School photo-surveys 1950s Bristol housing estate

Another Local Journeys project (see previous posts on World of Small and Kite making at Brean), this one was commissioned through the English Heritage Schools initiative to work with Year 3 and 4 children at Frome Vale Academy in March 2013 as part of their Community History project to investigate their Continue reading

Pop-up studio in Weston-super-Mare

Brue-Close-montageThere’s a small oval green space amongst some houses on an estate in Weston-super-Mare that needs some additional love and refurbishments so local residents can get the most out of it. Knightstone Housing Association along with other partners have commissioned an artist to devise some ideas for decorative railings that will add a sense of playfulness to the area, help to re-define its use and Continue reading

End of an era – start of the next

Just reached the end of an era – after four and half years my RELAYS contract with Watershed has come to an end. It’s the longest project I’ve worked on and one of the longest for Watershed too. I’d never intended to work on a sport themed topic with young people but sometimes these things work out pretty well and Continue reading

Bristol Mayor Watch – citizen journalism project

Bristol Mayor Watch citizen journalism team reporting on one of the Mayoral Hustings in Bristol

The most recent manifestation of the Watershed citizen journalism strand (and the final one under the RELAYS project – my 4 year contract with Watershed on this project is unfortunately nearly over) has been ‘News from Elsewhere’ – a workshop programme focused on covering Bristol’s Mayoral election in conjunction with Ujima Radio and with support from Bristol University. David Goldblatt – the man responsible for initiating this strand of Continue reading

‘World of Small’ with Local Journeys

I helped out on another Local Journeys project recently, a workshop project called ‘World of Small’, with Crockerne Pill Junior school.

Items collected by children near a pond and photographed with digital microscope

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Film Journalism workshop at Encounters Film Festival

Since the success of the Media Camp in Weymouth this summer (which had developed from the citizen journalism workshops I’ve been producing with Watershed since March 2011) I was invited to be part of the two-person team running a Film Journalism workshop that took place at Watershed in late September as part of the Encounters International Short Film Festival. Young filmmakers, a photographer and aspiring writers applied for a place on this experimental project, the nine successful candidates winning a full pass to the festival and support from the Encounters team allowing them access to top directors, producers and cinematographers working in the short-film field in every genre – documentary, animation, comedy, fantasy… Continue reading

Brilliant Olympic outing dissolved the skepticism

I spent five packed days in Weymouth over the opening of the Olympics with a group of Bristol students who were there for a media camp I’d organised with Weymouth College and the b-side project as part of my Watershed work. The students were using citizen journalism techniques to report on the impact the Olympic Games was having on this small seaside town, using smartphones to post images, text, videos and audio interviews live to a blog. Continue reading


It’s usually gratifying to see your work in print, and displayed large in a popular cultural venue – but not when it gets credited to someone else!

I was alerted to the fact that one of my photographs, taken in Pill Community Orchard of a touring production of the delightful ‘I Peaseblossom, I Caliban’ was in the Bristol Old Vic’s brochure and on the wall of their upstairs seating area along Continue reading