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When trust in the NHS breaks down
Living Life

When trust in the NHS breaks down

When I visit a hospital for an operation I just ask to be treated with a little care and dignity. I’m going to be nervous and apprehensive, perhaps a little anxious. So please take your time to create an environment that’s welcoming, reassuring and helpful. My visit to Central Middlesex yesterday was anything but. A […]

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Experimenting with Affinity (a viable alternative to Photoshop)
Design

Experimenting with Affinity (a viable alternative to Photoshop)

Having decided to take photography more seriously, I’ve needed a better editing tool. Photoshop is dreadful, so I tried Affinity Photo as an alternative. The results are pretty good.

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Can we stop the “Pinterest” books?
Writing

Can we stop the “Pinterest” books?

Photobooks are becoming more like printed Pinterest boards than engaging content. Do we need to rediscover the art of documentary making?

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The “immigration crisis” : how will history judge us?
Society

The “immigration crisis” : how will history judge us?

The idea of describing Europe’s “immigration crisis” in those terms doesn’t sit well with me. It implies people are paying thousands of Euros and risking life and limb to cross borders and seas are doing it purely for some economic gain. Yet we know these people are moving away from areas being destroyed by war, […]

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Support your local designer
Design

Support your local designer

Sometimes designers come across as a bunch of prima donnas asking for high fees for little value. The mainstream press will occasionally lambast the latest “logo redesign”, while MPs will question the value of creating brand identities (then complain when Government efforts to promote something fail). Yet design is one of our greatest exports. British […]

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Jennifer Nadi
Photography

Jennifer Nadi

Portraits of black model Jennifer Nadi taken during an early stage in my photography career.

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Keeping it backed up : my own humble approach
Living Life

Keeping it backed up : my own humble approach

Keeping backups of all the photographs we’ve taken requires a lot of disk space. Thankfully there are cloud options that make life easier.

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Grace – Southbank lightbox
Photography

Grace – Southbank lightbox

An improvised shot of Grace taken in London. A recently painted stairwell in Southbank proved to be a useful lightbox. Lesson: keep your eyes open!

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Fire your creativity with these 3 easy steps
Design

Fire your creativity with these 3 easy steps

If your creative juices are stuck, try this simple exercise. All you need is a photograph and Lego, and who doesn’t like playing with plastic bricks?

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Why street art is vital to our urban environment
Society

Why street art is vital to our urban environment

Street art is an important and misunderstood part of our urban landscape. Rather than vilify and prosecute, perhaps we should celebrate and nurture

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Don’t be a spammer when you promote your book
Writing

Don’t be a spammer when you promote your book

Build a solid marketing to engage with the audience for your book will be more effective than firing messages ad hoc into Social Media forums.

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Worst self-published author promotion ever?
Writing

Worst self-published author promotion ever?

To promote your self-published book you need advertising. This how-to article breaks down a poor example to give you tips on what to do right.

About Ross A Hall

I help companies make the most of content. Some people call me a writer, others a content manager. I prefer "someone who gets results".

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