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Leigh Spencer leighspencer

Graphic Design & Video Editing

Leigh Spencer is a Leicester based freelance Graphic Designer, Photographer and Video producer. He currently runs a successful ongoing social media campaign for the Leicester based charity Menphys, merging social media with the charity's more traditional fund-raising methods and creating a brand image for the charity to use across all public facing media.
He has also completed a variety of print and new media based projects for a number of clients these have included work for The Leicester Riders Basketball Team, Menphys (Charity), Leicester Lions RFC, and a variety of promotional projects for special events including social media, logo design, branding, posters, invitations, clothing and other promotional products.

Location: Narborough, Leicestershire, UK

Website: leigh984.blogspot.com

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leighspencer blogged Giro D'Italia Grand Start Belfast

Giro D'Italia Grand Start Belfast

I travelled to Belfast for the Grande Partenza or (big start) of the Giro D'Italia pro cycle race. Featuring several well known cycling teams the three-week long Giro takes place primarily in Italy, but since 1996, the Grande Partenza has been hosted outside the country.

The race route takes in several locations around Belfast including Stormont and the Titanic Quarter home of the famous ship.

My film joins the teams as they race along the streets of Belfast past buildings, fences, trees an..

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leighspencer blogged Fosse Park Bluebells

Fosse Park Bluebells

A Bluebell wood near the Osiers Bridge motorway junction at Fosse Park Leicester is surrounded by busy roads on all sides.

This hidden oasis of calm comes alive in the spring when hundreds of Bluebells create a carpet of blue and bees flit from flower to flower in the sunshine, the vast sea of blue is broken only by the occasional bright yellow dandelion and small rabbits hopping quickly in and out of the cover of the tall flowers.

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leighspencer added a video Fosse Park Bluebells

Fosse Park Bluebells
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leighspencer blogged Leicestershire Family Voice Family Fun Day Poster

Leicestershire Family Voice Family Fun Day Poster

Poster designed for the Leicestershire Family Voice Family Fun Day that runs alongside the Menphys walk the poster needed to reflect the family nature of the event whilst at the same time have a visual tie to the walk poster in its layout.

The pastel colour palette is taken from the Leicestershire Family Voice logo.

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leighspencer blogged Menphys Curry Evening Poster 2014

Menphys Curry Evening Poster 2014

A poster designed by me for the annual Charity Curry Evening held at the Cuisine Of India restaurant by Leicester charity Menphys, the poster uses a rich orange and purple colour scheme and mixes patterns similar to those used in Rangoli and Henna patterns with a star burst background giving a Bollywood vibe to the poster as a whole.

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leighspencer blogged Paris-Roubaix Pro-Cycle Race 2014

Paris-Roubaix Pro-Cycle Race 2014

I visited northern France for the annual Paris-Roubaix Pro-Cycling race.

The one day race is famous for rough terrain and cobblestones and is one of the 'Monuments' or classics of the European calendar.

The race also known as Hell of the North and a Sunday in Hell began in 1896 is one of cycling's oldest races.

My short film features action from several dusty stages of the race in the towns of Inchy, Hornaing and at the Moulin De Vertain.

Also keep a look out for a TGV train.

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leighspencer blogged The Statfold Barn Railway

The Statfold Barn Railway

 

I visited the Statfold Barn Railway an extensive multi-gauge private railway near Tamworth in Staffordshire, England.

The railway is home to an extensive collection of historic steam, diesel and electric locomotives from Britain and overseas, although not open to the public the railway holds regular open days allowing those interested to apply for an invitation to visit the railway to both see and ride on the various engines.

My short film joins the many engines and their drive..

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leighspencer added a video Statfold Barn Railway

Statfold Barn Railway
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leighspencer blogged Seasons: Springtime

Seasons: Springtime

Daffodils are appearing and spring has sprung in Leicestershire my latest film part of my Seasons series looks at the early signs of spring appearing around the Leicestershire countryside from Pink blossom to Catkins the countryside is waking up after a long winter.

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leighspencer added a video Seasons: Springtime

Seasons: Springtime
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leighspencer blogged GCR Model Event Poster

GCR Model Event Poster

Designed for the Great Central Railway Model Event my poster features a hand placing an steam engine onto tracks to highlight the fact that this event features model engines.

The poster uses a flat design that evokes the railway posters of the past whilst retaining a modern layout allowing the poster to fit in with the heritage theme of the railway but not look antiquated in more modern settings.

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leighspencer blogged The Island Race - Anglesey Half Marathon

The Island Race - Anglesey Half Marathon

The Island Race - Anglesey Half Marathon takes place in North Wales and starts on the Menai Suspension Bridge which runners cross before following a 13.10 Mile coastal road route to Beaumaris Castle and back. My video features the pre-race atmosphere at the start line, the race itself and some coverage of the beginning of the route before ending at the finish line in the town of Menai Bridge as the runners complete the race.

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leighspencer blogged Great Central Railway Mixed Traffic Weekend

To welcome engine 92214 to its permanent residence at the Great Central Railway the heritage line held a 'mixed traffic weekend' featuring various engines running alongside the new acquisition.

My video features the new locomotive as it travels between Loughborough and Rothley before continuing further down the line.

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leighspencer blogged Rood Ashton Hall Through Narborough Station

On a cold, wet and windy Valentines evening in February 2014 the small mainline station of Narborough was visited by steam locomotive Rood Ashton Hall.

My film features the "calm before the storm" on the station before the engine powers through at full speed surrounded by steam and blowing its whistle illuminated only by the yellow glow of the station lights.

Once the engine has passed all is as before with no trace of the engine that has just passed.

