Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Bob's Slovakian Exposure

A few months ago bob was invited to Slovakia to put on an exhibition in a bus station! The idea came from a member of the bob community who had already done some really cool stuff for the project: a link up with Maximus beats, spreading the word of bob on his blog and of course amazing photos! So we were excited to see what he had in mind, so much so that we decided to see for ourselves. Having shipped half of the contents of our studio to slovakia we promplty sent ourselves! (ryan air was as close to envelope travel as we could get!)
On arrival at the Bratislava airport we were squeezed onto a bus meaning that within 30 seconds of being in slovakia I had already hugged a Slovakian man and sat on a slovakian lady! Luckily the bus journey only lasted another 30 seconds taking us only about 8 meters closer to the terminal, strange...We came out of the arrivals gate and amongst the taxi drivers holding name boards was one man grinning widely and waving a bob, Julo! After a quick drive through Bratislava we arrived at Zuzanas' huge flat for a dinner party. At this point I was already getting the feeling that our hosts were a lot more organised than we were! The food was amazing and we spent some time swapping hugely sweeping generalisations about our respective countries. As a slightly drunk self appointed ambassador of the UK I feel I concisely summed up the whole country fairly well! Next on the bill was an amazing band and we were all given wine bottles with beans in them; as I struggled to grasp this strange local delicacy Jake and Bob joined the band, of course, they were rattles! A rattling frenzy ensued (Also Jonny fox's solo on the Jew's harp deserves special mention...amazing).

The next day we met Matej at the lomography embassy in Bratislava and had our first look at the Lomokino. We enjoyed our lunch in the restaurant carrage of the train to Topoľčany, there is something so great about dining on a train. Having only ever eaten a sandwich on a bus in the past I felt that I was finally moving up in the world! Topoľčany was beautiful and we spent the day watching Julo and Zuzana organising everything. Then it was time to meet the mayor before being whisked away to Zuzana's parents' house in the mountains, wow!

Friday the big day. We spent the morning running workshops with local schools. Lomography donated a box full of cameras and film so the students and bob went wild with analogue cameras! At lunch we narrowly avoided eating a milk and egg soup, thanks Zuzana! The evening was amazing. Julo and Zuzana run Nástupište 1-12 which is a huge multi media exhibition space in a bus station underpass. You wouldn't be able to organise something like this in England in a million years! Imagine walking into a London subway to find a four piece band playing, wine, beer and goulash being served, analogue cameras everywhere you look....oh and about 200 people happily waving their very own Bobs! fantastic!

Bob loves you slovakia!!!

More photos

Thursday, 6 October 2011

So we were busy at bob HQ preparing more of bob's adventures when a country gentleman appeared in the door way. "fancy coming to a ploughing contest?" he muttered furtively. I was a little dubious but Jake was already sucking on some straw and bob seemed to be practicing his jaunty walk. so off we went to the Crowborough district ploughing championships! i know what your thinking, how can the churning of soil be anything of interest for two Lomo crackpots and a cardboard man? well it wasn't just ploughing! oh no there was also an incredible array of scarecrows (the badger with a syringe was my favourite!) a dog show and a vegetable sculpture competition (bobs purist entry of a completely unmodified hazelnut went down very badly!) Here are the photos!

Friday, 2 September 2011

Notting Hill Carnival!!

After quite a quiet weekend of relaxing in his envelope and planning his next video adventure bob decided to end his bank holiday with some excitement! the biggest street carnival in Europe sounded pretty good so we took all the photographic equipment we could carry and looking like a pair of eclectic camera stands we squeezed onto the tube. even bob, a man used to traveling in an envelope, felt a bit claustrophobic in there!

Everyone seemed a bit confused at Notting Hill Gate but bob followed a trail of empty pineapple and coconut juice cartons all the way to centre of the carnival! bob has seen a lot of things on his travels but he has never seen a huge Jesus made of disco balls! until now!!! in fact bob thought he had seen it all before he visited Notting hill!
The precession was amazing, but bob is pretty small and struggled to get to the front. we where determined though so we chased it!! if you haven't tried running through a crowd with two cameras around your neck a spinner 360 in one hand and bob and an xa 2 in the other while Jake chases you with his "50s Bakelite selection!" i don't recommend it!

