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James’ album of the year

Friday, December 16th, 2016

Bon Iver – 22, A Million

My album of the year is Bon Ivor’s ’22, A Million’. On first listen, it’s all rather odd and confusing. After a few plays it continues to be all rather odd and confusing. With strange song structures, samples, chipmunks, distorted vocals and song titles such as ’10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄’ and ‘____45_____’, some people have called it pretentious nonsense. Just strum your guitar Justin and give us some of those hummable tunes you used to write, they say. Not me. Yes, it’s rather odd, but it’s also hauntingly beautiful. And it’s miserable too. Miserably, beautifully depressing. And odd.

Big eagles

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Here at Bigtop, we like to see an eagle or two. But we usually only see them when we play computer golf at 11am. And even then it’s not very often.

Last week I visited Scotland and took a trip over to Mull. Have you been to Mull? It’s lovely. Really LOVELY.

We drove across to ‘Mull Eagle Watch’ hoping to see a glimpse of the white-tailed eagles. It’s Ranked #2 of 26 attractions in Isle of Mull. The friendly rangers, John and Rachel, took us up a woodland path where we stood for two hours, under a burning hot sun (yes, in Scotland) looking at trees through binoculars. Nothing. No eagles. Actually that’s not quite true as we saw two golden eagles. Some people said they could see the nest. Others couldn’t make it out. Some people said they could see the chick’s head. Others couldn’t make it out.

Then just as we were about to leave, a HUGE white-tailed eagle flew up into the sky and circled around. They have an 8ft wingspan so even from a distance it was an impressive sight.

Brilliant stuff.

You should go to Mull.

New photography book

Monday, November 11th, 2013

I was given a Holga* for my birthday in August 2006 and have carried it around with me ever since. My new book, the follow up to Holga Photography, contains 72 favourite photographs taken by me between April 2009 and August 2013.

Buy this lovely book, sit down with a cup of tea and enjoy looking at more blurred, square photographs of trees, snow, bicycles, cars, pugs, pylons, people and much, much more.

*The Holga is very cheap, plastic, medium format film camera. Made in China, its poor construction means that no two Holga’s leave the factory quite the same. Light can often leak onto the film and the poor lens causes blur and other distortions. No aperture setting and no real control over the focusing, add to its unique charm.