A few years back my brother built me this little valve (tube if you live across the Atlantic) amplifier, based on the Firefly circuit. I say based as I don’t know exactly how he did it, but I know it has an extra valve in it for a boost circuit, which is what I am […]
I like to collect bottletops – specifically plastic soft drink tops (or caps if you are in the Americas). The reason why is going to be described some other time; this is merely a service announcement that I have set up a new page for my collection here – http://bottletoppr.tumblr.com. This will replace my Flickr […]
Artists chase the zeitgeist like dogs chase cars… often we don’t really want to catch up to the speeding wheels, we just want to bark at them.
2014 saw me revisit the LP “Tales of Ordinary Madness” by the late 1980’s Bristol band, Head. Head were often in the weekly UK music press in that era, but like so many bands that it was easy to read about, I never actually really listened to them at the time (I was mostly into […]
…is an artform that relies on industry. In all the discussions and arguments about film vs. digital, these-cool-retro-cameras, this lens vs. that lens, this film vs. that film and, really, just about anything that anyone can argue over regarding photography, we owe just about it all to industry. For most of us*, whether it’s a […]
This morning, on the bus to work, a song came on my music player on “random”. This evening, on the way home and passing the same place, the same song came on. A small moment of randomity for a foggy evening. The song in question incidentally was “Abacab” by Genesis.
It’s been an interesting week for my hobby of photography. First of all I got featured on “Explore” on Flickr, which is a very popular page on their site. This was the image… …and it is a cyanotype of a cassette. The cyanotype process is an early form of light sensitive paper that you can […]
I took this photo a few years ago walking through the foyer of the building I work in. I was using an old Kodak Sterling II medium format camera and some old 400TX film that was expired. The Sterling II only takes 620 film and so I had to modify the 400TX 120-sized roll. I […]
Bem-vindos visitantes da América do Sul. Eu não sei por que meu blog é tão popular com todos vocês, mas quando eu verificar as estatísticas, então às vezes eu acho que você está visitando este site mais do que as pessoas do meu próprio país. Talvez seja a palavra Zogue que é como o nome […]
Flickr has been one of my most-visited websites for nearly the last ten years, and rarely a day goes by if I am near the internet that I don’t check it out. I love the ability to share my photos with the world and to also see the work of others. Things have changed a […]
King’s Norton Tower of Song, August 10th 2014 I had a very interesting evening last night at the Tower of Song in Kings Norton, Birmingham watching Steve Lawson, Andy Edwards and Jem Godfrey improvising. The TOS is a compact and bijou venue for starters; as it was my first trip I was thinking it would […]
As I get older and think about who I really am, I am reminded of some of the-things-I-have-done-more-than-others. Consciously or otherwise some things get done more than others, and I have identified a few things I have consistently done for the majority of my life. Riding a bike is one of them. Early days I […]
I’ve taken photos on and off for much of my life, starting as a kid when I got my first instamatic, through borrowing my brother’s SLR, learning how to develop my own photos in my late teens and then pursuing it as part of my art school days in my early twenties. But I guess […]
I visited Japan recently with friends, and saw temples, skyscrapers, distant cousins, video games, hot springs, mountains, bullet trains and a whole host of other things. It was the trip of a lifetime and I really ought to write something about it (and I will soon). In the meantime I’m posting pictures to Flickr, and […]
Here are four pictures of the seaside at Nice from a recent trip to the south of France. The first shot was done on my work’s cameraphone, a Google Nexus 4. I’d got the white balance wrong and so you get this very blue-biased cast to the shot, but given that I was there in […]