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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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‘I like pigs’

“I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.” Sir Winston Churchill

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Zambian fast food

Are you hungry and short of time? In Zambia, the traditional fast food is sweetcorn cooked on an open brazier. For two or three kwacha each (about 25 US cents), you can enjoy freshly roasted corn on the cob. Traders sit by the roadside with their charcoal brazier and a stock of

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Stock photography : metadata

To make money from stock photography, you need to get three things right: Establish what picture buyers want. Take good pictures that meet their needs and Make sure people can find them. Today I want to focus on the third element – how to improve the chance of a buyer finding your

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Anatomy of a photo project

A friend recently asked if my Town Dogs project was finished. Playing for time, I said I wasn’t sure. According to conventional wisdom, a photo project is like a good story – it has a beginning, a middle and an end. For the photographer this can provide structure and focus. For viewers

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Ways into street photography

‘Street photography’ : say it out loud. How does it make you feel? I have mixed emotions – a thrill of anticipation, sometimes followed by anxiety. So today I’m going to suggest ways of overcoming any fears you might have. Don’t always photograph people : typical street photos have people in them,

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Is stock photography dead?

Libraries are making good money from stock photography. But what about the photographer? Is it still worth taking photos and marketing them as stock? In the 1990s, when I began shooting stock, I submitted colour transparencies. And for each image that was accepted, on average I used to receive nearly two US

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Cat on a stool

“I don’t care where I sit, as long as I get fed.” Calvin Trillin, author and journalist

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Roger Mayne : street photographer

I want to share my enthusiasm for Roger Mayne’s street photography. Born in 1929 and educated at Oxford, he seemed destined for a conventional career. But he didn’t enjoy chemistry – and by the time he graduated, his photography had already been featured in Picture Post magazine. Mayne’s most famous body of

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Lusaka wildlife

There’s not much wildlife in Lusaka. With a population of more than two million, the Zambian capital is crowded and built up. The mini bus drivers can be wild, but that’s a story for another day. Walking round the city, I’d seen this metal sculpture before, but hadn’t taken much notice. The

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The Urban Jungle