Coursework

Final Major Project Posts
  • Tutorial with Krishna August 21, 2019 Very good conversation last evening with Krishna and Ash. Both were encouraging about the status of my FMP. We discussed the use of quotes as an ... Read more...
  • Arles Inspiration August 6, 2019 I finally got around to creating  gallery of images from Arles. So many points of inspiration, particularly for installations. I noted a couple that really ... Read more...
  • Reportage August 6, 2019 It has been  little while, but I was asked to shoot last evening’s Bath for Europe event, featuring Lord Andrew Adonis (ex labour Minister, Vice-Chair of ... Read more...
  • Week Nine Reflections – Frome Festival August 5, 2019 Small wins – but I noted before how much I enjoyed shooting the Frome Festival events. It is a little late, but I wanted to ... Read more...
  • Week Eight Reflections July 28, 2019 This was our first visit to Rencontres d’Arles, and it will not be the last. A terrific experience. The venues and presentation puts Paris Photo, ... Read more...
  • Week Seven Reflections July 23, 2019 Belated reflection, as we are enjoying a family holiday then a trip to Rencontres d’Arles to meet the Falmouth group. For many reasons, the Netherlands has ... Read more...
  • FMP Proposal feedback from Wendy July 17, 2019 Had a good conversation with Wendy of my proposal for FMP. Feedback was good, and I think the proposal (and project) was well received. Wendy ... Read more...
  • Lukas Birk Webinar July 16, 2019 Terrific webinar today with Lukas Birk, hosted by Gary. Lukas was really helpful to me last year as I was starting to think my way ... Read more...
  • Anthony Luvera & Collaboration June 29, 2019 I enjoyed this week’s lecture by Anthony Luvera. He has a socially-engaged practice, usually involving some form of community photography. As such, he has a lot of ... Read more...
  • Week Three Reflections June 24, 2019 The week was focused on two things – getting the Final Major Project proposal finished, and working on the book content and timetable. Working through the ... Read more...
  • Cambodia Project Ethics June 17, 2019 There are several layers in any ethical discussion of photographs. I am researching new ways to address these issues, with global relevance. This includes research ... Read more...
  • Week Two Reflections June 16, 2019 I have separately written on the Lewis Bush Storytelling Workshop, which was really helpful, so I’ll just note a couple of other reflections on a ... Read more...
  • FMP Week One Reflections June 9, 2019 Well, here we go. the end of the first week of Final Major Project, although (based on my CRJ writings), it does seem to have ... Read more...
  • Venue for FMP Installation June 7, 2019 I got confirmation today that I have two weeks at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, December 4th onwards (effectively until Christmas).  This is ... Read more...
  • Pecha Kucha Feedback June 5, 2019 Had the first proper 1-1 with Wendy on the FMP, around the Pecha Kucha. I think it’s fair to say Wendy really liked the presentation and ... Read more...
  • Pecha Kucha June 4, 2019  1 In 1994 we made our first visit to Cambodia. Here is the beautiful Ta Prohm, in Angkor. But we soon realised that the country was ... Read more...
  • Webinar with Wendy April 30, 2019 Had a very good ‘kick-off’ conversation with Wendy, today. We talked a little about the FMP process, and where I was on the Cambodian project. I ... Read more...
Informing Contexts Posts
  • Informing Contexts – Grades – Where To, Now? May 31, 2019 I have just received the grades for Informing Contexts – 69% overall, pretty much in line with Sustainable Prospects,  Surfaces & Strategies and Positions and ... Read more...
  • Week Twelve Reflections April 29, 2019 My practice has changed, and my understanding of photography has deepened. So, a good end to Informing Contexts. As this is also the end of ... Read more...
  • Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay April 25, 2019 This brilliant and insightful movie has just been made available on YouTube. For anyone that hasn’t seen it. From the United Nations of Photography announcement about making ... Read more...
  • Notre Dame Fire April 16, 2019 Most of us will have got the news about the terrible fire via video. On Twitter, my usual source for breaking news, citizen journalist pictures ... Read more...
