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Camera Stories: An Introduction to Obsession

February 13, 2024 - It’s fair to say that photography is in my blood. My father and grandfather were both keen photographers, the former bec...
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The Only Choice I Made

February 08, 2024 - I know what you’re thinking: Where the hell have I been this past few months? Have I quit? Have I been ill? Am I dead, a...
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Prioritising the Shot: The Ethical Debate around Kevin Carter’s “The Struggling Girl”

November 04, 2023 - Something a little different this week. I thought I’d share an essay that I recently completed for my degree course, all...
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Check Your Bias at the Door

October 16, 2023 - As with previous projects for my course, I’ve chosen a challenging subject for this year. I’ve regularly been asked why...
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Seeing is Believing? Ghostly Goings-on in Photography

October 12, 2023 - The scene is one of my favourite places to take photographs, the time is around 6.30 am, and I’m sitting on a moss-cover...
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Somehow a Vital Connection is Made

October 04, 2023 - “How long has it been?” asked my friend. The question was followed by some rapid calculations, after which we realised t...
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A Penny Drops from Height

September 18, 2023 - “What the hell is she doing?!”, I ask in a strained whisper which, if there had been more distance between us, would hav...
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Kings of the Wild Frontier

September 08, 2023 - Is it just me, or is the world becoming an increasingly bizarre place these days? I deliberately use the word ‘bizarre’...
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Iconic Fatigue Syndrome

August 29, 2023 - “We did the exact same things when we were young”, I said. I’m sitting in a café with a friend of mine who I have known...
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More Eggs for Your Basket

August 24, 2023 - “Do you do anything other than swan about, drinking coffee?” These words, or a variation of them, have drifted across ma...
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Just Because You Can, Doesn't Mean You Should

August 01, 2023 - A few years ago, I received an official-looking letter in the post that accused me of committing a truly heinous crime,...
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Not Saying Cheese: When Collaborating Makes it Better

July 11, 2023 - “Well, I’m appalled at that”, I said as I sipped my mug of decaf. In the months since giving up all forms of caffeine, I...
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Old's Cool, Apparently

July 04, 2023 - I was chatting with a friend of mine recently about a classic track from the 1990s that I was looking for on vinyl. He o...
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That Elusive Devil

June 26, 2023 - As I write this post, I am sitting in a deckchair, next to my campervan. We’re away for the weekend, so that I can conti...
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Let Me Take Care of That for You. Considering Artificial Intelligence in Photography

June 21, 2023 - “As far as I am concerned, this is not photography”, some opinionated guy said to his bemused friends. A lively discussi...
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Never Gonna Give You Up

June 12, 2023 - This week I find myself contemplating a photography decision I made a couple of years back. If anyone thought this post...
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I Ain’t Afraid of No Change

May 06, 2023 - Afraid of change? Of course I am. Perhaps ‘afraid’ is the wrong word, but I am definitely a creature of habit who is app...
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To 'shop or not to 'shop

March 23, 2023 - That is the question? Well, it’s certainly a question and not one about hitting the high street or eBay with my increasi...
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Let the light in, but not through there

March 15, 2023 - A few weeks ago, a friend and I visited an unusual location to take some photographs. In the village of Purton in Glouce...
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Your mission, should you choose to accept it...

March 07, 2023 - Picture the scene. You’re in total darkness, holding a thin, delicate strip of plastic in one hand and a small bobbin th...
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The Need for Calm

February 17, 2023 - If you’re wondering why I’ve neglected this blog for a couple of weeks, the answer is that things have been fairly chaot...
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Believe It or Not

January 26, 2023 - The past week has seen me reach an important milestone, apparently. Bizarrely, it appeared more important to other peopl...
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Artists Who Inspire Me: Philip-Lorca diCorcia

January 18, 2023 - Back in 2014, my wife and I found ourselves locked in a tumultuous period of change. We’d both left jobs at a company th...
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The Copyright Conundrum

January 10, 2023 - A few years ago, I attended a management training course at work, which was all about problem-solving and efficiency. It...
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Looks Nothing Like You: Portraiture and the Selfie

