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Last week, Joe Cornish came up to visit, giving me a good excuse to put down the computer and go out and do a bit of photography. We decided to have a look into the Coire Gabhail (the Lost Valley), but instead of following the tourist trail, we walked up the enormous landslip on the side of Gearr Aonach. It was great to get out, and I’m so glad I did, as on Monday, whilst preparing for the announcement of the Natural Landscape Photography Awards, I got a phone call to say that two metric tonnes of hardback books were in a lorry at the bottom of our road!
Yes, the 2021 NLPA book arrived just one day before the announcements of the 2022 competition! Nothing like being punctual! A quick phone around to recruit some help to prevent the consignment from washing away in the rain and the enormity of the shipping task we had in front of us slowly sunk in.
Fortunately, my parents, brother-in-law and our friend David Unsworth had promised to come around to help and, with Charlotte on board too, we had a book shipping machine purring away nicely. This just about gave me enough bandwidth to announce the competition winners and deal with the associated press requests (we’re big in Germany and Romania this year, it seems!).
I’ll be writing an article about how the competition went in our next issue, but I’d like to thank everyone who entered and who bought a book as they’ve helped to make the competition successful and something I’ve really proud of. The book, in particular, has been a labour of love for me, and it’s great to see it finally getting into people’s hands.
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This emotionally charged image, like all photography, allows one to ponder our feelings, our thoughts, to connect with the world we frequently rush through. more
Everyone knows what attention is. It is the taking possession by the mind, in clear and vivid form, of one out of what seem several simultaneously possible objects or trains of thought. Focalisation, concentration, of consciousness are of its essence. It implies withdrawal from some things in order to deal effectively with others, and is a condition which has a real opposite in the confused, dazed, scatterbrained state more
The Zugspitze - prince of the Bavarian summit world. At just under 3,000 m, it is not one of the highest peaks in the Alps. But its rugged, steeply sloping rock faces promise a multitude of impressive views. more
Just like in my music, I can attribute all my songs to a time, place, perceived feeling or a mood. My four corners in photography get about the same impression, in that sense, “my image becomes my voice”. more
Although this has largely been a travelog so far, a reason to write this article has been to question my own justification to continue travelling, especially to the polar regions. more
Do you really need a philosophy for your photography? Clearly not! We take photos all the time for all sorts of reasons, sometimes thinking about our technique but almost always without thinking about any philosophical implications. more