IT'S SHOWTIME!

Last Saturday, around 70 photographers descended on the Mall Galleries in London to hang panels of their images, as part of the “Light and Land on the Mall” exhibition. The result is an extraordinary photographic exhibition worth visiting, if you are in London these days. It is running until 10 August 2015.

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Patience is a Virtue!

Last week was filled with excitement about the solar eclipse on Friday. I had bought eclipse glasses and made a filter for my camera from cardboard and a polymer sheet. I had never followed the weather forecast so intently as in the build-up to this event, but even on Friday morning I was still unsure where I should be as the forecasts about the cloud cover varied wildly. In the end, I decided to head northwest, towards the areas with better prospects, and ended up on Coombe Hill in Buckinghamshire.

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Well-known viewpoints and originality – mutually exclusive?

Lately, I have been grappling with the question of what exactly is meant by producing “original” work, specifically in the context of making photographs of well-known/famous viewpoints, those that have been visited and photographed by many photographers in years gone by. I almost felt bad visiting the Seven Sisters Country Park last week. 

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Bland Skies

Earlier this week, the weather forecast made depressive reading for landscape photographers: a calm day with cloud cover throughout. When starting out in photography a number of years ago, I had already learnt that, often, it’s best not to bother with the sky when it is uniformly blue or grey. This advice can be found everywhere, and I am sure it is sound advice, SOME OF THE TIME. But it can also become a convenient excuse for not trying.

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Battling with Fear

Today, I would like to share a blog post by David duChemin, called “The Voice of Fear”. He posted it in 2012, and when I read it first, I was agonising about whether I should push ahead with my first book project. A million unanswered questions went through my head at the time. What if I can’t find sufficient funding? What if I struggle to make sufficient photographs? What if, in the end, nobody buys the book? 

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Putting on an exhibition - is it a lottery?

In 2010, fellow landscape photographer Huw Alban (www.huwalban.com) and I exhibited a selection of our landscape work at the Riverhouse Barn in Walton-on-Thames with tremendous success. We recorded more than 2 dozen sales of prints and frames. Considering that this was our first outing, the result was nothing short of extraordinary, and totally unexpected.

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