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11 Awesome Close Ups At Bristol Balloon Fiesta

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Glorious close ups of the Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Resident man on Bristol’s ground, Colin Moody was (like 499,999 other people this weekend) at the Bristol Balloon Fiesta capturing the best the balloons had to offer.

1. For some of us its the first time, for others they remember every event and come back proudly displaying their balloon badges. He might be on the ground but he was up there with them in spirit.

balloon fiesta

2. Its not just balloons, there were some great rides for the adrenalin seekers. This man waits for his turn to be flipped and spun.

balloon3. This is so Bristol. He’s up and away and wants to share that with the crowd who cheer in response. A sunbeam sees him on his way.
bristol balloon in the air

4. The sun never stopped shining on Saturday. Here it bursts through capturing a little of how epic this day was.

 

cameron balloon fiesta

5. The superb Power Rangers balloons were there, and what fun when hordes of Rangers burst out to entertain the crowd. Here on their way back the Blue Rangers are still looking out for evil. #RangersTakeFlight

power rangers balloon fiesta

6. Have you ever seen powered paragliders write a fish in the sky before?
balloon fiesta parachute7. Tom from Made In Bristol TV filmed everything. He now has a flat groove on that shoulder.

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 8. This is the point at which this balloon leaves the earth. The last hand is coming away and look how focused each member of the ground crew are. All eyes on a good ascent.
made in bristol balloon fiesta9. The three stages of balloon flight are – Inflated ready to go, Up and rising and Wheeeeee.
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10. I got into the basket and this lady helped hold it down. Her eyes were on fire.

balloon fiesta sunglasses

11. This GB balloon is making its way up and to the left. Makes you proud.

british balloon fiesta

9 shots of your choosing of the amazing Balloon Fiesta (seen by me) are available for £30. 30cm square prints are printed locally and can be ordered for just £30 and or in a frame for £65. To order just email me at colin@streetworksfilms.com.

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Colin Moody is one of the presenters of The Source on Made In Bristol TV, host for events charities and companies. On BCfm 93.2fm, iPad guru to Bristol’s elders, and a phenomenal Bristol photo blogger. Armed with his iPad, Colin takes glorious photos of Bristol, completely capturing Bristol’s essence.

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A Response To ‘Gentrification By Instagram’

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In response to Bristol 24/7 and Thomas Oxley: ‘Gentrification by Instagram’

First of all I should say to those that do not know me; I was part of the @igersBristol team for two years, so this article really was aimed at a lot of my friends and peers.

The reason this article will not be impartial isn’t because of my ties to those involved, but because it is a grossly unfair opinion piece with unfounded accusations, and it’s seemingly based on fuck all else but a desire to be controversial.

I really do love Bristol and the diversity of its people, their passions and their beliefs. What I’ll never stand for is someone telling anybody what they should, or should not create, capture, or share.

Bristol is a city that built a reputation on its creativity, and a community that supports each other. There is no room here for crab mentality, or negativity towards any other person’s craft.

I understand that most people don’t live in the pretty, colourful Bristol we see on Instagram and in the wider press. It’s not all ‘Sunday Times Best Place to Live’ shite, where you walk your kids to school without swearing at them, past colourful houses, through the park or along the river.

I understand this because I grew up on a council estate in East Bristol. I believe most of us had tough upbringings in a city that is rife with drug use, poverty, inequality and racial tension.

🎉 INSTAMEET NEWS! 🎉 • As part of our #igersloveGloucesterRoad campaign, we are hosting an Instameet in two weeks time! ———————————————– 📅 Saturday 25th February. • 🌍 – Brunswick Square, St. Paul’s. • ⏰ 13:00-16:00. ———————————————– We’re going to be weaving up Cheltenham/Gloucester Road, taking in some of Bristol’s most vibrant communities, including Montpellier, Bishopston, St. Andrews and Ashley Down. We’ll try and navigate via some great pieces of graffiti, lovely green spaces and stunning terraces! 🙌🏼 • If you haven’t really explored Gloucester Road before, this will be a great opportunity to acquaint yourself with the surrounding areas. If you love Gloucester Road, well then I don’t need to encourage you. 😅 • England aren’t playing in the Six Nations that day so I don’t want any excuses. 🤓🏉 ———————————————– Photo by our very own @richimal_bristol! ———————————————– Shared by @antimitch! 🤙🏼

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The mixed views of Bristol held by many, shouldn’t be grounds to curse those that choose to focus on either the good or the bad. If you want to “Make Bristol Shit Again”, crack on.

If you want to campaign and protest the injustices people in this city face, from the homeless, the refugees, the poor, the ethnic minorities. Please, please do.

Or if you’d prefer to shine a bright light onto the things that make Bristol such a fantastic city to live in, as many people do extremely well, then have a fucking field day as there’s lots to shout about.

@IGersBristol is a community of people that do the latter out of pure passion, immense pride and an unwavering attachment to Bristol. Building friendships, educating, and broadening minds along the way. To question the integrity of people you’ve never met is a lamentable act, for which you are being rightfully admonished.

I’m focusing on @IGersBristol, I’ll reiterate not because of personal bias, because in my opinion, they are the inspiration for a large amount of feature accounts in Bristol. The foundation of the account, community and hashtag is to shout about what you love, to share your Bristol.

