Hello everyone! Happy new year!
I’ve finally got TOP 5 back up and running, after a long dry spell. Thanks so much for coming back (and hello to everyone who’s new here). Regular posting will commence tomorrow!
You may have noticed that TOP 5 looks…very different. I love the fresh look, and I hope you guys approve!
However, that’s not the only change. I’ve opened up TOP 5 to include images from all over the internet, rather than just my own photography. It was a much needed change for me, and you can read all the details here.
For those of you that loved COLLECTIVE 5, never fear! It will be relaunching shortly, so please watch this space!
In the meantime, have a great Monday and let me know what you think of the changes!
Happy-snaps and high-fives,
Posted by thefty on 23/01/2012
Hello ladies and gents! There are two little things to take part in this week:
1. COLLECTIVE 5 (this week’s theme is sweet-tooth. My inbox is making me hungry).
2. The giveaway. Have you entered yet? See the original post over here.
p.s. Are you on Twitter? So am I. I am also over here, on good ol’ Bloglovin. Wanna follow?
Posted by thefty on 16/03/2010
According to Moby, We Are All Made of Stars. I’m gonna take that as a compliment.
1. A double row of ornate gates. (I’d quite fancy a set o’ these.)
2. The topmost tip of an enormous stained glass window.
3. Stencilled stars on Brick Lane (that street looks different every time I go.)
4. Starry steps.
5. And finally: A starling.
p.s. Spring is coming! Have you submitted your photo yet?
Posted by thefty on 06/03/2010
Hello! COLLECTIVE 5 is a weekly feature involving photos submitted by readers. Anyone can contribute! The rules, as well as next week’s COLLECTIVE 5 theme, can be found over here.
This week’s photos (in no particular order):
1. Kerry Tucker‘s gothic arch kaleidoscope.
2. Dramatic shadows at the Palacio de Cristal, Madrid. By Miranda Laurence.
3. A stripy beach bum, by Szilvia Mucsy.
4. Window swirls with ‘abstract expressionist energy’. ByRoger Woodiwiss.
5. A naturally occuring fractal, by Alaka Prodhan.
I found it really interesting that the vast majority of submissions this week were black and white photos. I guess, when the focus is on pattern, colour becomes less important.
Anyway, I hope you guys are having fun with this project. Please spread the word and keep those photos coming! Click here to see all details for next week’s COLLECTIVE 5.
Posted by thefty on 05/03/2010
Frankly, I think we could all do with a mid-week lift.
1. Sunset swing soaring. Taken by my mother, circa 1990.
2. Tree-top trimmers almost touching the sky.
3. One of my sketchbook ascensions.
3. A handful of hovering heliums.
5. And lastly? An up-nose shot.
p.s. Have you played the COLLECTIVE 5 game this week?
Posted by thefty on 03/03/2010
I’ve always had a weakness for this pattern. I used to cover my schoolbooks with it, back in the days of yore. Now I cover myself with it, instead.
1. Chessboard legs.
2. Chessboard dress.
3. Chessboard shirt.
4. Chessboard shoes.
5. Chessboard under my feet.
p.s. Don’t forget to submit a photo for this week’s COLLECTIVE 5!
Posted by thefty on 27/02/2010
I race up stairs when I’m wearing leggings. In tight, stiff jeans I can’t bend my knees so I stand to the side and let electricity do the work. Ha.
1. Notting Hill Gate station, London. The patterns look like piano keys.
2. Inside the fabulous Albert & Pearl cocktail bar.
3. Electric stairs on the Athens Metro.
4. Off-colour traffic lights at the Rivoli Ballroom.
3. Cow printed, pink and grubby. That’s the way to go, Frankenbar.
p.s. COLLECTIVE 5 needs you! Submit a photo this week!
Posted by thefty on 26/02/2010
Here we go:
1. Mr. P is wearing a shirt, despite a predilection for jumpers.
2. Mr. C is ignoring his pint, despite his desire to drink it.
3. Mr. A(nonymous) is looking quite glum, despite his mass appeal.
4. Mr. M is looking quite coy, despite his extrovert tendencies.
2. Mr. R is looking straight at us, despite his aversion to cameras.
p.s. COLLECTIVE 5 needs you! Have you submitted a photo yet?
