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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…
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Favourite Photos 2021

Each of these photos has been chosen for a reason. It could just be a successful creative intention achieved, or a memory evoked. I try to do this every year, but I failed last year. It was a strange old year huh?  Reflecting upon that…

Swansea Open 2021

Swansea Open 2021, the city's open art exhibition goes live 20th November. This is always a great opportunity to see a wide range of work, from painting to sculpture and of course, photography. What I like about an open exhibition is anything…

Portfolios live!

I have spent the last week reviewing 10+ years of photos! My intention was to identify those photos that best illustrated my development as a photographer over the decade and share them in some Portfolios. As you may know I often use my…
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The story of a photo 5

This is the story of a photo in portrait format. Not the version you see above, but the original that is at the end of this post. Most of the time I am drawn to shoot in landscape format. I even chose to do that for my recent portrait project,…
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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;…
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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…

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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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…
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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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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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Photography for Well-Being

Photography for Well-Being 1 is available for pre-order now. My new book shows you how through experiencing nature, inspiring creativity and sharing photos you can use photography to improve your artistic skills and well-being - especially during…
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Monty was a doggy guru

Monty died at the weekend. He was a lively and occasionally very naughty Bijon Frise. White haired, curious and very friendly. He will be much missed. What you may not know is that he was also a guru, who taught me about mindfulness, consciousness…
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Exploring Multiple Exposure

A few years ago I started experimenting with multi-exposure (more about this technique here) - the art of combining several images in one exposure in camera. A year or so in to my exploration I lost interest as my camera could only combine…