Snowfall Saturday

Woke up to the snow this morning? I did, and so did everyone else in the United Kingdom. Just when we all thought the snow disappeared, the Beast of the East decided to return for another go.

I was happier yesterday when it was sunny and warm because I thought: “Great, loving this sunny and warm weather, about time!” and then BAM! It decides to snow again into this morning.

Luckily, because I finished my first week back at work following the annual leave, I was able to wake up to the snow and stay nice and warm with the boiler on, but I dread when it snows now, especially considering that I’m working now. If it snowed when I was at school or college, I would have happily stayed at home and called in sick, but because I’m working now, I dread when it snows, but the snow won’t stop me from getting into work as I’m not going to let one bit of snow hinder my chances of getting into work.

Despite the snowfall, I was glad that I didn’t go out today, as it’s freezing outside and it was good to stay in the nice and warm all day.

Did it snow heavily where you are? Please tell me, I would love to know.

Alex Smithson

Beautiful Abstraction.

Art and colour are full of beautiful abstracts, but it’s the abstraction of abstract art that makes art unique and interesting.

I love art because of the vibrancy it brings. I love art because it’s not about the details that make the art interesting, rather it’s the time and effort someone has taken to make that art piece a masterpiece.

Art is a beautiful abstraction in itself considering that it’s colourful, vibrant like technicolour, but like drops of paint on a canvas. Every colourful drop of paint on a canvas makes up the masterpiece that is produced.

I know, this is probably the craziest article you will have read, but I see art as a form of expression, not just as a drawing or painting. A beautiful abstraction in the world of art from my eyes is being able to express yourself artistically, whether it would be using a pencil or paintbrush, expressing your emotions, your creativity and your hard work and effort go a long way even if it takes time.

Art, to me, is a time-lapse of hard work. Art is a journey, but a time-lapse of hard work in the art world is the beginning of the artistic masterpiece which progresses to the conclusion of the finished masterpiece.

To rush art is a waste. To take all the time in the world to produce art in small leaps and bounds now and then can make that artwork that’s produced carefully with care and precision a true work of art and also as a true masterpiece.

A delayed masterpiece is a true work of art. A rushed masterpiece is a waste, but a delayed masterpiece is better than no masterpiece.

Art is inspiring and I hope that this inspired you.

Alex Smithson

The Concept of Expression: Samuel Cato

Following the first photography article I did after the beginning of 2018, which featured my close friend, Wesley Baker (CDN), I have now photographed my close friend who I’ve known since secondary school, Samuel Cato.

Despite the odd spot of rain, mild warmth and a hint of sunny weather, I was able to travel to Sydenham to photograph Sam for this photography series, and I was able to get him to express himself freely as I believe in the idea of being able to express yourself free from judgment, but where he could express himself without conforming to society’s needs, beliefs and expectations, and that getting him to express himself will always be about being equal and diverse without any forms of judgment.

Below are all of the photographs I took yesterday of my close friend, Samuel Cato.

I am so pleased with the end result given that the days are getting brighter and are staying brighter for longer, as the lighting conditions improved and it was nice and sunny after a small spot of rain, but I am really blown away by the end result of these photographs. Of course, I acknowledge the photos may look grainy, but that’s because I wanted to try and capture the essence of the early Spring weather before Spring really kicks in once the Winter season ends.

If there are any improvements you feel I could make, please tell me in the comments, as your feedback will help me improve my photography skills in the future.

Also, if you enjoyed this photo-set, please share this article around with anyone you know.

Alex Smithson

DSLR Used: Nikon D3300

Lens Used: NIKKOR 18 – 55 mm Lens

Date of Photo-Set Produced: Tuesday 6th March 2018

Brrrrrr….It’s a Winter Wonderland!

Just as the Beast of the East was set to reach its end, Storm Emma wasn’t letting the wintry weather disappear fast enough. Snow continued to batter the United Kingdom, with schools, colleges and even stores shutting early due to the blizzard.

I photographed this moment on my phone and made an edit to give the photo the wintry warmth it truly needed. It definitely was like Winter Wonderland as it was freezing cold, but what a brrrrrrilliant time it sure was to seize this opportunity of a lifetime to photograph the snow!

