Friday, 22 April 2011

Zoe Skoulding & Alan Holmes

Zoe Skoulding & Alan Holmes performance at Arts for the Earth from Peter Morgan on Vimeo.

Excerpt of a performance at the Green Room, Porthcawl. Presented by Arts for the Earth. 4th February 2011. Nick Clements began the evening with a talk about creativity and his work.

Zoƫ Skoulding is a poet and editor, now in charge of the international
quarterly, ‘Poetry Wales’. Zoe’s latest book, ‘Remains of a Future City’ (Seren)
was on the “Welsh Book of the Year list, 2008.

One of the most exciting aspects of Zoe’s work is her combination of poetry
with experimental soundscapes, based on collaborations with many

One of these is Alan Holmes, who has played in a host of adventurous rock
groups in Wales, including Ectogram, and is praised by critics for his “sheer
inventiveness.” This is Alan’s first visit to Porthcawl, an occasion modern
music-lovers should not miss.

Taking notes on the Pink Beach - Topaz Labs Plugin processing technique

Taking notes on the Pink Beach
Originally uploaded by Mooganic.

Created using Topaz Labs, first clean then processed again using adjust to alter exposure and colour saturation. All worked on via Aperture 3 (not layers in Photoshop). Processing things through multiple passes with the Topaz Labs plugins can produce some very rich textures and effects.

If you use a layers based application like Photoshop or Pixelmator etc. you can isolate the impact of effects by employing a layer mask and brushing in or away one of the effects. This can be particularly useful if you wanted a pseudo HDR effect on a background but wished to keep a face looking more natural.

- A celebration between two rivers - Arts events in May 2011

- A celebration between two rivers - Arts events in May 2011

‘Mouth to Mouth: a Celebration between two rivers’ highlights art and artists in Bridgend.
‘Mouth to Mouth’, a statement of art and community by people who live between the mouths of the rivers Cynffig and Ogmore, is organized by members of ‘ Arts For The Earth ’ and is funded by the Arts Council of Wales.