Self Portrait

Self Portrait in Tokyo

This photograph wasn’t intended as a self portrait I was set on photographing the amazing spectacle cleaning trolley that was on the pavement outside of the opticians. The illustration of the girl’s face and typography [formerly calligraphy] are wonderful aren’t they. I’m very camera shy who actually likes photographs of themselves apart from models?

© Vincent Kelly 2013

Cabinet Of Curiosities – Club Flyers

The recent gale force winds and rain have restricted access to my outside studio space where I have been producing drawings with charcoal powder and water on paper.  I’m far too messy to work inside with the potential of the powder covering every surface. So the weather has brought about a juddering halt to working outside which left me scratching my head trying to think of what I could do indoors? Which brings us to club flyers. I have been meaning to do something with my club flyers which I’ve been collecting for 10+ years. There is no particular type of flyer that I collect it’s a case of whatever catches my eye and stands out from the usual dross covering the record shop counters when I’m indulging my vinyl addiction with a bit of crate digging. I have edited down my selection of flyers to 36 images to show the widest spectrum possible of the types of flyers I have been picking up, that is everything from; hand drawn, photocopies, graphic, photographic, digital to cut out shapes.

Where possible I have credited the designer if they are given a name check on the flyer. In the ideal world we could do a bit of crowd sourcing if anyone knows who the designers are please contact me so that I can give them a credit for their work.

chips with everything flyer by Ed Syder

© Vincent Kelly 2011

Cabinet Of Curiosities | Cassette Tapes

Being an inveterate collector of ‘stuff’ I keep spotting interesting things in charity shops that I think are just too good to leave in the shop, this is a small selection of the pre-recorded cassette tapes I have found recently that meet the remit of my collecting policy. The tapes are small therefore easy to store, they are also ‘classic’ releases that have been produced by quality artistes at the top of their game, and I can play them in the kitchen while I’m cooking up a storm for Mrs Inorbit and having a glass of wine.

I think it’s interesting that there seems to be a bit of a renaissance going on at the moment with audio cassette releases by some cult musicians and cassette only labels such as Tapeworm, after the golden age of pre-recorded cassettes in the 70s and 80s it’s great to see a bit of a come back for tapes taking place.

© Vincent Kelly 2011

Cabinet Of Curiosities | Folio Society Books

In my twenties I subscribed to the FS as I was ploughing my way through classic literature in my autodidactic way, since then I have picked up FS editions of the classics in second-hand book shops and charity shops to replace cheap paper-backs because they usually have a well designed binding and interesting illustrations that have been specially commissioned. I also remember thinking in my youth that I would keep every book I had ever read now I am absolutely ruthless about book retention and very rarely hang on to books in the fiction category unless it is a first edition hard-back, or at least a collectable hard-back edition. I’m afraid there isn’t enough room in the house to keep a copy of everything I read surely that’s what libraries are for?

© Vincent Kelly 2011

Cabinet Of Curiosities | Portrait of Alex Bird

Thanks to Alex for contributing to this never ending portrait project for which I have asked people to select 9 objects that have a personal meaning to them be it: family, loved ones, sport, music or whatever floats your boat. I particularly like the way the objects do very much reflect the person and can portray someone’s characteristics and values without the need for a visual likeness to create a very interesting portrait. If you would like to take part in this art project please send me your images of the objects for your selection via by emailing to vincentkemail-wordpress[@]

© Vincent Kelly 2011


Cabinet Of Curiosities – Portrait of David Craven

Thanks to David for another contribution to this ongoing portrait project, if you would like to find out more about David take a look at his NLOB blog it’s very interesting and insightful.

© Vincent Kelly 2011