Wise Thoughts Presentation

I am continuing volunteering for A Pioneering LGBTQI+ & BAME Arts Charity based in Haringey, London Wise Thoughts.

Part of my duties is creating interesting content for the website. I believe that making the website more attractive will generate more people to take part in charity activities.

This presentation below offers a good overview of the activities and project Wise Thoughts is focusing on.

https://www.youtube.com/user/wisethoughts

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Encouraging new audiences

20 years of  – Wise Thoughts

A Pioneering LGBTQI+ & BAME Arts Charity based in Haringey, London

Wise Thoughts creates dynamic local, national and international arts initiatives and deliver services that help address social justice issues for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex (LGBTQI+) and Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.

#gayWISE Drop-In is a friendly social event and meetup hosted by arts charity Wise Thoughts that provides an opportunity to meet new people and interact with other LGBT and BAME community members. This service is provided FREE, and no booking is required.

We offer fun activities, support, referrals to LGBT legal advice, and LGBT  free housing advice signposting to Stonewall Housing. We request that all attendants are of 16 years of age or older.

I regularly volunteer for this charity. My main duties is creating these banners/gifs for their website.

#gayWISE Drop-In is a friendly social event and meetup hosted by arts charity Wise Thoughts that provides an opportunity to meet new people and interact with other LGBTQI+ and BAME community members. This service is provided FREE, and no booking is required.

#womenWISE Drop-In is a friendly social meetup event and online films, book club, activities hosted by arts charity Wise Thoughts that provides an opportunity to meet new people and interact with other Lesban, Bisexual, and Transgender women and their guests. This service is provided FREE and no booking is required. We request that all attendants are of 16 years of age or older.
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No time for the gym? Why not join Natraj Yoga expert teacher, Farah, for some Yoga? With no experience necessary and tailored to all abilities, Lunch Time Yoga and Mindfulness Yoga is great for the mind and body! Please bring a yoga mat (or towel) for your comfort. If it is your first time attending, please plan to arrive 15 minutes before the session. These classes are LGBT friendly!

Want to get in shape but don’t want to go to the gym? Want to have fun while you
workout? Then try ‘Movers & Shakers’.

Learn Indian folk dance and join the experienced facilitator Subodh in the discovery of ‘new you’!

Introduces you to muscle toning and body co-ordination activities. You will focus on building skills that improve your physical fitness through Indian folk dance routines.
Movers & Shakers – Dance on Mondays 5.30 to 6.30 pm  (No class on the 1st Monday of the month) (to be continued)
Loose clothing advised for better movements.

Fees: £3 / £2 (conc.)  – all 7 sessions, advance payment.


https://wisethoughts.org/moversshakers/

#WISEwords: A creative writing group for people to come together to write.
Open to all genres, whatever your focus is and whatever you want to write about. Facilitated by Catriona. LGBTQI+ friendly group.

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Wise Thoughts is a not-for-profit charitable organisation. Our aim is to create and deliver programmes and initiatives that support the most marginalised, vulnerable people in society.

We are dependent upon the generosity of our funders and donors to help achieve our shared goals. All financial and in-kind support, large or small, is welcomed.

Your contributions help to support our creative activities and community services.

Our initiatives aid community cohesion by building greater social awareness and creating positive social impacts.

Tower Bridge goes GIF

In this little post I have animated some photos using Adobe Photoshop. I think it is great little and simple technique which I will be using a lot in near future.

The original photos are mine and I am just having fun while animating it and making it less boring. I believe I will get better very soon and replace those with better ones than I am posting now.

By the way to capture Tower Bridge like this I had to shoot with f/22 on 30.0s I thought my camera is broken, because it took ages.

 

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I enjoy this GIF creation so much I have produced some more.

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Even this new one made using my own photograph.

Something about the bridge itself:

It took eight years, five major contractors and the relentless labour of 432 construction workers each day to build Tower Bridge.

Two massive piers were sunk into the river bed to support the construction and over 11,000 tons of steel provided the framework for the Towers and Walkways. This framework was clad in Cornish granite and Portland stone to protect the underlying steelwork and to give the Bridge a more pleasing appearance.

When it was built, Tower Bridge was the largest and most sophisticated bascule bridge ever completed (“bascule” comes from the French for “see-saw”). These bascules were operated by hydraulics, using steam to power the enormous pumping engines. blog 1The energy created was stored in six massive accumulators, as soon as power was required to lift the Bridge, it was always readily available. The accumulators fed the driving engines, which drove the bascules up and down. Despite the complexity of the system, the bascules only took about a minute to raise to their maximum angle of 86 degrees.

Today, the bascules are still operated by hydraulic power, but since 1976 they have been driven by oil and electricity rather than steam. The original pumping engines, accumulators and boilers are now exhibits within Tower Bridge’s Engine Rooms.

A huge challenge faced the City of London Corporation – how to build a bridge downstream from London Bridge without disrupting river traffic activities. To generate ideas, the “Special Bridge or Subway Committee” was formed in 1876, and opened the design for the new crossing to public competition.

Over 50 designs were submitted for consideration, some of which are on display at Tower Bridge. It wasn’t until October 1884 however, that Horace Jones, the City Architect, in collaboration with John Wolfe Barry, offered the chosen design for Tower Bridge as a solution.


Working on Tower bridge could be extremely dangerous, and the building project witnessed tragic fatalities. On 25 April 1888, 20-year-old Richard Bacon fell to his death in the caissons [large cases lowered into the Thames to build the piers]. His death certificate, coroner’s report and the notification for his funeral are still in the family’s possession – a poignant reminder of the often treacherous work involved in building the bridge.
The first known female employee at Tower Bridge was Hannah Griggs, who worked as a cook between 1911 and 1915. Griggs is one of the few women who worked at the bridge in the early years. Griggs2C20Hannah20cropped202-9ad24afWe know only two more women’s names from this early period, Laura Gass, a tracer [who did drawings and copies of drawings] and Alice Lilly Bode, a clerk. It may well be that both were attracted to the job because of existing family links to the bridge. It was a common occurrence among the bridge’s workforce to already have fathers, siblings or friends working here.

 

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The image above is my last attempt today. The original photo is taken on my iPhone from the Millennium Bridge coming home from Tate Modern.

I am sometimes so buried in my own head and my problems that I keep forgetting to look around. At this occasion luckily I didn’t otherwise I wouldn’t be able to capture this sunset.

While Daydreaming The Time is passing by : Double Exposure Cinemagraph

I am trying to expand my skill base. I have always liked the double exposure effect on the photos.

In  this case I went bit further and created cinemagraph. I have followed a tutorial on YouTube, but used my own photo plus I have downloaded a different video.

Down below I am adding my first one, but it is in black&white which wasn’t how I wanted it, but I made some mistakes during creation.