Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Horizons Exhibition

Poster Design (c) Jo Mazelis

If you can make it along to the Norwegian Church Arts Centre Cardiff, Wales 10-30 November 2008 you'll be able to view a collaborative exhibition that I'm involved with. I'm working with four other artists : Dan Staveley, Gemma Copp, Jonathan Powell and Ann Jordan to produce an exhibition on the theme of Horizons. 

On Saturday 29 November 12.30 - 15.30 there will be a private view with the artists and a performance by writers and poets Susan Richardson and Emily Hinshelwood - reading poems from their collections of works.

Saturday, 11 October 2008

If you can keep your head......

Market Stall Display : Calais, France August 2007 (c) Rhys Jones

.....when those around are losing theirs and meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two imposters just the same.....words written in the 1930s by Rudyard Kipling. The last few weeks have shown that one can't take anything for granted. There's no easy answer as to how the world is going to recover from looks like an economic recession. Just an observation from me as someone who likes to keep things simple - if we concentrate on using just what we need and buying food from the locality in which we live and at the time of year that nature determines then we might put the brakes on food travelling 25,000 miles to get to our plate, lorries on the road day and night moving the food around , complicated cross-border currency transactions to pay for it and excessive profits being generated for multinational giant companies. We would perhaps return to supporting our local traders, only buying what we need. Less fuel is consumed, less vehicles could be on the road, less pollution could result and maybe over time it could really have an impact on global warming and also on our health.

Too simple ? maybe ? As an asthma sufferer I have certainly noticed a difference with less vehicles being on the road because people can't pay for the fuel and are also thinking about unnecessary journeys and alternative methods of transport.

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Personality Types

Image - River Wylye, Stoford, Wiltshire (c) Rhys Jones 2008

My Swedish friend, Lina Kvist, has an interesting personality test on her blog 'Famous Last Words' http://oxycay628.blogspot.com/

I used to teach some courses a few years ago where the Carl Jung -Isabel Myers-Briggs testing methodology was used to help determine the profile of students on the course.

If you want to have a go at the test you can do it here - http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes2.asp but be as honest as you can otherwise the garbage-in garbage-out rule will apply and you won't get the most accurate assessment.

As with everything the results should be interpreted with a health-warning and ideallly should be reviewed with a trained professional but they do give an insight into the complexities of our personalities. As a photographer it can help get obtain good results to try and understand the personality of the subject as well as you can - and maybe the subject should have an insight into the personality of their photographer since it is a 50-50 partnership!

For the record my personality came out ENFJ -some anlaysis of that here