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Tales from a hospital bed 11

A low key edition. To reflect my mood. I am dog tired and, of course, that affects mood. Sleep has been episodic for a while now and the cumulative effect of several nights with little deep sleep is insidious. I am usually a good sleeper. 8…
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Tales from a hospital bed 10

Morning all. Last day of being a patient patient before the second stage tomorrow. Meanwhile, some better sleep last night, although the bar has been set pretty low recently. I feel more balanced today, keen for the next stage to come and go…
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Tales from a hospital bed 9

Sleep. It's an essential element of our wellbeing. When it is disrupted or inadequate we do not function as well - physically, emotionally and psychologically. Sleeping in hospital can be a challenge. Here's a sleepy tale shaped by recent nocturnal…
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Tales from a hospital bed 8

I am very tired. Two nights of poor sleep have left me a little low in most ways and I am watching my moaning mind escalate and embroider. It's not as pretty as the end of that sentence sounds. I won't throw any of those whinges your way,…

Where’s the Brexit Boris?

You may remember my first 'Where's the Brexit?' photo (below) which I had exhibited as part of the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition 2019. I was also fortunate enough to sell it. All that experience and the continuing Brexit chaos has encouraged…

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2019

Finally, we made it to London to see this year's fabulously diverse Summer Exhibition. This year it has been coordinated by Jock McFadyen, a Scottish painter of monumental urban landscapes - with life comment for good measure. Jock's intention…
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Photography @ Elysium

Elysium have recently opened their fabulous new gallery in Swansea High Street. This Tardis like space currently holds the best of their Espy Photography Award 2019 and 'Reflections on Identity following Brain Injury' - an exhibition I have…

Favourite Photos from last year

It's taken me way to long to get around to curating this selection of my favourite photos from last year. A sure sign of a busy year. Here they are now, some of them are simply the visual feast that I love, others have feelings or memories…
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Developing a Project #WAIN

Over the last two years I have been working freelance and my working world has become entirely a project driven world. Creative learning projects with the Arts Council Wales, Mindful Photography Courses with the Brain Injury Service and my…
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Where’s the Brexit?

I have just submitted this photo for the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition. The theme this year is our contemporary world and what can be more contemporary than the Brexit chaos we find ourselves in? Though what things will be like come the…
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Festive Greetings

I hope that you are soon going to be taking a break from your busy schedule. You deserve some rest and recuperation. Don't we all? I am going to be taking a two week break from my many projects, at least that's what I'm promising. So, this…
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Foundation Skills Course – Week 5 Elements of Visual Design

After a two week break we were back to Mindful Photography this week. Building upon the compositional guidelines we explored last time, I introduced the seven elements of visual design that can be used to consider how a photo can be arranged. The…

A Small Autumnal Space

I have a Mindful Photography Practice that invites you to create a set number of photos in a small space - something less than 20 metres square - in a set period of time. During the practice you turn off your review screen to encourage an attention…

250th Summer Exhibition – Royal Academy of Arts

A couple of weeks ago I visited the 250th Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts with friends. If you have never been - and I hadn't - then this is the year to make the effort. You won't be disappointed. The Summer Exhibition is a…
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Cefn Coed Hospital Heritage Project

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…

Summer’s here

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,…
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Waiting

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…
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Mindfulness in the Woods Workshop

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…

I’m hoping this makes you smile

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…
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Sunset Afterglow

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…
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My favourite place is right here right now

The photo above was my one of my first thoughts for an image that represented a Favorite Place. It suggests that I have been out with my camera, creating photos and have now settled to review the photos whilst consuming a quality cup of tea…