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Here’s a little more about us and how we create…
The vast majority of STILL and VIDEO IMAGERY is taken and produced IN HOUSE here at Lid Off The Box. Some stock footage has been used on video.
Is a Professional Photographer with a background of travelling and living internationally. This flavours and colours the imagery she captures. Invariably Christiane sees something many of us might miss: an angle, a close up, a different perspective. Her hobby turned profession has developed over time. Now the quality and fun of the imagery shines out through Lid Off The Box’s offering in every product. Christiane uses a Canon 5D with multiple lenses and treats photographs through Aperture.
Captures and designs imagery and brands. He visualises and formats product layouts. NMS as a wordsmith adds to the image to create a special reflection. As a designer and artist he works in a complimentary way to Christiane’s imagery or creations of his own.
We feel our mix of imagery and words and music is what makes LOTB unique. We hope you enjoy the distillation and blending of our work to create something for you that we hope enhances your life. We are also English. Christiane born in Brighton, where we left our gorgeous flat – rghh – stop it Slater and Nicholas ws born in Liverpool. But he only had eighteen months there… Shame? So he grew up going to watch and supporting Manchester United living in Whitefield then in Sale, Cheshire.
So there may well be British humour within LID OFF THE BOX. Here’s a clip of Covent Garden we’re testing…
The LOTB Team
It's a funny thing but not having the pipes in place to deliver somehow stiffles me finishing.
I know I know, just do it, then work that out later. But 'psychologically' it's a STOP to completing for me... Always has been. An excuse.
I've been on a split personality journey: (1) ENABLER for the artist and (2) BEING the artist. It's exhausting and I've bemoaned it.
Half full? It gives me more of an understanding of what THE ARTIST is up against. Half Empty? It enabled my avoidance strategies of never getting anything out there and surviving alone!
The goal has always been to enable 'Artist me' to be prodigious. And somehow, doing that in a way where everything builds the house seems important.
Now the pipes are being laid - here and at DREAMTRYB'S PATREON HQ. Loads of work to build foundations. I guess it takes time. (Yo, great song line - back soon - off to write...)
BACK... distractions in real time! Onwards..
In some ways it makes sense to lay the pipes. You can't deliver the oil till there's a pipeline. Well, at least not in the quantity I envisage!
Below gives some info on what's coming...
I GUESS IT TAKES TIME...
I guess it takes time
Look into your eyes
I guess it takes time
From fool to wise
I guess it takes time
To see past disguise
Worn night and day
Will you stay
Or will you walk away
I guess it takes time...
© 2019 Nicholas Mark Slater
LID OFF THE BOX seeks to FREE our NICKSTIR to 'one day' deliver the fabulous arena show he's envisaged.
The music is written - practise, practise, practise, band and you as the audience required... Plus an army of Show Business Professionals. There's always a way.DREAMTRYB'S HERE TO MAKE IT HAPPEN...
We are developing our store with linkages to trusted 'Print On Demand' online sources to facilitate delivery Worldwide. We're excited about our words and imagery creating fun and inspiring products for you to enjoy.OUR STORE
Behind the scenes an MI5 offshoot battles it's good v evil. And we're that story! Our community of DREAMTRYB SPECIAL AGENTS (DSA) stand with us to uncover the Antidote to Fear.
Whether young or old you can be a DSA, enjoy exclusive benefits and inspire your inner NICKSTIR as we journey together.DREAMTRYB | TOP SECRET PORTAL
C: We have built an image bank over many years, especially since Nicky bought me a great camera and lenses. It is exciting to see these images now come to life across all Nicky has envisaged.PORTFOLIO
N: I have been developing logos that, over time, grow to brands all my life. Now the freedom given to create myriad streams and the challenge of their integration reveals synergy. Simplicity coming at the tail end of the 'very long and high' complexity curve!
N: I love the term 'wordsmith.' Be it applied to lyric writing, poetry, copy-writing or developing a storyline the pen can indeed be mightier than the sword.
I grew up creating performances of four minutes with light and shade and changing interest points as a dancer on thin ice. Today, to breathe life into short stories of four minutes in a song is pure joy... To develop their characters, practise, play and sing them can take my breath away with the beauty of the moment. To me they grow to live apart from me. Creations to be embraced and enjoyed...
A House of...
N: Our brands are unique and over time have become complimentary. LID OFF THE BOX is our core, DREAMTRYB is our heartbeat and NICKSTIR has become our 'Blow the doors off' front end soul!
The balance of three - Record Label, Online Store and Breakthrough Community distills further to: music, gifts and breakthroughs... Simple...
A budding LVMH with a brand portfolio that excites and inspires? Anything;s possible. Here's a more grown up financial Corporate LOTB look. Great fun.
In creating this website I write of what has been and vision. Often times I beat myself up at the mistakes made. But I've realised something positive...
I have always allowed myself to write and create when muse or angst says hello. My rationale being that the flow, may stop at some point. Recently - purposefully - when I face the disaster or a fear attack - I pledge to make back what I have lost from living this time in writing a song.
It's deep... Risky... Crackers.... No one makes money out of music anymore etc, etc... No money coming in when creative me is just creating! Am I just 'fannying about?' And the bills keep coming. Yet, as a strategy in dealing with 'creative me' it's been working. What a privilege (if very uncomfortable) to be the creative in that environment... How frustrating for everyone else who wants to see something generated from it!
Freedom for the rest of us...
entertain and inspire
making crazy work of:
music - stories - characters - imagery
fuelled by love, laughter and great brands
Put fear in the light
Truth, optimism, debate
Hard conversations early
Believe we can
Celebrate the journey
family friendly delivery
We are excited about building community and sharing breakthroughs on this journey...
We love our brands...
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