JUNIPER (2022)

This painting was completed when the Juniper trees were growing- and they’re beautiful. Therefore, I wanted to instil the calm from the tree into the canvas. I first painted from a reference of a picture I had taken, then wiped the whole canvas smearing the entire paint into a blur. Afterwards, I painted over it again, reinterpreting what was once there without reference. Creating a new entire painting; that might not be juniper anymore but pulls a calming feel towards the surface as the previous layers are harmonious with the new creation.

juniper

The materials used were oil sticks/pigment sticks on canvas. I used a palette knife to smear the entire painting. After smearing it, I painted the layer above while wet with only a white paint stick, then let it dry to give it a lighter feel for the next layer.

Like my previous paintings, they have thick strokes in an impasto style. This adds depth and uses natural lighting to add detail to the painting. It also allows for history to be seen. The original painting is still slightly visible through the top. The lower it goes, the older it gets.

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Decycled – The seagull that feasts upon the dead pigeon

I took this photograph after one of my volunteer shifts at the Open Eye Gallery. I call this “Decycled”, it explores a seagull eating a dead pigeon. Presumably, the pigeon was killed by said seagull, and of natural instinct, the seagull should be eating fish. Because of human overfishing, we have overfished the fish populations that seagulls feast on and have created our own people.

Decycled

So many people blame the seagulls for minor inconveniences, but it was human inaction to the problem of overfishing. This inadvertently caused them to move inland to find food, associating humans with food. If you want them to go away, stop polluting the oceans and overfishing. Let the fish repopulate the seas and fix our climate problems!

I made the word ‘decycled’ as a way to be the opposite of recycling. The natural life cycle recycles, but with human intervention, this is reversed- it is going somewhere that is not natural. They are now destroying not fish but other food sources. Of course, how unpleasant is it to see this in a human area? Blame it on the seagull, not yourself. That’s what humans are good for – blaming their problems on others.

Welcome to Nature; it doesn’t care about what you feel- it can decycle you if it wants to.

Decycled – How to fix it.

Stop blaming problems caused by other species which were inadvertently caused by climate change or human intervention. If humans don’t invite an invasive species, it won’t cause a problem. But they do, and when they do, it becomes a problem. To them.

So humans decide to kill the animals instead to “control” them. If we wouldn’t treat ourselves this way on a mass scale, what right does it give us to treat other species this way?

If you want to see more about seagulls, I have a seagull trail where I follow a seagull around Liverpool.

Activities in Liverpool: The Seagull Trail!

Need activities in Liverpool? No worries about that! There are many things to do and follow there! As long as you avoid areas that look shady and keep in a good tourist sense- you’ll be safe!

Activities in Liverpool- Go trailing with seagulls!

On this photographic project that I have undertaken in Liverpool- we will be following up with seagulls and following their trails. Where do they go and listen to them socialise- it reminds you of the sea! Seagulls are seen as pests by many people but the truth is that seagulls are only like this towards us because we have taken their food source. Thus this has driven them towards our cities and urban developments.

Activities in Liverpool - Seagull
Seagull looking down onto the tourists. Source: Joshua Obara Norwood Photography

Therefore, not only does going on a seagull trail recognise the impact humans have had on the climate and environment. It’s also a fun opportunity to explore the city through the lens of a seagull and explore parts you’ve never been to before! It’ll be an experience for a tourist who wants to experience a non-linear trail and the results are random!

There are many parts of the city centre which you can visit; for one of the trails- I had gone to Rupert Lane Recreational Ground. Though, personally, I must admit that the place wasn’t great at all when I visited. There was trash around the area and someone came up to me and started to sexually harass me. It turns out that it’s used as a cruising site for some men. So I would advise going to that area if you are going to Liverpool.

To advise the tourist- I would say you should go in the early hours to do a seagull trail. Think of it as a morning exercise but more fun and interesting! There are fewer people outside and traffic is quiet therefore you can follow the seagulls unhindered!

Seagull flying in Rupert Lane Recreational Ground.
Seagull seems to be having a good time flying!

The seagull trail can help you reconnect with nature as well- especially in a city when we are all disconnected with concrete blocks everywhere. Sometimes a bit of green in a grey space really adds something to our happiness and wellbeing.

My Seagull Trails in Liverpool!

Here is a list of seagull trails I’ve done in Liverpool and where they have landed me. Most of them are links to blog posts as a short form of them is not as interesting as the full story!

  • 19th March 2022: A Seagull Trail – A Photographic Journey. This journey was done by following seagulls out of my student accommodation towards the World Museum. If you’ve not visited the world museum- you should! It’s got some great spectacles and especially so if you are touring with your kids! Usually, at the time I had carried this seagull trail out it was really busy. I had left at around 14:02 so there were a lot of tourists and keeping track of seagulls was hard. I would recommend doing the trail in the early morning where there isn’t much traffic so you can enjoy it more!

Birds of the Rural – Josh’s Photography Pack, Vol 4.

This edition of Josh’s Photography Pack has been created as an opposite to the first ‘Birds of the City’. Birds of the Rural introduces birds in the countryside and more sub-urban areas instead of mostly city birds.

Birds of the Rural - Chicken
The chicken looks friendly! Doesn’t it?

Birds of the Rural

Josh’s Photography Pack, a PROJECT under the COPY ART movement, is a Minecraft Resource Pack. This project has been created under the pretext of;

The creation of a virtual magazine of photographic work in a virtual space which one can use to decorate their interior virtual space

Therefore, this pack modifies the paintings in Minecraft to add a connection to the real world. This project also aligns with my values as a photographer; a royalty-free license. The license is at the bottom of this post which you can copy wherever you use any of the images inside.

