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Mashups And Montages

23 Oct

Midcentury mash-up

Mid-century Mashup



A collection of digitally enhanced images, created using various apps, from photos taken on my iPhone SE and processed in Instagram, then up-pixellated using the iResize app on my Mac Pro.


I present them in no particular order.  They have, however, all been created within the last three years. If you see a hypertexted title, it means there’s an original song by your’s truly, or my alter-ego Thom Topham, for you to have a listen to.

Giant DogRS

Giant Jack Russell



Lightbulb MomentRS

Lightbulb Moment



Urban Fall

Urban Fall


Thought Bubbles

Thought Bubbles


Canal Sunsets

Canal Sunsets



Honeycombe Holiday

Honeycombe Holiday


Eternal Flame

Eternal Flame


Hope and fabric roll mashupaw

Hope And Fabric

The A Team

The A Team


Just Be You TifulRS

Just Be You Tiful


Lily Rose Shard

Lily Rose Shard


Most- Poderm Mashup Nov 15thMU



Self Pixtrait

Self Pixtrait







Retro Graphic MashupRS






Rotunda Flower

Flowering Rotunda


The Windmills Of My Mind

The Windmills Of My Mind



City Scopes

City Scopes


Soho Light

Soho Lights And Sights


Patterns Of Xavier

Patterns Of Xavier


Whistable Wonders

Whitstable Wonders



Olympic park

Olympic Park



Hello Habibi

Hello Habibi




Abdul Leaf It Out

Leaf It Out



Tales Of The City

Trails Of The City



Industrial BouquetRS

Industrial Bouquet



Black Dog Kiss Meaw

Black Dog


Allies And Alleysaw

Allies and Alleys




Serge In The South MashupRS

Serge In The South




Bouguet Of Barbed Wire

Bouquet Of Barbed Wire




Shard GardensRS

Shard Gardens





Swimming In Wine

Swimming In Wine


Brutalism And Bouquets


Brutalism And Bouquets


The Lady InBlack Alleyaw

The Lady In Black Alley


Carnaby Christmas Lights Mashupaw

Shining Star (a time of love)



Eyelights fused with autumn tree

Autumn Eyelights


Floating GardenRS

Floating Garden



Hook Line And Sinker. !. 9. 16jpgss

Hooks, Lines And Sinkers

A train Runs Through ItRS

A Train Runs Through It




Yes. Oct 9th 2017

The Keeper Of The KeysOh My God





Will PillsRS






Floral StreetRS

Floral Street





The Waiting Womb Of Paddington Bare

The Waiting Womb



Urban SplashRS

Urban Splash




Junction Conjunction



B1. Sky Faces

Blue Sky Thinking




Beauty - Polignano a Mare mashup

Beauty And The Beach



City In In The Sunset SkyRS

Watching The Lights





C1. Floating ByRS

Floating By




Cabbage Patch Doll

Cabbage Patch Doll

CU (Creartive Union)

Creative Union


Crossing The RubiconRS

Crossing The Rubicon




D1. Star Burger Stars

Starburger Stars



Fating For The WallRS

Fating For The Wall

The Harlesden HustleRS

The Harlesden Hustle



High And Dry

Flowerdots2. 30.1.17IS





Abdul Leaf It Out

Leaf It Out



Tales Of The City

Trails of The City







Flowerdotstoo. 30.1.17IS

Flowerdots Too




Flowers In The Alleyig

Flowers In The Alley





Flowershop mashup collage. 30.1.17 IS

Floral Tribute




Flowershopdotcom. 30.1.17IS

Flowershop Dot Com




Justice TowerRS

Justice For Grenfell






NCY Flower MontageRS

Flower N’ Power




Michael In MashupRS

Michael Mashup



Orchids And CyclistRS

Orchids And Cyclist




Mixed-up MediaRS

Mixed (up) Media





Purple rein collageRS

Purple Reign





T. Mashup 1RS

Here In Harlesden






Old Oak Lane Exit MashupRS

Old Oak Lane Exit




Amy's Empty Winehousess




Autumn Circles Fallingss

Autumn Circles Falling




Cross Dressing








Flower In The Atticss

Flower In The Attic




Me Myself And Iss

Me Myself And I




Nana Dot Com Tooss

Nana Dot Com







Seasonal Cycles. 11.9.16ss

Seasonal Cycles







Street Life



The Sky's The LimitRS

The Sky’s The Limit







Tower Of flowersRS

Tower Of Flowers





V. Mashup 3RS

Women Passing by






W. Mashup 4RS

Men Passing By





X. Pixel painting 2RS

Pixel Painting








Y. Melded MashupRS

Melded Montage





Z. Walking On Water

Walking On Water




All images © Steve Swindells. All rights reserved. October 2017.





