The enjoyment I get from photography can essentially be split into two parts. About 75% is the experience of exploring somewhere out in the countryside with a camera. The other 25% is having the final result, or image. This proportion does fluctuate, for example more than once I've shot a whole roll of film only… Continue reading Zero Processing – An Impossible Dream?
For just over seven years, I've had a daily (morning) practice of yoga. Over time it's evolved to include meditation at the beginning, and simply giving thanks. All the latter involves is verbalising (at least in my head) five things I'm thankful for at the end of the yoga. Others call this kind of act "daily gratitudes"… Continue reading Giving Thanks
This is the third in this new series called These Three Photographs, where I share three photographs on a similar theme and talk about what they mean to me. This time around, street strangers. As a brief background, I hardly ever take any photographs of people outside of my immediate family. I love the IDEA of… Continue reading These Three Photographs – Street Strangers
I'm a firm believer that limiting your creativity encourages it to flourish. Plus, having a pretty minimal and simple outlook in life in general, guidelines support this too. It's the opposite to having unlimited choice. Whilst initially this freedom seems like some kind of nirvana, for me it usually ends up with overwhelm and anxiety,… Continue reading Eight Golden Rules For Rewarding Photography
Some years ago, when my main creative outlet was poetry, I always had a small notebook close by to jot down poetic fragments that came to me. Then, during more scheduled and longer sessions, I'd flick back through the excerpts and see if the rest of the poems were ready to emerge from me to… Continue reading My Camera, My Notebook, My Sketchbook
It's a common belief that any accomplished artist has their own unique signature style, instantly recognisable at a glance. Think about your favourite writers, poets, singers or painters. They likely have a strong, personal and distinctive voice throughout their work. But what about photographers? Is it something we should strive for too? Put another way, should… Continue reading Should All Of Your Photographs Look The Same?
In recent weeks I've been immersed in the delights of Ricoh's digital compacts, most specifically the utterly joyful 28mm GR Digital III - probably the most intelligently designed camera I've ever used - and its very similar zoom (24-72mm, but for me, 24 or 28mm) sibling, the GX100. But sometimes, still, a distraction comes along,… Continue reading An Impulsive Instructive Interlude – Sony W570
Second in this new series of These Three Photographs, where I share, er, three photographs on a similar theme and say a little about them. This time, rust. This is not an unusual kind of scene, depending on the towns you hang around. Whilst most shop fronts generally remain respectable, quite often if you can… Continue reading These Three Photographs – Rust
In person I might be a little shy on conversation, but give me a written platform and I can ramble for hours. Whilst common blogging wisdom might say share short posts often to get most reach and response from your readers, I generally write much longer posts, and less frequently. So to punctuate the inevitable… Continue reading These Three Photographs – Cars
Recently I talked about why I use Flickr and all the positives it's given me over the years I've been on board. Next up in this loosely related series, why I use Instagram. Because I've been with Flickr eight years, it's become the yardstick by which I measure other photography connected sites. Which is perhaps… Continue reading Why I Use Instagram (Sort Of)