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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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29
Jun

The current US Vice President apparently has a strict rule: he won’t attend events where alcohol is present without his wife close by his side, and he won’t have meals or private meetings with women unless his wife is present. Based on a similar set of rules devised by the…

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22
Jun

In our click-filter-share age of mobile photography, the posed seriousness of the passport photo feels like a relic from a bygone age. I was reminded of just how different this kind of photography is while obtaining some photos for a passport renewal. Most countries have strict guidelines for passport photos,…

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21
Jun

It’s a familiar feeling. Your hands run over the keys, unable to find their place. You stare at a screen. The desire is there yet the words will not come. So you make another cup of coffee, maybe put some music on, or pack up and head off to a…

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16
Jun

What kind of photographer are you? It’s not just a question photographers ask each other. Everyone seems to expect an answer, “amateur” or “professional” being perhaps the most direct. Just as common, and more interesting, is the genre-focused follow-up, trying to pin down a familiar category: weddings, events, portraits, landscape,…

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6
Jun

It’s a problem that that troubles every blogger at some stage; how long should a blogpost be? It doesn’t help that there’s so much conflicting advice on offer. Most of us bloggers are not trained writers. We didn’t come to this with degrees in literature or journalism. We started a…

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