San Francisco XL

More photos from my trip to USA in 2016. The 40 (XL in roman numerals) photos were taken in San Francisco.

Due to our tight schedule… and a bit of a nightmare with the hire car at the airport , we only had 24 hours in this amazing city. For a city with so much to see and do, this was nowhere near enough time to fully appreciate it.

Enjoy the pics.

 

Lindos, Rhodes – July 2014

Just returned from a recent trip to the town of Lindos, on the Greek island of Rhodes. I’d like to  share some of my photos.
Lindos is a beautiful scenic town with some breathtaking views. It’s not a big place but it is tightly packed with fantastic restaurants, bars, shops and a couple of nightclubs (if you stay up till around 2am).
Lindos is an extremely hilly place, not ideal for the old or unfit. You could, however, just hail a donkey to take you up the steepest inclines to the ancient Acropolis overlooking the town.
Enjoy my photos and leave a comment. I’d really love to know your thoughts.

All images taken on iPhone 5 – Cropped and tweaked in Adobe Photoshop

Newcastle Upon Tyne Pantone Art

Angel of the North Pantone art by Alex Patterson
Angel of the North Pantone art by Alex Patterson

Art by myself, depicting some landmarks in and around my home city of Newcastle Upon Tyne. All painstakingly created from Pantone style colour swatches. Each image is constructed as a 40×40 square grid comprising of 1600 individual swatches. Each swatch is the average colour of the particular region of the image. Looking closely and all you will see is a series of coloured square Pantone swatches; Take a few steps back and the stunning landmarks are revealed.

The Angel of the North divides the local residents. Some love it as an icon of the nort east, while others see it as an unsightly blot on the landscape. Personally I like it.

Fog on the Tyne Pantone art by Alex Patterson
Fog on the Tyne Pantone art by Alex Patterson

Fog on the Tyne inspired by a recent conversation with a friend – Cheers Brendan

Tyne Bridge Pantone art by Alex Patterson

The bridges over the Tyne are iconic, stunning, pictoresque and well worth a visit. The above image is the view from the Gateshead side of the High Level bridge. You can make out the beautiful shape of the Tyne bridge as well as its bright red neighbour, the Swing Bridge.

Grey's Monument Pantone art by Alex Patterson
Grey’s Monument Pantone art by Alex Patterson

Grey’s monument sits at the heart of Newcastle. Erected as a tribute to Lord Charles Grey for passing the great reform act of 1832.

St. James' Park Pantone art by Alex Patterson
St. James’ Park Pantone art by Alex Patterson

Dominating the Newcastle skyline  is St. James Park, home to Newcastle United Football Club since it opened in 1892. It now regularly holds over 50,000 geordies after renovations between 1998 and 2000.

St. James' Park Pantone art by Alex Patterson
St. James’ Park Pantone art by Alex Patterson

It’s a shame that permission cannot be gained to continue the stands around the whole stadium to create a 100,000 seated mega stadium.

Other Pantone artworks I’ve created so far: Comic, Spiderman, Starwars pantatooine.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, suggestions, ideas, commissions. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

High resolution quality 50x50cm art prints are available on request. For more cool art visit my personalised soundwave art and art print shop at MonoWaveArt.co.uk.

The Lakes 2013

Recently, for my brothers 40th, I had a trip with 9 other lads, to the Lake District, a beautiful part of the world. However, it had been planned in March to avoid any adverse weather. :/ Mother nature decided otherwise and graced us with a freak spring weekend of heavy snow.

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The disturbing snow-swept journey meant we could hardly see where the road actually was. Not the greatest idea to be on country roads that gritters dont ever visit. Our first activity of the weekend was bike riding. (No pics of that – it’s almost impossible to ride a bike whilst taking pictures).

The bike riding was cut short as there was zero grip on the wheels going uphill and so much snow that you couldn’t open your eyes going downhill (Not really all that safe). Also, we were concerned the roads may become unusable. Night out with plenty of beers (… and kareoke – eek!) made up for the disapointing bike effort.

