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22
Sep

The device was almost charming in a retro way, like some kind of audio field recorder, with faux wood panelled sides, burnished metal controls and a cute little green LCD screen. It sat off my hip, hanging from a leather strap, with a thick rubber hose connecting the device to…

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5
Sep

The summer is over – at least in one way. It’s Monday night, my daughter has started another year of school, and we are back in our normal routine. It’s still hot, though. The highs break past 35°C; the lows are still warm enough to demand the whir and hum…

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15
Aug

Four years ago today, I flew into Narita airport, to begin a new life in Japan. After a short, hot, often creative, though frequently frustrating two years in Singapore, I was more than ready for a new challenge. My dream was to live in a country where English wasn’t an…

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7
Aug

It was a surprise to see a Tokyo number, a missed call, appear on my phone. After checking who had called, I knew it couldn’t be good news. Normally I take a long summer holiday; usually at least five weeks, sometimes as much as seven. This year I kept cutting…

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27
Jul

The last few blogposts have been quite serious, so I wanted to share something a little more fun. I don’t often write photography tips, but this is one that’s helped me a lot, especially when I feel a little low on ideas, or I’m getting used to a new camera….

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22
Jul

A few months back, at the end a particularly hard week, I took a few moments to savour a small creation, a particularly fine looking slice of toast, then, as we are so often want to do, I posted a photo of it online. Before long a chain of comments…

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17
Jul

Recently I was asked to talk to a group of high school Art and Design students about photography, on the subject of: “What advice would you give about a career in creative arts?” Unfortunately, for health reasons, I couldn’t do it. The following is based on the notes I prepared…

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14
Jul

Have you ever had the experience, maybe while looking through clothes in your cupboard or shuffling through drawers in your kitchen, when you stumble upon something and say to yourself, “Wow, I’d forgotten about this”? That’s how I feel about LinkedIn. The ever-popular social media app (yes, it’s social media)…

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10
Jul

Last week I added “exhibited calligrapher” to my list of achievements. My art school held a major exhibition at the Hillside complex in Tokyo’s fashionable Daikanyama district. I had only one piece in the exhibition, taking up a tiny bit of real estate within three big rooms dedicated to calligraphy…

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7
Jul

When I was young, a photograph was a sharp-edged piece of paper, often not bigger than your hand, something you would carefully lest you left smudgy fingerprints. Some were put in in a frame, or stuck it into an album, but went on to live hidden lives in boxes or…

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