Monthly Archives: January 2013

Bacup Coconutters

Bacup Coconutters Clogs

Bacup Coconutters Clogs

The Bacup Coconutters have made the national BBC television news. Unfortunately it was because the Health & Safety rules threaten the annual Easter Saturday dance around Bacup. They need 3 trained volunteers to operate the Stop/Go signs to direct traffic around the dancers while they move from place to place. This training apparently costs £600! I am sure volunteers and funds will be found (in fact I’ll do it if necessary!) so maybe this publicity has not been a bad thing. The image of the clogs has been used in publicity materials for some years and is one of the images for sale at my exhibition in Fulbæchop, opening today at 13:00.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Career Development Workshop

Redeye logoYesterday I went to one of the Career Development Workshops organised by Redeye. This one was entitled Getting Seen: Exhibiting & print sales. It was not really a workshop, but two talks with the opportunity to ask questions. The first speaker was Anne McNeill, Director of Impressions Gallery in Bradford. She was in a good mood as Second Division Bradford City had ensured a trip to Wembley for the League Cup Final, by beating Premiership side Aston Villa over two legs. She told us about the way publicly funded galleries, of which there only a few, choose photographers to exhibit. The recent cuts to the arts budgets has made it much more difficult to show work. The Impression Gallery, for instance, used to have eight exhibition a year and now there only funding for four. The programme is organised two to three years in advance and they receive very many applications and requests. This does not mean someone with no reputation does not stand any chance, as in the end it comes down to the strength of the work. She said that the gallery is interested in having a relationship with photographers and discuss the work and show, rather than just put on what the photographer submit. This also means that they might tell you that your work is not suitable yet, but they might be interested in helping you develop through portfolio reviews and would look forward to see more work in future.

The second speaker was Laura Noble, who wrote a book about collecting prints (The Art of Collecting Photography) and runs L A Noble Gallery. She has a reputation for discovering and supporting emerging talent. Laura talked about getting an ‘in’ into the world of commercial galleries and about editioning your prints. Whether or not a photographer should limit the number of prints he or she makes of a certain image is a much discussed topic and there are people with outspoken views on both side of the spectrum. Laura clearly feels it is very important for a photographer to do it, not surprising with her background in collecting prints. The value of a print is directly related to its scarcity. Laura was very clear about the fact that if you want to sell a print you are entering a marketplace and you have to accept that value is not determined by how good you think the picture is, unless you are one of the market makers like Laura, of course! She advised photographers to limit editions to a maximum of 15 and offering only two sizes.

A useful day spent it the arctic temperature of the big hall of the Instituto Cervantes.

 


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Cool Ts

Children wearing T shirts with slogans

Cool Ts

Some of the old T-shirts that your kids have grown out of really do end up being worn by little kids in Africa after you have donated them to a charity. What does happen often is that shipments of donated clothing get sold at local markets. Maybe not what you had in mind, but it is a living for the stallholders, who are very ‘poor’ themselves by our standards, and the customers get good quality clothing at a reasonable price.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Exhibition Opening Saturday

It should be a good do, provided all the people that have said they’ll come can actually make it here through the snow. It does not look too bad at the moment though. Have not had significant snowfall overnight and the roads have been kept free of snow by the gritters. I hope to see you all at 13:00 on Saturday 26 January!

 


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Classical Music For Sale

I am now also starting to put my classical CDs on Amazon. Lots of Mahler, Stravinsky and modern classical music like Philip Glass. You can check if there is anything you like here. Only 30% of it is on now rest will follow over the next few days. Again if you can collect the CD (or we can meet up somewhere), drop me an email and you’ll get a discount.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Slate Hill

Slate Hill

The trees at the top of the slate heap were starkly silhouetted against the wintry sky.

Had a long weekend in the Lake District just after I came back from Zambia. On one of our walks we came through a quarry at the end of Langdale. There was a sense of desolation among the mountains of discarded slate and a few trees survived in what seemed a cold, hostile place.

I liked the detail and rythm of the slate, it comes out wonderfully in print.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Selling HiFi

I am changing my hifi system and am going to use the Cyrus Stream X2 as my source. This has necessitated the purchase of a separate DAC and the Cyrus Pre XPd Qx that I bought also is a Pre amplifier. This means that my superb pre amp, the Cyrus aCA7.5 Pre is now surplus to requirements. When it was new (about 8 years ago, I think) it cost around £1000. Now you can own this fantastic bit of hifi equipment from a highly respected British company, for a fraction of that amount. It is in perfect working order has been used in a smoke free environment, no scratches that I can see. You can read all about it on the Cyrus website. One of the great advantages of owning Cyrus equipment is that it is easy and cheap to upgrade. You can send it to Cyrus for an upgrade and get another 2 years of warranty.  I am willing to consider bids above £200 (excluding postage, which will be about £20, with insurance included.) Send me an email if you’re interested.

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Tailor In Lundazi

Tailor In Lundazi

Tailor In Lundazi

I first shot a couple of portraits of this man. He had set up his sewing machine in the outside in the shade, the most comfortable place in the hot afternoon. Then I noticed the big Jesus poster in the dark, inside the shop, and took a few more. Christian religion is everywhere in Zambia. One of the things I learned while I was in Zambia was that religion is an integral part of life, culture and society there. In the west mainstream religion is becoming less relevant, but in Africa it is still vibrant. I may not agree with all their teaching and preaching, but there is no denying its importance there.

 

 


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Children In Need Network

Children In Need Network (CHIN) is the organisation that I worked for as a volunteer last year. It is a Zambian NGO, based in Lusaka. They have approximately 250 member organisations that all work to improve the lives and futures of children in Zambia. Orphanages, walk-in centres, community based charities, HIV/AIDS clinics, advocacy organisations, youth support groups are all members. Together with members of staff I created a new website for them, with some good interactive features and also the ability for people to make donations on-line, via PayPal or credit card. Have a look at the website to find out more about the activities they are organising and supporting: www.chinzambia.org.

 

 


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Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

The first proper snow since I came back from Zambia (the bit of wet stuff that fell half an hour after I got home does not count.) It is still coming down, so we may be snowed in proper if this continues. The cats are loving it too, running around like mad. Hoping to sit around that table sipping cold beers with good friends in a few months.

 

 

 

 

 

Harris, the stray cat we feed, found his way into the porch. He may have been sheltering there all night.

Harris Was Here

Harris Was Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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