Why you SHOULD use watermarks »

Why you SHOULD use watermarks

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This is written in response to a recent post by Trey Ratcliff, ‘Why I don’t use watermarks’. I saw an opportunity, in timely response to Trey’s post, to express my own feelings about watermarks. As we’re friends and have even hosted a [...]

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Posted in Essays, musings on June 30th, 2013 | 39 Comments »

Seven suggestions on finding your style »

Seven suggestions on finding your style

Originally written in 2011 for Pixiq, republished here.
What is style? How do you define your own style? And why do we need one? In this post I am going to try answer those difficult questions.
First I define the word. A style is a manner of doing something, a combination of features to someone’s work or [...]

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Posted in Essays, musings on June 12th, 2013 | 3 Comments »

My words of 2012: Value, voice, & vocation. »

My words of 2012: Value, voice, & vocation.

Here we are at the close of another grand year. 2012 has been materially fruitful, shooting in London, Paris, LA, New York – and even Dubai on a holiday. I’ve had a second book published with Ilex/Pixiq, Creative Portrait Photography, and created lots of new work – with [...]

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Posted in Essays, musings on December 27th, 2012 | 12 Comments »

What I loved and learnt in 2011 »

What I loved and learnt in 2011

What a year!
By no means has it been an easy year, or a year where I’ve got everything I want.
This year has been more about making things happen in the face of not being able to get quite what I want, and learning slowly about what my goals actually are.

Above: my favourites of my [...]

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Posted in Essays, musings on December 24th, 2011 | 10 Comments »

Review of Lara Jade VS Joey L, Photographer Shoot Off »

Review of Lara Jade VS Joey L, Photographer Shoot Off

I was asked by Lara Jade if I would review her new DVD. Though I have never ‘reviewed’ anything on my blog before, neither have I ever really had something given to me that I want to review. So, thanks Lara. And here goes my impartial take. I hope Lara knows what she got herself [...]

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Posted in Essays, musings on December 8th, 2011 | 8 Comments »

Why the John Lewis Christmas advert is so much better than the Littlewoods one »

Why the John Lewis Christmas advert is so much better than the Littlewoods one

Yesterday on twitter I felt the urge to tweet my reaction to seeing the latest Littlewoods TV advert. Kids on stage, instead of performing the Nativity play, sing a popstrel ode to capitalism, naming an array of branded gadgets, the audience full of proud smiling parents. The voiceover talks of interest free credit, [...]

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Posted in Essays, musings, Movies/audio on November 14th, 2011 | 13 Comments »

Feedback on my Phase One ‘challenge’ »

Feedback on my Phase One ‘challenge’

Above: Burnt up, with model Sam Jey.
So, a few weeks ago I posted a long-winded blog entry about how I was embarking on an ‘intense period of creativity’ with a Phase One 645DF and P40+ back, along with lenses and a whole wad of ideas. Nearly at the end of this period with the medium-format [...]

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Posted in Essays, musings, Press/sponsors on May 26th, 2011 | 5 Comments »

Can’t afford an arts degree? You probably won’t miss much »

Can’t afford an arts degree? You probably won’t miss much

An honest look at the usefulness of arts and humanities degrees for a creative career as an artist/photographer. …I am occasionally sent emails from students or young people seeking a career in photography, who ask my advice [...]

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Posted in Essays, musings on April 13th, 2011 | 20 Comments »

Retreaded »

Retreaded

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I find myself again citing Guy Bourdin as an inspiration for my recent work. It’s funny to recall how much of a longstanding inspiration his work has been for me, as I can recall referencing his work back in ‘06 for pics of mine such as The deaths. I feel that now I [...]

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Posted in Essays, musings, Inspirations - References to other artists, My images - versions & outtakes on February 22nd, 2011 | 4 Comments »

Looking at 2010 and evaluating contrived images vs. the ‘haphazard shot’ »

Looking at 2010 and evaluating contrived images vs. the ‘haphazard shot’

A look over the work I did in 2010 and how some of it has veered toward what I call the ‘haphazard shot’, inspired by various photographers described in this post. I look at the milestones from the past 12 months including being part of the Art of Photography Show and starting my own workshops…

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Posted in Essays, musings, Inspirations - References to other artists on December 31st, 2010 | 19 Comments »

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