Well 2018 was off to a running start-I’ve got that weird combination of ‘can’t believe January is over already’ and ‘wow, January was a looong month'!
Tim’s band Ghostwood Shanks performed at ‘It Came From the Noughties!’, a night of live music by some of Chelmsford’s noughties bands, organised by Ghostwood's frontman Paul Dale in support of Amnesty International. I took photos of the night and had an awesome time with great people and excellent music! You can see all the photos from the night here.
Compère Andy Poole
At Contemporary Applied Arts I worked on a photo shoot for upcoming marketing campaigns. We tried something a bit different and were really pleased with how it went. I’ll have to wait until the campaigns go live before I can share images so check back to see more!
(I'm trying to share behind the scenes snaps on Instagram Stories)
I attended the first Colchester Digital Meetup of the year and took a few photos of the excellent talks by Kerry Cole of Royal Association for Deaf People and Doug Smith of Look Here Copywriting. If you are in the Colchester area and interested in Digital I highly recommend coming along to this very friendly, interesting group.
I photographed the first BWN Colchester event of the year and in a new location, Weston Homes Stadium. We had a very informative talk on dealing with difficult conversation from John Cockburn-Evans from Accendit Coaching.
I also photographed an 80th birthday party at The Athenaeum in London which was rather lovely!
Shutter Hub opened a new exhibition, BORDERS, at the Bridewell Theatre Bar Gallery in London and we had a fantastic opening night with lots of wonderful people. The exhibition is brilliant and is on until 16 April so do check it out if you are in the Fleet Street area! Mon – Fri, 10am – 6pm (viewed on request at St Bride Foundation reception), 6.30pm – 11pm during theatre performances. Closed Easter Weekend.
It's been a bit of a crazy month so project work hasn't made a great deal of progress, but I did have my first international order for Amass Zine, which was pretty exciting! You can find out more about that project here.
A few months back, I backed the Lomo'Instant Square on Kickstarter, and this month it arrived! It’s a very clever little instant camera and I’m looking forward to playing with it. I love instant photos, but I wanted a bit more control than I get with the Instax Mini 8 and I like the square shape of the prints (just after I backed it Polaroid Originals came back, but I don’t think they have anything quite like this at the moment anyway). I’ll let you know how my experiments go!
Tim treated me to a weekend in Edinburgh for my Christmas present and we had a really lovely time! We explored the city, ate lovely food, drank excellent coffee (it was pretty nippy out) and I snapped the things I noticed.
When we were in Edinburgh we popped into the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and I was delighted to catch (Shutter Hub member) Margaret Mitchell’s images from 'Family' and 'In This Place' in the When We Were Young: Photographs of Childhood from the National Galleries of Scotland exhibition, which was excellent!
I went to the launch of Accumulate’s DECAY zine second issue at the London Art Fair. I was involved with Accumulate last year as the Shutter Hub team helped with the portfolio reviews for the photography workshops, and I’m really pleased to be a tutor on the workshops this year. If you don’t know about Accumulate, they are a charity providing create workshops to young homeless people who are living in hostels or temporary accommodation in London. They also fundraise for scholarships for participants to continue their creative education and study at college - a life-changing opportunity that opens up a new world of positivity. You can support them here and you can also find out more about the Shutter Hub #CameraAmnesty here where you can donate unused cameras for their use.
In my headphones: I haven’t listen to much new music (as usual! I have listened to The Slip by NIN a lot though), but I’ve been loving ‘Mayday’ by The Go Team for getting me moving and cheering me up!
On my TV: I quite enjoyed Hard Sun on the BBC. I was a bit confused about whether it was sci-fi or police drama but I stopped worrying about that and just enjoyed it! McMafia is good too. I finally watched I, Daniel Blake, which was just as brilliant as I thought it would be, although not an easy watch.
What I’m reading: There were some great issues of magazines this last month - I enjoyed the interviews in Professional Photographer (sorry, having trouble finding a useful URL for them), and the photography annual issue of Creative Review was excellent too. I received a subscription to Stack for Christmas (you get a different independent magazine sent to you every month), and my first delivery contained Perdiz and Picpus. I particularly enjoyed Perdiz, which is a magazine about things that make people happy, which I really enjoyed. Great articles, images and I loved the binding too. Looking forward to seeing what comes next!
Be more focused, more organised: I’m still getting in to Dream, Plan, Do, so hopefully that will help me. I'll be honest, I didn't do very well on the first month, so I'm starting again in February. I’ve been trying to stream-line things and have been trialling Light Blue to keep track of my shoots, correspondence etc. I like it so far but need to spend some time setting up all the templates.
Be a bit better: Read more, see more, learn more is off to a pretty good start - I have been reading more (magazines mainly, but that's fine - see above) and I’ve done French practice on Duolingo every day since 2 January. Not bad!
Some sort of journal: I’m trying to get into the log book habit. It hasn’t stuck yet but I’m working on it. I’ve made a start on my visual journal too, giving the note-card approach a go. It won’t be every single day but if I can try to do it when I can I think it’ll be good!
That should do for now, but you can join me on Twitter or Instagram if you'd like to see snippets of my view of the world. I'm also trying to share a few Instagram Stories to show what I'm up to on a day-to-day basis. I've also got a newish newsletter you can sign up for below - I'm trying to share useful tips and things in that so let me know if there's anything you'd like me to look at.
Have a great February!