Interview with The Togcast

A few weeks ago I had a call from The Togcast with an invitation for an interview. I was very happy to oblige, and Paul Sanders and I spent an enjoyable 45 mins or so chatting about photography in general and my own journey in particular. So grab a cuppa and listen via The Togcast (Episode 52).

The Togcast features interview with photographers every other week or so and I highly recommend adding them to your podcast library. I always enjoy listening to the episodes and learn something new about fellow photographers.

LIGHT & LAND

My excitement is hard to describe. Although I have known now for a couple of months that I will be joining Light & Land, today was the day when I was announced as one of the tutors of the company, and it felt a little bit like a big birthday or some other important day of celebration. I am honoured to have been asked, and have gladly accepted the invitation. To be able to work as part of such a fantastic group of people is a wonderful new opportunity for me to share my love of photography with like-minded folk.

I have already put my first workshop together - it will be a day of photographic exploration in York, England's 'Eternal City'. It's a city full of character, with medieval streets and a cathedral that will take your breath away. For more information and to book your place, visit Light & Land's website by clicking here
 

VISION 9 AT OXO

The Vision 9 exhibition at gallery@oxo was a wonderful event, which showcased a tremendous variety of work by leading outdoor photographers. I was privileged to have been invited to the exhibition. Here is a video about it:

RETURN AT LONG LAST

I spent one year of my Masters degree studying in Sofia, Bulgaria. That was back in 1989/1990. A historic year for me - monumental changes took place in my home country East Germany as well as in Bulgaria. Now, 28 years later, I decided it was time to return and explore Bulgaria with the camera.
A lot has changed in those 28 years, most of it for the better. It was wonderful of course to meet up with old friends, whom I hadn’t seen for decades. And capturing place and people with a camera was enriching and a great experience. I can’t wait to go back.

WELCOME TO THE HOTEL BURGBERG!

Spotted in Dresden, Germany. I have always been fond of photographing urban decay. By capturing an old dilapidated building, the connection to the past becomes a very direct one. I can almost see the waiters hurrying back and forth, serving guests, hear the sound of the bell at reception and watch guests dragging big suitcases behind them as they depart.

ALL CHANGE, ALL CHANGE!

A reasonably pleasing image here and there could not hide the fact that I have been incredibly frustrated those last few months with my photography. So what better way to get out of the rut than to try something completely new? Inspiration came from Steve Gosling, whose workshops I used to attend regularly, many years ago. Olympus lent the camera and Steve set the task - shooting urban scenes in London. I expected nothing, and perhaps that was the key. It allowed me to look around with fresh eyes, explore and play. 3 hours - and that was all that was needed to invigorate my mind, to re-ignite the passion. 

DUNGENESS

Finally, I made it to Dungeness for some photography, together with my friend Sarah Medway. Although it is a well-photographed location, I had to see it for myself, and it did not disappoint. The eerie atmosphere is captivating, and despite rather uncooperative weather I came away with a couple of photographs, which, for me, capture the spirit of the place. Dungeness was also the last location I used my trusty Canon camera, though I didn't know it then...

URBAN SCENES - A NEW PASSION?

I spent a few days in Bruges, Belgium and something happened I thought was impossible: I came back with some urban photographs. Bruges is a fascinating city and well worth exploring with the camera.