Feeling a little flustered we caught the parade and bob pushed to the front! as soon as he made it through the crowd bob started to make friends and even managed to get in with the dancers. There was some incredible dancing to be seen and if bob had eyebrows they would certainly have been raised a few times!

Bob definitely recommends the Notting Hill Carnival to any one!

Friday, 29 July 2011

Gillian Mcleod and her peg leg bob!!

Bob is great!
He comes everywhere with me… work (he bought a cell phone from me & joined me
in training) school (he helps keep me focused and inspires
me to do art) church (he’s been in the choir, played the
organ, and preached)
...and most importantly he accompanies
me on my photo journeys (he made his
own pinhole camera and has his very
own Diana extreme mini)
He loves to wander.

He’s been to the beach where he made a sand castle, took photos, and got buried in the sand (he wanted to be a mermaid). Oh, and he’s been bowling; he almost got flattened by a bowling ball but moved just in time. Bob also met some friends on roof in downtown Kitchener, ON.

Bob is a great conversation starter and a great way to make friends. Bob is also a crowd stopper! One of Bob’s most exciting excursions was to the Multicultural festival where he was carried around in his own side saddle on my dog Theo; everyone wanted to know what the carrier was for and who Bob was!

Bob helped hand out water to passers by, then he met the ice cream lady, had a drink at the water station, watched the multicultural dancing and singing, had some meat, and met a parrot! It was amazing he was able to hold on for so long considering Bob had lost a foot a couple weeks back in a hip-waders mishap. But the best thing of all was that Bob got fixed up! The paramedics were very attentive to all his needs. They checked his breathing and gave him oxygen, checked his pulse, and splintered his one leg.

I am proud to say I am the owner of the one and only Peg-leg Bob!

Bob is well lived,
and well loved.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Bob goes Glamping!

It has been pretty busy here at bob HQ so we decided to take bob on a relaxing holiday to the lake district, you know the usual: mountaineering, camping in a yurt, undercooked meats, enough sweets to kill a diabetic horse and enough alcohol to kill a perfectly healthy horse! We also paddled our way across a lake but bob and the cameras were both kept well away from the water due to a rocky previous relationship! Perhaps a water proof bob and camera would make a good adventure some day, but not today.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Bob's fishing adventure!

How many times have you thought to yourself “if only I could get a photo of bob up there!” Well we have thought that, a lot. So we got our hands on a fishing rod and a video camera this week and bob was keen to explore the incredible potential of both! First we needed to perfect the look, 1 cheap hat 5 flies and a stolen gillet later we were ready to go! Bob needed a little extra weight so we tied him to a bag full of nuts and bolts and fired him into the nearest tree, over a telegraph pole, into fields and through a basket ball hoop! There is a lot more fun to be had with bob’s fishing rod so we will be uploading more photos soon. If you have a fishing rod and a cheap hat have a go; we would love to see the results!

Please let us know if you like the video as we intend to make more..... All feedback welcome!

Monday, 4 July 2011

The Word of bob competition!

The word of bob has been said and heard across the globe!! thanks everyone for taking part. Keep your eyes open for more competitions coming soon!!

Monday, 6 June 2011

Dr boblittle's animal kingdom!!

Congratulations Abdan Sirait! Bob's Animal Kingdom competition is over and you won! over three weeks bob made friends with 7 cats, 2 dogs, 1 rabbit, 2 goats,1 horse, 1 cow, 1 pig, 1 sheep, 1 crab, 2 fish and a bearded dragon!! thanks to everone who took part! you are so cool!

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Bob's Revlon Run with Halle Berry! by Danielle Dillahunt Elkin

Bob, being a civic minded and big-hearted guy INSISTED on doing the EIF Revlon Run/Walk For Women in Los Angeles CA on 5/7/2011. Well okay, he looked at the flyer and saw that Halle Berry was going to be there. I'm not saying that's why he was so keen to go, I'm just saying . . .

