The story of a photo 1

Every photo tells a story huh? But what about the story of the photo? The tale of how it came into being. Here's the first of a new series. This photo was created on a warm summer's day. It is born of my photography practice and a desire…

Practice

I use the word 'practice' a lot. I use it to describe the 20 minutes I spend doing yoga and meditation each morning. I use it to describe the photography activities I do and share in my eBooks and online courses. But is it only recently that…

Creating photos of a place – Cromer

We've just come back from a week on the east coast of England. Cromer is a seaside town in North Norfolk's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Whilst we walked a good six miles of the coast either side of the town, we also spent a few days…
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Generosity

Generosity is regarded as a mindful attitude. Jon Kabat-Zinn added it to his initial list of seven attitudes that are found in his book Full Catastrophe Living, along with gratitude. This post will detail what it is and explain how can you develop…
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Arts on Prescription

Swansea has just started an Arts on Prescription service. Read on to find out what that is and how the arts can support your well-being. HARBWR is the name of Swansea's Arts on Prescription Service. It runs creative and engaging arts activities…
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Simplify your camera setup

I have written in the past about how imposing limitations can fire up your creative juices, but simplifying your camera set up can also allow a greater connection with the visual feast in front of you. Let me explain. I believe that the greatest…
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Street Photography Lenses

There is plenty of debate and loud opinion about the ideal focal length for a Street Photography lens. I thought I would put two to the test during a recent walkabout in the city of Swansea in Wales. I'll be considering the merits of a 27mm…
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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.…