What is PROJECT?

PROJECT is a wider list of photographic experiences that are to be projected into the digital world. Paradoxically it is a group of projects within a project. The aim of the PROJECT is to increase creativity and inspiration for people using the PROJECT materials.

Why the Birds of the Rural?

Counteracting the first edition, we decided that we would create a rural variation of it. These birds were not in fact taken in the North West- but the North East. Yorkshire to be more precise. Though we do plan to add some of the North West since that’s the area that this pack series wants to prioritise most.

Other Volumes of Josh’s Photography Pack

Birds of the City, volume.1
Wildflowers, volume. 2
Clouds, volume. 3
Slashes of paint, 4

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Photography by Josh N. (joshuaobaranorwood.com)
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Josh’s Photography Pack, Vol.2 ‘Wildflowers’

Download the resource pack here [1.19.x]

Josh’s Photography Pack daffodil

Josh’s Photography Pack, a PROJECT under the COPY ART movement, is a Minecraft Resource Pack. This project has been created under the pretext of;

The creation of a virtual magazine of photographic work in a virtual space which one can use to decorate their interior virtual space

Therefore, this pack modifies the paintings in Minecraft to add a connection to the real world. This project also aligns with my values as a photographer; a royalty-free license. The license is at the bottom of this post which you can copy wherever you use any of the images inside.

The subject of this volume, the first volume, is “Wildflowers”. The city and area in reference are Liverpool and the surrounding area which is in the North West of the United Kingdom. This pack is to be created in-sync with Volume 1 as a way to introduce the COPY ART movement into Minecraft.

What is PROJECT?

PROJECT is a wider list of photographic experiences that are to be projected into the digital world. Paradoxically it is a group of projects within a project. The aim of the PROJECT is to increase creativity and inspiration for people using the PROJECT materials.

Other Volumes of Josh’s Photography Pack

Volume 1- Birds of the City [Press Here]
Volume 3- Clouds [Press Here]
Volume 4- Natural World I [COMING SOON!]

License & Download

Photography by Josh N. (joshuaobaranorwood.com)
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Download the resource pack here [1.19.x]

Josh’s Photography Pack, Vol.1 ‘Birds of the City’

Download the resource pack here [1.19.x]

Josh’s Photography Pack Seagull

Josh’s Photography Pack, a PROJECT under the COPY ART movement, is a Minecraft Resource Pack. This project has been created under the pretext of;

The creation of a virtual magazine of photographic work in a virtual space which one can use to decorate their interior virtual space

Therefore, this pack modifies the paintings in Minecraft to add a connection to the real world. This project also aligns with my values as a photographer; a royalty-free license. The license is at the bottom of this post which you can copy wherever you use any of the images inside.

What is PROJECT?

PROJECT is a wider list of photographic experiences that are to be projected into the digital world. Paradoxically it is a group of projects within a project. The aim of the PROJECT is to increase creativity and inspiration for people using the PROJECT materials.

Why the Birds of the City?

We had done a seagull trail where we had which we had gone on a photographic journey around Liverpool and thought it would be great to turn it into a resource pack for the

Other Volumes of Josh’s Photography Pack

Volume 2- Wildflowers [Link Coming soon!]
Volume 3- Clouds [Press Here]

License & Download

Photography by Josh N. (joshuaobaranorwood.com)
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Download the resource pack here [1.19.x]

Seagull Trail – A Photographic Journey

A funny seagull on the Seagull Trail
A rather funny angle of a seagull on the trail.

A seagull trail is a trail in a city where you follow the seagulls and where they’re going- perhaps they’ll lead you somewhere that you’ve never been before. The best times are in the afternoon when it’s primarily bright, and that’s the prime time that the seagulls are looking to find food!

The seagull trail in Liverpool has brought me to the prime location of the Albert Dock, which of course, tourists are heavily populated where they will tend to feed the seagulls. Or perhaps- have something that the seagulls want to steal! I suggest bringing a camera on the trails so that you can take amazing photographs of the seagulls and probably send them as lovely little postcards to people!

So, follow me on my trail as I left my flat at Albert Court on London Road- I proceeded to follow the seagulls heading towards the Walker Art Gallery, where lots of them sat down on the lampposts! They then guided me towards the St. John’s Gardens, full of remembrance flowers for the fallen in our wars (mostly the first and second world war(s))- and much beautiful architecture. Views of the area are stunning, with the grass being nicely cut and the statues imposing themselves upon the garden.

Seagull Trail: Seagull looks confident.
This seagull is looking quite confident!

From Dale Street To Pier Head

I then followed the seagull trail down through Dale Street and Water Street to the Pier Head- there were many scaffolded buildings that I photographed, thinking they were great for pictures! The sun imposing itself onto the buildings makes the photographs very majestic despite the ugliness of scaffolds. Down at Pier Head was usually busy but even more active with the seagulls, mostly resting like cats. This, paired with the highly bright day, had created a unique photograph- along with the wind, therefore, creating “Contemplating on a Windy Day”.

Then I followed the seagulls further when they took off- over to the Albert Dock and the surrounding area where they’d steal your fish and chips! Seagulls are not that unique at all, but it’s still fun to follow them on a trail- they just prefer to visit populated places just for the food. They’re really not so different from us at all, haha! It was getting dark at the end of my seagull trail, marking the course’s end! I’d recommend making a seagull trail for anyone who hasn’t done one since they’re sometimes very random, and you can unconsciously find the photograph you never knew you’d loved to take!

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