Pentax MX Camera

Lucida Straps: Custom Leather Camera Strap Review

Note: I bought this strap with my own money. I was not asked to write a review, and can assure you that my opinion of the product is honest. I don’t do a lot of product reviews, but this one I just had to tell you about.

I was in the market for a new strap for the Pentax MX that my Dad handed down to me, when my friend Nick introduced me to Lucida Straps. I’m a sucker for anything handmade, and when I saw how beautiful they looked I just had to get one. Nick told me he has four of them, so I guess that’s as good a recommendation as any.

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Josh Ethan Johnson on Self-Publishing His First Photo Book

Here’s a little piece that Josh Ethan Johnson has written about self-publishing his first photo book, Endangered Species. Enjoy!

I’m a photo/video guy who’s lived in NYC for 6 years. Last summer I realized I was ready to dip my big toe into the NYC gallery art world so I self published my first photo book. I threw a big launch party and called in all favors. My hopes with the book were modest; to materialize this body of work, meet other photographers, have a glossy portfolio to put in front of galleries and publishers, and make millions. Did it work? Yeah. All but the last part.

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Bridge, Chester

A Photographer’s Diary (2017 #01)

I had a thought that it might be good to start doing more regular updates on what I’ve been doing, what I’ve been thinking about etc. I’m not going to make any promises on how often I do this, some weeks are quieter than others, but if I’ve got something semi-interesting to update you on then I’ll write one of these diary-style posts.

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New Year’s Resolutions

Happy new year to you all! I hope you all had a good break over the festive period.

2016 was a pretty good year for me. We finally got on the property ladder and bought our own house and my photographs have started getting a little bit of recognition on the internet, which is nice. More than that though I’ve met and made friends with some fantastic people, albeit virtually. There are people out there that I’d consider true friends now and I am immensely grateful for that, you know who you are.

I figured that this year I would make a few new year’s resolutions and see how many I’m actually able to stick to. So here goes nothing.

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Improve your photography by deleting your photographs

Hi, my name is Matt and I am a recovering hoarder of photographs. For years I kept all of the photos I took and I ended up in an unimaginable mess. My best work was being hidden in a sea of shit photos that were cluttering up my Lightroom catalogue. I had lost sight of what it was I was trying to achieve other than collecting thousands of random snapshots. It was time to take some drastic action.

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A Conversation With Phoebe Lee

First off I should apologise for not posting for a while. With the stress of moving house, being overworked and a generally busy social calendar I just haven’t found the time! Hopefully that’ll change from here on in, especially as winter approaches and shooting gets harder – you already know I’m a fair weather photographer!

Anyway, onto something new. I’m going to start asking other photographers to join me in conversation about our work and see where it takes us. I don’t know about you, but personally I get a lot of joy from talking to other photographers, learning about what it is that makes them tick and I always find I learn something that I can take away from the conversation. I do this with my photography buddies anyway, so I figured I might as well post the conversations and hopefully you can also get some benefit from it. I’ve kept it pretty informal, because I want this series to be more conversational rather than a straight up interview.

The first photographer I approached was Phoebe Lee (Instagram: @shabberdoo) and she was kind enough to agree to take part. I’ve admired her photography for some time, so thought it would be worth striking up a conversation. Here’s how it went.

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Street Photography At The Beach

The weather has been pretty awesome this month, which is very unusual for this part of the world. In the UK, even in summer, we seem to get a few days of sun at most before it’s followed up with a week of misery and rain. For whatever reason the weather has really been kind to us recently, so when Faye suggested we take a day trip to the seaside I was really looking forward to it. We arranged to go to a place called Talacre on the North Wales coast. I’d been there before and besides having a huge lovely beach, I knew it was kitschy and had just the right amount of British seaside trash to pique my photographic interests. I was hoping to get some shots to add to my ‘beside the sea’ project. But somehow, and despite my earlier enthusiasm, I got there and I wasn’t really in the mood to take my photography seriously and I ended up coming away with only a handful of shots. This is yet another story of photographic frustration from me. Hope you’re not getting bored of this yet?! I just want you to realise you’re not alone and that we all have days where we doubt our abilities. This is just one of many, but there’s a twist at the end that made this one much more poignant for me.

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