Monday, 24 September 2012


Tried to get some images of our local steam line as distinct from the engines.
Didn't quite work, may have to go back again

Friday, 14 September 2012


Came across this whilst sorting some old papers.

Very Hot Summertime.
The lawn looking like a flattened haystack,
flowers wilting, longing for their evening drink, not too much, must save a drop, for the
tomatoes outdoors, we think.

Sultry days, housework too tiring, less cooking,
more cold drinks and ice cream.

Unable to enjoy much sun bathing, warnings every where, on radio and TV screen.

Must keep bird's bath and drinking water filled at all times.

First wasp sting, very nasty, some like it hot, others do not.

Words by Mum, image by me.

Thursday, 6 September 2012


Earlier this year I entered some images for the London Festival of Photography.  This for street photography.  I never got any accepted, but hadn't really expected any to be.
Today they sent me the feedback on my entry.

'I hope you can see these comments as constructive, they are the view of the judges, and expressed only within the context of the judging requirements for the International Street Photography Award.

Overall your images are strong. You clearly have a good eye, and are an experienced photographer. The tonal depths and quality of your images are beautiful - often a challenge in digital photography. You have captured some interesting characters and snapshots of London life, nicely avoiding the usual tourist clich├ęs, and as a series, they work well together. Technically they are good, and the compositions are balanced and considered. I would suggest trying to crop more in camera, rather than afterwards - it's a good habit to get into and will make your work even stronger.

It would be nice to see a little more confidence in your approach - most of your subjects are unaware of the camera. This distance, as you mentioned, makes it easier for you as the photographer, but it would be good to challenge yourself to get a little closer to your subjects. This will also allow you more freedom to experiment with different angles and get the shot you really want - rather than trying to hide in case your subject sees you. Take a look at Bruce Gilden's work for the opposite extreme - I'm not saying you have to take it that far - but it's good to push yourself sometimes!

There is nothing wrong with your images - my only issue with your submission is that I think you have taken images similar to those that many photographers submitted and they are too obvious. We are looking for fresh, world class and inspiring photography for this award and your work just didn't stand out far enough above the rest of the tough competition.

I think some of these images would look great in an exhibition and I hope you continue to practice photography, aim to experiment more and perhaps strive for a more unique approach to make sure your work really shines out. '

Wednesday, 5 September 2012


Managed to get a shot of the loco 'The Black Prince' on a wet Sat.  The day before was fine and I got a shot of our local street artist.

Watching the paint dry.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012


Managed to get three prints accepted for  East Anglia Members Print Exhibition and also got three prints accepted for the Great Barr Photographic Society Open Exhibition.  Think the standard of the images is going down, or there are less people submitting!!