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The first signs of spring!

Okay, so it’s official – spring has sprung! No lambs or fluffy chicks in the city centre, but plenty of colour. Photojournalist Ben Rice went on the hunt …

Fingers crossed for warmer weather!

Follow Ben Rice at The Cardiff Tribune and Ben Rice Photography.

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Patterns of Cardiff, January 2016: a photo essay by Adam Chard

Designer / photographer / zombie lover Adam Chard is actually one of the co-founders of this site. Yes! Way back in 2010, on a quiet Friday afternoon, he and I hatched a plan to change Cardiff, the only way we knew how: BY THE POWER OF BLOGGING! Many of the wonderful portraits of Cardiffians that exist on this blog were taken by Adam.

These days, Adam can be found writing for the We Are Cardiff Press, doing artwork for Darkened Rooms, or hanging around Cardiff with his camera, taking pictures of everything. He took some dashed nice photos of the city (in between the rain) recently, so I took the opportunity to grab him for a quick Q&A too.

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Hi! My name’s Adam Chard and I work as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator under the name Croatoan. You might also see me at Chapter Arts Centre in Canton where I work a few days a week as part of the marketing team.

 

I bought my first camera shortly after Helia and I set up the We are Cardiff blog in the summer of 2010. We were both working at the National Assembly for Wales at the time and we had an idea about getting people to write about their experiences in Cardiff and taking photos of them in locations that mattered to them – by the time I got home from work that day Helia had
already set up the blog, so I knew I had to get started.
I bought a starter-level Nikon SLR and went out on a couple of shoots with the excellent Simon Ayre before taking the plunge on solo missions – having assignments helped me get to know my camera really quickly.
I really love capturing a split-second, un-posed moment, whether that’s a Tiger Bay Brawler in mid-air at the roller derby or a band member jumping into the crowd during a gig at Clwb Ifor Bach. I also love to go on little missions armed with a specific fixed-length lens, seeing what I can shoot with that enforced restriction.
This set of photos is the result of a wander round Cardiff on a pretty grey Monday. I’d just watched and loved the trailer for Ben Wheatley’s film adaptation of JG Ballard’s High Rise, which is what inspired the retro-futuristic shots of the tops of buildings around town.

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I work as a designer and it’s really good to be able to offer photography in with any graphic design work that requires it, but I love it as a hobby. It’s a great way of expressing yourself and your interests. As with a lot of my design and illustration work, I like brightly-coloured, eye-popping things and lots of
angular or geometric patterns in my photography.
This photoset of the Zombie Walk in Toronto in 2012 is probably the perfect storm of all of my interests!
I have a website for my design work at croatoandesign.co.uk – I post my photos on Flickr (Adam Chard: Flickr) and you can find me on Twitter at @croatoandesign.
See a set of my favourite photos on Flickr here: Adam Chard favourite Flickr pics.
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Thanks Adam! And see you all soon …

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Two more weeks in Cardiff – photography by Tom Beardshaw

Friend of the blog Tom Beardshaw has been manning our Instagram lens for the past two weeks – have a look at what he’s been up to throughout our city… and welcome new photographer for July!

Some more about Tom: he’s been a Cardiffian since 1996, when he arrived for a quick visit to a protest squat in Canton (anyone remember Yr Enfys?) and the van he was living in at the time broke down. Since being here, he’s work to strengthen children’s relationships with their fathers (he got Paternity Leave introduced into UK law in 2002 and founded www.dad.info) and more recently, he started the social media company NativeHQ, helping organisations like the National Assembly, National Theatre Wales and Arts Council Wales use social technologies effectively. Tom’s based in Roath with his teenage son, Cole, who lives with him for half the week and you’ll find him on Twitter here → @tombeardshaw and on Instagram here → @t0m5k.

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So that was all from Tom – and now I’d like to welcome Alex Feeney to take control of our photographs for the next month! Here’s a little intro from Alex…

 

Hello, I’m Alex. I live in Canton/Llandaff, depending on how posh I’m feeling, and I’m taking over the We Are Cardiff Instagram for the next month.

I’m a Cardiff migrant having moved here twice, despite not wanting to move here at all the first time round. Currently learning Welsh, badly.

By day I try to encourage people to get involved in the democratic process by having their say about the laws and policies which affect their everyday lives. By night I sleep.

Let’s be honest, there’s been a lot of Roath around here of late, which is lovely. There are very many lovely things to like about Roath.

But the ‘Diff is a bit bigger than that, so I’ll be (trying) to show some other stuff from my travels around the City. Either that or, when I get lazy, I’ll be regramming from my own feed over @ajfeen.

I like sleep but I don’t get any. Music, as long as it was released between 1982 and 1997. Sport, as long as I don’t have to pay to watch it. And social media, as long as you’re not expecting me to be all social about it. Hate being social.

I also hate the overuse of exclamation marks! I mean, what is that about?!!!!

Look forward to showing you my Cardiff for the next few weeks.

Al x
And remember, if you’d like to take control of the We Are Cardiff Instagram for a month, then give us a shout on wearecardiff@gmail.com. You don’t need to be a professional photographer, just someone with a camera-phone and a healthy enjoyment of exploring your local area!

