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Creating art for exhibitions

Let's reflect upon the process of creating art for exhibitions. The first few months of each year seem to be, what I have now named, 'Call' Season. Many national and international exhibitions and competitions call for new work to be submitted.…
Shielding photosLee Aspland
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One Year of Shielding (Part 2)

Carrying on from Part 1 of this One Year of Shielding there have been changes. All parts of the UK are slowly emerging from the 3rd lockdown and there is personal news on the effectiveness of vaccines. Here in Wales, we are emerging from…

What’s your style of Street Photography?

Some of my favourite photographers are street photographers. I'm thinking of Saul Leiter and Alex Webb. There's something about the look of their photos that appeals to me. I now know what that is. Leiter and Webb share four common themes;…

Askıda ekmek – Suspended bread

Askıda ekmek is a Turkish tradition that goes back centuries and means 'paying it forward'. When you go to a bakery you pay for two loaves and leave one at the shop. The second loaf is then suspended on a hook and those who are need can come…
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One Year of Shielding (Part 1)

Just over one year ago I started shielding. We used the phrase self isolating at first, but I guess that had negative connotations, so shielding it became. I started when my partner Dinah developed Covid. It wasn't a difficult decision,…
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Multiple Exposure – Additive Mode

During my initial forays into Multiple Exposure (ME) I could not see any use for Additive Mode. If you have never heard of this then I congratulate you at not being as immersed with ME as I am. I bought a Fuji X-T4 just so I could have access…
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PHOTO IS:RAEL PhotoMarathon

PHOTO IS:RAEL was an online photomarathon that happened over 24 hours in February 2021. I decided to take part for creative challenge and boy did I get what I asked for! There were 6 themed challenges, which had to be completed over a full…

Playing with Multiple Exposure

Playing is an essential part of creativity and Multiple Exposure is certainly a creative technique. However, when you're developing your abilities at a new skill you may forget to play around and have fun. If you're anything like me, you may…
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Developing Resilience

"Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress.....It means bouncing back from difficult experiences."American Psychological Association Resilience is what…

Pandemia Exhibition Live!

How long is it since you went to an exhibition? Months no doubt. This strange period has changed how we can experience art and many of the main art galleries have moved some of their exhibitions online. And so have I! Yes, Pandemia is now…
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Your Photography Goals 2021

Over the last 10 months I have had plenty of time to practice and develop my photography skills. I can't think why! A key aspect of that development was having a purpose. To be honest any creative outlet can help, but as I am a photographer…

Merry Christmas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZN-CSDUlFfQ&t As promised above here are a few gifts for you: First up here is the Four Stage Seeing Practice which you can use with the Sun Salutation Photography Activity, which follows it. The…

Pandemia Launch

Pandemia, my exhibition that explores our thoughts, feelings and experiences during the Covid Pandemic this year, will launch on Thursday 21st January 2021. The exhibition will share my 18 most personal and resonant photos, each one representing…
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Me and ME (Multiple Exposure)

A Creative Guide to Multiple Exposure and ICM is LIVE! - 35% OFF + Zoom workshop for March 2021 I have been somewhat occupied of late. A creative project has taken over. So much so that I have slipped to only blogging once or twice a month.…
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Acceptance

Mindfulness encourages you to see things as they actually are in the present moment. As the present moment plays out, you practice noticing your feelings, your physical sensations and the thoughts that flit across your mind. It may well be…

Online Course November Sale

All my online courses have 50% off for November. Just use the coupon LABF2020 at the checkout. That includes: Mindful Photography 101 - an introduction to a mindful approach to your photo creation (Only £8 with the discount offer) Seeing…
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I’m in the Amateur Photographer!

Last week I was fortunate enough to be featured in the UK's oldest national photography magazine, The Amateur Photographer. In an interesting article about Mindful Photography I am one of three photographers who get to explain their take on…
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Living well with difficulty

This post is shared in support of World Mental Health Day (10th October) Yesterday started with difficulty. I was unsettled, ragged, insecure and confused. What was going on? There was nothing I could identify as a cause. I had slept well,…
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Practice makes perfect

Or does it? There is some disagreement. It generally goes like this: if you practice the wrong skills everyday you will ingrain bad habits, not perfection. I prefer Michael Jordan's take on this. "You can practice shooting eight hours a…
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PhotoBARRYthon is coming!

I am helping to organise PhotoBARRYthon, a photomarathon that takes place next month, in Barry, South Wales. The official press release about the event is below, with a web link for more information. All of our meetings to organise this, since…
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5 Benefits of Daydreaming

I have had two conversations with close friends in the last week where we have discussed the absence of daydreaming from our lives. This has set me thinking and daydreaming! Being a man of late middle age, I remember a time before smartphones,…