Bob shows up a the Revlon Walk/Run for Women and sees Halle Berry on the big screen as she warms up the crowd (yes, he is in the right place)

Bob has a long walk ahead of him so before the walk so he finds some ballons to munch on

After the balloon breakfast Bob makes fast friends with a group of girls in pink wigs

The walk begins (and Halle awaits on the bridge ahead)

Bob keeping pace with the crowd wishing he had a pink pom pom

This is where Bob gets to see Halle Berry but she is actually behind him on the bridge (move it Bob!)

Bob moved out of the way so I could take this photo of Halle Berry is (she is the one in the pink wig--honest, just ask Bob)

Revved up after seeing Halle, Bob completes the Revlon 5k Run/Walk for Women and proudly displays the medal he earned for finishing

Bob stays to dance at the after party in the LA Coliseum

By Danielle Dillahunt Elkin

Monday, 9 May 2011

.................................Bob's party is over!!

so bob's first competition is over, he has been partying all over the globe now its time to rest and nurse a sore cardboard head! thanks to all who entered your photos were great and bob had an
amazing time!

We are off to make Sandy's T-shirt and plan more competitions!

Friday, 6 May 2011

Bob’s Adventure in Appalachia, USA By Denise Stewart-Sanabria

It’s another bitterly cold winter evening in East Tennessee.
Bob heads down to Knoxville on a snowy Saturday night, looking for love. Lots of pretty girls downtown are out on the sidewalks. They ignore Bob. Why is it always this way? They treat him as if he has no more personality than if he were just a mere cardboard cutout.

Feeling rejected, Bob heads up Rt. 75 N the next morning, hoping that maybe if he pays he can get some action. Wrong. The strip joints are closed. It is Sunday.

Bob gets a sign that he might be heading the wrong way. He heads for the river, his mind in turmoil.

Should he end it all? He decides against it. That water looked freezing, and he’s wearing his new shoes.

Bob keeps walking-he has to! His leg is just cut that way. He finds himself deep in the wilderness. Perhaps he should just live in a cave.

Could he survive here living like a Paleolithic hunter?

Not likely. A giant icicle knocks Bob down and nearly kills him. Luckily, his corrugated strength saves him, and he rights himself, barely bent.

Bob decides he'll make another go of it, and heads back to Knoxville. Maybe if he takes his hands out of his pockets and looks up once in a while people won't think he's totally flat and one-sided. Could he work at being a bit more complex? He might never be semi-gloss, but anything would be better than matte. Maybe he just needs to soak up a good latte.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Anna Zachou's bob story!

You think that Bob is a dull boring guy? Well not my Bob!

My Bob is a charmer. When he enters a room he becomes the center of attention. Even ppl who are shy with cameras they want a picture with him and they keep on asking about him even on days he feels he needs to spend sometime alone away from lights.

I dont know what is the story behind Bob. He never shares. But it doesn't matter. The only thing that matters is to go to new places meet new ppl take fresh shots. No he is not arrogant he is just thirsty to continue his trip to see and learn more and who knows maybe feel something one day. I'm just happy i was part of it.

Thank you Bob.

have a look at the rest of Anna's Photos here!

Monday, 25 April 2011


Ok bobographers the first bob competition is here!! bob is looking for excitement, friends and fun!! and we want to see the pictures! So the subject for bob's competition is: PARTY. Dance floor, house party or perhaps just an intellectual chat over a fancy dinner bob is not fussy!

To enter: post your best pic (just one per person please) on the bob's PARTY competition events page. So just like a real party this is a popularity contest, get your friends, acquaintances even your mum to like your photo; the most liked over a two week period wins! simple.

This is a competition so what's the prize I hear you call. Well bobographers your in for a treat, not only will the winning image be posted in it's own gold gilt frame on our blog but the winner will be the proud recipient of a one of a kind bob PARTY competition T-shirt!! Utterly unique!! Plus there will be some bonus sweets a.k.a candy and the inevitable kudos that comes from being a HYSB competition winner.

Click here to go to the competition page!!

Good luck all!