I was lucky to photograph this moment as I finished earlier than my shift time as my place of work closed early due to the weather, which couldn’t have come at a better time as I’m on annual leave now for a whole week, and with my annual leave being my first, I’ll be making sure to use the time wisely to go out and have a good time, and even photograph some friends of mine.

Did it snow heavier where you are? Please tell me, I am so keen to hear whether you made the most of this snowy weather.

Alex Smithson

Device Used: Motorola C

Welcome to March!

Welcome to March! What a freezing cold start to this month! As the Beast of the East impacted the United Kingdom, with Storm Emma now on the way, it’s no surprise that Spring is late to the party because the wintry snowstorm is here and it’ll be here for a few days, if not maybe a week depending on whether or not the temperature improves.

I’ll be busy mostly over the course of this month as I’ll be working but will also be completing some work for my full-time job, but I’ll be publishing a little here and there over next week as I’ll be on annual leave for a week but I will be making sure that I can use some of the free time here and there when it’s available.

What has the weather been like where you are? I bet you must be snowed in. Is it sunny depending on where you are and if so, do you prefer warm weather instead of cold weather? I would love to hear your responses.

Until then, Welcome to March!

Alex Smithson

Monthly Roundup: February 2018

Time flew fast! It’s amazing how quick this month flew. Mind you, it was a blisteringly cold start with breezy winds and low temperatures and it’s ironic how we get snow in the last week of February, with much of the snow settled over the United Kingdom.

I’ll take a quick look back at the articles published over the course of February.

1.2.2018 – February started off with a bang with the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games being just around the corner, meanwhile, February was set to be a very busy and exciting month ahead.

2.2.2018 Justin Timberlake released his first album in five years, Man of the Woods, to the world and with a completely different and unique sound that captured the old-school nostalgia whilst reminding us all of how far he has come since his breakthrough début album, Justified.

19.2.2018 P!NK‘s record: “What About Us” inspired me to write the article with the same song title as I wanted to cast a light on the world and how the whole world has seen for itself the unrest, violence and hatred that’s been talked about on the news, but that it hurts to see that no one can get on.

28.2.2018 – Despite the travel chaos on the 24th February due to a tree that fell on the line, leaving me and some passengers stranded at Sanderstead Station, I enjoyed my trip up to Oxted & Hurst Green and seized the opportunity to photograph Oxted Station and The Oxted Inn.

Thanks for such a great month, everyone, and I’ll see you all in March!

Alex Smithson

The Cold & Sunny Winds of Oxted

Despite some travel chaos with a tree that fell on the line on Saturday, with most of the trains being delayed and cancelled due to the travel disruption over last weekend and the freezing cold, the sunny weather was absolutely beautiful, and to have that little bit of warmth even after wrapping up warm made my journey to Hurst Green that extra bit special.

The travel chaos was disrupted so much that the rail replacement bus that was initially meant to be put in place once I got off at Sanderstead Station wasn’t even put into place at all, which left me and some of the passengers stranded, but luckily the workers at Sanderstead Station booked me and some of the passengers a free cab ride to make up for the rail replacement bus we never got and I was able to get to Oxted Station with no problem, which was beneficial considering I was going from that station to Hurst Green once I arrived.

On the way to Hurst Green, I couldn’t resist seizing the opportunity to quickly photograph Oxted Station and The Oxted Inn whilst I waited for the train to arrive.

Despite the freezing weather on Saturday, I was happy to have seized the opportunity to photograph the station considering it was an adventure rather than just a train journey.

What was the weather like for you on Saturday? I would love to know.

Please feel free to comment on what you thought of my photographs of my journey to Oxted and Hurst Green, and please feel free to share this article on.

Alex Smithson

Device Used: Motorola C

What About Us?

For all of us, this whole world, we all see unrest, violence and hatred being talked about on the news, but it hurts when no one can get on.

How does violence in this world solve problems? Well, I know the answer to that.


Why is this world so messed up?


Yes, I’m ranting, but with a purpose. That purpose is to get my point across that we, as a world, shouldn’t fight and hurt and disrespect others.


I’m not here to be political, I’m not here to judge, criticise or belittle anyone or anything. I’m here to spread positivity and treat everyone equally and diversely.