Posted by thefty on 22/02/2010
Is your house a very, very, very fine house? With two cats in the yard? Or is it a fifth floor flat with no access to the back yard?
1. Fatgreen house; Fat orange house; little squashed white house in between.
2. Rows of fridge magnet houses, Amsterdam.
3. This year on Halloween, a friend of mine dressed as the house from Up.
4. Berries sold in cardboard houses.
5. Some undiluted gorgeousness (in Oxford, UK) for your enjoyment.
p.s. COLLECTIVE 5 needs you! Please submit your photos for next week’s theme!
Posted by thefty on 20/02/2010
I think about breakfast while I’m in bed, every night. Funnily enough, I don’t dream up extravagant feasts involving piles of pancakes and velvety hot chocolates. No. I generally fantasise about hot toast.
1. This is the kind of breakfast daydreams should be made of. Recipe here.
2. The grimiest breakfast in town.
3. A simple breakfast for two: papaya halves and sweet potato muffins.
4. I don’t know what we were thinking here. I think it was ‘HUNGRY. FOOD.’
5. The best breakfast is the kind that requires you to use at least 3 spoons.
p.s. Don’t forget to submit your photos to this week’s COLLECTIVE 5!
Posted by thefty on 17/02/2010
I like finding patterns in things.
1. Birds’ eye view of a traffic cone.
2. The domed ceiling of the Ayia Napa Monastery, Cyprus.
3. Honeyed bagels.
4. A spider’s web.
5. The wax rings of a half-melted candle.
p.s. Have you submitted a photo this week?
Posted by thefty on 16/02/2010
Whenever I go back to Greece, I can’t stop commenting on the quality of the light. It’s so strong! So penetrating! London has everything under the sun… except for the sun itself. I crave it more than anything else.
1. A sunlit sunday brunch.
2. Didcot Parkway rail station at dusk.
3. Oxford’s Natural History Museum aglow.
4. The perpetual glow of the Athenian sun.
5. During the Hyde Park Serpentine sessions, summer 2009.
p.s. Have you submitted your photo for COLLECTIVE 5 this week?
Posted by thefty on 15/02/2010
My kitchen heroes? Aran, Deb, and my mama (of course).
1. Floury measuring cups, maybe while making these.
3. A toaster, for making all 330.
3. A rainbow of veggies and a pin-up tablecloth (which sadly is not mine).
2. A Pinocchio funnel! Possibly the cutest thing ever spotted in a kitchen.
3. This is me in my bitchin’ baking uniform. My mother bought me the apron.
p.s. Don’t forget to submit a photo to COLLECTIVE 5 this week!
Posted by thefty on 10/02/2010
Cupcakes: They look very good, they taste very good. Enough said.
1. Robots and cupcakes: an ideal combination.
2. Peyton & Byrne cupcakes are topped with decadent dollops of frosting.
3. Stickers from Paperchase; frame from Habitat; Postcard from NYC.
4. Food colouring madness. (We topped them with yellow frosting, FYI.)
5. I got this Sock-cake for Christmas but it’s too pretty to unroll.
p.s. Remember to submit your photo for COLLECTIVE 5!
Posted by thefty on 03/02/2010
If I was at school and had to write an assignment about apples, it would go like this: I like apples. They are shiny. They come in red and green, which are my favourite colours. You can carry them around without squashing them. You can put them in dessert as well as main meals and they taste good either way. Plus, I once read that munching on an apple is the next best thing to brushing your teeth if, for some reason, you’ve lost your toothbrush. The end.
1. The real deal.
2. An iPod: more fun than the real deal, but with fewer nutrients.
3. These Bucketmen stickers are allover Brick Lane.
4. Delicious treats at Borough Market.
4. Is she Snow White or is she Eve? (Probably the latter, based on her grin.)
p.s. Submit your photos for COLLECTIVE 5!
Posted by thefty on 02/02/2010