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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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Black and white digital workflow : some brief thoughts

When living in the UK, I only used film cameras and shot almost exclusively in black and white. I still love traditional ‘wet prints’ made in a darkroom, but for practical reasons I went digital in 2016. Here in Zambia, photo chemicals and papers have to be specially imported and I don’t

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The Goose and the Maid

In Zambia, road junctions are multi-purpose. Of course roads meet at them – but so do people. And where people meet, why not advertise and display your goods for sale? I took this picture on the Leopards Hill Road in Lusaka. Nearby, there’s Crossroads shopping mall, which could be anywhere between Cape

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Saul Leiter : Early Color

“I don’t have a philosophy. I have a camera.” Saul Leiter (1923-2013) A friend introduced me to Saul Leiter’s work. She took me to an exhibition at the Photographers’ Gallery in London, in 2016. I was instantly hooked and I still am. Born in Pittsburgh, USA, Leiter was brought up in a

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Photography : staying inspired

‘All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he or she grows up.’ Pablo Picasso As a photographer, it can be hard to stay inspired. When I’m feeling grumpy, I tell myself that it’s all been done before, so why bother? Why indeed? Because when you’re in

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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