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There’s a certain sadness in the moving on of something you notice everyday. A detachment from reality but a connection to the world that is brought by animals and birds. There is a parliament of Rooks that live where I work and every morning I greet them as they walk along the edge of the rooftop…their heads angled in silent recognition of my regular timekeeping. I, sadly, found this one the other day on the ground. I’m determined to record him in my sketches and images.

Recently I’ve been lucky enough to gain access to the Natural history Museum in London before it opens to the public…I feel so privileged to wander the corridors with only the cleaners for company, it felt like I was in my own personal remake of ‘Night at the Museum’ :)

It’s been ages since i posted here…sorry. For those of you who are interested here’s some Polaroid’s I took on a recent visit to Paris with my girl :) Some are of Monet’s garden in Giverny but most were taken around this beautiful city. I used my SX-70 and the new Impossible Color Instant film. It’s really great and I can’t recommend it enough, even if you’ve felt frustrated by previous efforts with this film. 

erm..this is briliant…if you like Baltimore based synth-pop. Just so happens I’m a massive fan :)

turn it up and enjoy the fuzz :)

Small study out of the window on my to Austria…somewhere near Stuttgart. 

i’ve been skiing. 

This is a lovely album…exactly what I need on my post ski trip come-down….

Darwin Hawk-moth drawn out as a tattoo design idea for a good friend. Got myself a little dizzy in the dot shaded areas… I’ve spent my midday hours with the music up loud, a trusty cup of tea and a rough idea of where I’m going next…

I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.
Carl Jung (via showslow)

These are some new doodles….I was bought a beautiful A5 sketchbook and some walnut husk ink as a stunning Christmas gift. I’m trying something new, something more consistent and something a little more challenging in terms of how I see, what I feel and how I apply myself. These are drawings of a corvid skull that I own, an American crow (Corvus Brachyrhynchos). I’m drawing and thinking…thinking about how I could build printmaking into this process. I am enjoying this, and as Proust once said… “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” 

Being productive with my old typewriter, using analogue tools makes me so much more patient and selective. I’m writing and hiding messages for my girl :) 

We may live in a time, our time, right now, where a popular explosion of photography, fuelled by zero film costs, wifi and mobile devices has created an environment where swathes of us with access to imaging tools choose to be walking billboards for corporations, documenting and advertising their own life within capitalism, which in and of itself is quite an interesting mass documentary series, it’s certainly holding a mirror up to how infused and entwined the human race has become with product, unwitting sales and marketing tools for the corporations that with unseen wires continually make us dance to their tune.

Combatting this we have a front line, the trenches where photographers, documenters, writers, educators, artists are truly rallying together, forging communities, collectives and setting out to not merely document social issues and the repercussions of policy, of communities and the individual, intimate stories of peoples sharing testimony and first hand accounts of life in the now but to document with a mission to facilitate change. These acts of sharing, these peaceful bullets of truth inform, engage, educate, change perceptions, change the assumptions and stereotypes, erode the damage that’s so continuously perpetrated by editorial sensationalization, when all that’s really hankered for is ratings and advertising revenue.

Ask not what a camera can do for you, but what you can do with a camera, JA Mortram  (via photographsonthebrain)

this will be on my classroom wall next week….

I finally made some Art today…finally. I made this drypoint etching plate back in September after a mammoth mono printing session. I managed to run off a few proof prints today to give me some ideas for my next thing. I quite like them…not too happy with my inking and consistency but I’m gonna roll with it for now :)