Battersea Park / Revisited / 13.4.2017

As it has been four years since I last visited Battersea Park, it is safe to say that not a lot hasn’t changed since my last visit.

The weather was absolutely lovely; the scenery gave me a sense of relaxation because it is a place to relax and unwind.

Whilst me and my family were at Battersea Park, we played a game of cricket, and twice in one day, two dogs grabbed the tennis balls we were using, though two of the tennis balls were knackered after a couple of whacks with the cricket bat, but it was good for us all to get out and enjoy ourselves while the two-week holiday lasts.

It’s hard to think it was four years ago that I last visited Battersea Park. Where has the time gone? I still find it hard to believe that I was just about to sit my final year at Oasis Academy: Shirley Park and 4 years down the line, I am sitting the last few months of my UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma Film & Photography Course at Croydon College. That’s quite scary knowing just how fast the time has flown, because it only felt like yesterday I started my first year at Croydon College and now I’m in my last year at Croydon College and it just feels so unreal knowing I’m sitting the last few months of my education before I finish my education for good and go into the world of work.

Below is the large photographic collection I have produced of Battersea Park.

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I won’t lie to you, I’m absolutely glad to have revisited Battersea Park after such a long while, because the weather was just right, the temperature was just right and not only that, but there wasn’t a single spot of rain which was a bonus! Mind you, I will revisit Battersea Park in the future as I want to photograph the plants again soon considering I photographed the plants mostly the last time I visited Battersea Park back in 2013.

Overall, I absolutely enjoyed my time at Battersea Park after such a long wait and I cannot wait to go there again soon.

If you enjoyed this photography collection, please feel free to submit a response. Your feedback is much appreciated and if you have visited Battersea Park before, please let me know, I would love to know what you think of Battersea Park.

Alex Smithson

It’s Finally Time to Set Your Creative Side Free!

We all have our own ways of being creative, but just how do we set that creativity of ours free? Well, it’s pretty easy to do so nowadays, as a lot of artists record time-lapse clips which are often uploaded to Instagram, Vine, Twitter and even Facebook, but it’s being able to document the process that is often the most crucial key factor of drawing.

Recently, I published two artistic interpretation articles which were based on the Queen of Pop Songstress, Madonna, with possibly a third on the way (still thinking about it), as I did the first one based on a photograph taken during the Ray of Light era, while the second artistic interpretation, which I published most recently, was of Madonna during the 1986 True Blue Era, based on the iconic photograph that Herb Ritts took of her 30 years ago.

I love the thought of drawing, because it helps me to set my creativity free, as well as the kind of ideas that I’ve had in mind beforehand. I always believe that setting your creativity free is good, as this can help you to really produce something that no-one else will be able to produce, even if they tried.

Of course, being creative can be difficult because it’s how you design something, whether it would be to do with designing something on a computer, or putting those ideas or concepts onto paper, and yes, at times I have had the occasional creativity block, and it can be annoying at times, but it’s when we let our sub-conscious minds wander when drawing that often makes us produce the best pieces of work that we didn’t think we could produce.

You might remember 3 years ago I went to Kelsey Park during the 6-week Summer Break that I was on when I finished Year 10. Well I didn’t realise this, but when I took that photograph of the Canada Goose, which all of you have seen, I actually didn’t realise that the photograph of the Canada Goose would be the most iconic photograph I had taken.

The year after I took that iconic photograph, I revisited Kelsey Park again, but this time took a photo of a Squirrel which had clenched both its little hands together, like as if it was fist bumping itself. That, to me was also iconic because it’s something that caught my eye.

The third photo I remember which was also iconic, which I included on Book #2: “A Year in Photography” was of the Tom Aytch graffiti wall in Shirley Hills, in Croydon, when a photographer was standing at the wall taking photos of the panoramic view, and that was an iconic photo of mine as I had also used a filter on that photograph to make it look and appear more professional.

In terms of drawing, however, I didn’t always do drawing after I finished my time for good at Oasis Academy: Shirley Park, but that changed when I enrolled onto the UAL Level 2 Art & Design Course at Croydon College back in 2014. I have noticed my drawing skills have rapidly improved over the course of the past two years, and I feel absolutely pleased that I’ve used my drawing skills wisely with drawing Madonna, and it’s an absolute relief that I’ve managed to showcase what I’ve worked on. Drawing Madonna was the best choice I had in mind, and I feel absolutely pleased that I’ve used her as an example for ideas based on the artistic interpretation drawings I did of her.

In terms of creativity, I know it’s always about being original, but it’s also about being able to express yourself in your work, as well as how you produce your work, and not just that, but whether it comes to drawing or taking photos, or even if it comes to designing something, you’ll be able to say that you had made sure to do something creative with your time, and that you chose to set your creativity free.

To end, I would like to say: It’s Finally Time to Set Your Creativity Free!”

If you enjoyed reading this article, please feel free to submit feedback. All feedback is much appreciated :-).

Alex Smithson

Welcome to June!!! A Relaxing & Peaceful Month Awaits!!!

