Archive for August, 2010

Self Portrait

August 29, 2010 2 comments

Self portraits are great photos to let people see who you really are, but the other flip of the coin is that it shows what a person see’s them self as.

By studying the photo I have posted of myself, you can have your own preconceptions of the person in the photo. So have fun with your comments.


You Can View The Full Size Picture Here


WordPress Appreciation Society (W.A.S)

August 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Ok my fellow Pressers here is the idea, me and my good friend Bob Lyle ( came up with the idea to create a group on facebook where all us wordpress bloggers could drop a link to our latest blogs. So if you are interested on getting a little bit more free advertising for your blog, click on the logo at the top and join our new group.

Hope to see you there.

Mark & Bob

The Boy From The Black Stuff, J.B.

August 28, 2010 19 comments
John Booth 1943-2009
 John Booth was born in Glasgow 1943 and moved to England as a young man looking for a passion in life. He began work as a roofer for a local company in Stockport and for 35 years this was the trade he loved. Through a devotion to his work he provided a solid foundation for himself and family to flourish.
Stanley Grove House Roof Art (Source:Stockport News Extra)


In 1976 John’s artistic side of his personality showed through when he thought it would be a good idea to play a joke on his work mates, whom were all Manchester City fans and decide to inscribe the letters M U (Manchester United) using tiles on the roof they were working on.

News article (Source: Stockport News Extra)

The culprit remained a secret  for many years until John was reading his local newspaper and saw an article searching for the person who was responsible. He then contacted the newspaper and revealed himself as the budding artist.

All though in 1976 this was the first time Johns artistic skills had come to light in the public eye, he continued to hone his skill as a roofer. It was not until some years later, when he was recovering  from an illness that he discovered how much he enjoyed art.




” I am doing this for myself. But perhaps I’m bringing a bit of joy to the world with a bit of colour and a bit of bitumen”
John Booth
John Booth (Photo By Where will you draw the line)

one afternoon while he was in hospital, someone suggested that he should draw with some paper and pens to pass the time and from that moment on he knew what his true talent was. In the following months after leaving hospital he attended night classes in life drawing, but this was not satisfying his newly found passion and so he signed up for a full-time foundation course at Stockport College.

During a lecture in which people spoke of their obsessions John thought of “bitumen”, he liked the smell of it, he liked the feel of it and it was something he had learned to control over the 35 years as a roofer with some amount of accuracy. So with a somewhat nervous approval from the college, John brought his bitumen burner into college turned it up to 300 degrees Celsius and a new form of art was born.

He completed his course at Stockport College, achieving a distinction and the college’s Turner prize for best student then quickly set about acquiring a studio. He found his second home from home in the form of the Vernon Mill Art Studio were he was one of the first artists to set up a permanent studio, which is now home to around 43 artists situated over two  floors of the building.

Vernon Mill (Photo By A G 1)

The foundation stone of the mill was laid 31 October 1881, it was the first Limited liability cotton mill to open in Stockport. The industry peaked in 1912 when it produced 8 billion yards of cloth. The great war of 1914- 1918 halted the supply of raw cotton, and the British government encouraged its colonies to build mills to spin and weave cotton. The war over, Lancashire never regained its markets. The independent mills were struggling and the Bank of England set up the Lancashire Cotton Corporation in 1929 to attempt to rationalize and save the industry. Vernon Mill, Stockport was one of 104 mills bought by the LCC, and one of the 53 mills that survived through to 1950. It is still standing, occupied by multiple companies, and the Vernon Mill Artists (VMA).

From his studio in Vernon Mill he created somewhat of a stir in the artistic world, with exhibitions in City’s all over the UK , Ireland and Europe including private collections being held in countries like the USA, Italy, Germany, Australia, China and Spain. In 1998 was awarded the Gallery Prize by Stockport Municipal Art Gallery for production of the most original painting.

John Booth (Photo By Where will you draw the line)

” It’s quite a transformation from been a hairy arsed roofer to a student of fine arts”
John Booth

Fluttery Things By John Booth

His works have been seen at auctions up and down the UK and on a regular yearly charity auction for Ronald McDonald House in his native city of Glasgow. He would donate one of his works of art to the charity every year and the proceeds would go to help raising funds to provide family’s a temporary home close to the Yorkhill’s Sick Children’s Hospital, this enabled the family to live close to the hospital due to one of the kids being seriously ill.

John’s Q & A

Charlie Chaplin By John Booth
Q. What would be your perfect day ?
A. Painting and listening to classic FM.
Q. What is your greatest extravagance ?
A. My children and grand-children.
Q. What is the most exciting thing you have ever received through the post ?
A. A questionnaire.
Q. What’s your idea of a perfect meal ?
A. Sunday Dinner “Maggie’s cooking”.
Q. Do you have a favorite hangover cure ?
A. Don’t touch it in the first place.
Q. What Vehicle do you own ?
A. A little 7cwt van. It’s a little gem.
Q. Do you have any irrational fears ?
A. Cancer.
Q. What is the oldest item of clothing you wear?
A. A suit to funerals and weddings.
Squares 1 By John Booth
Q. Who do you love?
A. My family and some good friends.
Q. Who or what do you hate?
A. Bad drivers.
Q. What is your favourite television program ?
A. Match of the day.
Q. what is your most annoying habit ?
A. Annoying the wife.
Do You……
Believe in god ?: Yes
Believe in love at first sight ?: Yes
Know who is No1 in the charts ?: No
Support the death penalty ?: No
Understand how to work a video recorder ?: No
Sing in the bath ?: Yes
Dolphins By John Booth
” Part of what motivates me is that I hate waste. I try to use things up. We are just raping the world, and we need to slow down and go back to the drawing board “
John Booth

Unfortunately John Booth ( The Boy From The Black Stuff ) left this world for pastures greener in 2009.

John Booth, My Uncle R.I.P.


August 27, 2010 2 comments

Theses little fellas just appeared in my back garden. It’s weird how they just appear from nowhere.

Canon EOS 60D Released

August 27, 2010 2 comments

Shooting Glasgow Clyde-Side

August 26, 2010 3 comments

Thought I might go and shoot the Clyde – Side


You Can View All These Photos Via The WordPress Association Society

Extreme Spider Photos

August 20, 2010 4 comments

I came across these photos while surfing the web and just had to blog them, they are fantastic. The detail in these pictures is second to none, the photos were taken by a photographer called Tomas Rak in London.

Saitis Barbipes

Phidippus Audax

Euophrys Frontalis

Phidippus Regius

Saitis Barbipes

Phidippus Audax

Phidippus Regius

Euophrys Frontalis

I think you would agree that these are great photographs.


source: The Daily Mail

%d bloggers like this: