I’m going off topic to talk about the images on this site, since a few people have asked about them. The majority were taken by my brother, not using a fancy camera but with his iPhone (and a few were taken using a digital SLR camera). Some photos we brainstormed and created especially for the pages on this site, many were taken by Alan while out and about on average days at work or play.
The blue and orange banner images, like this one are variations on a paper bag next to a glass window at his civil service workplace. The bag was used to stop the sun coming through, in the absence of blinds. With different light behind them and different sections of the bag, interesting textures and effects are created (contrast this image with the home page image mentioned above). Blue and orange is a classic colour combination (they’re opposites on the colour wheel) that works really well – the cool blue against hot orange makes for a bold contrast.
A curtain of beads with the colours inverted (they were actually brown and the background black) was chosen for the fact-checking page. That shot was taken at the entrance to a temple in China. The translation image I created by combining a photo of a painting my daughter did with part of the main image found on my blog.
The blog image is one of my favourites. It’s a shot of an old bin at the end of Saltburn pier (in the news recently for its guerrilla knitting attack). The copywriting image shows different colours of bubbles in a Champagne glass turned on its side.
We had fun creating the eBooks image and the network page cabbage shot is one of my favourites selected from my brother’s ‘library’ – an example of the Fibonacci sequence in nature. Thanks bro!
I’m a linguaholic; I’m obsessed with language and linguistics. I love working with words and producing perfection. My other passions are cooking, kickboxing and my family, so you may see them appear in one form or another here.
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