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Don McCullin at Tate Britain

Published March 2nd, 2012

I've just posted my take on this show at The Tate. Only three days to go. Londoners should check it our before it's gone!

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Print Sales - Big Plans, Humble Beginnings

Published November 22nd, 2011

I am planning on offering prints of my 500px photographs for sale. They will be made by hand, by me, initially with my Canon IPF-5000 printer on A2 or A3 Ilford Galerie Gold Fibre Silk paper. I want every print to be unique, and will engage in a conversation with the buyer before making the print to produce something that best suits his or her tastes. I plan to adopt a very aggressive price point (exact details of which I'm keeping close to my chest for now), as the point of this exercise is not to make money, but to learn more about my photographs and photography.

If you may be interested, please sign up here to be kept informed of the launch of the sale.

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How It All Started (Contax 139, 2001)

Published November 5th, 2011

It is now the ten years since my serious relationship with photography started. The catalyst? A physics practiacal and a gifted Contax 139! I really couldn't have asked for more in a first camera, despite my initial misgivings. The photos I took back then weren't great, but that's not the point. The tools and the methods provided, I believe, a solid education that's become the foundation of a craft I have no formal training in.

See my full post here.

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Let Us Now Praise Camera Repairmen

Published October 31st, 2011

I am delighted to say I’ve just had three cameras repaired to satisfaction:

- Leica M2 – rangefinder was way, way out. Peter at CRR Luton realigned the rangefinder prisms.

- Hexar RF – rangefinder was way, way out. Kamera Service in the Netherlands were able to fix it.

- Bronica RF645 – Camera was electronically dead, and the transport mechanism suspect. Kamera Service have been able to fix both issues, resurrecting the Bronica.

BUT - I worry. My guess is the select number of individuals in the world that can perform these operations is tiny, especially for non-Leica rangefinders. And it ain’t getting any bigger. My feeling is these guys either worked at a camera manufacturer at one time, or worked through the period when these cameras were introduced and spare parts available. Is there enough demand for this repair work for them to consider apprenticing? I know the two main guys in the UK (Peter at CRR and Malcolm Taylor) are essentially one-man operations, and I assume (do excuse ...

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My Film/Digital Schizophrenia, Part I

Published September 30th, 2011

This is typical of the conversations I have with myself regarding film versus digital. I still can't make up my mind one way or the other. I love film photography, yet concede that having a finite time to spend on my photography, digital may be the best option. Recently I convinced myself to sell most of my digital gear, and then went and bought an X100 almost instantly. Welcome to my world!

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Vivian Maier at Photofusion

Published September 13th, 2011

For those of you in London, you have three days to get to Photofusion to see this wonderful show. And for anyone interested in street photography, read my thoughts on whether Maier is an all-time great:

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Breaking the 60 barrier

Published September 12th, 2011

I'm glad to see the first of my photos breaking the 60 rating barrier:

Who knows if it will stay there, as photo ratings do seem to atrophy over time. The whole system is a little mysterious at times, and hence can be frustrating. But that is easily outweighed by the positive impact that gaining such feedback has. I think my first vote, and first 'favourite' happened within a few hours of posting my first photo. That's an incredibly powerful fillip for a photographer, and no doubt contributed to my decision to keep with 500px as my online photography upload destination of choice.

The next challenge? Aim for 70? I'm not sure. I think the best approach is to concentrate on uploading good photographs, concentrating on the quality:quantity ratio. I may even start culling the bottom three ranked photos, for example, after a while, to keep the quality up.

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