Friday, 2 August 2013

Bigger Than Banksy, Deep Light and Dried Octopus

"Bigger Than Banksy" :- This is the side of The Prince Albert pub as seen from Frederick Place in Brighton, England. According to the artists Facebook page ( PrinceAlbertMuralIcons ) the about section states "The Prince Albert Icons mural - A mural depicting some icons of music as chosen by the pub landlord, Chris." It then goes on to say "About 10 years ago, Chris Steward the landlord of the Albert suggested that the whole wall be painted with dead rock heroes. Chris is commissioning and curating this project - Req and Sinna are creating it. We are allowing 3 weeks to complete it. All icons are chosen by Chris and reflect his influences and interests." I went down just before the work was completed and managed to capture as much of the wall as possible (it wasn't easy) and I have to say that the artwork that Req and Sinna have created is absolutely stunning on so many levels. Just to the right hand side they have since added Ian Dury and much to my delight Keith Moon with Oliver Reed. If you look at the two people chatting on the pavement / sidewalk you'll notice that framed one the wall behind them there's a real Banksy protected by a perspex sheet ...  it's the life size kissing policemen.

"Deep Light" :- A seriously dark and moody shot of Brighton's famous Victorian Pier at night. It was actually a blaze of colour but I thought I'd process this one differently so chose to go in heavy and create a monochrome image. I love the suggestion of the structure as you can't really see it clearly and have to rely on the light and darkness to point out where it is. This particular evening the sea was very calm so i was able to use it to full effect as it was reflecting the illuminations.

"Dried Octopus" :- Thai food is wonderful. The Kingdom has so many rich and tasty dishes to delight your taste buds that it's hard to know what to choose to eat at times. My personal favourites are :- Radna (Thai: ราดหน้า) is a Thai-Chinese noodle dish which consists of rice noodles, vegetables, chicken and shrimp. Gang Garee Gai (Thai: แกงกะหรี่ไก่) which is a yellow curry with chicken and potatoes. Khao Soi (Thai: ข้าวซอย) made with chicken, served over Chinese Bah-mi egg noodle, and garnished with fried noodles, shallots, cilantro, pickled mustard greens, fried whole chillis and a squeeze of lime juice. And finally of course the wonderful Pad Thai (Thai: ผัดไท) a stir-fried rice noodle dish made with soaked dried rice noodles which are stir-fried with eggs and chopped firm tofu, and flavored with tamarind pulp, fish sauce, dried shrimp, garlic or shallots, red chili pepper and palm sugar, and served with lime wedges and often chopped roasted peanuts. All very delicious and highly recommended.

Then there's the food that many Thai's love to eat as snacks which is in stark contrast to the culinary delights I have already mentioned. These snacks often consist of fried insects, bugs or dried seafood. I have tried them all and to be honest I can't recommend any of them! This shot was captured in Pratoo Chiang Mai market one evening in the city of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. Bags of dried, flattened and very sorry looking octopus and squid were patiently waiting for eager locals to buy them. I tried the dried squid once and it was akin to trying to chew your way through a salty rubber insole for 30 minutes. I never tried another and avoid them at all costs.

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