Back in 2010 I decided it would be rather interesting to look back at something that many people probably don't even really notice - the header logo up ^ there. The header was something I liked to play about with, especially in the early days, with styles and colours changing almost every three months. Recently, I have been keeping the template as it is since probably 2009, which means that the general look of the site hasn’t changed much. I have modified the boxes on the right hand side of the page to include various things, but the site’s not had a major facelift in a long time. The headers are the only place where I get to express some artistic stuff on my own. But essentially, it’s also just an excuse to be pretentious, and I am not one to shy away from getting to be pretentious.
The biggest change in recent times has been to the image, which changed two weeks ago to the wintery one that you can see now (or below if you’re reading this in the future – hello!). I spent a lot of time working on them and getting a template right, and I am happy to talk about them now.
If you want to step far bar into time, you can see the other headers in the original Part I of this post by clicking here. It’s well worth a read.
As an aside, I have made more stylistic changes to my blog in recent times, like this and this. I think that’s more meaningful to me now.
Three Photo Series
In August 2011, when returning to the UK, I decided to change the style of the blog. It was probably the most significant change to the blog since the move away from the previous set of photos. I blogged about it here. But now, looking back, I think it was probably the best header series I’ve ever done – partly because, as I said, it was a pictoral “lyric headers” series, but also because it just seems like a really nice way to show off my life through images, and coupled with the text of the blog it feels more me than any before. I actually think that I’d like the revive this series, maybe in the summer of next year – but then you never know where your head will be then. I also added in here some major changes to the right hand side bar – the social link buttons were an inspired idea.
L-R - Aberdeen Beach, Umbrella in Galveston, Galveston beach
L-R - Some intense algebra at work, a high rise near my old flat, and Aberdeen train station
L-R - Bunny rabbits on my walk home in Dyce, my sister's old flat's close, and the River Dee in Aberdeen
L-R - Sunset over Aberdeen airport, Union Street looking west, and Aberdeen Links (with Connie and her Mother)
L-R - Wallpaper in Steven's flat, the view of flats and sunset on my street in Aberdeen, and a chuch on a walk home.
Widescreen Photo Series
I slowly modified what I was trying to do with the headers in the end, and they morphed into one big widescreen photo. The first new one was actually taken from the previous Three Photo. The widescreen photo brought my photography up front and centre and that was something I liked.
This is of a sunset outside my flat in Aberdeen.
This is of Skye, taken from just south of Applecross whilst hiking in April 2012.
This is of the North Sea, taken from Stonehaven beach.
Note: It’s probably surprising that there’s not a picture of Frank yet. Well, if you’re not on Twitter or Instagram (or you don’t follow me), here’s a hashtag for you.