The hottest place on earth – that’s Death Valley! Although thankfully not when we were there. My trip there with three fellow photographers was part of a bigger jaunt which also took in Arizona, Utah and Nevada.
I have long wanted to visit Myanmar and finally travelled there with three fellow photographers last month! The colours, scenery and wonderful people was a joy and we have many thousands of images to work through.
It was October and once again I found myself in New York for a few days on a family trip. Jenny and I experienced the delight of showing off a much-loved destination to Simon, our eldest, Lorna his wife and our lovely grandchildren, Willow and Jake.
Well 2016 has found me as passionate about dance as ever and keen to add more to my portfolio ahead of the forthcoming Royal Photographic Society and Photographic Association of Great Britain distinctions for which I have applied.
I just love getting the studio set up in advance of a dance shoot! Last week I had the pleasure of photographing some wonderful dancers – Jude Whitburn from Third Stage in Bristol, Drew Lawrence who has just finished training at the English National Ballet School, Jade Wallace from the Elmhurst Ballet School and Lydia Baker who attends the Royal Ballet School, White Lodge.
I’m just back from a two week trip to the South West United States where I photographed extensively in California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona with three superb photographers from Bristol. One of the highlights of our travels was undoubtedly the Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah.
Rain is hammering down outside as I write and I’ve just read a couple of ‘what I did in 2015’ blogs which prompted me to add one. Some photographic distinctions eluded me in 2015 but I finally completed the paperwork for an AFIAP and enough of my images have now been accepted in international salons for me to apply for the EFIAP in a month or two.
I have been visiting Norfolk for about 30 years now and every visits still feels as fresh and exciting as the first. There is a beautiful simplicity in the combination of flintstone, red pantiled roofs and green fields giving on to the salt marshes and immense beaches.
That’s what photographers do and sometimes it’s hard to find or to recognise. It is good to avoid bright sunlight and blue skies which lack drama but give unpleasantly contrasty shadows.