Paula Bailey

June 20, 2011

August Calendar

It seems forever ago that I was posting July’s calendar page and looking forward to Glastonbury. Since then I’ve been busy moving house and, as you might expect, very little has gone smoothly. In fact what should have taken a couple of weeks has ended up taking the whole month. Never mind, we’ll be sorted soon and I can get back to some serious photography and hopefully more interesting blogging.

This month’s free to download calendar page is suitably nautical, as I have moved across the water.  I’ve always loved the combination of orange and blue and if I can get a bit of tatty decay into an image too, then I’m more than happy.  You can see more of my photographs on my Bēhance portfolio (as well as some of the floral and decay images from this year’s calendar pages).

You can still download the previous months’ pages (see below the main image) and the next one will be out towards the end of August.  If you sign up for updates on new posts, you won’t miss it.

To download, free to print for your own use, just click on the image below.

August 2011 calendar

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October 2, 2010

Photographer’s Blues

I’m working on a new blog post but in the meantime I thought I’d share another colour collection with you.

Several years ago, when I was still using film exclusively and before I’d even heard of Flickr (can you imagine a world without Flickr now?) I started to photograph things that were blue.  It was the beginning of a new relationship with the colour for me.  I never really liked blue.  It was my grandmother’s favourite colour (we lived with my grandparents) and there was a lot of it around the house.  It was her colour.   Not mine.  I never wore it, never chose it for furnishings, never sought it out.  This wasn’t a deliberate shunning of blue, but it just wasn’t ‘me’.

In some ways, my ‘blue’ project was all the more interesting for that reason.  It was brand new to me and I collected it fervently.  For a couple of months it became a bit of an obsession – I saw it everywhere.

Proper cobalt blue is described as a ‘cool’ blue and technically it is.  However, as is the case with all colour perception, we are rarely (as observers) all that ‘technical’ about it, and my collection below inevitably shows some ‘warmer’ (towards purple) variations on the theme.  As designers or printers, of course, we need to be more discerning in our descriptions, but we’re not going to get bogged down with that here.

It seems a little clinical on school books and ‘important’ signs, but jollies up dull things like doors and machines.

This blue is now my blue. How do you perceive it?

Cobalt Blue

Some images from my blue collection. One of these was taken on film - when it all began.

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