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April 2015

Dreams, intuition, synchronicity and friends in high places.

I had a dream last month that George Clinton of Funkadelic told me he’d teach me to sing. Thereby improving my interplanetary funksmanship. I though this was pretty funny when I woke up so I put it on Facebook. A friend of mine who works in Koko, a great music venue in Camden Town, London, said he was playing and she could get me in. Freaky. I was also reading one of those books on synchronicity at the time so maybe there’s something in all that.

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The show was last night, 15 April, I also took photos for the Venue, ‘two birds, one stone’ right? – only for the first song though, as the promoter went bonkers about photographer passes, but hey, it happens.

So a couple of photos from that event. Incidentally George didn’t offer to teach me sing – but my interplanetary funksmanship went through the roof, one out two isn’t so bad.

If you want to listen to some try this

Morocco & What Capa said

I went to Marrakech in Morocco in February.A lot of people there (far more than here or anywhere else I’ve been) just didn’t want their photos being taken at all. I was thinking about what Robert Capa said about “If your photos aren’t good enough you’re not close enough” – especially in relation to this one which I took with that in mind.

This is how I felt in Marrakech, wandering around alleys in or nears the souks hassled by bicycles ,vendors and children. They alleys are too narrow for cars and the sound of a two stroke moped engine and bicycle bells are almost always present. I did enjoy it and yet i was very hassley.

As for the quote, there’s wisdoM in what Capa said, but i dont always agree with this theory – its more of a tool than something to live by perhaps? – There are other things to show in photography. Like Trent Parke – who can see wonder in the world, Tony Ray Jones who often describes people through their clothing or what they’re doing or Saul Leiter whose personal work always disguises people into the abstract of repeated patterns graphics or motifs.

I also wanted to mention Niall McDiarmid – WHo has just published a street photography book around Vauxhall Station. I’ve just bought his book so there may be a review coming soon.

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Barbican

There’s things I return to again and again. I dont really know what it is that compels me to stand on a street and take these photos. But i do enjoy it. I find it’s meditative, gives me a sense of play – and its like spending quality time with yourself – which is always great and sometimes not as easy as you think!

I bought a new Fuji camera – different to my staple of Canon equipment – I like it, but i’m breaking it in. So I’m not the master of it yet.

So the Barbican is one of those places, going back to this being a sense of play (like a sketchbook). But i also know I take the same kind of shot again and again. And at the moment I’m asking myself “what is it i’m trying to say?”

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