  • Webinar – Michelle, Andrew and colours April 11, 2019 Quick but very productive webinar today. I noted the feedback on my Oral Presentation, suggesting less on the background and more on the critical thinking behind ... Read more...
  • Informing Contexts – Oral Presentation – Feedback April 9, 2019 From Pierre: Well done video Mick. Good to see your journey from where it began to where it is now.  The painterly influence never goes away, it ... Read more...
  • Week Ten Reflections April 7, 2019 Several days were taken up ‘looking’ at art and photography, this past week. I separately posted about the McCullin show – just brilliant. I won’t ... Read more...
  • Informing Contexts – Oral Presentation April 7, 2019  Partly because of some misguided feedback at the Falmouth F2F, and partly because I felt a need to ‘go back the beginning’ to explain my ... Read more...
  • Interview with Mak Remissa March 31, 2019 Mak Remissa is arguably the most successful and important photographer working in Cambodia today. He is a working photojournalist, and is heavily involved in the ... Read more...
  • Feeling a little frustrated March 28, 2019 There is some kind of irony in the fact that, just as I (and others) feel that I am making some real breakthroughs in the ... Read more...
  • Week Eight Reflections March 25, 2019 There is much to be said for clearing the cobwebs from the mind. There is even more to be said for getting away from the ... Read more...
  • Sebastião Salgado March 19, 2019 A couple of years ago, the PhotoBath collective, of which I am a member, mounted a successful exhibition of Sebastião Salgado’s work. It featured 8 ... Read more...
  • Responses & Responsibilities March 16, 2019 James Elkins, in What Photography Is (2011), analyses photographs from 1905 of Lingqi, the Chinese ‘death by a thousand cuts’. (chapter 6, pg 177-220). I ... Read more...
  • And When I am Formulated, Sprawling on a Pin March 14, 2019 And I have known the eyes already, known them all, The eyes that fix you in a formulated phrase, And when I am formulated, sprawling on a ... Read more...
  • Week Six Reflections March 12, 2019 The Face-to-Face was, of course, both the highlight and the majority of the week. I really enjoyed the event – ‘The Living Image‘ content, group critiques, ... Read more...
  • The Vernacular Landscape – and Intention March 2, 2019 I do not consider landscape central to my practice, though like many others who started in photography with a lot of travel images, the genre ... Read more...
  • Colour, Black & White or Infrared March 1, 2019 On this last Cambodia trip, I was experimenting with infrared, being intrigued with its ‘ghost like’ properties. I shared a few quick images at the ... Read more...
  • Ministry of Education February 27, 2019 Beng Simeth, who was at Save the Children in Phnom Penh when we first started the program, has been the education program leader for the ... Read more...
  • Week Four Reflections February 27, 2019 This is a rather delayed post on last week’s reflections, as it has been a busy (thankfully, productive) trip, so these comments are in the ... Read more...
  • The Explicit and the Implicit Gaze February 23, 2019 Ansel Adams famously said ‘There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.’ (Sheff Interview, 1983) There are always two gazes for every photograph, ... Read more...
  • Webinar February 22, 2019 It was an interesting webinar yesterday with Michelle. Clive, Vincent and Peng were in the group. I shared two (early) sets of work from this trip. ... Read more...
  • The Advertising Idea February 20, 2019 Katherine Frith likens reading adverts to peeling an onion. She pinpoints three stages in reading adverts: The surface meaning The advertiser’s intended meaning and The cultural meaning. She concludes ... Read more...
  • Week Three Reflections February 17, 2019 As I write this, I am on Day 3 of a two week Cambodia trip, so most of my thought processes are focused on the ... Read more...
  • Traces, Spaces, Faces, Places February 16, 2019 With your peers, discuss whether you think the constructed photographs included in this session ‘lie’, the extent these photographs are fictional, and the methods you use to ‘interpret’ ... Read more...
  • Facts and Ethics February 12, 2019 Was chatting yesterday about Wittgenstein with a friend of mine who is a Professor of Inter-Disciplinary Applied Ethics at Leeds. Wittgenstein wrote, in the Tractatus, that ‘The ... Read more...
  • Week Two Reflections February 10, 2019 Whilst I am enjoying the research and writing, I admit to an increasing unease with some of the academic theories of photography. Hence my posts ... Read more...
  • The Index and the Icon February 8, 2019 Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914) was an early semiotician. His work was based on the pursuit of scientific and logical truth, and he developed his semiotics ... Read more...
  • A Question of Authenticity February 6, 2019 In Camera Lucida, Roland Barthes states that ‘From a phenomenological viewpoint, in the photograph, the power of authentication exceeds the power of representation‘. (Camera Lucida: pg 89) In ... Read more...
  • Las Meninas February 4, 2019 I am intrigued by the way that Velazquez’ Las Meninas has been used as inspiration through the years. The painting itself seems to meet most of ... Read more...
  • Photography, Photographies February 3, 2019 This week’s task: Post a brief commentary below that identifies the inherent characteristics and contexts of the ‘photographic’ nature of your own practice. Specifically refer to ... Read more...
  • IC Week One Reflections February 2, 2019 It has been a good start to the new module, with a good range of intellectual content, and helpful first online discussions with Michelle and ... Read more...
  • David Goldblatt February 2, 2019 ‘I suppose at best, I had hoped we might see ourselves revealed, as it were, by a mirror held up to ourselves’ David Goldblatt, 2017. I was ... Read more...
  • Reflections on my Photographic Practice January 22, 2019 Robert Frank said, “Above all, life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference”. I provided  a reasonably thorough review of my photography in my ... Read more...
  • Provoke January 22, 2019 The Japanese photo magazine ‘Provoke’ only published three issues, in 1968 and 1969. It was a rejection of many of the then-prevailing ‘global’ photographic norms. ... Read more...
  • A Book Brief January 18, 2019 In 2019, I plan to publish a book in Cambodia, about Sarath and family’s ‘Unfinished Stories’. Printing capability is competent but not sophisticated in the ... Read more...
  • The Photographic Message – Roland Barthes January 16, 2019 I wrote about Camera Lucida at the beginning of the MA. As I concluded then, I found it rather depressing. The Photographic Message, an essay in Image ... Read more...
  • Nine Inspirations January 13, 2019 One of the vacation exercises is to comment on nine inspirations. So, here goes. 1. Annemarie Prins. I have only recently discovered her work, through conversations ... Read more...
  • Offering Critique January 13, 2019 Last autumn I decided to join the local Frome Wessex Camera Club, something I had not done before, as I am not a ‘competition’ person, ... Read more...
  • What is Street Photography? January 2, 2019 I have an ongoing project to digitise my film archives, which has been a bit interrupted by the MA. So a 2019 resolution is to ... Read more...
  • The Best of 2018 December 30, 2018 In the Sustainable Prospects module, we covered the power of social media, within which I assessed my current position and conducted some Instagram promotional experiments. As I ... Read more...
  • Ain’t no Shame in my Game December 29, 2018 I used to do a lot of street photography, although most recently I have been a little bored by it – in the sense that ... Read more...
Positions & Practice Posts
Surfaces & Strategies Posts
  • Surfaces & Strategies Reflections – Grades – Where To, Now? September 20, 2018 Just got the Surfaces & Strategies results – and although the overall result (70.6%) is remarkably consistent with Positions & Practice (70.8%), the internals are ... Read more...
  • RPS Presentation August 31, 2018 I have been invited to give a talk to the Western Region of the Royal Photographic Society, next Sunday (September 9th). They have advertised it to ... Read more...
  • Week Eleven & Twelve Reflections August 20, 2018 Bill Jay, in Occam’s Razor, 1992, wrote: ‘… all good photographers have a deep commitment to, and involvement with, their subjects, and through photography they are ... Read more...
  • Book Dummy August 20, 2018 Now that I have completed selection of images for the Work in Progress portfolio, and finished Landings, it seemed right to update the book dummy. I ... Read more...
  • Workshop in Bath August 19, 2018 It was a very successful workshop with the Frome Camera Club this afternoon, in Bath. 18 people attended, on ‘Street Candid Portraits‘, and the feedback ... Read more...
  • Surfaces & Strategies Oral Presentation August 19, 2018  I am exploring the long-term impact of the Khmer Rouge Genocide, and especially its impact on education. This includes revisiting our family history with that ... Read more...
  • Work in Progress – I missed my Mother August 18, 2018 I have completed the S&S WIP selection. Posts have already been written which explain my rational on intimacy, landscape and negative traces. Some of my fellow students ... Read more...
  • Exhibition August 16, 2018 Two of my early ‘Traces’ images have been chosen to be part of PhotoBath‘s group show in September. It will be shown at 44AD Gallery, in ... Read more...
  • Workshop Preparations August 16, 2018 The details of the August 19th Workshop are completed. We will be meeting at the Green Park Station, in Bath, on Sunday afternoon, and a ... Read more...
  • Landings 2018 August 12, 2018 Landings 2018 is a collection of current work by students and staff of Falmouth Flexible Online MA Photography, from August 17th. There are three themes – Expressions ... Read more...
  • Week Ten Reflections – Landscape, Context and WIP August 12, 2018 My reflections this week are about my photographic approach to ‘aftermath’. Christian Schwager, a Swiss photographer, made a series My Lovely Bosnia (2003 – 2005), around the still-present ... Read more...
  • Street Portrait Workshop – August 19th August 11, 2018 As I already noted, I am conducting a ‘Street Portrait’ workshop in Bath next weekend. So far 12 people have signed up. Workshop background is here. In ... Read more...
  • WIP – Telling Sarath’s Story in the Jungle August 9, 2018 Part of this project is to tell the personal stories of the people who survived the Genocide. I am using video, and will include segments ... Read more...
  • Time, Education & Rephotography August 6, 2018 I am examining the ‘time‘ aspect of my narrative, amongst other things. In an earlier post, I noted that a young boy that started in a ... Read more...
  • Negative Traces August 5, 2018 The impact of the Genocide of 1975-1979 is still, in many ways, hidden. It is visible only in traces, both physical and psychological. My project is ... Read more...
  • This week’s ‘to do’ August 5, 2018 Well, where to start .. 1. WIP: Go through the images from the past two weeks trip to Cambodia. Sort into themes, and start the process ... Read more...
  • Workshop August 5, 2018 I will be doing a Workshop on ‘street portraits’ in Bath on Sunday, August 19th, for the Frome Wessex Camera Club. So far, 10 people ... Read more...
  • Week Nine reflections – Cambodian Narrative August 4, 2018 It was a very busy but productive time in Cambodia. My reflections this week (partly whilst sitting on the plane home) are about clarifying the narrative. ... Read more...
  • Webinar with Gary, July 31st July 31, 2018 Notes from today’s webinar with Gary, not necessarily in order of importance, and referring my last weekly reflections – Week 7 and Week 8. Noting that ... Read more...
  • Week Eight Reflections – Cambodia – My Practice July 29, 2018 Another intense week. I left London on Saturday morning, having completed a 4 day, full-on shoot with Andrew Mlangeni. I arrived in Phnom Penh on Sunday ... Read more...
  • Week Seven Reflections – My Practice July 21, 2018 This week my reflections are about my practice, after a multi day event/documentary gig in London. Whilst I have shot events before, this week’s project was ... Read more...
  • Book Dummy July 15, 2018 I am having to jump ahead this week, as I am pretty much full tilt with work and travel from Tuesday. I created a ‘book dummy’. ... Read more...
  • Images So Far July 15, 2018 A selection of images for the project so far. First, a small selection from my last visit to Cambodia. Second, experimental work on developing ways to show ... Read more...
  • Bookshelf July 14, 2018 Given that books are a major part of our home and our (collective) way of life, this task was pretty easy to do. Go to a ... Read more...
  • Negatives July 12, 2018 Interesting webinar with Cemre, Sarah, Danny & Ant. We were sharing our exhibition thinking, including Landings. Amongst other things, I shared the experimental ‘negatives’ work ... Read more...
  • PhotoBath Exhibition & Book July 12, 2018 PhotoBath, the local photography collective, are running their third annual show, in September, at the 44AD ArtSpace Gallery in Bath. They are also creating the ... Read more...
  • Thinking About Spaces July 11, 2018 It has long been a fashion to use the sides of building in Shanghai as huge, live advertising, video and news screens Murky Day in May, ... Read more...
  • Installation July 11, 2018 Just trying to pull together some ideas on a possible installation – not for August, as part of Landings, but looking to the future. I envisage ... Read more...
  • Street Portraiture July 10, 2018 For the first time I joined up with the Frome Wessex Camera Club, for a walk around town, guided by David Chedgy. I admit I ... Read more...
  • Week Five Reflections July 8, 2018 A really simple reflection this week. Ingrid and I met up with Simon and Neang, who run a pop-up restaurant business called Khmer Kitchen. We ... Read more...
  • Week Four Reflections July 1, 2018 Let me start by answering some specific questions from the presentations of Week 4. I should note upfront that reading Vilém Flusser‘s book has really helped add ... Read more...
  • Documentary & Art June 29, 2018 Had a very good webinar today with Cemre and Yas. Just want to jot my thoughts down here, not in any particular order. Cemre asked about ... Read more...
  • Discussion with Stella on ‘Pixels’ June 29, 2018 Prompted by a conversation with Danny, I dug out a conversation I had with Stella on Pixels, Film and Phenomenology. Here it is: …………………. Dear students, We discussed ... Read more...
  • Philosophy and Post-Industrial Opium Dens – Vilém Flusser June 28, 2018 I love this quote, for all sorts of reasons. ‘Amateur photographers’ clubs are places where one gets high on the structural complexities of cameras, where one ... Read more...
  • Photographs Without (my usual) Cameras June 27, 2018 This week’s task is to consider how to create images without using our usual ‘apparatus’, whilst still being related to our project. I considered using Google ... Read more...
  • Glitches – Because You Can June 26, 2018 Been playing with Glitch Art. That’s when you take a digital image file, mess with the code, and get unexpected results. The header is from a ... Read more...
  • Street Portraits June 26, 2018 This past weekend there was a major protest march in London – The People’s Vote March. I was there, for myself and as photographer for ... Read more...
  • Postcards June 25, 2018 In Week Three Reflections, I noted some thoughts about how I might bring alive an installation / exhibition of the Cambodia project. That, pause being pushed ... Read more...
  • Week Three Reflections June 25, 2018 For this week’s reflections, a little late, a few questions stood out. How could your subjects be influencing you and your approach? Well, unfortunately that has been ... Read more...
  • Artificial Intelligence & Photography June 23, 2018 It is hard to consider any photograph completely devoid of human intervention. Images taken on Mars are only possible because humans created the recording and ... Read more...
  • The Morris Minor June 20, 2018 Having re-visited the Day Before Christmas, I decided to look again at the Flickr archives. Towards the end of 2005, a group entitled ‘Manipulate This!’ was ... Read more...
  • Making a Zine June 18, 2018 This week’s task, making a Zine (digital or paper) from personal networks and / or within the university. Step One: Using the comments box below, organise yourselves ... Read more...
  • Appropriation June 10, 2018 Top: Susan Meiselas (1979) The Molotov Man; Bottom: Joy Garnett (2003) Molotov from the series Riot The brief: Joy Garnett is known for her paintings inspired ... Read more...
  • S&S Week One Reflections June 10, 2018 I consider my photography is about storytelling (when I get things right, that is). And I call this ‘Unfinished Stories‘, because the best that any ... Read more...
  • Owen Smith June 10, 2018 I occasionally shoot events for local groups, often political. This weekend, Owen Smith, the Welsh MP, was talking to Bath for Europe on ‘Can We ... Read more...
  • Ghosts, Traces & Stories June 9, 2018 I am looking for ways to tell today’s story whilst also bringing yesterday’s in front of the viewer. Anyone who has visited a Genocide Museum, anywhere ... Read more...
  • It’s Not All About Genocide June 8, 2018 It has always been my intent to go back and re-imagine the journey that we took with Sarath, though I have, to now, seen that ... Read more...
  • Where Are You At? June 6, 2018 This week’s webinar, with Cemre, is a conversation about ‘where are we at?” with our practice over the break. Well, Ingrid and I moved home over ... Read more...
  • The Work for Surfaces & Strategies June 5, 2018 Very helpful webinar with Gary today. As background, one of my ‘issues’ is the limited time I can be in Cambodia, and how I will develop ... Read more...
  • A Place Over Time June 4, 2018 In the first week of Surfaces & Strategies, we were asked to consider a ‘Place over Time’, with these steps: Choose a previously made image that ... Read more...
  • Redesigned my website June 4, 2018 I spent some time this past weekend reflecting back on the feedback from my WIP, and doing some research on web design. I have historically used ... Read more...
  • 26 Vinyl Records May 23, 2018 Ed Ruscha (1937 – ) created Twenty-Six Gasoline Stations in 1963, a small, self published book. Ruscha set in motion a new way to think about photography ... Read more...
Sustainable Prospects Posts
  • Sustainable Prospects – Grades – Where To, Now? January 14, 2019 I have just received the grades for Sustainable Prospects – 70% overall, Distinction level, I assume, which is pretty much in line with Surfaces & ... Read more...
  • The Best of 2018 December 30, 2018 In the Sustainable Prospects module, we covered the power of social media, within which I assessed my current position and conducted some Instagram promotional experiments. As I ... Read more...
  • Reflections at Year End December 11, 2018 On Monday, 10th December, I did a presentation at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, noted here. It was entitled Cambodia – Unfinished Stories, A ... Read more...
  • Week Twelve Reflections – Street Photography, my evolution December 9, 2018 About 5 years ago, I decided to take street photography a bit more seriously. I got involved with various groups (such as the Leica Meet), ... Read more...
  • BRLSI Presentation December 9, 2018 The presentation to the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Society is tomorrow evening, and I am putting the finishing touches to the materials. I have created ... Read more...
  • Week Eleven Reflections – Professional Location of Practice December 6, 2018 For this week’s reflections, I want to discuss my Practice, and where it is going. Following on from the ‘Let’s Talk Business‘ and ‘Back to the Beginning ... Read more...
  • Sustainable Prospects – Work Complete December 5, 2018 The work for the module is complete, with the Work in Progress. 1. Work in Progress – A Prayer from Hell:https://www.mickyatesphotography.com/Showcase I have also prepared a PDF ... Read more...
  • Sustainable Prospects Oral Presentation December 4, 2018  Robert Frank said, “Above all, life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference”. Whilst I expressed the same thoughts in my first Oral Presentation, ... Read more...
  • A Prayer from Hell – BRLSI talk December 4, 2018 I am giving a presentation next week to the Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institute, entitled ‘Unfinished Stories from Cambodia’. The subtitle is ‘A Prayer from ... Read more...
  • Week Ten Reflections December 2, 2018 With all the focus on the Oral Presentation and the Work in Progress, it would be easy to not step back and reflect. Also, there ... Read more...
  • Experimentation December 2, 2018 I have been revisiting the work of Daido Moriyama and Antony Cairns. And Gary suggested I also look at Osamu James Nakagawa. In my Work in ... Read more...
  • Daido Moriyama – Record December 2, 2018 Daido Moriyama, when history is written, will be noted as one of the greatest photographers of his generation. Japanese photography has always interested me, even before ... Read more...
  • Working on Oral Presentation – Quotes November 24, 2018 I made a presentation last year to PhotoBath on Iconic Images, with Richard Young. Some of the quotes seem even more appropriate  now, as I consider where I want ... Read more...
  • Week Nine Reflections – Reconciliation November 23, 2018 My main reflections at the moment are about reconciliation. First, how to I reconcile my work in Cambodia as a photographer, with that of an educator? ... Read more...
  • Website November 20, 2018 I have long treated my website more as a repository of my work than as a focused ‘shop window’. Whilst I am happy with, and have ... Read more...
  • Week Eight Reflections – Work in Progress Reviews November 17, 2018 This summarises feedback from Jesse, Wendy and Krishna on my WIP portfolio, and my project in general. Paris (10th Nov) As background, I introduced the project like ... Read more...
  • Unfinished Stories from Cambodia – A Prayer from Hell November 16, 2018 I have been asked to do a talk at the Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institute, on December 10th. I was approached to do this ... Read more...
  • Tell a Story November 15, 2018 This week’s exercise is ‘tell a newspaper story in 5-7 images’. As I have just come back from Cambodia, trying to do something very similar, here ... Read more...
  • Week Seven Reflections – Paris Photo November 14, 2018 It was the week of a Falmouth Face to Face around Paris Photo, which we combined with family time in the city. Here’s my reflections ... Read more...
  • Week Six Reflections – Part Two November 5, 2018 I sometimes try to separate the photographic focus of the MA, and my personal role as a ‘Cambodian Educator’, of almost twenty years standing, as ... Read more...
  • Week Six Reflections – Part One November 5, 2018 These are some thoughts on week two of my Cambodia trip. As noted last week, the main purpose is to see how much progress I can make ... Read more...
  • A Prayer from Hell November 5, 2018 In Phnom Penh last week, I met Youk Chhang for the first time. The visit including a lot of such networking activities, in order to ... Read more...
  • Gatiloke, Genocide and the Narrative November 3, 2018 After an intense but (I believe) successful two weeks in Cambodia, there are many things I need to write about. There is however an overarching ... Read more...
  • Week Five Reflections – Cambodia October 27, 2018 The focus of the week was Cambodia. I arrived on Wednesday, from London via Singapore. From our home to the hotel takes about 22 hours. ... Read more...
  • Meet Someone New October 25, 2018 I am responding here to the ‘Meet Someone New” challenge. This is alway a good idea, though I must admit I have preferred usually to do ... Read more...
  • Hondros October 23, 2018 Following a recommendation from Krishna, I watched the documentary on conflict photojournalist Chris Hondros, who died in Libya. It is a brilliant movie, and hugely thought ... Read more...
  • For this week’s task, you will network October 20, 2018 Week 5 is all about networking. Of course this is hardly a new idea, nor unique to photography. Aeons ago I wrote several masters papers ... Read more...
  • Week Four Reflections – and Photographic DNA October 20, 2018 I have done my best to fulfil the requests of the course this week, despite my misgivings. I will not dwell much on this, other ... Read more...
  • Marketing Plan October 19, 2018 ‘For this week’s activity, we will create a marketing plan for your practice which covers the next 10 weeks. Think about what you want to ... Read more...
  • Instagram Part 3 October 17, 2018 Following the earlier post on a first experiment, I conducted a second experiment. In the spirit of the week, I decided to promote TWO images on ... Read more...
  • Artist’s Statement October 15, 2018 Following on from the ‘Let’s Talk Business‘ and ‘Back to the Beginning‘ work, I am working through my Artist’s Statement. I see this as very much ... Read more...
  • Back to the Future October 14, 2018 Inspired by the ‘back to the beginning’ task, I just put down the princely sum of £12.50 on eBay to buy 6 vintage cameras, 3 ... Read more...
  • Week Three Reflections October 13, 2018 Still frustrated. On the plus side, had a really good conversation with Krishna and Isabella in the webinar this week. It was fascinating (and inspiring) to ... Read more...
  • Begin at the Beginning – My Photographic DNA October 13, 2018 Review your earliest work and reflect: What do you see in it? I have to really start at the beginning here. I was a painter (and ... Read more...
  • The Photograph as Contemporary Art October 13, 2018 I have been looking again at The Photograph as Contemporary Art, by Charlotte Cotton, 2014 3rd edition, and decided this time to write a few ... Read more...
  • Banksy and Tejaratchi on Advertising & Going Viral October 11, 2018 I was thinking about this weeks’ ‘viral’ exercise, alongside the latest Banksy escapade. By way of background, I have spent a large part of my ... Read more...
  • Instagram Part 2 October 11, 2018 Following the earlier post, I conducted an experiment. Brief recap on my Instagram: I joined pretty much at the beginning, and just use it as a ... Read more...
  • Perception: the Analogue, the Digital and the Eye October 7, 2018 I am re-visiting a brief conversation that I had last module with Stella Baraklianou, driven by a certain deja-vu in a couple of books I ... Read more...
  • Instagram Part 1 October 6, 2018 This week’s task: ‘I want you to try and create and implement an Instagram strategy that you feel will help you reach future, potential clients (whether ... Read more...
  • Week Two Reflections October 6, 2018 So, week two. I found working through the mission statement useful. Writing strategies is hardly something new, as I have been doing that literally for decades. ... Read more...
  • Data Protection October 6, 2018 I think it might be useful to briefly look at European GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) implications as we are considering viral campaigns. Whilst this is largely aimed ... Read more...
  • Dad October 4, 2018 I thought long and hard about posting this – and even asked peers if I should – Danny, especially. Some of you know that my Dad ... Read more...
  • Business Planning October 3, 2018 Having been in business for a while, I thought it might be helpful to share a couple of tools that I use, both when leading ... Read more...
  • Let’s Talk Business October 3, 2018 We have been asked to write a business statement for our photography. Mission My work is ‘Unfinished Stories’. Life is always in motion, every moment creates a ... Read more...
  • Image at Messums Wiltshire September 30, 2018 Was able to visit the ‘Image‘ exhibition at Messums Wiltshire, yesterday. Lovely show. First of all, it is a beautiful space, with the Long Gallery, the ... Read more...
  • SP Week One Reflections September 29, 2018 Sarah Leen, Director of Photography, National Geographic (from ‘Why We Do it‘), said: ‘I have spent my entire professional life creating, editing, critiquing or teaching photography ... Read more...
  • Photographic Rules September 29, 2018 I attended the Frome Wessex Camera Club meeting last night. It is a very friendly, very active club where people of all levels of experience ... Read more...
  • Parr’s Advice September 29, 2018 Quite enjoyed listening to Martin Parr’s advice to students. Particularly liked his encouragement for everyone to go out and ‘take more crap’.  Read more...
  • Seven Day Challenge September 28, 2018 This week’s activity is from Michael Christopher Brown, an American photographer represented by Magnum Photos. He has gained an international reputation, especially for his documentation ... Read more...
  • PhotoBath September 27, 2018 PhotoBath is a Bath-based collective, with interests in Documentary and Fine Art photography. This week the third annual exhibition was staged, ‘Unfinished’. That idea was, I ... Read more...
  • Looking Back September 23, 2018 I am exploring the long-term impact of the Khmer Rouge Genocide, and especially its impact on education. This includes revisiting our family history which goes ... Read more...
  • Dominic Grieve & Event Photography September 23, 2018 As mentioned elsewhere, I do quite a lot of event photography in the local area. It is essentially reportage work, for use in local news ... Read more...
  • Frome Wessex Street Portrait Workshop September 15, 2018 Andrew Washington and John Bishop got the prizes for the ‘best’ street portraits from the recent workshop in Bath. John Bishop Neither had really shot either street or ... Read more...
  • Gina Miller September 8, 2018 I was asked to shoot Gina Miller’s book signing this past week. Gina is the legal activist that took the UK Government to court, to ... Read more...
  • RPS Presentation August 31, 2018 I have been invited to give a talk to the Western Region of the Royal Photographic Society, next Sunday (September 9th). They have advertised it to ... Read more...