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Mother Nature for a relaxing, and peaceful June!!! As this month is set to be a peaceful month, given that there is not much art work left for me to complete, this month will be a much better one, as my third book is around 95% complete, and with just 2 weeks to go until I turn 17 on the 16th June, this month will be a good month to remember.

As I prepare to get myself back to publishing articles frequently, just as the course comes to an end, I will be making sure that I can finalise my work before the final deadline on Friday, even if it means getting all of the work stuck in and ready for when the work is prepared for private and public view on Monday 15th & Tuesday 16th June.

Aside from this, I will be making sure, once the work is out of the way, to get back to publishing articles on Mother Nature. Last June, Mother Nature recorded the highest amount of articles published within the short space of two weeks, clocking up to 41 articles published in June last year (after I made a comeback to Mother Nature exactly one minute before midnight on Sunday 15th June 2014, crossing into Monday 16th June 2014).

As previously mentioned, last year, I took a near-enough almost 5-month hiatus from Mother Nature, considering that I had my exams to worry about, and after allowing myself at least two to three days to relax and recuperate, I used that weekend wisely after finishing school for good on Friday 13th June 2014 to get myself back in to the swing of things by preparing my comeback article to Mother Nature. You can say I technically finished at 15, because after I finished my final exam on the 13th June, my 16th birthday came exactly three days after I finished my final exams at Oasis Academy: Shirley Park.

This year has been fantastic so far, because I have written articles over the course of these past few months, without taking a hiatus at all, and it’s better now that I can actually commit more to Mother Nature, as I have balanced my workload for college, this website, and my book effectively, all in good time.

As I prepare to see this course through to the end, it gives me the greatest pleasure to know that I can do Level 3 Lens-Based Media at Croydon College, starting from September, with this next course guaranteed to run all the way through to 2017. Other than that, I feel extremely proud to have come this far in just the short space of almost a whole year.

Until then, welcome to June on Mother Nature!!! A Relaxing & Peaceful Month Awaits!!!

Alex Smithson

My First Week of College: A Perfect Success!!!

Following from the first article I did about Croydon College on Monday, I wanted to follow that first article up by saying how much of a perfect week it has been. Despite going in for 3 days this week (Monday, Tuesday & Thursday), I was actually relieved to move on from school life quicker than I first imagined, because Croydon College gives you not just confidence in yourself, but also to give you a way to map out a future you have always longed for. I love photography so much that I actually took some photos around the outside of the College.

 

 

My first week, all in all, has been perfect. Not just perfect, absolutely wonderful!!! I bumped into so many of my school friends from Oasis Academy: Shirley Park, as some of my friends also went to Croydon College, and not only that, but I also bumped into some old school friends from primary school, which I was quite shocked about, because when you haven’t seen some of your friends in a long while, the time gap is quite a lot to take in, but I absolutely enjoyed my perfect first week at the college, and I want every week to be just like the first week.

My excitement has gone through the roof like never before, and I cannot wait for Monday to arrive soon enough, as I’m going on my first trip with everyone. The trip that arrives tomorrow consists of two different museums. The National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery, where both collections consist of some of the best visual works based around the world. Both of these museums are also located in Trafalgar Square in London.

Overall, this week has been the perfect week for me, considering I was in for only 3 days, and I hope for the perfect trail to continue on from this week.

Tomorrow is set to start off what will be not just an interesting week, but also a fantastic set of opportunities for all of us, and I cannot wait to go through an interesting week that will help me to build my ideas further for this Level 2 Art & Design Course.

Alex Smithson

 

 

Yes!!! Yes!!! Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I DID IT!!!!!!!! I’VE JUST MANAGED TO GET 6 GCSES TO SECURE MYSELF A FANTASTIC CHANCE OF DOING PHOTOGRAPHY IN COLLEGE!!!!!!!!

I was like a bag of nerves yesterday morning, all of us were, and when I got to my school, Oasis Academy: Shirley Park, I was almost ready to cease up because the nerves almost got to me. Even then, after I arrived, I picked up my envelope containing my results, and I was absolutely petrified of opening it, because I was worried about the results I might get. I braved it, and went ahead and opened my envelope containing the results, and I was pleased to find I earned 6 GCSEs from 4 different subjects.

I passed in Art & Design with a C Grade, a P in BTEC PE (which is two GCSEs worth), a C in Science and a P in ICT (Also 2 GCSEs worth). I am absolutely over the moon I’ve now got 6 GCSEs right under my belt, and because of you, my family, my friends, my teachers and all of you, I never gave up.

I would like to say an absolute thank you to everyone for giving me the chance to achieve better, I couldn’t have done it without all of you. Thank you :-).

I’ve provided a link here of the Oasis Academy: Shirley Park website, featuring how all of us did, and how other students felt when they got their results.

Shirley Park Students celebrate their best ever GCSE results achieving 69% in English and Mathematics

Again, thanks so, so much to all of you, my friends, my family, my teachers and everyone else who wished me luck before yesterday, I couldn’t have done it without you all, and also a special mention and thanks to the singer, Marcus Collins for wishing me the best of luck for yesterday’s results day.

Alex Smithson