The right attitude for street photography
Street Photographers are forever running into problems (apparently). If the various posts and missives are to be believed every trip out is fraught with risk. You may be mistaken for a pedophile trying to capture pictures of kiddies. Or a terrorist trying to photograph potential targets. Perhaps your camera is shoved too far into someone’s […]
If you’re going to quote someone, please get it right!
Pushing out quotes is a really easy (read “lazy”) way of creating social media content. Normally I ignore them, as do most people it seems, and move onto the next piece of useful content. Only this one made me stop and think. According to Jezz Bezos, he of Amazon fame, “If you do build a […]
How to reverse engineer an excel spreadsheet
As a new system approaches attention turns to the amazing Microsoft Excel spreadsheet that everyone uses but no one has any idea how it works. The person who created it left the company and now, as department head, all eyes turn to you. You must know how it works as your team has been making […]
Beyonce Knowles : too big to fail
I was never a fan of Beyonce Knowles. So while the world raves about her new album and how amazing it is I’m sat here wondering how she can get away with such crap. My conclusion is she’s reached a critical mass in her fame. She is at a point where her fans have so […]
Why my faith in scientists is under threat
I’m rapidly losing my patience with scientists at the moment … “Scientists” are using attention grabbing headlines to self-promote in ways that isn’t supported by the evidence they present; The arrogant behaviour of some “scientists” towards those who do not share their opinion increasingly sounds like priests preaching; The inability of disciplines to see beyond […]
Have we created the slums of the future?
Having spent the past six months living in an “apartment block” built in the late 90s I have come to a conclusion: we have already built our next generation of slums. The development I was living in was cited as an example of an executive development, much in demand and with features designed to appeal […]
Finally I saw Dredd
Finally I got to see Dredd. After the complete horlicks that was Judge Dredd and with it being shot in fashionable 3D I was a little concerned that this was going to be another Hollywood massacre of much loved British culture. I need not have been afraid! Urban pulled off a brilliant Dredd, helped no […]
Spot check: are police spot checks for illegal immigrants racist?
Over the past few days there has been a major uproar brewing over the immigration checks that the Police have carried out at various tube stations. The general thrust of these is that these checks have been intimidatory, inflammatory and downright racist. They point to the UK descending into a police state as an increasingly […]
The philosophy of surrealism
I love surrealism. My first introduction to it came when I saw Salvador Dali’s melting clocks when I was studying A level art. I found them fascinating and his work inspiring. Indeed, my “head on a wine glass” may not have won awards, but it did manage to give my art teacher nightmares! For years […]
Gay marriage – or why respect for religion AND homosexuality must be the winner
You know what, I really couldn’t have given a shit about gay marriage. I was completely apathetic about the whole thing. And I get the feeling 90% of the population probably wouldn’t have noticed or cared or really had much of an opinion about it if someone had quietly passed a law that said gay […]
Amanda : my first studio shoot
Amanda was the first model I shot in a studio. I was pretty open about what was happening – I was learning to use lights and camera settings and poses. Even so, she agreed, threw herself into the shoot and I have to say I’m pretty happy with what came out the other side. Headshots […]
They were a strange bunch. A larger than life character and his foil, a lead singer who most definitely led from behind and a DJ who refused to remove her hoodie and glasses. They were a great bunch and we pretty much laughed our way through a couple of hours of photography. We shot around […]