Cefn Coed Hospital Heritage Project

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Over the last couple of months I have been supporting ‘A Mental Picture’ an ABMU Health Board Heritage Project in Partnership with Swansea University & Swansea Museum. My role has been to provide photography guidance and support to the people who come on our tours of Cefn Coed Hospital in Swansea. Cefn Coed Hospital building work began in 1928, utilising … Read More

I’m a Square Peg

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“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race … Read More

Summer’s here

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It seems like it has been some time since we experienced a full on summer in the UK. Maybe that is just my experience, living in Wales – as the west of the UK does get more rain – or maybe it’s just age wreaking havoc with my short term memory! However, the truth is that the weather has been … Read More

Creating Space

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In my efforts to live a more mindful life I have noticed (and the noticing is a fundamental part of this practice) that sometimes I reach a place when I am uncertain what is next. As a guy who is quite focussed and keen to develop my work in line with the way I am living, I get a little … Read More

Who Am I Now? – Week 8

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Last Friday was a momentous day for our group. The last session of “Who Am I Now?”, the last one of 16 weeks together. For this course was the follow up the “Developing Mindfulness through Photography” Course. Two 8 week courses where much has been learnt, shared and experienced. For our last week, in true teacher style, I led the … Read More

Hafal Workshop in North Wales

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On Monday I was invited to Snowdonia to deliver a mindful photography workshop for people who receive support from Hafal. The session was part of a whole afternoon that also included creative writing and was organised and funded by Literature Wales. We were fortunate to have the use of Yr Ysgwrn a fabulously restored cultural and historical centre in Trawsfynydd, which … Read More

Who Am I Now – Week 7

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Week 7, the penultimate week was all about love. Ahh! And all you need is love, don’t you? This week was the cure for the two previous weeks, which focused on Fear. Love is the antidote to fear, both holistically and chemically. Love produces oxytocin which is the natural antidote to the cortisol produced when we are fearful. See, all … Read More

Shape of Light

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I recently went to London for a consultation with the eminent throat surgeon Guri Sandhu. I am fortunate to get to see this leader in Larynx reconstruction and even more fortunate to be supported on the visit by my girlfriend. Whilst we were there we stayed an extra night and took in a few sights, including the fascinating abstract art … Read More

Who Am I Now Course – Week 6

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This week we built upon our discussions about loss and change. Specifically we focused on fear and how this emotion causes  physiological changes in our bodies. If you would like to read all about this here’s a link to my post on the topic. One of the key features of fear is that it causes the body to release a … Read More

Who Am I Now Course – Week 4

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This week was all about the application of knowledge and skills learnt in the first 3 weeks and was an opportunity to get personal. We were all invited to consider a barrier in our life, particularly one that was current. These barriers would generally be things that we are not comfortable with and would like to be different, but quite … Read More

Who Am I Now Course – Week 3

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This week I took the students understanding of abstract photography a step further and expanded their appreciation of using photographs to illustrate how they feel. After a general introduction that discussed the use of elements of visual design (space, form, colour, line, pattern, texture and space) to influence how a photo makes the viewer feel. I illustrated how our cultural … Read More

Who Am I Now Course – Week 2

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Week 2 starts the process of considering how we can represent our thoughts and feelings through photography. The beginning of this appreciation begins with a bit of creative fun; the creation of abstract photographs. This week we considered what Abstract Photography is and I shared some ideas for their creation. We talked a little about metaphor and symbolism as many … Read More

Mindful Photography Course – Who Am I Now?

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Last Friday I started the first week of eight delivering ‘Who am I now?’ to patients from Morriston Hospital Brain Injury Service. This is the second Mindful Photography Course I deliver and the students had all completed the first course with me last Autumn. The first course’s aim was to encourage students to apply and develop mindfulness to photography. At … Read More

Prolific

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When I first saw this week’s Word Press Photo Challenge theme of prolific I was stumped. Later as I was looking through some photos I had created at last week’s first session of a new live course with Brain Injury patients (news later this week), I realised there was potential in my favourite form of selfie. I often create selfies that use … Read More

Waiting

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As I type this I am sat in a cafe drinking tea (of course) waiting for a garage to phone me back and tell me that my car’s brakes are not a problem, or more likely that certain costs are due. The waiting, any waiting, is an exercise in patience and perhaps one that in our fast paced modern life … Read More

Mindfulness in the Woods Workshop

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I recently took part in a great mindfulness in the woods workshop with Woodland Classroom led by Lea and James Kendall. We were based in Penllergare Valley Woods in Swansea and spent 3 hours following a variety of mindful activities. We met in the car park at the re-imagined Penllergare Woods. From there Lea encouraged us to be present with the … Read More

I’m hoping this makes you smile

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This photo is for you. I had in my mind that I would try and create a photo to make you smile. So when I released the day into my bedroom and saw the dazzling blue sky an idea burst into existence. I thought how could you not fail to smile at the sight of my sparkling white English legs, loose … Read More

Sunset Afterglow

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I couldn’t let this opportunity pass without sharing a Rise/Set photo I created at a mindful photography workshop a few years ago. I had booked the space, date and time in Llanmadoc on the Gower Peninsula in late September in the hope that we would be blessed with a great sunset. The reality exceeded my expectations providing one of those … Read More