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10
Apr

Not A Million Miles Away

Today my wife starts a new job.  It’s a big change for her.  A new industry.  A vast role with a lot of responsibility.  Helping clean up her LinkedIn profile over the weekend, before the inevitable journalistic examination, I couldn’t help but be impressed by the roles she has succeeded…

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27
Mar

Favourite Tree

She still rode with training wheels when we first stopped by the tree, a wind gnarled conifer, perched high on a bluff above a frequently empty expanse of flat beach. The big hill was too much for her, so exhausted and hot, we stopped in its shade to drink some water and rest….

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17
Mar

Never Underestimate The Value Of Access

A few weeks back I was chatting with a friend, a ski instructor, who also enjoys taking photos.  The conversation was like so many others I’ve had with amateur photographers in recent years – I wanted to see some of her photos and she wanted to go through some well…

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12
Mar

Print And Ink

The first in what will be a series of limited edition prints using Black & White photos and Japanese ink. I’ve been studying Shodō (Japanese Calligraphy) for some time (I’ve written about it here and here) and wanted to incorporate brush stroke and my main work in photography. This execution…

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3
Mar

Lunchtime

Winter is over in Tokyo.  Although there’s still a hint of crispness in the air the seasons have now shifted.  I leave my home in a shirt and jacket, the accoutrements of winter, gloves, scarf, not to mention thermal under layers, are now surplus to requirements.  I pace the short distance to…

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24
Feb

I’ve Started Writing My Next Book

This week I started writing my next book. I have no idea when it will come out. I’ve tentatively pencilled it in for early 2019 but let’s see how that goes. The book is just sketches now; a smattering words thrown down in an attempt to corral five ideas into a…

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11
Feb

In Real Life – Number 4

I had something of a crisis trying to make this week’s video. I went out and shot a bunch of video around Tokyo, put together some clips from my work, but it just didn’t seem to tell the story of the week I experienced. The most important bits, the in…

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6
Feb

The Need For Sleep And My First DIY Bluetooth Amplifier

I’m obsessed with getting more sleep. Partly it’s a result of being more health conscious after last year’s concerns. But mostly, it’s the realisation that after a lifetime of being a night owl, of frequently getting by with little sleep I’ve realised getting at least 8 hours a night makes…

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6
Feb

This Week I Quit The Super Bowl

For the first time since the age of nine I’m not watching this year’s Super Bowl. This long, unbroken streak contains a lot of memories, but the way the experience has changed suggested it was time to rethink giving up a day of my life to this distant sporting spectacle….

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3
Feb

Strategy? What Strategy?

When I get asked questions like the one I answered yesterday, “why are you doing Japanese calligraphy” it’s usually part of a bigger question – “what’s your strategy.” It feels like some people see everything I do, the blogposts I write, the way I use social media, the decision to…

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