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June 2020

Another busy month. The focus for me over the last few weeks has been to try and consolidate. The last few months have been really busy despite rarely leaving the house. Lots of courses and new challenges which was great but it's easy to just carry on signing up for new things without actually giving yourself time to absorb anothing properly.

In May I was very pleased with the results of a challenge to produce multiple images from a single file. A couple of projects resulted from this which I have written separately about here. The process of 'working' a file I have found really fascinating and is something I have decided to continue. What I have found is that the images I am most pleased with come towards the end of the process, maybe once I have exhausted the obvious and am pushing myself more. Here is a sample of the images, the full gallery can be found here.

Please let me know what you think...   xx

June 2020

A busy month again. I have spent quite a bit of time this month trying to learn some more about book making. I have long believed that working with digital photographs is satisfying in many ways but seeing an image which is 'finished' on a screen is never the same as being able to hold that image in some form or other in your hand. Creating little handmade books is a lovely way to display your images as it presents an opportunity for a whole new layer of creativity. It also requires some 'hands on' activities such as measuring, cutting, gluing etc, all opportunities to create mess which is bizarrely satisfying.

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I have written further on this project in my latest blog which can be found here. I would love to hear what you think. For more information on purchasing a copy please see here.

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June 2020

I hope we are all staying safe and well. As the Lockdown in the UK starts to ease I am coming to the end of the courses I signed up to while confined to barracks. The very excellent online course run by BaileyChinnery focusing on Cultivating Creativity has finished now. While there were tasks to be completed each week we were also asked to design and complete a project to be delivered at the end of the course. This project needed to be complete in terms of the images themselves plus an accompanying project statement.

To read more about the project and the way I approached the challenge please visit my blog page on this topic.

The project statement accompanying this project encapsulates my approach to photography and how it makes me feel. Please take a look and let me know what you think.  xx

May 2020

I can't believe it's still May! Time seems to be flying by and I am thoroughly enjoying spending much of my time in the Photography bubble that I seem to have created for myself.

This update again relates to the Cultivating Creativity course run by the very excellent BaileyChinnery. This week was all about colour and how it can add to and influence our work in so many different ways. The challenge this week was to find an object with a very limited colour palette and to photograph that object in as many different ways as you can with the emphasis on using colour to make the resulting images 'exciting'. Again, so much to learn from this exercise. I have written more about this exercise here if you are interested.

Please let me know what you think  xx

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May 2020

I seem to have been very busy in May!  Definitely enjoying being able to spend more time on my photography.

As I said earlier in the month there have been lots of courses available that I have been making the most of. An advanced course in Cultivating Creativity run by BaileyChinnery I think will be the most influential over time. I thought my 'homework' days were long behind me but apparently not. The challenge for the first week was to identify a single image and to 'work' that image in as many ways as you can. The goal is to try to encourage a move beyond the obvious and hence to force you to think more creatively than you might otherwise. After some initial scepticism I am now firmly convinced that this was an incredibly useful exercise and I think one which will influence my photography extensively moving forward.

Here are just a couple of the images that I managed to create using a source image which probably would have ended up in the trash after a month or two. To read more about this exercise I have written a blog which can be found here. Please let me know what you think...   xx

May 2020

I seem to have been very busy in May!  Definitely enjoying being able to spend more time on my photography.

As I said earlier in the month there have been lots of courses available that I have been making the most of. An advanced course in Cultivating Creativity run by BaileyChinnery I think will be the most influential over time. I thought my 'homework' days were long behind me but apparently not. The challenge for the first week was to identify a single image and to 'work' that image in as many ways as you can. The goal is to try to encourage a move beyond the obvious and hence to force you to think more creatively than you might otherwise. After some initial scepticism I am now firmly convinced that this was an incredibly useful exercise and I think one which will influence my photography extensively moving forward.

Here are just a couple of the images that I managed to create using a source image which probably would have ended up in the trash after a month or two. To read more about this exercise I have written a blog which can be found here. Please let me know what you think...   xx

May 2020

I have taken advantage of the fact that during this lockdown period there are lots of opportunities to participate in on-line courses. One which has interested me for a while is run by Paul Sanders of Still and explores the relationship between Photography and Mindfulness. One of the projects looked at the concept of 'Clear Seeing' and centred around the concept of looking around you at things you don't see anymore as they are always there (objects like the kettle or toaster) and to look at them differently as if they were new to you. Over a short period of time, keep looking at which ever object you select and then start to photograph it over a number of days. Gradually you begin to look past its function and really 'see' the object.

I selected a little red cast iron tea pot and produced a series of images from the strainer inside the teapot.

Read more....

May 2020

I've been spending lots of time in my garden recently working on my Garden Project. I made a decision to work entirely in Monochrome while making these images which I have loved. After a while though the need for a little bit of colour becomes difficult to resist. If Amy Winehouse can go 'Back to Black' then I can reinterpret and go 'Back to Colour'.

These images continue the theme of the Indian Windows that I started in April. Both started from a place where I didn't really see many possibilities but after a while I started to spot a glimmer of hope, a little excitement, enough to keep going and not abandon. I am hoping there is more to come, slowly, slowly...  xx

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April 2020

I was lucky enough to visit Rajastan for the first time in March of this year. India is such an amazing country and one which I will certainly visit many times looking forward if circumstances allow. I have a bit of an ongoing obsession with windows (or holes in walls…) which may be evident across some of my other galleries, nothing changed during my visit to India so no surprise that these images are the first to escape since returning home.

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