A Bristol-mix Saturday

This set of photos resulted from an impromptu tour around a really odd mix of bits of Bristol last Saturday. No particular purpose, just decided to see how things were changing in the Enterprise Zone area around Temple Meads and moved on from there. Not everyone’s top choice for spending a Saturday but it’s good to take in a panoramic view of your Continue reading

Oporto photo shuffling

Porto montage 1Ten years ago, I was commissioned to create a poster to help mark the 20th anniversary of Bristol’s twinning with Oporto/Porto in Portugal – one of the nicest commissions I’ve ever been asked to do! I had proposed the idea to the Twinning Association way back in the 1980s and it lay dormant for a long time, but the anniversary provided an opportunity that I jumped at. Continue reading

It’s Electric December time – a personal reflection and celebration!

Every Electric December I have ever worked on, 2003 – 2006, + 2008!

Today is the launch of Watershed’s online advent-style calendar Electric December. Though I’ve only been involved in ED indirectly this year I’ve had various connections with the project for a long time so thought I’d add a post about this now fondly anticipated feature of Bristol’s cultural landscape! Continue reading

Bristol Floating Harbour 200 school photography project

harbour-visitIn 2009, Bristol Bristol’s Floating Harbour marked its 200th anniversary with a number events and activities. Local Journeys contributed to these celebrations by working with schools and artists and through them I devised and delivered a photographic project for students on the highly regarded AS Level photography course at St Mary Redcliffe 6th Form college, led by enthusiastic teacher Sharman Jupp. Continue reading

Thoughts on photography workshops

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people to see without a camera.” Dorothea Lange, photographer, USA 1895 – 1965.

It's tempting to caption this "boys in the wood - girls in the 'hood"...

It’s tempting to caption this “boys in the wood – girls in the ‘hood”…

While most of the workshops I deliver, particularly with young people, will include learning about the tool of the camera to acquire a new skill of photography in its own right, the emphasis is more often about developing the observational capacities of the participants, which can help open up a window onto their surroundings – whether it’s a familiar location or somewhere new. Continue reading

Green Mapping photo project with two east Bristol youth clubs

Photographs taken by young people from Barton Hill and Lawrence Hill, Bristol for the Green Mapping project

Photographs taken by young people from Barton Hill and Lawrence Hill, Bristol for the Green Mapping project

In 2005 I was asked to work with young people from youth groups in the Barton Hill and Lawrence Hill areas of Bristol as part of Bristol’s first Green Mapping project – you can see below some of the photographs they took of their home territories. The idea of the workshop was to draw attention to some of the great assets in the area – the Feeder canal and River Avon with much wildlife to commend them, large green spaces, architectural curiosities – and raise awareness in the right quarters of the less attractive or neglected parts and lack of facilities for young people. Continue reading

Photography workshops – urban, rural and maritime

picture-cubeHere’s some documentation of photography/arts/all-sorts-of-things workshops I’ve run in Bristol and surrounding areas over a few years. Continue reading