Two weeks in Cardiff – photography by Tom Beardshaw

Friend of the blog Tom Beardshaw has been manning our Instagram lens for the past two weeks – have a look at what he’s been up to throughout our city…

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Do you know where any of the above pics were taken?

Some more about Tom: he’s been a Cardiffian since 1996, when he arrived for a quick visit to a protest squat in Canton (anyone remember Yr Enfys?) and the van he was living in at the time broke down. Since being here, he’s work to strengthen children’s relationships with their fathers (he got Paternity Leave introduced into UK law in 2002 and founded www.dad.info) and more recently, he started the social media company NativeHQ, helping organisations like the National Assembly, National Theatre Wales and Arts Council Wales use social technologies effectively. Tom’s based in Roath with his teenage son, Cole, who lives with him for half the week and you’ll find him on Twitter here → @tombeardshaw and on Instagram here → @t0m5k.

And remember, if you’d like to take control of the We Are Cardiff Instagram for a month, then give us a shout on wearecardiff@gmail.com. You don’t need to be a professional photographer, just someone with a camera-phone and a healthy enjoyment of exploring your local area!

Four weeks in Cardiff – photography by Pearl Thomas

Big thanks to our girl Pearl Thomas for taking over the We Are Cardiff Instagram throughout the month of May this year. Here’s a little bit about Pearl:

My name is Pearl Thomas and i’ve lived in Cardiff my whole life. I’m a 22 year old Photography student in Cardiff and Vale & i’ve been accepted to study Documentary Photography in Newport University in September.

Since starting course it has opened my eyes to different areas of art and photography that I have pursued. It has given me the knowledge to match my enthusiasm to create photographs and art work that I never thought I could.

Although Photography is a huge part of my life, my second passion is human rights. Which coincides with my photography. I like to explore neighbourhoods and communities in order to shed light on the way people live. I believe everyone deserves to live on this planet  and no other person is above anyone else. I believe we should all come together rather than pushing people away based on anything.

Apart from human rights and Photography, I enjoy music gigs and festivals as well as just relaxing with friends and family.

I hope you enjoy my photographs – take a look at my website:
http://pearl-thomas.wix.com/pearlthomasdocphot

Pearl got some great snaps from around the city. Do you know where any of the following were taken?

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Hope you enjoyed this month’s exploration on Instagram! For the month of June, we’ve Tom Beardshaw (long-time friend of the blog) taking snaps for us around the city. Here’s a little bit about Tom:

Tom’s been a Cardiffian since 1996, when he arrived for a quick visit to a protest squat in Canton (anyone remember Yr Enfys?) and the van he was living in at the time broke down. Since being here, he’s work to strengthen children’s relationships with their fathers (he got Paternity Leave introduced into UK law in 2002 and founded www.dad.info) and more recently, he started the social media company NativeHQ, helping organisations like the National Assembly, National Theatre Wales and Arts Council Wales use social technologies effectively. Tom’s based in Roath with his teenage son, Cole, who lives with him for half the week and you’ll find him on Twitter here → @tombeardshaw and on Instagram here → @t0m5k.

And remember, if you’d like to take control of the We Are Cardiff Instagram for a month, then give us a shout on wearecardiff@gmail.com. You don’t need to be a professional photographer, just someone with a camera-phone and a healthy enjoyment of exploring your local area!

Four weeks in Cardiff – street photography by Elizabeth Watt

Whoops – so, suddenly we’re halfway through May, and we haven’t even had a look at what our roving eye on the street, Elizabeth Watt, saw in the city through April!

Have a look below and see what Elizabeth came across. Do you recognise any of the locations?

Would YOU fancy being in charge of our instagram account during the month of June? If so, get in touch! wearecardiff@gmail.com. AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHERS – WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

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And don’t forget, if you fancy taking control of our lens for a month, get in touch wearecardiff@gmail.com

Two more weeks in Cardiff – photography by Rhian Richards and a new photographer for April!

And thus tomorrow begins April, and thus our Instagram photography project is handed over from Rhian Richards to our next Cardiff resident, Elizabeth Watt!

Many thanks to Rhian for doing such a tip top job in March. She has put up some gorgeous snaps of the city over the past two weeks – have a look at the places she went …

 

 

 

See more of Rhian’s photography out and about in Cardiff here: Two weeks in Cardiff – street photography by Rhian Richards.

Over the next month, Elizabeth Watt will be taking over the lens, so keep an eye on it …. We Are Cardiff Instagram! She’s written us a short biography of herself:

Libby is a 23 year old broadcasting production assistant, still kicking around Cardiff after moving in September ’09 for Uni. Five years, one Documentary Film & TV degree and several broken bones later, she’s played the Cardiff scene from student hood through to being a young professional.

One of her favourite city pastimes is spotting those embarking on ‘the walk of shame’, talking to the swans by Roath Lake and visiting independent cafes and bars. The city would be perfect, if it weren’t for the occasional pothole- which always conveniently appear when daring to wear heels, or running.

Determined to work through her ‘Cardiff Bucket List’- feel free to recommend places and things to do in Cardiff, @ElizabethMWatt!