Virginia Turbett Photography on Instagram

Early days for content but it will soon build. I cannot recommend this lady enough – esp. for Simple Minds content – but she has such an extensive catalogue of artists and bands she’s photographed. You name them, she’s probably photographed them!

Please check out her stuff 😊

Philippe Carly Photography

I would love to be in a position to buy quite a number of Carly’s prints but as the cheapest is as close to £200 as you can get (minus shipping)…well, it is unlikely.

Two at best – unless he offers a (considerable) discount for buying in bulk? I mean ten prints will be £2000! Yep…not sure I could ever justify that.

There are at least 15 I’d like from the page linked to alone! (And there are other sets of his to view.)

Of them all, the one below has some kind of mystical beauty to it for me. I get the impression Jim is still fighting feeling unwell in this image. He was sick at this particular gig…and I feel weirdly voyeuristic for knowing it. I mean, he doesn’t let it phase him, because he’s incredible and it was “just a gig” – as he said in a recent SMO post he’d say to himself – bravado central, trying to stave off the effects of the stage fright (and having got himself sloshed trying to suppress it in the first place and resultantly made himself even sicker).

If I can only get one Philippe Carly photo, it’ll be this one…

You can view the entire set of the New Bingley Hall, Stafford gig photoset by CLICKING HERE

New Year Print Giveaway

New Year competition?

Why not! And to enter, there’s nothing simpler! Just tell me your fave SM song! You’ll win a design of your fave song. And if by chance you already HAVE a print of your fave song…well, you can just take your pic of what you like! And if I haven’t made one for your fave song, I’ll make one for it.

I’ll pick 5 winners from across my social media platforms (and this blog) on Blue Monday (21st Jan, 2019) – because a bit of cheer will be needed by then, right?
Below is a sample of designs…
(You can also look at many other samples by using the blog search feature and seraching “lyric of the day”, “fan art” or “shrine art”)

 

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Changing Rooms

The walls (wardrobe doors actually…well, part of the display extends to the wall) may change, but the view won’t.

A move will happen sometime this year. And it is just so damn exciting but also very much an adventure into the unknown. To be looking into buying a property is something I thought would only ever happen due to a lottery win. It’s one of those things in my life that, on the rare occasion, I would let myself dream about but NEVER actually believe would ever be real.

But at some point (with luck!) this year we’ll move house, but not just moving elsewhere but BUYING the house! And not just moving house but moving to a new part of the country…or even into a new country entirely!

There are things to take with me. I don’t want to take a lot. I arrived here with a suitcase. Literally. That was it. A suitcase of clothes, and a few little portable trinkets. The majority of what I want to take with me I have only accumulated over the past few years…including these beautiful things.

As I say…the walls may change but the view won’t.

Priceless Prints

I am slowly building up a collection of Virginia Turbett prints, in varying ways, either via buying prints directly from Virginia herself, or by investing in a copy of a Hanging Around photo book featuring her work.

Below are the latest editions…

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Vintage hand print of Jim Kerr backstage at the Odeon Theatre, Edinburgh 27/8/1981

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Scanned print of Bruce Findlay at after show party post gig at Tiffany’s, Glasgow 19/11/1982

The print of Bruce will be a wondefully prized possession now the man himself has signed it.

And I only have about…ooh, maybe another 100 or so photos of Jim that I want to get. Lol. I have said to Virginia several times, and I am not lying when I say it…if I had the funds, I would buy every single photo of Simple Minds she’s ever taken.

I first saw this print of Jim when I visited Virginia in January. I just knew then that it HAD to be the next one I got. It’s taken a while…but at last! 🙂

*gushing lovesick fangirl moment approaching…look away now* He is beautiful!

If you are interested in buying prints from Virginia (seriously cannot recommend this lady’s work enough!) then visit: virginiaturbett.con

The final part of the set is the new Hanging Around photo book about to be released in the next couple of days of XTC on tour in New York City in 1980. Click on the image of the photo book to be taken to the Hanging Around site for purchasing details. Really looking forward to perusing the book.

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Virginia Turbett Prints To Buy At Moorland Mayhem Scooter Rally This Weekend!

A wonderful opportunity to buy some music memorabilia from the amazing Virginia Turbett. She’ll be selling vintage prints of mod and ska groups by the likes of The Jam, Madness, The Specials, Secret Affair, Chords and others. Check her Facebook page below for details. (Smartphone or mobile device optimal viewing)

The rally is taking place in Buckfastleigh – slap bang between the cities of Exeter and Plymouth. It’s a great opportunity to get yourself some truly wonderful photographic memorabilia. So if you live nearby, or can travel down, make the most of it!

Walk Between Worlds Giveaway

Giveaway time, peeps! Who’d like a print of a Walk Between Worlds track? I’ll pick three winners and you can have your choice of the title track, Barrowland Star, Summer, In Dreams or Silent Kiss. Just comment on the post with which print you’d want to have. (Or retweet if on Twitter)
Enter by 23.59 Monday evening. Winners announced Tuesday. Good luck!