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leighspencer blogged Great Central Railway - Real Ale Train Event Poster

Great Central Railway - Real Ale Train Event Poster

Designed for the Great Central Railways Real Ale Train event my poster takes inspiration from the railway posters created during the golden age of steam in the early 20th century and uses a flat design style to form the image of a steam train emerging from a tunnel shaped like a bottle. continuing the theme the steam from the engine forms into bubbles as they reach the neck of the bottle.

As the engine emerges from the dark bottle-tunnel its beams illuminate the event information on the left of t..

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leighspencer blogged The John Merricks Tiger Trophy at Rutland Water

The John Merricks Tiger Trophy at Rutland Water

I travelled to Rutland Water to watch Olympic gold medallist Chris Draper in his Moth type yacht compete against over 200 competitors in the 21st Rutland Challenge for the John Merricks Tiger Trophy.

The trophy is a pursuit type race in which various classes of yacht compete against each other with a handicap (the Moths set out last as they are the fastest). The yachts completed a course around Rutland Water with good wind and beneath a crisp clear blue winter sky. My film features highlights of ..

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leighspencer blogged Abbey Pumping Station - Traction

Abbey Pumping Station - Traction

My short film follows a Traction engine in steam as it arrives at the Abbey Pumping Station for one of their regular events. We join the beautifully kept engine as it makes its way carefully along the nearby streets and through the front gates of the Victorian Pumping house before later taking a closer look at the workings from a unique drivers perspective.

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leighspencer blogged Abbey Pumping Station - Meccano Magic

I visited the Abbey Pumping Station for Meccano Magic a celebration of the well known construction toy.

The large hall was packed with many different colourful and intricate models created by enthusiasts from the wide variety of shapes and colours available in the Meccano range.

Many of the designs had been crafted without instructions showing the creativity of their creators.

On one table sat a model of the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars which its creator believed to be the only on..

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leighspencer blogged The Fernie Hunt - Boxing Day 2013 - Great Bowden

The Fernie Hunt - Boxing Day 2013 - Great Bowden

I visited the village of Great Bowden in Leicestershire to see the Fernie Hunt.

the annual event begins with the horses and hounds leaving the kennels and travelling to the village green where they are greeted by many spectators.

The festive meet allows a chance to see the horses, hounds and talk with their owners about the rich history of the event which also raises money for many local charity's and groups.

The horses and hounds follow a sent trail on a planed route around the local..

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leighspencer blogged Coke Cola Christmas Truck Tour Leicester

Coke Cola Christmas Truck Tour Leicester

I visited Leicester`s Highcross shopping centre to see the well known Coke-Cola truck as it visited the city as part of a nationwide Christmas tour.

The trucks appearance both on tv and in related media signals the start of the festive season for many people and in recent years the trucks have toured the country bringing with them Christmas cheer and a chance for people to have their photos taken alongside the famous big red trucks.

My film aims to capture the festive atmosphere as the coke..

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leighspencer blogged Abbey Pumping Station Christmas Toys And Steam Day

Abbey Pumping Station Christmas Toys And Steam Day

I visited Abbey Pumping Station in Leicester for the annual Christmas Toys & Steam Day.

The event usual held in December features many historic steam powered Vehicles and collections of toys from Christmas past.

Visitors are invited to take a ride on the museums steam train Leonard and see the Pumping Stations beautifully designed beam engines in operation which can be seen in my previous post at http://leigh984.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/AbbeyPumpingStation.html

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leighspencer blogged Abbey Pumping Station Beam Engines

Abbey Pumping Station Beam Engines

 

I visited the Abbey Pumping Station to see the working Beam Engines which are housed inside a grand Victorian building designed by Stockdale Harrison.

The beautifully painted engines are a spectacular sight and can be seen working in the way they where designed and built to be in Leicester by Gimson and Company, today they are rare examples of Woolf compound rotative beam engines in fact it is the only engine house in the world where you can see four working examples of the same beam..

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leighspencer blogged Pannier Tanks By Night

My film follows two pannier tanks on the evening of December 1st 2013 as they arrive at Melton Mowbray Station to pick up passengers visiting the towns Christmas market before travelling on to Narborough Station lit only by the yellow glow of the station lights they make for an impressive sight as they thunder along the tracks.

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leighspencer added a video Pannier Tanks By Night

Pannier Tanks By Night
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leighspencer blogged Swans At Croft Quarry Nature Trail

Swans At Croft Quarry Nature Trail

Between Huncote and Croft, alongside the quarry is a nature trail full of wildlife and fantastic views over the surrounding countryside and villages.

My short film features a couple of swans as they hunt for food in the small lake in the middle of the trail bathed in the orange glow of the low winter morning sunshine.

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leighspencer blogged Kirby Castle - Leicestershire

Kirby Castle - Leicestershire

Kirby Castle is an unfinished 15th century fortified manor house in Kirby Muxloe, Leicestershire. Begun in 1480 by William Hastings, 1st Baron Hastings, during the period of the Wars of the Roses. He already owned a manor house on the site (some of the original manor house foundations are visible as ruins within the enclosure of the castle), for which he planned to totally redevelop. Work stopped at the castle when he was executed in 1483 for treason by Richard III and it was never completed. My film t..

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leighspencer blogged Camels Cooking & Christmas Lights

Camels Cooking & Christmas Lights

The 17th November saw the switching on of Leicester`s Christmas lights and the city came alive with the sights and sounds of street performers real live Camels and a local food and craft event at Leicesters market.

My video aims to capture some of the spirit of the evening with a look at the wide selection of events taking place, look out for the ukulele duet outside Visit Leicester the Snow Queen on her unique transport and the city`s Christmas tree alongside the Clock Tower making for a festive..

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