2014 Revisted Via My Old iPhone 4S (which died). Part 1.

28 Aug

The title speaks for itself.

This is most definitely a photo blog, but I will probably feel moved to comment on pics in passing.

I’m writing this in the early house Bank Holiday Monday in N.W London. The stragglers from Carnival are still dribbling by on this sultry, late summer night. I just had a joint on the balcony, accompanied by a V&T. So I’m feeling creative, having just up-pixellated (I think I invented that word) all these pics using the iResize App.

2014 was an interesting year. In August, I’d literally moved-up-in-the-world (to an even better loft apartment in the same complex but one floor up!) and had a brief but wonderful autumn holiday in Barcelona with my mum (aged 86 at the time), Mike, Sylvie and Thibault Swindells, and my teen nephew Leon Bahar. I also released my pretty-damn-rocky album The Hanging Baskets Of Babylon (why not click to listen to it, as you peruse the pics?), which is available to stream and download on all the usual digital suspects. Most of it is collaborative,  with some cool high-caliber American musicians: Jay Tausig, Ralf Lenz and former Captain Beefheart (yes really!) drummer Robert Williams, amongst others.

I’m just going to post the photos in the order that they appear in the desktop file.

10. Sainsbury's homebase, Finchley roadRS



Abandoned Morrocan PouffeRS.jpg

Abandoned Morrocan Pouf


Grand Union Canal Towpath, Harlesden.

Allotment ArtichokeRS

Allotment Artichokes



Arches - Parc El Clot, BarcaRS



Parc Del Clot, Barcelona.


Autumn glory - Roundwood ParkRS

Autumn Glory


Roundwood Park, Harlesden.


B4 it's BegunRS

B4 It’s Begun


Elephant and Castle.  These bleak and strangely evocative subways no longer exist.


Barcelona From Parc GuelRS

Park Guell


The view of Barcelona from Gaudi’s surreal,  pleasure garden is quite breathtaking. You can see the scaffolding around the towers of his ever-evolving masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia, in the centre of the pic. It looks like the great man also invented ‘upcycling’ with his imaginative and creative re-use of broken crockery.  Mind you, he probably broke it on purpose.


Barcelona MarinaRS

Marina Marinara



Barcelona Metro StationRS

Metro Windows





Barcelona is full of architectural and visual contrasts and surprises at every corner. It’s such a great walking city too. And there are cable cars, a funicular railway and even escalators (up to Park Guell) to help with the hills.


Billy Fury wayRS

Billy Fury Way


I find this so evocative. It’s over the road from West Hampstead Overground Station.


Canal Wharf. JPGRS



Grand Union canal. Harlesden.


Cat And Tiger Bike. NCYRS

Hidden Tiger, Surpised Cat


I found the kid’s tiger bike in the street. I thought one of my neighbour’s children would appreciate its retro, wooden charms. JJ, my wonderful cat (he passed earlier this year aged 19) looked somewhat taken aback by this territorial intruder.


Cawsand BayRS

Lemon Grey Horizon

Cawsand Bay, Cornwall.

Chiswick Mall SunsetRS

Chiswick Mall Sunset



Cool Venue, Hackney WickRS

Hipster Hangout, Hackney Wick



Damnation Alley, West HampsteadRS

Damnation Alley

West Hampstead.



Derelict 50s Building, Hammersmith BridgeRS

Derelict Sunset Reflection

A beautiful 50s block overlooking Hammersmith Bridge which has since been demolished (criminal!) to make way for yet more tiny, anodine, dreary unaffordable apartments (with river views) and no architectural merit whatsover.


Dining Afloat Alfresco. BathRS

Alfresco Dining Afloat


What a cool invention – that’s the first time I’ve seen such a sliding/canvas roof thing! Sydney Gardens, Bath.


Diversity At summer Rites, Tobacco DockRS



Summer Rites.  Tobacco Dock.



Ella Ella TooRS.jpg

Ella Ella Ey




End Less. SohoRS

End Less





Film Crew. Poundstretcher HarlsdenRS



A TV interview with… a homeless woman? A drug abuser? Or maybe both. Outside Poundstretcher in Harlesden.


Fox In The Hood. ladbroke GroveRS

You lookin’ at ME?

A fox in a derelict site by the canal at Ladbroke Grove.


Framed landscape. BathRS

You’ve Been Framed

The view from Mike and Sylvie Swindells’ terrace in Larkhall, Bath. Thom Topham is my Bowie-esque alter-ego.  Double album coming soon.



Gaudi's Park Guel GatehouseRS

Park Guell Gatehouse




Happy Selfie. SS & LexRS

Happy Daze


Me and Lex on holiday in Kingsand, Cornwall in May 2014.

All photos © Steve Swindells.  Part 11 coming soon.



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