The Un-Holi Color Festival

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‘April is the cruellest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain’  TS Eliot’s Wasteland Fun and love – those cynical marketing buzzwords. Where they appear, so too does the profit-fed machine, huffing up dreams into a miasma of purple haze.  Those engulfed are happy, and comfortable, nestled in the artificial-fur-covered …

Fresh Faces 2014 World Final Modelling Competition, Barcelona

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For lots of behind-the-scenes photos, check out the English Photographer Facebook Page Recently enjoyed the honour of photographing the famous Fresh Faces World Final here in Barcelona. For those who don’t know, it’s a huge annual modelling competition that attracts aspiring models from across the globe hoping to supercharge their career in that competitive industry. Conceived by Andreas von Estorff, …

Film is Cool

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Notice anything strange about these 2012 shop-window advertisments from Clarks, the shoe shop? They’ve used the 120 Medium format 6*6cm square. However, the film border is the same for all of the photos, so apparently every picture was frame 6 on the roll of 12! Amusingly, ‘TMX’ is Kodak’s code for their T-Max film; which is black and white. (Analogue) …

Sahara Desert, Africa

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Back to running photography courses in Barcelona after photographing the Sahara Desert. Remarkable experience. Some photographs; I stayed at the amazing Nomad Palace on the edge of the sand dunes of the Sahara Desert with this chap; www.adventureswithali.com. And had tea with a nomad family in the middle of the desert.

The Best Photograph I Have Ever Taken

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Photographers generally get quite coy about their favourite photograph. They think of their photos as children, and cannot determine or even suggest a preference. A photographer is good if he or she can take good photographs; not based on what they’ve already taken before. That’s why I spend all of my time researching, learning and practicing my skill and art. …

Hephaestus – Catalan Blacksmith, Barcelona

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One of the oldest Catalan blacksmiths working in Barcelona, and the only chap with an open forge. This craftsman had learned from his father and practiced all his life. Apparently to master something, it’s necessary to do it for 10,000 hours. In our culture, with the peaks of the mountains talent has built available online, do we appreciate true craftsmanship …