January 04, 2023 - I was recently talking to a friend of mine about a job they were working on, when they told me a story that made us both...
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A Matter of Pressure and Time

December 12, 2022 - They say that inspiration comes from the most unusual of places, and how this post came about is no different. I had jus...
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The Importance of Constructive Feedback for Creatives

December 05, 2022 - It’s that time of year again, where I have a large deliverable project for my course, also known as ‘the longest degree...
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Style and Substance – the magnificent Rolleiflex TLR

December 01, 2022 - The most common question I get when people learn that I’m a camera collector, is “do you have a favourite?” I’ve never b...
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"Which is it?” How contexts can alter our interpretation of the genre of a photograph

November 08, 2022 - Something a little different this week, as I’m away for our annual break in London. I thought I’d share a recent critica...
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I Leica that very much

October 31, 2022 - Something happened in world of photography during the last couple of weeks, that I confess to being very confused about.
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Lemme tell you a story

October 26, 2022 - As I write, I’m doing my usual ‘pause for reflection’ following the recent completion of a critical essay for my course.
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Thinking about overthinking

October 17, 2022 - “What the hell am I doing?” That was the almost audible question that was spinning around in my head in the early hours...
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For the Love of Hog

October 11, 2022 - It’s no secret that my two main interests in life are photography (who knew?) and wildlife, in particular the humble hed...
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Leaving the brakes on:  how creativity is held back

October 03, 2022 - I’ve just had some feedback on my latest degree assignment that has a familiar, and somewhat frustrating, familiarity to...
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So many cameras, so many more

September 27, 2022 - Those who know me well, will know that as well as being a photographer, a student, a would-be artist, and tutor, I am al...
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Postmemory and the importance of the family archive

September 22, 2022 - As I write this blog, Britain continues to deal with one of those cultural and societal changes that is hard to put into...
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Through the Squarish Window

September 15, 2022 - This year marks 10 years since London played host to the Olympic Games which, for me, was perhaps the most magical and u...
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That’s nice, or perhaps not: The Beauty, the Picturesque and the Sublime in Landscape

August 09, 2022 - I was recently chatting to a member of my family about my progress as a photographer, both in terms of leaving my previo...
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Artists Who Inspire Me: Julia Margaret Cameron

July 29, 2022 - Ask anyone to name five famous female photographers and you’ll invariably get a list that includes Dorothea Lange, Imoge...
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Artists who Inspire Me: Ansel Adams

July 22, 2022 - It’s difficult to talk about famous photographers to people who aren’t all that interested in photography, as most of th...
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Artists Who Inspire Me: Joel Meyerowitz

July 02, 2022 - I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was going to write about the artists who inspire me as a photographer. The first thin...
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Life on a Small Scale

June 13, 2022 - A few years ago, we had our neglected back garden landscaped. The word ‘landscaped’ doesn’t really do the project justic...
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Can you spare 5 mins?

June 08, 2022 - I don’t know about you, but I am tired. It seems that everything around us moves at such a pace that I often feel it’s a...
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In an Instant

May 30, 2022 - Several years ago, I noticed the something strange in an area of photography that I didn’t think would ever happen in th...
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Thinking in Black and White

May 24, 2022 - Has anyone ever said to you “You’re so black and white”, meaning that you are extremes with no in-betweens? If they have...
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As you ‘like’ it

May 17, 2022 - As many of you know by now, I am currently studying for a BA(Hons) degree in Photography. It’s part-time so a long old c...
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I procrastinate; therefore I am (maybe)

May 03, 2022 - A couple of months ago I started the next level of my degree course. It’s been an interesting ride so far, but the new u...
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Expired Infrared Ektachrome Fail and Learning

June 17, 2021 - A couple of years ago I had a momentary loss of my faculties and bought 3 rolls of what is probably the most rare and my...
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The Pointless Debate - Film or Digital?

May 03, 2021 - I heard an age-old debate on the radio recently about the acceptable order of applying cream and jam to a scone in a tra...
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