The Swale Arts Forum are happy to be organising this years GREEN EVENT in association with the Friends of Oare Gunpowder works, Swale Borough Councils Park Dept and Groundworks Medway .
Artists booked in:
BIG Fish The Gunpowder Works x5 Los Salvadores Swale Sings Tel Tyler Ken Rowles Mark Thatcher Sheppey and Sittingbourne Writers Sioux Peto – Litter Angels Dean Tweedy ECO SHED Polka Dot Arts Val Tyler Colin Barnard Nick Stewart Daniel Nash Andrew Parker DaniArt photography Marvellous Murals- facepainting
I decided, in all of my wisdom that a road trip on 50cc mopeds would be a good idea. Fortunately my friend is as ‘bonkers mad’ as I am, so we headed off in the strong winds and occasional down pour.
When I said, “Let’s go for a road trip on our mopeds”, I didn’t think we would have ended up where we did. We left Chatham and headed to Pluckley, from there to Ashford, then on to Hythe, Dymnchurch – where it became too windy to continue – and then turned back through Hythe, to Folkestone. Here we decided to plan our route back to Chatham, which went through Canterbury, Faversham, Sittingbourne and Rainham.
I thought I’d start with the trusty 50cc mopeds that carried us along our mega-sized road trip.
This picture was taken outside of Pluckley, where I got us lost – again. This picture captures the awesomeness of our road trip, these little mopeds only have 50cc (the grey one has 49cc) engines, which is no more than 40mph managed to carry us over 70 miles (taking into account the bendy country roads, and getting lost) without breaking down or exploding. So, yeah, we held up a huge amount of traffic, sorry. I chose the de-saturated look because I thought it really shows how exhausted this mammoth trip made us, especially our backs, and numb behinds.
Coming along one stretch of road we noticed it was very quiet, so we pulled over and I grabbed my camera. If you look at her face you can see she is looking at me and something in the distance. I am in the middle of the road, on one knee with camera in hand. Behind me is mister trillion tonne lorry… It could have turned out worse I guess. Other than this you can clearly see the enjoyment that accompanied this trip.
*Note to self/photographers – Do NOT stand/kneel in the middle of a road to take a photograph*
Just outside of Folkstone we pulled up next to the beach to stretch our legs. I think it is safe to say it was a little windy, which explains the cutting off of the side mirrors (flags and other things where in the way). With this photograph I decided to keep it a little dark and gloomy, to keep with the sky and show the weather. Although I added a little colour to really show the colourfulness of my helmet, yes I wear a bright, ‘hello, look at me.’ helmet.
All in all the day was truly enjoyable and I would love to do it again, although maybe on a 125cc or 600cc and maybe in the sun and heat.
Through the Swale Arts Grant, Swale Borough Council has agreed to support the community photographic projects which are being run in Faversham and on the Isle of Sheppey. The award of £1000 will enable the organisers from Kent Creative Arts CIC to set up quality exhibitions in both areas around September 2012. Continue reading →
The “Year In The Life Of” photography project returns for 2011, this time also extending to include Canterbury and Sheppey. The project aims to capture a year in the life of each area and present 365 photographs, one for each day of 2011.
The ‘Creek Creative’ initiative is about forming a productive, commercially-viable, art and design community within Faversham town centre, by providing affordable studios, workshops, public exhibition space, and extended facilities, to meet an identified local demand.