Ranthambore Park, October 2017. Two canters full of safari passengers have found the park’s Holy Grail – a tiger sunbathing by the lake. Most people photographed the tiger. I photographed the people. And one chap perched himself precariously on the vehicle’s side railing to take a selfie stick aided photo of himself. Why? Lord only knows. Or Shiva. One of the other. I have a selfie stick. I resisted this new fangled technology for a while. But once I’d buckled and parted with a few farthings, I found they are actually quite fun.
There’s a ton of photo apps out there. I’ve tried plenty of them. Some I like. Some I delete. VSCO is one I like. It’s not as trendy as Instagram for sharing. It’s not as good as a whole number of apps for actually taking the photo. It’s not much good unless you pay up for at least a few packs of filters. It’s a bit confusing to use. It won’t crop to my Continue reading
So. Apple Pay. I like my Apple devices, I really do. In fact I love my iPhone. True love. Wait till you see what I’ve bought my iPhone 6s for Valentines day. But that’s another story. Back to Apple Pay. What a gimmick. A pointless, unnecessary marketing gimmick. Or so I thought. But Apple has gradually won me over. I’ve seen the light. Why did I ever doubt them? The first revelation was at a McDonalds. I’d ordered my meal, but then discovered I’d left my wallet back at work. My lunch was about to be aborted when it occurred to me – I had registered a debit card on my iPhone. So I paid with my iPhone. Happy days! And a Happy Meal to go with it.
Now I’ve gotten used to paying with it. I stand in queues waiting to purchase my shopping, killing the time with a little bit of Candy Crush. Suddenly I’m at the front, the cashier has rung through my items and it’s time to pony up. Do I reach into my pocket, pull out a wallet, fight to get a card out etc etc? Nope, I just swipe my phone and lets the magical Cupertino Money Pixies do their stuff. How did I ever manage before?
I’d been wondering though. On the London Underground, if I tap in with my debit card and tap out with my iPhone (using the same card), would the system recognise them as the same card and charge me accordingly? Or would it read these as two payment methods and charge me twice? My hunch is that I would be charged twice. I can report that I have now made this error and can reveal the result. You’re charged twice. So don’t do it. It’s an expensive way to travel. Fortunately, I have read somewhere that the new iPhone 7 has a special app called Aladdin that turns the device into a Magic Carpet, which will save everyone a fortune on travel costs.
Who doesn’t like a well done timelapse video? They add a surreal touch to the everyday world. I have three to share with you that I think are absolutely fantastic. The first is a visual representation of the invisible architecture above our heads that ensures aircraft don’t (often) fall down on our heads. The second is more of a tutorial, but it starts off with a cinematic timelapse of the milky way. I’d like to do some astrophotography. Maybe soon. And finally, with Mr K particularly in mind, is a very creative layered timelapse of Boston. All three videos are really well worth a few minutes of your busy day.
And all three videos are well beyond my budget and skill level. Still, I have my iPhone 6. I have the new-ish Hyperlapse app, And I recently had a front seat on the top of a double decker bus in London. I quite like the results. I’d like to do something a little more complicated. Maybe I will. Until then, here is the (rather short) effort I produced. Will anyone name that street without peeking a look at the video’s title? Alas, the video will start in low quality. You’ll need to click on the settings cog and select HD. Does anyone know a trick to embed YouTube with an HD default?
Britain was rarely a leading light, from a purely creative sense, in European history. Constable was no Leonardo Da Vinci. St Christopher Wren built a mighty impressive cathedral at St Pauls, but you can clearly see the inspiration he drew from across the other side of the channel. Going back further still, our magnificent Norman, and Norman inspired, cathedrals came from ideas and traditions that were created on the continent. Mozart did live in London for a while, but it’s a stretch to claim any part of him as ours.
Functionality was our speciality. Design for purposes of use was our strong point. Weaponry, tools and tooling. Especially from 1800 onwards. But post war, everything changed. Musically, artistically, architecturally. It’s hard to put a finger on exactly why, but the British suddenly developed a massive, all conquering creative industry that has, at times, dominated the world.
There’s an exhibition on at the Victoria and Albert museum at the moment, British Design 1948-2012. It’s a slightly pricy £12 – the most I think that I’ve ever paid to see an exhibition. But it was, perhaps the most enjoyable exhibition I’ve ever been to. That’s probably because I can relate to or grew up with so much of the contents of the displays.
I’ve also found a use for Pinterest. Photography isn’t allowed at the exhibition, so for a taster of what’s inside, I put together a gallery of images that I’ve filched across the web. I was quite fun putting it together. It’s nice to know I can add stuff. Have I missed any wonders of British design that I should have added? Let me know. Till then, enjoy the show – courtesy of your friendly local British designer. There’s Concorde, a Jaguar E-Type, some David Bowie pants, and a couple of pieces of design that many of you will have near to hand as we speak – your iPhone.
As I mentioned, photography wasn’t allowed. But I hate to post a post without a photo of mine at the bottom. Here’s a snap I took of a work by Damien Hirst that is currently sitting outside the Tate Modern, where he has his own exhibition going on. He also has works in the British Design exhibition, of course.