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One day my prints did come!

A year later than originally planned, I’ll be putting on my first photo-exhibition next weekend. Nothing too grand; just a dozen images.

It all started in July 2015, when Jeff from Caught by the River emailed to say he would be visiting Hebden Bridge the following week, and could we meet for a beer? It turned out he’d spotted a passing tweet about my project to photograph the bridges in the local area—Hebden’s non-eponymous Bridges, so to speak. Jeff was amused by the idea and wondered whether I’d like to put on some sort of exhibition as part of a Caught by the River event in Hebden Bridge the following January. Of course I said yes.

Then came the disastrous Boxing Day floods that devastated much of the Calder Valley, and the event was postponed. A couple of months back, Jeff contacted me again to say there was to be a Caught by the River poetry and prose event in Hebden Bridge on 21st January, and would I still like to show some photos? Of course I said yes again.

Then the dithering began. How best to display twelve decent-sized photos at a reasonable price? Getting them framed would be too expensive for such a brief event, and would would mean damaging the venue’s walls to hang them. After faffing about for a couple of weeks, not sure what to do, I eventually hit upon the obvious idea of asking my local photographic printers if they had any suggestions.

Like many other businesses in Hebden Bridge, Print Bureau was badly flooded at the end of 2015, but has now recovered—and, indeed, expanded. They suggested a number of different solutions to my problem, and I quickly identified a winner: my prints would be mounted on a semi-rigid foam backing, then laminated. A cheap, light-weight, and durable solution. I have to admit, I was wary of having my prints laminated, but lamination technology seems to have moved on in leaps and bounds, the matt laminate they use being practically invisible.

I should also admit that I geeked-out over all of Print Bureau’s high-tech print-production apparatus. So much so that I asked Jamie Flear to take some photos as my prints were being processed and mounted:

Print preview
Previewing the prints.
Print roll
The images are printed on a long, continuous roll. (I'm already imagining the panoramas I might produce.)
Mounted
The prints are mounted on semi-rigid foam.
Trimming
…and trimmed before being laminated.

I picked up my finished prints last week, and am very pleased with the results:

Prints unwrapped
Unwrapping my prints.
Hebden's Other Bridges
My photo-book ‘Hebden's Other Bridges’ is available to order online.
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Year of Getting Stuff Out There

I’ve decided to make 2017 my Year Of Getting Stuff Out There (catchy acronym: YOGSOT).

The words ‘stuff’ and ‘there’ are deliberately vague to allow me some leeway. But I aim to keep publishing my work throughout the year, be it individual photographs, reviews, newsletters, articles, or more ambitious projects.

I’ve got off to an uncharacteristically flying start by having a slightly amended form of my Caught by the River article about my ‘Hebden’s Other Bridges’ photo-project published in the January 2017 edition of Dalesman magazine. And I’ve agreed to put on a small exhibition of my bridges photos for a Caught by the River poetry and prose event in Hebden Bridge on 21st January.

High on my list of priorities for this new year will be (finally) to publish my book On the Moor in both ebook, and more traditional dead-tree-book formats. Then I plan to begin work on my next book.

Of course, I fully appreciate that every year needs to be a Year Of Getting Stuff Out There, but we all have to start somewhere.

Watch this space…


2016: a year in photos

For the last few years, at this time of year, I've produced a video slideshow of photos to sum up my year just gone. Here's the 2016 video:

Consistent beyond reproach, as in previous years, this year's slideshow contains 97 photographs.

The background music, Techno Prisoners, is also by Yours Truly. I don't have an ounce of musical ability. Thank goodness for Garageband!

See also: Previous years' video slideshows


Announcing my new photobook, ‘Hebden's Other Bridges’

I'm delighted to announce that my photo-book Hebden's Other Bridges is now available to purchase online.

The book arose from a personal project to photograph the many bridges in the Hebden Bridge area.


Migrant waders anthology

I'm delighted to have provided an article for a new anthology about wading birds from Dunlin Press.

As you might expect, my article involves a walk on my beloved Moor, there's a bit of science, and Charles Darwin makes an appearance.

‘The Migrant Waders’ poster 3
Migrant Waders poster

2015: a year in photos

For the last few years, at this time of year, I've produced a video slideshow of photos to sum up my year just gone. Here's the 2015 video:

Consistent almost to a fault, as per the previous four years' slideshows, this year's slideshow contains 97 photographs.

The background music, Afghanman Style, is also by Yours Truly. I don't have an ounce of musical ability. Thank goodness for my iPad's Garageband app!

See also: Previous years' video slideshows


2014: a year in photos

For the last few years, at this time of year, I've produced a video slideshow of photos to sum up my year just gone. Here's the 2014 video:

As per the previous three years' slideshows, this year's slideshow contains 97 photographs. I'm nothing, if not consistent.

The background music, Delhicatessen, is also by Yours Truly. I don't have an ounce of musical ability. Thank goodness for my iPad's Garageband app!

Previous years' videos:


2013: a year in photos

For the last couple of years, at this time of year, I've produced a video slideshow of photos to sum up my year just gone. Here's the 2013 video:

(Click the play button and then the arrows next to the word Vimeo to view the slideshow in full-screen mode. Click the letters HD to view in high-definition.)

As per the previous two years' slideshows, this year's slideshow contains 97 photographs. I'm nothing, if not consistent.

You can view more of my photos on my Flickr pages.

The background music, Beat Rootz, is also by Yours Truly. I don't have an ounce of musical ability. Thank goodness for my iPad's Garageband app!

Previous years' videos: