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  • Heart and Mind - Heart and Mind By no means, do I regard myself as 'special' for pursuing two very different paths when it comes to earning a living.. I have to say, I was unprepared at how to work at both has introduced a welcome balance between heart and mind. The Disciplines For me, I have Photography and Video Production along one path and engineering on the other. They have, as you might imagine, very different aspects to them. They also overlap and I for one, am often glad of it. 'Engineering' is a discipline that spans a vast range and my chosen field centres on IT and electronics...ย  My cameras are digital (I was seduced to the 'dark side' long years ago ๐Ÿ™‚ ) and with such devices, comes a heavy reliance on IT.ย  Cameras (or what they produce) and IT are often uneasy bedfellows. So, to understand both 'waring parties' I can often restore a sense of balance by working out… Continue Reading
  • Surreal Parallel Worlds in East Anglia - Parallel Worlds. Parallel worlds, for many years, only existed in Science Fictionโ€ฆ Now, however, theoretical physics indicates parallel worlds may not be a flight of fancy after all.ย  โ€œThe truth is stranger than fictionโ€ they say.. "Parallel worlds".. the thought popped into my head as I walked along the north shore of the Orwell river.ย  As was the case in all my previous visits, the tide was out. Vessels of all shapes and sizes were moving up and down stream, all utterly dwarfed by the Orwell Bridge. As I ambled along, the sight of a tree began to totally absorb my attention. Many trees along this stretch of the river have had their roots undercut by the encroaching river. Some have keeled over completely and soon succumbed to the waters. Others however, may have taken on a serious lean, but are holding on regardless. The parallel world I speak of here is a literary one from the mind of J.R.R.… Continue Reading
  • Engineers - This blog is a little different from my usual ๐Ÿ™‚ "Engineers". When you hear that word, what is the image that pops into your mind? Folk, scared of the sunshine with few if any social skills or the polar opposite, perhaps... You know, a man (usually) with wild hair that walks about like a cat on a hot tin roof. Well, before switching tracks to my new(ish) profession, engineering was my primary path for 30 years. I was going to say "30 odd years" but thought twice about it ๐Ÿ™‚ Stereotypes have to come from somewhere I suppose and for sure, I have worked with engineers that fit either of the caricatures I painted earlier. It may surprise you but the most common characteristic I encountered was shyness. No surprise really. Most 'non-engineering' folk I encountered had little or no interest in engineering. So, developing and pursuing a skill in that arena has the potential to set you, socially at… Continue Reading
  • Fine Art Photography Fangorn in Suffolk - Only followers of Tolkien would know Fangorn. So I wonder how many of us that have read Tolkien, have had their lives at least in some small manner, altered by the experience? Some may argue it is folly to suggest that a work of fiction could (or should) have such an effect. Not I though. The imagination is one of the few human characteristics that can be free of the rigours of ageing - if we allow it ๐Ÿ™‚ Life in the 'real' world is often a matter of dealing with all sorts events that cause physical and mental wear and tear.. The imagination too, can suffer but keeping it safe from all the corrosive events in our lives can maintain a potential to maintain and boost even, the colour in our lives. We do, however, have to allow it to remain open to all sorts of influences - including, therefore, what we read. So what brings this on? A… Continue Reading
  • 2014 in Photographs - 2014 in photographs The idea of using photography to reflect the passage of a year may not be an original idea - 2014 in photographs is, nonetheless, my way to present a set of 'markers' from a purely personal perspective. Each image represents a bit of a struggle - though not an onerous one. Simply an effort to be faithful in representing what I see. "Ah!" you might say ๐Ÿ™‚ "What does "Faithful" mean in this context? Well, the answer is simple and complex all at the same time. The 'simple' answer is I always strive to portray an accurate representation of a place or a thing from an image. The complex bit? To imbue a sense of the spirit of the scene. The latter is, or course highly subjective. Regardless of all, here it is.. I recall pressing the shutter release for all of them - The scene touched me for different reasons and now I would love to… Continue Reading
  • A Videographer’s day - A view from Behind the Scenes. If you have ever watched a concert on the telly or online and was curious about how it is all done, read on ๐Ÿ™‚ Like all professions, what is visible to the public is the tip of the iceberg - so it is for the Videographer. This wee missive sheds a little light on the preparation that is done before the 'Record' button is pressed. Parts of the account border on 'technical' but it is all kept, hopefully, within the bounds of 'normal' human speech ๐Ÿ™‚ When I was offered the chance to produce a video recording of a classical concert by The Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra, I jumped at it. The venue was to be The Apex - an excellent venue in the Suffolk town of Bury St. Edmunds. It was an exciting prospect - many times have I seen a production from the audience perspective but not since my school and college days,… Continue Reading
  • Kentwell Hall - Kentwell Hall The Hall is sited in the midst of timeless grounds, close by the Suffolk town of Long Melford. "Timeless"? A quizzical eyebrow may be raised at such language but Kentwell Hall is not like other of our old manor houses where much is done to preserve them in aspic. On this visit, my time was restricted to the grounds. I was sure many hidden gem would have been waiting for me if I had more time! Still, I am content with what I have seen - the walled garden on the northern aspect of the house. A long established deciduous woodland borders the garden so the path I found myself following was lit by a green gloom - this enhanced the sense of mystery further. Ruins A long wall is to my right. Soon, a corner is turned and a derelict building canbe seen that adjoins the wall. There is a door - but it is barred shut..… Continue Reading
  • Less is More - Sound bites are often regarded with a cynical eye... - What may start out as well-crafted and powerful statement is often suborned by slick advertising campaigns or slippery politicians looking out for votes ๐Ÿ™‚ It is a shame because sometimes, a simple phrase holds a simple truth. I have one in mind - "Less is more" I recall this one in particular because of the first place I saw it. Of all places, it was on a toilet-roll dispenser ๐Ÿ™ Surely NOT the place to recommend using less than you should... Fortunately, monochrome photography (or any imagery for that matter) comes to the rescue and provides a FAR more savoury use for this phrase. The "Less" being the absence of colour and how this appears to make an image finer.. I suppose the reason for this is down to the physiology of the eye... While, during daylight hours, we predominantly use our colour vision to guide us through the day,… Continue Reading
  • Gig in the Garden - The Gig in the Garden As fund raisers go, Gig in the Garden has to be amongst the best. The gig is held in the wilds of Suffolk near the town of Stowmarket. It had its first outing last year - a one-day event that was a stonking success. This year's event was held over two days (July 12th and 13th, 2014) and despite a decidedly damp second day, the entire show was a blast. The event is in aid of Action Medical Research - A Charity close to the heart of many of the movers and shakers of the Gig. The work done to make the event a smooth running success was immediately obvious when I arrived. Car parking was organised and marshalled, the redoubtable St. John's Ambulance were visibly in attendance, high quality caterers (including a lady that served CRACKING coffee), room to camp if you wanted to stay over for both days and of course, the essential… Continue Reading
  • Whitby Abbey - A Legacy of Kings and Physicists An odd beginning to a tale I grant you but all will, hopefully, become clearer than mud in the next few lines ๐Ÿ™‚ This is a wee tale about a journey from Robin Hood's Bay to Whitby. The reference to the physicist ties in with the route - along one of the countless railway lines a certain Dr Richard Beeching identified for closure in the mid 1960s. The King is none other than the man that went through 6 wives and in trashed many an abbey in his argument with Rome. This journey ends at the abbey in Whitby. There is a second component to this tale - something that the purely rational amongst us may argue borders on the fanciful - the idea that a place may have an 'other worldy' feel about it. Well, I for one feel it is entirely reasonable it is possible to stray into an ancient memory that… Continue Reading
  • Gypsy Lane - The Hidden Power in a Picture For a photographer, understanding what it is about an image, the 'rhyme and reason' if you like, that cuts through the noise of our daily lives and seriously connects, is akin to a Holy Grail. I suppose some would regard that metaphor was bordering on heresy but I am not sure.. They are both about the spirit and how something beats in time with your soul.. Music has the power to do this.. as does the written word. Continue Reading