The Olympic Torch is in Wales at the moment on its journey around the UK. It arrived in Aberystwyth yesterday evening and this morning headed off on its way to Bangor where it is spending tonight. I live a little north of Aberystwyth so it was wonderful this morning to see the torch taking the route I use every time I go into town. I went to see the torch in Tre-Taliesin, watching its final leg before it was transported by coach to Machynlleth.
This lady was the torch bearer:
According to the website she is Caroline Orrells from Newton, her bio is here. The rest of the photos I took are on my Flickr here.
It was very quiet where I watched it compared with some of the images I’ve seen, but for me it was no less impressive. I’ve been looking forward to the Olympics coming to the UK for ages now, and seeing the torch for real was I think the thing that really brought it home to me that it’s really happening. I loved as well knowing that my parents and some friends have already watched the torch go past, and more family members and friends will see it in the weeks to come – we’re all scattered across England and Wales, but we’re all sharing this experience.
It is no secret that I love photography. Or that I love tattoos. Or sports movies. Or Tom Hardy. So when I first read about this book I knew that I was going to be a must have for me.
The Men of Warrior is a coffee table photo book featuring some of the men who appear in the upcoming film Warrior. I’ve been pretty excited about this film for some time, it first crossed my radar because it stars Tom Hardy, one of my favourite actors. The film is about two estranged brothers, played by Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton, who both turn to MMA (mixed martial arts) for their own reasons and end up on a collision force to fight each other.
The book features the photography of Tim Palen, Lionsgate’s President of Theatrical Marketing. He photographed Hardy, Edgerton and three MMA fighters who appear in the film, he manages to capture each one perfectly. I flicked quickly through the book when I first got it out of the packaging and knew I needed to spend some time really looking properly at it. There are photographs that capture tiny moments, looking at them you feel like you know exactly what is going through the character’s mind.
These are just a few of the pictures that I instantly loved, they are just my phone pics which don’t remotely do them justice – the book really needs to be seen for real. I know I’m going to be coming back to this book time and time again, and I know that each time I’m going to be seeing things I never noticed before. My anticipation levels for the film are now higher than ever, I can’t wait to see it.