2013 IN PICTURES – SEPTEMBER

The summer might have ended, but that wasn’t the end of my photo adventures.

My first weekend saw me having a football double bill, Northern Ireland’s World Cup Qualifier against Portugal, followed by Linfield’s trip to Ballyclare to take on Ards, my first ever trip to Dixon Park

The following weekend, was another first, my first trip to Old Trafford to see a David Moyes Manchester United game, against Crystal Palace.

The weekend after that, was Culture Night, then a trip to Ballinamallard to see Linfield, then back to Belfast in time for Manic Street Preachers.

The day after the Manics, I was headed to the Cathedral Quarter to see the new Street Art painted as part of Culture Night, now that the dust had settled.

In fact, there was so much Street Art, I missed some, and had to come back the following Saturday. Later that day, I went to see Linfield take on Coleraine.

To end the month, I headed to East Belfast to get some Street Art shots, the Newtownards Road also getting the same treatment as North Street on Culture Night

Northern Ireland v Portugal

Northern Ireland v Portugal Photo Album

Ards v Linfield

The Butcher

Manchester United v Crystal Palace

Manchester United v Crystal Palace Photo Album

Manchester

Culture Night Belfast 2013

Culture Night Belfast 2013 Photo Album

Ballinamallard United v Linfield

Manic Street Preachers Live At Ulster Hall

Manic Street Preachers Live At Ulster Hall Photo Album

North Street – A Culture Night Legacy

North Street – A Culture Night Legacy Photo Album

North Street – A Culture Night Legacy Part 2

Linfield v Coleraine

East Belfast Street Art

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2013 IN PICTURES – JUNE

There may have been no football, but June was still a busy month, with many photos.

At the start of the month, protest t-shirts began appearing on trees in Ormeau Park, and I saw Silhouette in concert at Stiff Kitten.

Meanwhile, I was out and about with my camera, and got some pics of Street Art and Graffiti near Lavery’s. There was even one in East Belfast declaring Eric Clapton’s divinity.

I also attended The Big IF, held at Botanic Gardens to coincide with the G8, where I got absolutely drenched watching Two Door Cinema Club do an Acoustic set. Not one of my more pleasurable photo adventures.

Meanwhile, on my travels, I saw Street Art in Lisburn urging people to love more, stencils of Norman Wisdom in Ballyclare, and attending Whitewash, a Street Art event in Portadown.

Belfast Randomness

Belfast Randomness Photo Album

Silhouette Live At Stiff Kitten Photo Album

Runaway Go Live At Stiff Kitten Photo Album

Eric Clapton and the G8

The Big IF

The Big IF Photo Album

Whitewash Portadown

Whitewash Portadown Photo Album

ARDS 1-3 LINFIELD 7.9.2013

Just under 18 hours after leaving Windsor Park, I was heading to another football match at a venue i’d never been to before …… Dixon Park in Ballyclare, to see Linfield take on Ards.

Strictly speaking, I had been past Dixon Park, i’d just never been to the ground for a match. Not going to lie, i’d been waiting for this game since the fixture list was announced, purely to visit another ground for the first time.

It was my third time for an “away” game against Ards, the other two being played in Bangor. I’d been to Castlereagh Park twice, to see Ards take on Sheffield Wednesday (friendly) and Auxerre (Inter Toto Cup)

Central location in the town, and able to stand behind whichever goal you wish. Not much to complain about off the field.

After a dreadful start, Linfield found themselves only four points off the top of the league, albeit in 10th due to a congested table where 8 teams were separated by 2 points. It goes without saying, that getting a winning run is vital.

Not getting into a winning run from the start, and falling so far behind cost Linfield, it’s important not to repeat that.

Linfield got off to a good start, when a Matthew Tipton run and cross was converted by Aaron Burns, back in the team after his red card last Saturday.

A routine win from there? Not quite. Ards got level soon after with a penalty and were deservedly level at half-time. Someone in the crowd summed it up perfectly when he shouted “Here, Linfield, you know the way Ards are playing football, maybe you should try that”

I wasn’t at the Warrenpoint game on Tuesday, but seemingly, it was similar today. Linfield got an early second-half goal and killed the game when in front.

There was no early second-half goal, and it showed.

For all the possession, Linfield never looked like getting a shot on goal, never mine and actual goal. Ards were comfortable at 1-1, hoping to try and nick a winner.

Eventually, with 20 minutes to go, Linfield went back in front when Matthew Tipton, on the verge of being subbed, headed home. Suddenly, the mood changed.

From there, there was only one winner, and an Aaron Burns header from a corner secured the points.

Even though Linfield won, there is a massive improvement needed in future weeks. Ironically, the performance in the 0-0 draw with Glentoran last week was far far better.

Four games unbeaten, climbing up the table. It looks good, but inreality, it was a hard watch today.

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WHITEWASH

I only discovered about this on Tuesday, but last night I was at Millennium Court Arts Centre in Portadown for Whitewash, a Street Art event.

The premise of the event is very simple, a lot like the Base Festival in Belfast a few years back, where a series of artists paint some Street Art from scratch, and a crowd watches, with some of the work being sold on, or kept on display.

The event took place in the courtyard of the venue, making the most of the brighter evening. The weather was kind (ie – it was dry)

It was my first time at this event. It started at 7pm, and I arrived at about 8.30pm, when most of the work was already well in progress. Next time I attend this event (there’s an event scheduled for Winter, no exact date has been set) i’ll turn up earlier so that I can really appreciate the process.

Managed to get some good photos, with the bright evening and ease of access to artwork helping.

Incidentally, I had spotted some interesting pieces on my travels across Northern Ireland recently.

The week before last, there was a great piece in Lisburn I spotted, and got pictures of, while last weekend in Ballyclare, there was stencils of Norman Wisdom.

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