Thursday, June 30, 2005


yclepta posted about Learning Disability Awareness Week. Last Saturday I was staffing a stall in the Potteries Shopping Centre to raise awareness of learning disability and promoting the inclusion of people with learning disabilities. It was a great day. I love the photos here. They really tell a story of how much people with learning disabilities have to offer our community life.

'Andy and Marc duo'
Entered by - Andy Ledbury
Story behind the picture
"I sometimes find music lessons easier than normal lessons because all I have to do is read the music. It is better than handwriting.
Playing the cornet makes me feel like a musician. I feel proud. "

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Sunday, June 26, 2005

Birmingham photos

I went to a meeting in Birmingham - it was a regional network meeting run by the Valuing People team - for people who plan and pay for services for people with learning disabilities.

It was baking hot and a fantastic day for taking pictures. I did not have much time so I just took a few shots as I walked through the bullring on my way to the station. Take and look at more pictures.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

new lens

We bought a new lens last week - Tone got it when he was in London. It's a Sigma 50mm DG EX f2.8 macro. One of the main reasons for buying it was so that I can improve my close-up shots of flowers/ plants. The Nikon Coolpix 4500 has a fantastic macro facility, but it lacks flexibility - I cannot easily adjust the ISO and the aperture.

I have been experimenting -

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Take a look at the clematis pictures and let me know what you think.....

Sanity Fair

We went to the 5th annual Sanity Fair a couple of weeks ago in the Stoke-on-Trent city centre. I took a lot of photos - I had good fun and I was pleased with my efforts.

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What do you think of this photo of the Cultural Sisters street performance?
Tone usually does the majority of the photography at the event, but this year he played guitar with About Dylan and showed the new elected Mayor round. Tone took some great pics too - what do you think of our sanity fair gallery?

Sanity Fair is an annual event that includes a street festival and a conference. It demonstrates to the wider community that people with experience of mental distress do make a valuable contribution and we can, together, combat stigma and prejudice at a local, national and international level. The planning, design and delivery is by people who have direct personal experience of mental distress - Media Action Group for Mental Health.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

My new blog

Hello there

Welcome to my new blog - I am going to be doing random writings - mostly related to the photography, places, people and events that you see on atypical the photoblog I publish with my partner Tone.

Please take a look and let me know what you think.