1. Marsh and Coast workshop

    I’ve just added a new workshop to the website, titled Marsh and Coast. This full-day workshop held in South Kent and East Sussex will incorporate three very different locations that I have been photographing for a number of years – Romney Marsh, Dungeness and Camber Sands.

    Monday 3rd December 2018

    Set in the middle of a marsh, a church, in one form or another, has stood here since around 1200 AD, and has to be one of the most picturesque scenes for a church in England.
    I certainly never tire of photographing it. There are water-filled, reed-lined ditches and footbridges that provide more than enough subject matter to satisfy any photographer. At a cost of £165 and a maximum group size of just 5, you can be sure of as much personal tuition as you would like, or need.

    Details here

    From here, and prior to lunch, we head to Dungeness, This famous location requires very little introduction. An other-worldly place, Dungeness presents many challenges to the photographer, while at the same time offering highly unique and individualistic compositions. Abandoned fishing boats, dilapidated huts, rail-tracks disappearing into the distance and close-ups of the rotting hulls await.

    Following lunch, we head to Camber Sands, a journey of just 15 minutes. Arriving in plenty of time you will have ample opportunity to capture the exposed beach in the warm afternoon light, through to dusk.

    I just love it here! There are just so many possibilities. Even though at first it may look flat and featureless, the more time you spend there the more it reveals itself to you. The date of this workshop has been timed to coincide low tide with sunset, and as we walk, channels become visible, producing sweeping arcs.

    Intentional camera movement techniques also work particularly well here, and I am always keen to suggest alternative ways of capturing a familiar scene.

    The date and time need to be precise when planning this workshop (tide and sunset) and since I am overseas so often these days I only hold this workshop 2 or 3 times a year. Therefore, if this piques your interest please don’t hesitate to book a place. You never know when the next opportunity might occur!

    Details here

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  2. New ebook

    Several years ago I produced an ebook, with a difference, titled The Backstory: Creative Close-Ups. This came about as a result of noticing that there were more than enough ‘how to’ books to satisfy the demands of wildlife and landscape photographers but very few, if any, dealing with the process leading up to the making of the image. I also found that through leading hundreds of workshops there were two things that most photographers wanted to know, which is – how and why did YOU take that photograph? In the ebook I described, in detail, the story behind each image, revealing both the technique and thought process that led up to it with the latter, I firmly believe, being the key ingredient in producing creative and memorable photographs. Four years on, and I have produced another in the same vein, this time dealing with landscapes.

    Landscape photography ebookAdobe Acrobat PDF document
    17 case studies
    20 high-resolution images
    22 pages. £4.50 + VAT

    Purchase here

    Creative Close-Ups has been revised and there are 3 new case studies. 

    Purchase Landscapes and Creative Close-Ups in the same visit, and receive a free copy of Autumn in Finnish Lapland, which includes a comprehensive guide to photographing the northern lights. 

    Purchase ebooks here

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  3. Prints for Sale

    Kent, for whatever reason, has a dearth of galleries exhibiting and selling photography, but quite near to where I live, in Sittingbourne, Kent, lies a very nice craft centre set in the countryside called Oad Street Food and Crafts. 

    It’s been around for quite some time and a few years back I contacted them to see if they’d be interested in displaying/selling my work? I met with the manager of the craft department and they agreed. Upon reflection, and once I’d had time to digest the space, I declined. It was too muddled, too many items on show. Mine would be lost against the, ahem, clutter. But then I heard there was a change of ownership. The rather ‘twee’ tearoom had changed to a modern-looking restaurant, and the craft space was now occupied by just a small selection of local artists. I approached the owners, we had a meeting, and they agreed to display my work.
    This was a couple of months ago and ideally, there would be prints already hanging but due to my sheer workload of overseas tour commitments, it just wasn’t going to happen! We set a date (well, approximate), being the end of August. Images (both open and limited edition) have been selected and paper types and surfaces have been tested. So, I guess I know what I’ll be doing over the coming weeks!

    Prints will not be on display until the end of September

    If you’d like to be kept up to date with my latest news and alerted of those prints that will be on display then you might like to consider subscribing to my monthly newsletter, here.

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