A lot of folk’s favourite part of Bristol is indeed the floating harbour, not Withywood nor Knowle. Although, if you look a little deeper you’ll see there are plenty of other Instagrammers who strive to document the “real Bristol” that is claimed to be missing from social media.

You’d also have seen the meets and events arranged across BS1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10 and beyond. Events that took us way beyond “the square mile from the Suspension Bridge to the Arnolfini and from the Create Centre to the top of Park Street.”

I respect opinion pieces, and the conversations we have every day on social media and in the press, but myself and my peers cannot stand by in light of such vitriol.

Bristol’s “gentrifying” Instagram community have made it clear that no amount of hatred will stop us doing what we do, because we love it, and we love our home. Why don’t you join in sometime, Thomas? Everyone is welcome.

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The 20 Best Bristol Street Art Pieces Of 2017

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Best Bristol Street Art

It’s been another great year for the local street art scene. Here’s a list of some of the best art from 2017, some of it is still there to view and some has been replaced; all part of the natural evolution of the art form. We were treated to another stellar Upfest festival which is the biggest in Europe and in my opinion the best. Anyway, here is the list. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram (@streetartbristol) for many more photos from this year and fresh work as we make our way into 2018. Happy new year!

1. Paul Monsters (@paulmonsters) & Copyright (@copyrightart)

2. 3dom (@3dom22)

3dom street art

3. Liz C Illustration (@lizc_illustration)

liz c

4. Irony (@whoamirony) & Boe (@placee_boe)

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5. Kobra (@kobrastreetart)

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6. Voyder (@voyder) & 3dom (@3dom22)

voyder street art

7. Woskerski (@woskerski)

Woskerski street art

8. Kristx (@kristx_)

Kristx (@kristx_)

9. Aspire (@aspireartwork) & D7606 (@d7606)

aspire

10. N4T4 (@n_4_t_4)

n4t4

11. Dzia (@dzia)

dzia

12. Andrew Burns Colwill (@andrewburnscolwill

andrew burns street art

13. Lemak (@lemak_art)

lemak

14. Si2 (@hull_graffiti)

bin street art

15. Melike Painting (@melikepainting) & Nino Viegas (@nunovviegas)

melike painting

16. Bex Glover (@bexgloverart)

17. Unknown Artist

unknown street art

18. Cheo (@cheograff)

cheo

19. Louis Masai (@louismasai)

louis masai

20. Angus (@angusart85)

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Bristol’s Hidden Street Art Part 1

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Hidden street in Bristol: Shop Shutters

I used to think I kept fully up to speed with the urban art scene in Bristol and knew the majority of locations to find anything of interest. Then one day I went for my usual wander around Bedminster and realised this wasn’t totally the case. This did happen to be 8 o’clock on a Saturday morning so more importantly what the hell was I doing up and out at that time?! This was during the week before Upfest 2017 so I wanted to make sure I had photos of all the pieces soon to be lost.

All along North Street was art I hadn’t seen before; on shop shutters! I probably had seen a couple of them on a previous weekend wander but there were maybe 6 or 7 completely new to me, some more classical graffiti and some more so ‘street art’ by brilliant artists. This started a quest to walk around my usual graff/art spots of the city on weekends or after closing times to see what other art was waiting for me. Here’s is some of what I found.

1. Andy Council (@andycouncil) – North Street, Bedminster

andy council

2.  Dan Leo (@danleodesign) – Stokes Croft

dan leo

3. Sled One (@sledone) & Smak (@smaktown) – Moon Street, Stokes Croft

moon street art

4.  Ok so this one isn’t a shop shutter but still deserves a shout. By 3dom (@3dom22) in Brislington/St Annes

3dom street art

5. Alex Lucas aka Lucas Antics (@lucas_antics) at Stokes Croft Vintage Market

lucas antics

Alex has done more recent shutters on North Street that I don’t have a photo of (yet!) but it’s white butterflies on black background, go find it and tag your Instagram photo with #streetartbristol 👍🏻

6. Mayflower Chinese Restaurant near bus station, artist unknown

mayflower chinese restaurant

7. Mr Impossible by Loch Ness (@lochnessart) on North Street

8. Jamaican Diner, North Street. Artist unknown

jamican diner street art

9. One of my favourites on North Street is this one by Copyright (@copyrightart)

copyright street art

10. Lokey (@lokey_bristol) at North Street Standard

north street standard street art

11. The Bollywood Beauty Lounge on North Street

bollywood beauty lounge street art

12. Tamrakar on North Street

tambakra

13. SHAB (@s.h.a.b) at North Street Standard

shab

14. A few doors away from Hamilton House in Stokes Croft

oj street art

15. Dons Car Wash painted by Sepr (@sepr) in St Pauls

dons car wash

16. Another from Stokes Croft

17. Pete’s Barbers, West Street, Bedminster

petes barber

18. Vandal by Nick Walker (@nickwalker_art) on St George’s Road

vandal street art

19. Another Mr Men & Little Miss themed shutter from Upfest 2016

mr man

20. Bird is the word, one on North Street…for a change 😏

bird street art

That’s it for this article, part two of the list will be coming your way in the near future. If you enjoyed this please come and follow us on Instagram and tag your Bristol street art pics with our hashtag. Thanks for reading.

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