SPRING

If only we could pause the spring arriving and stand still while the Covid 19 is trashing our normalities.

Yesterday I almost wrote a sorry-for everyone Facebook post, since many of us are seeking support online. It was awkward for me  to publish such words, because I definitely don’t feel sorry for myself. I am enjoying the lockdown and thriving on the freedom, I am reconnecting with basic joys of life, and spending plenty of time with my family.

I accepted the things I can’t do or have at the moment, mourned my future travels to Latvia, and sick into my other job, where I am a key worker.

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday and spring is in a full swing. I love spring, my nostrils and skin loves the effects of it, for Easter I love invent my own happy and play Easter Bunny.

 

Couple of weeks ago, before the lockdown got tight, I went to a little wonderland near South Cave for some one-to-one with Mother Nature.  I had a clear vision in my mind what images I want to get out of that hour of freedom, and I think the result is an intimate imagery with snippets of nature. Subject to availability by the way…don’t expect palm trees and corn fields.

Enjoy these images and hopefully you feel like you are there smelling the grass, touching the dry stumps of tree, your skin is kissed by sun, and your lungs fill with spring air.

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I wish everyone Happy Easter! Stay at home, indulge into spring through the window, in your garden or acres of land, if you are lucky.  Tell your loved ones you adore them and miss them, pretend to be Easter Bunny, and cherish the things you have, don’t sulk on things you don’t.

Sending all my love
Anete Sooda Photo

MY CITY OF CULTURE – MY HULL – WEEK 40

HELLO CULTURE
HELLO HULL
HELLO LEMONS.

Freshly brewed photos from HULL FAIR 2017 and tiny bit from Humber Mouth Literature Festival celebrating 25th anniversary – science workshop HANDS ON! + Hall For Hull @Trinity Square

Sunday had high expectations that didn’t exceed, so I squeezed in a bit of mind blowing science and pretended to be under 15 years old.

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HANDS ON! where family activities inspired by the shortlist of the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2017 – basically book content that could be difficult to pick up by reading only, so the workshop made science and other subjects come alive. Entertainment with learning at the top scores. My mind was blown by some of the characteristics of electricity, fossils and enthusiasm from the people running the workshop. Yeah!

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SATURDAY OF COURSE WAS THE HULL FAIR.

There is so much love with a bit of hate dose for HULL FAIR and every year it is my autumn Christmas.

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HULL FAIR 2017 is an extravaganza with crazy rides, smells, colours, sounds, people and everything, everything that you can imagine. It reaches both ends of spectrum – it is one of the best events of the year making so many people happy, providing a week long entertainment that roots down to 1278. recently celebrating its 7th Century….
And then it is the worst event that shows the how the society behaves in the 21st Century, how deep in to a consumer dream we have sunk [cheap China shit toys is my fave example] and that people are PIGS! The amount of rubbish and food is extreme. Pushing and exhaling close to a strangers ears is only one thing, the second most annoying thing is the silly grown ups smoking near children and allowing children to pick up food that they’ve dropped and put them in their mouths…
And then we return to fun – rides, laughter, joy, juicy burger, candy floss, butterflies in the belly and weeks wages gone! Is this close to your experience?

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HULL FAIR 2017 for a photographer is something to experience – slow shutter speeds and rides, different weather, night/day, people and food stalls….
And I have done it for quite a few years – first year was to nail the rides and perfect movement of the lights, second year it was the rides and the food stalls and on the third year I pretended to be Peter Dench in Ibiza taking photos of the drunken Brits – right in the face flash to expose the light and the dark of the average HULL FAIR 2017 visitor. Last year I couldn’t be asked, but this year I took my camera for one more time in the honour of my photographic challenge.
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I was snapping rather than creating the perfect photograph and my second curtain Speedlight skill reflects the madness walking along Walton Street.
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HULL FAIR 2017 IS CRAZY. IT IS EXACTLY THE SAME EVERY YEAR, BUT I WOULD NOT MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.

Working my way backwards  – on Thursday, when the sun was kissing my face in the early morning I went down to Trinity Square to see the HALL FOR HULL

HALL FOR HULL are steel constructions celebrating two architects designing an ambitious temporary outdoor structure in response to the historic heart of Hull specially designed for Trinity Square.

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The rigid geometry of the columns ware carefully distorted and redefined by the artwork of Varini, who explores the illusions of geometry through eye-deceiving photographic techniques, together with the tradition of pictorial representation. 

Source: Hull 17 

I purposely went there guided by the sunlight and it looked spectacular. It was the sun shining through the sculptures and shaping the early morning rush. Moment for real culture wonder when you really feel like this year, every week, everyday you can get to see some incredible things.

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And just as I was waving goodbye to the sculptures school kiddies came for a tour so I stick around to see how they get on with the sculptures. I guess that I was hoping for the perfect shot with a child engaging with the culture – but you must remember that taking photos children without a permission looks dodgy in is not appropriate.

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These sculptures are beautiful, but they are cold and without a context look sad. So the connection with the sculptures and people is the blood line for them, without people touching them, getting in to the skin of the sculpture, they make no sense. GO AND TOUCH THE For Hull @Trinity Square

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THIS WEEK IS LOOKING RATHER BUSY, CULTURE IS OVERWHELMING, SO I NEED TO SWALLOW THE LEMONS AND CRACK ON!

HAPPY CULTURE

MY CITY OF CULTURE – MY HULL – WEEK 38

SURPRISE SURPRISE I HAVE LEFT HULL FOR A BIT. SO I CULTURED MYSELF WITH WHAT WAS AVAILABLE DURING THE WEEK.
Gutted that I’m not in Hull this weekend, there was so many wonderful things happening,  so I hope you all enjoyed it.

First stop this week was the ARCO HARD HAT CHALLENGE DISPLAY in St. Stephens. Walked past it last week without camera on me and instead celebrated the masterpieces this week.

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One thing is for sure – each hard hat is as precious as people in Hull are, also most of them are really well represented as signatures of Hull. Great work!

Other thing I visited was the INSIGHT – A COLLECTION OF WORK BY GEOFF HEWITT, ANGELA BELL & HEATHER BURTON.

The paintings are displayed in House of Fraser – home for the top brand fashion, home ect.

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In the background Hull17 shop was stealing the attention as I really like all the merchandise. Colours, shapes and content for most of the stationary, gifts, T shirts and other bits are pretty cool. I am refusing to get something just yet, as I want to wait until the year finishes and choose my favourite after.

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Anyway… I had one of the best Hull17 converastions with a man who I claim to be the face of Freedom Festival and arm of UK City Of Culture 2017. He is wise, he is keen and the best conversations around culture are with people like him.

And off course I took photograph of him. Because how I can I not? Each or most of the photographs are memories of this amazing year, so I don’t want to forget that day, the reason for being there and that minute when we shared culture.

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The last season of the year is fast approaching. TELL THE WORLD is expected to be spectacular and I am excited. Too excited and worried that there isn’t enough time on my hands to fully experience the goodness…we’ll see.

See you soon, people.