Sunday 7 October 2012

A Day With Dad.

Hello happy readers!
What a lovely week I've had! I took a much needed break from work and went back to Malmesbury, England, for an indulgent week of home cooked food and (surprisingly) sunny days. Its been over a year since I last made the trip to England and was really the right moment for some quality time with my family.
One of my favourite days was spent with my dad.
Mum was at work and dad had taken the day off so we could hang out together. We were having a guys day out with our cameras down at the 'docks' in Bristol. My dad recently bought a new camera and I hadn't really used mine, so it was great fun playing around with them and trying to create some 'artsy' shots.
Normally full of colour, but today I decided to shoot in black and white. The docklands made for some interesting shots.

Taking pictures out in the fresh air made for some pretty hard work and before long we were both in need of refuelling. In true father and son style we grabbed a greasy egg and bacon butty and a hot mug of coffee from a little cafe. It reminded me of when I was younger and we would go out for the day on dads motorbike, we would always stop off at a road side cafe for a 'bacon sarny'.

Bristol had some very interesting parts. Even though I was born In Bristol it had been a very long time since I had visited these parts. Many things had changed, but it was really nice remembering some of the places I remembered from my childhood.

I enjoyed the docklands, but I also enjoyed walking around the city. I found looking at some of the street art and graffiti very interesting.
We came across one of the graffiti pieces by Banksy, Bristol's famous street artist.

I loved the idea of this street art. It was made by cleaning the dirt off of the buildings as opposed to adding paint. I like that idea and think that the stencils look pretty cool.


Once again we ended the day with talk over a comforting hot coffee. I loved what it said on the inside of the mug. Made me smile :-)


A lovely day out together. A time to catch up and put the world to right. I loved it!
I hope you're all having a lovely week?!
Matt xxx
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  1. O it's ever so cold here in England currently, especially for us northerner's! The street art in Bristol is awesome and more banksy's can be foun in and around London.
    Totally loving your blank and white pictures, hope you had an amazing week with your family.

  2. Love the photography and am glad you had a lovely time with your family. :) x

  3. Looks like you had a lovely time.
    Nice to see The Matthew under sail.

  4. Coincidences, I may have passed you, we live near Malmesbury and I have been up and down to Bristol like a yo yo this week. Lots of waiting around so I spent a lot of time crocheting in the car and youngest age 16 was mortified in case anyone saw me and thought I was odd and associated with her...she thinks I am odd! I am getting to know Bristol better so I need to search out the famous street art for myself. Great atmospheric photos, makes it seem olde worlde. Fiona

  5. I am glad you had a nice time with your family. Always nice to go home for a bit.

  6. Time with family is very special. Great pictures!!

  7. Muito legal isso, Matt!
    Fico feliz por você!
    E as fotografias ficaram ótimas!

    Fabiana / Brasil.

  8. you have a wonderful eye for beauty. your pictures look marvelous :-)

  9. Thanks so much for posting, Matt. I enjoyed your visit with your dad, too :) The views of the world around you that you shared are lovely, interesting and fun. I appreciate your gifted artistry. xx from Gracie

  10. The pictures are really cool but the greasy egg and bacon butty cinched it for me!!! Yum!! :-)

  11. what a cozy post you made! yea.. i know how it feels being back home and having home food, and being with parents... i also live far from them, so visit 1-2 times in a year, wish I could more. Have a nice week ahead, Matt! And God bless your family.

  12. Nice pictures,they made me smile! And good to read you had a great time with your family.

  13. Looks like a great day out. Love the photos especially the Banksy one. Really funny.

  14. Очень красивые фото, мне понравились!
    Very nice pictures!

  15. Love this on many levels. Firstly Bristol is where I spent my youth!! My folks live just the other side of Bristol and I'm only 40 miles from there. My son has spent many happy hours with his gramps around the docks.

    I love the black and white pictures and I'm so glad you had a lovely restful time.

  16. lovely pictures! B&W photography is always so magic for me.
    I've never been in Bristol before. But now, when I'm living in England I should visit this place. And I also love street art. There should be more places for that kind of art! Cheers :)

  17. Great photos - heirloom memories of your day with your dad.
    I'd love to see some Banksy art in real life. Here's our local version -
    And what about yarn bombing? Can't make up my mind.

  18. Hi Matt,

    So nice to read you are spending time off work, and with your family!
    What a great dad, taking time off for his son and bond some more, really great you guys!!
    Some family-vitamine is much needed in post-relationship-times...
    You photography is really great!! Love the black and white and my son, who's looking over my shoulder (9 years) is a train fanatic so,.. the favorite is choosen,... picture no. 3!
    (I love the art as well!!)...

    I live in Eindhoven (the Netherlands) and we have some pretty nice street art too!,.. watch for the Dutch Design Week !!! It begins soon! This is an event you should not miss.

    Kind regards,


  19. great photos you cant beat bacon butties with your dad and going down the docks..the liverpool docks are not far from the river

  20. Great photos! It's good that you've been able to spend some time with your family. Pleased you had good weather for your trip home too. xx

  21. You're so good with color ... and it turns out with black and white as well. Great photos!

  22. Hi Matt - what a lovely day with your Dad. Your photos are really atmospheric. I haven't been to Bristol for ages and ages.I grew up in South Wales and so Bristol was a fun day out on the train. When I move down to Devon, it'll be back on the cards for day trips again. Lily. xxx

  23. Hi Matt, so glad you had a great week back in the UK, sometimes it's just nice to spend time with family...simple moments with our mums and dads can really remind us of what's important in life.

    Fleur xx

  24. Muchas Gracias Por Compartir Tan Bellas fotos Y Tus Bellas Experiencia Con La Familia. Un Abrazo desde Puerto Rico. Dios Los Bendiga.


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