Notes made Whilst … An Introduction

For a while now I’ve been posting short vignettes on my Instagram and Twitter.  A single image and jotted down streams of awareness notes always starting “Notes made whilst …”.  Usually, though not always these are nature or landscape based. Most of the photos have been made digitally: some are …

Notes Made Whilst… in Sheffield: 6 August 2019.

Notes made whilst in Sheffield: 6 August 2019. ~ warm wind, with an edge; blowing dark cloud in from the peak ~ children’s squeals from fairground rides  ~ sparrows bustle in paving hemmed street trees ~ in Fargate’s swirling crowd’s chaotic flow leaves a sudden eddy of space, pigeons swoop …

Notes Made Whilst… sauntering: 1 July 2020

Notes made whilst sauntering: 1 July 2020. ~ a long familiar place, unvisited for decade or so ~ wind, carrying drizzle, in branches ~ grass snake swimming amidst horsetails ~ the great sickness, for a while, far away ~ half traces of maybe paths – tempting ~ explore for a …

Book review – Modern Photojournalism

I found this marvellous book, Modern Photojournalism: Origin and Evolution, 1910-1933 by Tim N. Gidal, in a local antique market. It turns out to be the first volume of a series Photography: Men and Movements. These particular men* are predominantly working in Germany from the last years of the German …

Recipe: Alpha Rocks

An old favourite this, rich almond rock cakes, crispy outside, moist and crumbly inside.  Eaten warm with apricot jam they’re the most luscious comfort food.  A mug of hot chocolate or cocoa to wash it down with is indulgent, and good.  The cakes are also, if any last to become …

Recipe: Soda Farl

A simple yeast free bread, quick to make and eat.  Like most bread, it’s best eaten slightly warm, but it toasts well next day too.  I’ve made it with a range of flours, from a basic self raising white (leave out the raising agents …) to an artisanal wholewheat.  A …

After the closure

A picture can paint a thousand words, or so the phrase says.  Perhaps so.  On a long office day, editing my back catalogue, a 5×4 slide starts talking about memories.   In 2001 my world, like many other people’s, was turned upside down.  On an isolated farm in Northumberland some …

Run your shoe size, not your age … (pt 1)

A work in progress.  Well, more play than work, and in several parts … … this being part one.  An old piece found lurking on my Mac, an idea, … “As it’s ‘that’ time of year(surely the new year really started ten days ago, after the solstice?) a plan. Probably …