Category Archives: PHOTOGRAPHY

Poem: The Joker, the Snow, and the Beast from the East

To prove your undying love you said you could make it snow.
What are you now, a magician, a conjuror, clown, the Joker? Hahaha.
I detect your urge to display power rather than sentiment,
You tricky buffoon, in purple costume and spinning bow tie,
True to your word you widen your smile, cackle, and make it snow.
So glorious, in minutes, an hour, an afternoon,
The world becomes covered, the sun’s rays hardly knowing
What to do with themselves upon all that virgin whiteness.
“See what I did!” you boom fiendishly, making trees tremble and shake                                       Their shoulders free of their dusty, white epaulettes.
The mountains grumbled you’d given them headaches,                                                                 While birds tweeted symphonies of pure joy.
Tweet, tweeting: Hey, wow, did you see the orange snow in eastern Europe?
African dust storms and pollen lending peachy pink patches to the continental quilt                    Of Bulgarian ski resorts. And that woman, OMG, oranges and lemons, so beautiful                      In yellow against the tangerine of snow that framed her.
See, not everything from the east is a ‘beast’ you stupid fucking imperious                               Jingo-jangling Brexitmotorbreathcraprag and piss poor TV emission.
Hahahahaha, see the Joker tipping fish into the London Thames.
Haaaaheeheee, see the Joker down in Cambridge data mining privacy.
Weeehahhahahhaaa, see the Joker paying off his porno actress fees.
Snick, snick, snicker, see that clown making off with all the loot and family jewels.
Look! Watch him drive away in his comedy clown car, toot-toot, parp, bang,                               Falls to bits, oops, he forgot to attach snow chains to his comedy wheels.
Snow go! Snow joke! The Beast from the East strikes again! Oh FFS the pun of it all!
And, why? Why so serious?
The stuff will have melted by the time you’ve dragged your asses outta bed,
Pulled up your boots and put on your mittens.
Good thing I took pictures. Click. Click. Whirr.
Reminds me of Wilson Bentley and his magnificent slides,
How he photographed snowflakes.
He was no joker, unlike you, racing off to eastern Europe in some insane attempt                       To paint the snow there a cobalt blue.
Wilson Bentley – a Gotham City-esque name if ever, eh?                                                         Diligently cataloguing his Ice-flowers, could teach you a trick or two.
And I’m sorry to pick on you dear Joker, but you kind of deserve it…
And you will do well to hide among clowns until we’re bored of looking for you…
Or get distracted by Eastern summer tournaments and puffed-up superstars…
But like fingerprints collected at the scene of a crime, no two snowflakes are ever the same.      Whistles blow. And justice points you out as the yellow stain you are                                           Sunk deep into the snow.                                                                                                                  Hahaha, who’s laughing now?


Poem and photos by the editor.

Toy images by TVTA. Poster and adverts scanned by TVTA from own collection. Batman and Joker copyright DC.

Princess Leia Black Series figure as you’ve never seen her before?

Today I took photos of the Princess Leia Black Series 40th Anniversary figure. I was really pleased with how she came out, and managed to get some good shots inspired by Carrie Fisher’s portrayal of her in the Star Wars: A New Hope movie.

The Black Series is notorious for not always getting the likeness quite right of its human characters. I think the job Hasbro made on this 40th Anniversary Leia is really good. Added to this, the figure comes with two blasters and an impressive soft goods gown that can be manipulated (I used an artist fine paint brush) to fit around the contours of her body. The hood is a little wild and a bit too much on the pointy side, but again with some manipulation can be made presentable.

After downloading the photos I put them into an editor for cropping and framing – and that’s when things got a bit weird 🙂 as I went completely off topic and began messing about with art filters…

Below are the unexpected results. I’ve added some of the original and unaltered photos at the end of the post, as this was my first intention to show only these

Enjoy 🙂


A selection of some of the originally intended photos for this post…


Thank you for getting arty with us!

Horse Play

Wild horses. Carousel, Square Louise Michel, Montmartre, Paris.


France. Castors Juniors. 1979.



France. Pif Gadget. 1978.



Italy. Topolino. 1979.



France. Pif Gadget. 1985.



France. La Redoute mail order page. 1978 / 79.



France. Pif Gadget. 1981.



France. Pif Gadget. 1983.



Creations RC catalogue page. Date Unknown.

Thanks for looking!

Star Wars An Art Odyssey, l’exposition Marseille, France 2015

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This awesome Star Wars art exhibition is currently being shown at L’espace Villeneuve-Bargemon in Marseille, France from 3 December 2015 up to 17 January 2016. If you get chance to see it do – you won’t be disappointed by these superb and original scenes from the Star Wars universe that are cleverly lit up in subtle neon and set within a cool and sleek science-fiction atmosphere that the venue ably provides.

The artworks have been created by the international collective of artists known as Poster Posse – some of the finest and in-demand graphic artists working today in film, TV series, comics, video games and books. The event has been put together by Disney, Lucas Film, Café Pixel and ACME Archives. Official website is here

Vieux Port, Marseille, France. A funny thing happened on the way to Marseille...

Vieux Port, Marseille, France. A funny thing happened on the way to Marseille…

It's this way...

It’s this way…

Entrance L'espace Villeneuve-Bargmon

Entrance L’espace Villeneuve-Bargemon

Greetings from Yoda. Art by John Aslarona.

Greetings from Yoda. Art by John Aslarona.

Looking down onto the floor space.

Looking down onto the floor space.

Robert Bruno.

Robert Bruno.

Robert Bruno.

Robert Bruno.

Robert Bruno.

Robert Bruno.

Robert Bruno.

Robert Bruno.

Robert Bruno.

Robert Bruno.

Stephen Sampson.

Stephen Sampson.

Stephen Sampson.

Stephen Sampson.

Stephen Sampson.

Stephen Sampson.

Orlando Arocena.

Orlando Arocena.

Daniel Nash

Daniel Nash.

John Aslarona.

John Aslarona.

Doaly.

Doaly.

Juan Pac Valderama.

Juan Pac Valderrama.

Andy Fairhurst.

Andy Fairhurst.