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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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I visited the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum on the 22nd.  Wonderful pictures of wonderful things; and tragic pictures of tragic things.  All are tributes to technical mastery with sophisticated equipment, no doubt.  More … Continue reading

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Hemingford in Grey

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The Manor, Hemingford Grey, beautiful flowers in glorious colours, but not in my pictures.

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In Plain View 86 to 91

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The final roll of film in the ‘In Plain View’ project has returned from processing.  I’ve made a first quick selection of six shots presented here, without the ‘b’ detail.  I now want to edit the whole set into a … Continue reading

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Travels – On the Road: Real and Virtual

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In recent posts about my book of travel photographs I’ve taken inspiration from The Open Road, while being cautious about drawing too close an analogy between this and what I’m trying to do. However, perhaps I’ve been too cautious. The … Continue reading

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Silent Partners – Photography

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For most people a mannequin is seldom more than a dummy showing the latest fashions in the windows of high street stores. However, these unattainably perfect figures are just the latest manifestation in a long and convoluted history of partners … Continue reading

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Travel – Slides

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The search for pictures for my book continues: I have spent the last few days going through files of transparencies dating back to the 1990s. The first impression was how rich and satisfying the colours are; and how much pleasure … Continue reading

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Travel – At Home (Light)

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Blaise Pascal took a jaundiced view of travel, he argued: ‘All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone’, Pensees (mid-17th century). Xavier de Maistre seems to have taken him at his word and … Continue reading

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Travel – What’s New?

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In the 170 years since the publication of the first photographically illustrated book, Fox Talbot’s The Pencil of Nature, thousands of photographers have captured millions of subjects in a myriad of different ways. Even leaving aside Photoshop, as the available … Continue reading

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Travel – Delight

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Without getting lost in the labyrinth of the traveller versus tourist dichotomy, there are many reasons for travel, from the utilitarian demands of business through experiences that broaden the mind to the packaged delivery to indulgent laziness on a sunny … Continue reading

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Travel – Humour

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The previous posts about my proposed book of travel photographs do sound a bit worthy, not to say unduly serious. Travel often involves both humour and sheer delight. How might humour be expressed and captured? Most frequently and obviously through: … Continue reading

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Travel – A Narrative

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I have said that the travel book should ‘try to establish a narrative’, without giving much thought to what that means. Narrative relates to the idea of a story, an account of incidents or events, perhaps with a beginning, middle … Continue reading

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Travel – Enigma and Uncertainty

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I suggested that my proposed travel book should ‘reflect the enigmatic and uncertain moments of travel.’ An enigma is something or someone hard to understand or explain, a puzzle. Travel, by presenting new places and cultures, has the potential to … Continue reading

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Travel – People and Places

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Embracing ‘both people and places’ is something else I’m trying to achieve with my travel photo book. It is important to recognise at the outset that the way the photographs were taken (largely on holidays) and the aspiration to bring … Continue reading

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Travels – Difference and Identity

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In the outline of what I’m trying to achieve with my travel photo book I said it will ‘celebrate difference and individuality’. At one level this is quite straight forward, compare the Pyramids at Ghiza with Notre Dame in Paris, … Continue reading

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Travels

I’ve started to bring together photographs taken on travels outside the UK over the last few decades. The aim is to produce a photo book, eventually. It’s proving to be an interesting exercise. On one side the pleasure of discovering … Continue reading

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