Photography Tips; Finding Perspective

Travel inspiration surrounds us, there is a multitude of ways in which we can travel vicariously. Photography in epic films which span the globe, travel and natural history documentaries, magazines, books and personal websites offer ample opportunity to view the world from the comfort of an armchair. Since the introduction of digital photography and the popularity of social media exploded, …

Winter in Manchester – Doorstep Surprises

Is there anybody that doesn’t love a pleasant surprise? An early morning start in the winter landscape of suburban Manchester recently provided some unexpectedly pleasing photographic surprises. The forecast had been for extremely low temperatures and a morning ground frost so an early visit to the local woods seemed a worthwhile prospect. The parked cars in the street showed initial …

Aboriginal Tourism; The Art of Indigenous Culture

It’s unlikely I’ll ever be accused of being a culture vulture but indigenous culture and aboriginal arts has always been fascinating to me. The term aboriginal tourism has become one of the buzz phrases of the modern travel era. “How many countries a person visits is of little interest but the number of cultures experienced is” Along with responsible tourism …

Postcards from Autumn; chilly tales from a Manchester riverbank

Taking a step out into the biting chill of an early morning in autumnal Manchester, the light was just beginning to win its eternal battle with night. My steamy breath freezing instantly, producing continuous vapour trails like a kettle on the boil. The parked cars dusted in frost, appeared as if the stars had fallen from the clear night sky …

Postcards from Angoulême; French Comic Strip City

The Poitou-Charentes region of France is dotted with great little towns and villages, even the cities have a small town feel. Exploring is enjoyable, there often seems a surprise on every corner and Angoulême is not an exception. Built on a plateau the medieval city has some impressive Romanesque architecture including the Ville d’Angoulême provides panoramic views of the city …

Postcards from Faces in a Crowd – Portrait Photography tips

Taking portraits of the characters that I meet on my travels is my favourite kind of photography, landscapes, buildings and food can be fun but every face tells a story. Capturing that story can be difficult, it usually requires getting up close, trying to build some rapport and trust with the person so that they can be accurately portrayed. False …