Enough is enough! Now, let’s all come together and love one another and respect, cherish and value every second that counts. Lives count, and so does yours, so stand up and be counted and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

I hope this inspires you as P!NK’s record: “What About Us” sure did inspire me, and her inspiration is the reason why I wrote this article. Yes, it’s short and yes, it’s not as long an article but hey, it’s not about the length of an article, it’s the inspiration and hard work you put into it that counts.

Alex Smithson

Justin Timberlake is the Man of the Woods!

Back with a completely different sound that shifts away from his past albums, Justin’s the Man of the Woods with this EP as this new sound is unique, yet vocally charged in a different light to his previous album, The 20 / 20 Experience.

It’s no surprise to see Justin Timberlake go back to his roots, as this new sound is so unique it even has the old-school sounds that remind us all of how far he’s come since his breakthrough début album, Justified.

Filthy kicks off Man of the Woods with a bass-pounding bang, as Justin’s vocals come to life, with his wife, Jessica Biel, doing some voice-over as the record ends, meanwhile, Midnight Summer Jam is where the old-school vibe kicks in, as the nostalgia kicks in right from the off. Those who have listened to Justin Timberlake’s albums from the moment he released his début album will know and appreciate the new sound that Justin Timberlake has come back with. I appreciate his new sound as it’s different, but more importantly, I’m glad he’s taken his music in a different direction, as his new music sounds almost nothing like his past music, but Man of the Woods still captures the man we all know and love dearly.

You cannot fault Justin’s music roots for not even one split second, as Man of the Woods is filled with so much nostalgia that it’s like he never went away from the music scene. In fact, Justin Timberlake is headlining the Super Bowl LII (52nd) Halftime Show sponsored by Pepsi on Sunday 4th February 2018 and alongside him, P!NK will be performing as well, so there’s even more of a reason for all of us to be excited!

Man of the Woods is more of a personal album as well as a vocally charged album, as he explores his music roots deeper with a completely different sound that still captures the nostalgia of his past albums.

Below is the full tracklist for Man of the Woods:

  1. Filthy
  2. Midnight Summer Jam
  3. Sauce
  4. Man of the Woods
  5. Higher Higher
  6. Wave
  7. Supplies
  8. Morning Light (feat. Alicia Keys)
  9. Say Something (feat. Chris Stapleton)
  10. Hers (Interlude)
  11. Flannel
  12. Montana
  13. Breeze Off the Pond
  14. Livin’ Off the Land
  15. The Hard Stuff
  16. Young Man

Below is Justin Timberlake’s album cover for Man of the Woods:

To keep it as short and simple and as honest as possible, Man of the Woods is his best work to date because it carries the progressive sound of his past albums and isn’t one of those in-your-face kinds of album, rather it’s a vocally progressive, yet mindful album that shows Justin Timberlake at his most peaceful, but also at his most euphoric.

To listen to Man of the Woods, click on the Play button below to listen to Justin Timberlake’s fifth studio album on Spotify. Purchase your copy of Man of the Woods from all retailers via all physical/digital formats.

Heard Man of the Woods? If so, I would love to hear what you’ve got to say about Justin’s fifth studio album.

If you enjoyed this review, please feel free to feedback below in the comments.

Alex Smithson

© Jive Records, Zomba Records, RCA Records, Tennman Records & Justin Randall Timberlake

© The Man of the Woods album artwork, the article image and tracklist are all copyright of Jive Records, Zomba Records, RCA Records, Tennman Records & Justin Randall Timberlake. Full copyright goes to the respective owners.

Welcome to February!

Got through the Blues of Dry January?

Luckily, for almost all of us, we sure did.

February is set to be quite an interesting month as the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games will start on the 9th February and finish on the 25th February.

I still find it hard to believe it was exactly this time four years ago that we all witnessed the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games when the infamous Olympic Ring faux pas took place when the fifth Olympic Ring failed to open, which was later re-enacted in the Closing Ceremony by some of the ice skaters. It’s crazy how the time flies, but hey, February, despite being a very busy month ahead, is an exciting one too.

This month is going to be a whole lot busier than the first few weeks of 2018, meaning that less articles will be published, but some articles will be going up only when I get the free time.

Let’s all keep our heads held high this month and make sure we go for the best and as for the Winter Olympic Games, we are all in this together. Let’s make February the best month to remember!

Alex Smithson