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Welcome

Welcome to my photoblog, which I hope you’ll enjoy. Concentrating on black and white photography, the blog aims to entertain and inspire. Like many photographers, I’ve been through barren spells when nothing has seemed to work – which is why I share tips and ideas about keeping your photography fresh and creative.

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The Urban Jungle

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Man’s best friend

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” Groucho Marx

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Terence Donovan : an appreciation

Best known for his fashion photography, there was much more to Terence Donovan than that. In the 1960s Donovan, along with David Bailey and Brian Duffy, brought a new, gritty style to fashion shoots. Instead of posing models in genteel surroundings, Donovan often used the street as his studio, with factories and

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Creative cropping

This is a cropped version of Shadow Dog, photographed in Brixton one Saturday morning in winter. And here is the original image, shot on 35mm film: I’ve already written about that morning, in another post. If you’d like to read the post, follow this link – Shadow Dog. Sometimes a playful attitude

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Stock photography : the importance of keywords

Last month I encouraged you to think like a picture buyer when reviewing your photos. Here’s a link to the original post – Stock photography : thinking outside the box. I explained how my photograph of a snow-covered bear might be used to illustrate an article on loneliness, homelessness or abandonment. But

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He who hesitates is sometimes saved

“He who hesitates is sometimes saved.” James Thurber, author and humorist

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10,000 not out : improving your photography

Are your photos getting better? Henri Cartier-Bresson said that your first 10,000 would be your worst. I think he was trying to be encouraging – I hope so. I’m going to dodge the thorny question of what makes a good photo, because it’s too subjective (and too vague). A better starting point

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The Copper Bullet

Take the Great North Road from Lusaka and as you approach Ten Miles you’ll find this sculpture in a maize field. Zambians love their maize and their football. Nshima, made from maize flour, is the staple food in Zambia – and football is the national game here. The Zambian national team are

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Stock photography : thinking outside the box

We’d all like to make some money from our photography. But as good digital cameras have become more affordable, competition has increased. Whilst there’s no magic solution, over the coming months I want to share my thoughts about earning an income from stock photography. What is stock photography? In a nutshell, it’s

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‘Pictures on a Page’ by Harold Evans

First published in 1978 (and revised in 1997) for me ‘Pictures on a Page’ is still a great read in 2017. Harold Evans was editor of The Sunday Times in the UK between 1967 and 1981, before moving to the USA in 1984. What makes the book special? -the clear, concise writing,