Entries by leeaspland

Street Photography in Birmingham

Earlier this week I went up to Birmingham with fellow keen photographer, Ralph, to create some street photography images. Not being familiar with the city I found a useful guide from Oliver Krumes who’s recommendations we used to highlight a map with locations to visit. We arrived in the afternoon, dropped our bags in our […]


How it all started

I am writing a memoir that covers the last twenty years of my life. It’s a tale of middle age and Margaret Thatcher; how they led me into a health crisis and how I lived through it. One positive event that came from this is Mindful Photography. What follows next is an excerpt from my […]

Street Photography from London to Swansea

Last month, with a friend, I took part in a Street Photography Workshop in London with Mark Fearnley. Mark (the one in the trilby) specialises in Fine Art Street Photography and offers London workshops in small groups or 1-2-1.  We travelled up and stayed the night before in the big city. Arriving early for a 10:15 start […]


Multiple Exposure Videos

For those of you fascinated with the photography skills of Multiple Exposure and Intentional Camera Movement (ICM), here are six key videos from my course, previously released online. I am making these and the accompanying Cheat Sheets and Photo Activities available for free. Donations are gratefully accepted on the home page. All profits go to […]


Costa Rica – Top Twenty Photos

Our trip, to visit my sister and family in Costa Rica this January, helped to rekindle my dwindling passion for photography. There was something about the place that provided a great filip to my jaded seeing eye. It was the equatorial light that changed the sunsets. The marvelous wildlife. The fabulous scenery. The people. My […]


One year on

On 8th March last year I was diagnosed with a tumour in my bowel. Later, it was discovered to have spread to my liver. Two operations in April and July went well, and no chemo was possible, due to the type of cancer (MSI). From July onwards I have been recovering, from the physical and […]

Fit for the Future

I am fit for the future. That is the headline news. Diagnosed with Bowel Cancer in March 2022. Diagnosed with second stage bowel cancer of the liver in April, I can now report that all the cancer has been removed and I am completely clear of that tenacious beast. For now. The ten week recovery […]

Recovery – 2 weeks Post Op

This is me, two weeks after my liver resection to remove a tumour. I look remarkably well, but not every picture tells the true story, so here is my tale of my first two weeks post op. Ten Days of Hell Firstly, a few facts. I was scheduled for surgery in Cardiff on 27th July, […]


Threshold is the stage I am living through on my cancer rite of passage. As you may recall during the first stage, Severance, I released all my work activities. This in turn led to a separation from my creative endeavours, that was not a conscious decision, more a consequence of cutting all work ties and […]

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The right side of life

It’s been a while. I’ve not felt at all creative for the last six weeks. There’s not been much going on – apart from my lovely sister visiting – I think that it’s been more to do with coming to terms with what I’m living through. The operation to resection my bowel, to remove the […]


Cancer is a Rite of Passage

Living with cancer is a rite of passage. At first, I didn’t realise this, probably because my awareness of living through a rite of passage, despite having lived through a couple already, is not particularly attentive. If we take a rite of passage as the movement from one social status to another, then we all […]


Anaesthesia Alley

Beware of Anaesthesia Alley, anything that happens down that salubrious passage may or may not be true. Here follows the tale of my days before, through and after the alley. Readers of a sensitive demeanour may find there to be a little too much glorious detail. You have been warned. I was asked to go […]


Self Isolation Again

Self-isolation again. I first started in early March 2020 before it even had the ‘shielding’ name, and before the government had got their shabby act together. At that time Dinah had Covid – all the symptoms, but no testing available at that time. We decided that self-isolation was an essential survival tool. Before all this […]


Who Am I Now Exhibition live

Finally, after several delays, my Who Am I Now Exhibition is now on the walls, at Morriston Hospital, Swansea. And it looks great! The exhibition has been developed over two years with nine patients of Swansea Bay University Health Board, whose lives have been significantly altered by a major life health event. The original project […]


Limbo Practice

I don’t feel much like saying much today. The title says it all. I’m in a state of limbo; between cancer in and out, awaiting operations and treatment. The practice element is two fold. Practice sustains me at this time: meditation, yoga nidra, mindful photography practice. And practice with being with how it is – […]

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Delayed Operation

Yes, the Bowel resection, planned for Monday, has been delayed until 25th April. How do I feel about that? Frustrated, but also relieved. Mainly relieved right now. I dare say that the inconveniences caused by waiting another 3+ weeks will bite soon enough. In the meantime, I’m happy to not have to starve and take […]


Good Bad News

I am not a lover of the adjectives good and bad. They often seem inadequate and lazy. However, when coupled with the word news they become universally understood. Over the last week many of you have sent positive thoughts for good news from the hospital investigations. Finally, I have an update and I believe that […]



I saw the tumour, dominant in its pink tunnel, before I realised what I was looking at. I blame the sedation that made me feel that mellow way you do after 3 large G&Ts. I just watched the surgeon manipulate some kind of sampling tool, digging into the mass that looked a little like a […]

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My Photography Practice

You may have read that I re-established my photography practice over six months ago. I determined that I would schedule a weekly session and follow a practice that was not outcome driven. So, how have I got on? I thought I would share my regular approach and suggest some options that you could consider for […]

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The theme for this year’s Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy is Climate. This will be the fourth year I have submitted – one successful acceptance to date – so I thought I would share some of my thoughts about the process and the joy of creation. The first point I should make is that […]


The Story of a Photo 6

It seems somehow apposite to complete this difficult year that we have lived through with a metaphorical photo. The original is below. This image feels like this is not only where we are at now, but where we have been all year: shrouded in a fog of information. Sometimes a small light illuminates our experience, […]