Day 2 – Hike

Again the snow scuppered the planned journey, but fortunately we had someone in the group that, i quote, ‘knows the hills like the back of his hand’.

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Despite the weather the trek was on!!

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Even the local residents seemed rather puzzled that we’d be up in the hills in these conditions.

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Although difficult going, the views were beautiful.

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Love the above shot as all the lads descend and ascend down a mini valley. The ‘V’ shape of the row of men mirrors the peak of the hill in the background. Also love how everyone seemed to pull the same ‘arm out’ pose while crossing a small stream.

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Some of the snowdrifts were over 4 foot deep. Not easy to get through with my little, unfit legs, ha!

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Sometimes the blizzards were almost unbearable but when the weather calmed, the hills, lakes and streams were stunning.

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We weren’t the only things brave enough to venture to the hills. The sheep gathered on a small mound of exposed grass seemed content. We also met an amazingly photogenic cow that happily posed for the above shot.

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The journey led us to the discovery of an amazing cave. The only way in – and out was via a series of well placed stepping stones (amazingly no one slipped into the water.) The cave was amazing, so many colours in the rocks. The contrast between the dark stone and bright white snow blew me away.

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It was shorlty after the cave that it the trek got more difficult – especially for me. We stopped for a breather and to contemplate our route. Someone pointed up the hill to the peaks and my heart dropped. As we ascended my legs cramped up and I almost turned back. I powered on with the help of a donated, well needed energy drink.

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After what seemed like uphill after uphill we reached the peak.

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Finally, to my relief, we had some downhill sections. Some of these did involve more snow drifts and the occasional hill-bum-slide.

All in all a great trip – hope to get back there soon.

Would recomend that everyone visits the lakes at some point. Lots to do, and amazing surroundings… Even when it snows.

Amsterdam Trip

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Had a little weekend trip to Amsterdam. Great place, lots of canals and bikes. The images in this post are inspired in one way or another from two days of wandering the canals, drinking beer and absorbing an amazing city. Above image, simplified Dutch tulip.

Amsterdam Bike

Can’t escape bikes in Amsterdam. They are absolutely everywhere. I made it a bit of a challenge to be somewhere in the city and not have a bike in view….. Failed!

Dutch Windmills

The 3 X’s are liberally dotted around the city. I originally thought they were a reference to the red light district. With a little more consideration I realised that they were reflective of Dutch windmills. Obvious really. (edit: aparently not all that obvious. Have been reliably informed that the 3 crosses represent the 3 dangers of amsterdam; floods, fire and black death. – Thanks Lena.)

Amsterdam Red Light District

The above image is inspired by the red light district. (Not very subtle) Amsterdam prostitutes are stunning. Definitely worth window shopping.

Dutch Courage

Way too much ‘Dutch Courage’ was consumed in the two days I was in the City. My liver is not my friend this week.

Amsterdam Streets

One thing I found with Amsterdam is how difficult it is to navigate. A series of roads loop around the centre. If you follow a road you end up pretty much where you started. Very confusing indeed. It doesn’t help that everywhere looks similar – Narrow buildings, canal, bikes.

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The above image is my interpretation of the Amsterdam. The image is an amalgamation of the movement of a bike wheel incorprating the four sails of a Dutch windmill.

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Above image –  Paper Weight. 🙂 …… It’s a long story.

Amsterdam Canabis

Above – Coffee Shop.

Although we didn’t sample the local canabis, it’s influence is everywhere.

Amsterdam Red Light District

Image above is again a reference to the red light district and one of the funniest things i’ve ever seen. It is however, a tale for another day.

All in all a great trip in a beautiful, cosmopolitan city. The perception is that drugs and prostitutes are all this city is about. Nothing could be further from the truth, It has so much more to offer. From quirky art shops, galleries, canals, and bikes: there just wasn’t enough time to take it all in this time, but i’m certain i’ll visit again soon.