In just under two weeks, my studio mate (Natalie Hill) & I are launching our Photography courses. We aim to give friendly interactive courses from our studio, teaching all the technical basics of photography, dipping into the history, looking at why photography is great and, most importantly, helping our students be as creative as possible with their cameras.
There is still time to sign up so here's the info:
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Freshly back from a week in Anzère, Switzerland, skiing, stuffing my face, dancing, playing board games, chatting & enjoying the mountain air...
The drive back was a bit ridiculous - we somehow failed to find the motorway for a good 300km - instead weaving our way through the Swiss & French countryside, hitting closed streets in the middle of nowhere, spotting interesting roundabouts and enjoying the changing weather... quite nice really!
A few kilometres along the Sambre river from Namur, in the Val St Georges, lives great grandmother Pauline Marchal.
Every Thursday she heads to the local nursery school to read stories to the children - her arrival greeted with excited calls of 'Mme Pauline'. Mme Pauline is a bit of a legend around these parts - other than reading to them, she babysits nightly, helps with homework, looks after them when they are ill and dresses up as St Nicolas once a year. The walls of her home are pasted with photographs of hundreds of smiley young faces - she refers to them all as her grandchildren. She tells me proudly of one woman who has become a teacher, moved to Liège and found her own 'Mme Pauline' to read to her classroom.
She doesn't enjoy talking about herself as much - she has lost her husband and two of her sons. Although the memories are bittersweet, she plays me some home videos from the time she spent living in the Congo in the late 50s, when she was my age now and her children were not much older than the ones she reads to today.
I'm home after spending two incredible weeks in Mozambique. Visiting friends, soaking up the sun, catching up on reading, diving with giant squid and waking up to the sound of the waves. I was also lucky enough to grab a couple of days work for Plan International, who do fantastic work in the South of the country - I visited 10 project sites in two days, so quite a whirlwind of impressions and I wish, wish, wish I spoke just a little bit of Portuguese. While I get around to editing everything, here's some land & some sea.
Until analog photography became pretty much unaffordable or at least incompatible with actually trying to earn a living from photography, I shot a lot of film. Since I never throw anything away; I have baskets, albums and scrapbooks full of photos I barely look at.
2013 is the year I do something with all these pieces of paper and since the best way I know how these days is to stick them on a computer, I've decided to start a blog series in order to throw a few of them up every so often... so here is 'from the archives #1' - a few shots of my friends Kate and Jo from the days we lived together in Hackney Central, London, early 2005.