lens of the Pentax saw it. 

Photo: Rosie Pentreath 

What better hangover cure is there than a spot of table tennis? | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Wind-swept babe | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Photo: Rosie Pentreath 
The intrepid heart-to-heart | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Photo: Rosie Pentreath 
Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Photo: Rosie Pentreath 
Photo: Rosie Pentreath

I think we managed to tire Lola out | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Oskar snatches a quick lie down... | Photo: Rosie Pentreath 
Photo: Rosie Pentreath

El Tico Café | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

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