Picturing England on hiatus…

Hello you lovely people. You may have noticed that Picturing England has been pretty quiet recently. A lot of things have been vying for my time, and Picturing England has unfortunately lost out. However, it’s not over, and I am still taking lots of pictures to share with you!

First of all, I will be back in January with more regular posts. Promise.

Christmas Steps, Bristol

Christmas Steps, Bristol

Secondly, if you need a fix in the meantime, follow me on Instagram (ali_haikugirl). I post there quite a bit, and it’s not all food.

#Autumn #London

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And finally, if you’re interested in all the other things I’m doing between now and Christmas (namely, exploring the hell out of Japan), follow me over at Haikugirl’s Japan.

Oh, and one more things, I finally got around to uploading my photos from Upfest back in July. Here they are…

Upfest, Bristol, 25th - 27th July 2015

Upfest, Bristol, 25th – 27th July 2015 (click for the whole album)

See you in the New Year! (*^_^)v


Good Morning Bristol

Sadly this piece by French street artist Gregos in Bristol didn’t last long – someone has pinched it from the wall already.

Gregos, Bristol

Gregos, Bristol


Hotride

I love it when it’s balloon season in Bristol, and I spent most of the International Balloon Fiesta this year with ‘Hotride’ by The Prodigy playing in my head. Balloons are so cool and magical… I hope I get to ride in one someday!

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta


Upfest: The Spirit of Tokyo

One of my all-time favourite street artists is Dan Kitchener (DANK), and I am absolutely in love with the Japan-inspired work he does. You can imagine how thrilled I was when I heard he would be painting an epic wall really close to where I live in Bristol. When I went along at the beginning of Upfest the work had barely begun (well, the wall had been painted entirely black, but there was only an outline of what was to come).

Upfest: Dan Kitchener (DANK) - 'The Spirit Of Tokyo' - East Street / Church Road, Bristol

A little later some colour had been filled in, but there was still a long way to go.

Upfest: Dan Kitchener (DANK) - 'The Spirit Of Tokyo' - East Street / Church Road, Bristol

Upfest: Dan Kitchener (DANK) - 'The Spirit Of Tokyo' - East Street / Church Road, Bristol

Upfest: Dan Kitchener (DANK) - 'The Spirit Of Tokyo' - East Street / Church Road, Bristol

Finally this week I noticed it had been finished – and it was worth the wait!

Upfest: Dan Kitchener (DANK) - 'The Spirit Of Tokyo' - East Street / Church Road, Bristol

Upfest: Dan Kitchener (DANK) - 'The Spirit Of Tokyo' - East Street / Church Road, Bristol

Wow. Just wow.

Incidentally, limited edition hand finished prints of ‘The Queen of Neon’ are currently available from the Upfest Gallery and online here. They are a very reasonable price… I just wish I could justify it to myself!


Upfest: L7m’s Parrot

Last weekend saw Upfest, Europe’s largest street art and graffiti festival, return to Bristol. The weather could have been better, but the artists did not disappoint! I’m still editing and uploading all my pictures, but for now here’s one of my favourites. This is by L7m, a Brazilian street artist I had not heard of before. Isn’t it fabulous?

Parrot by L7m at Upfest

Parrot by L7m at Upfest

Here is the work in progress…

Parrot by L7m at Upfest

Parrot by L7m at Upfest

Parrot by L7m at Upfest


Woolly Wonderland

I’ve had a day off work today and I have spent it well! All afternoon I was traipsing around Bristol, camera round my neck and phone in my hand. What was I doing? Sheep hunting! Yes, I was out on the trail, looking for Shaun in the City statues. I’ve found 31 out of the 70 sheep dotted around Bristol so far, and although I don’t really think I will find them all I’m very much enjoying having a go!

My favourite sheep today was Woolly Wonderland by Vicky Harrison of The Paper Village. This knitted sheep took over 500 hours to create! Isn’t it gorgeous?

Woolly Wonderland
Woolly Wonderland

 

Woolly Wonderland
Woolly Wonderland

You can see my full collection of sheep on Flickr here.


Good-looking Gorilla

Recently there was a story in the news about a good-looking gorilla called Shabani which has been capturing the hearts of everyone in Japan. I discovered yesterday that Bristol Zoo Gardens has its very own gorgeous gorilla…

Gorilla