I should have been out before sunrise today

I study the weather charts intensely to try and select optimum conditions for making my Edgelands work. This week has had some perfect conditions but circumstance or me being a bit dull or under the weather has meant missed opportunities. Friday presented perfect lavender grey clouds that render perfectly in Kodak Portra emulsion but I […]

Graduate gradually slips back into the mainstream

Barely a month has elapsed since we opened in Free Range yet the degree results are out and whether we like them or not, it is all water under the bridge. There is no going back and this weekend signifies a major step into my rehabilitation into mainstream society. Looking back on 2 years 10 […]

And now it is all over – Degree show and Free Range 2014

The last 16 days have been a whirlwind of activities and events that have left me breathless. I always knew putting on two degree shows would be hard work by it was much harder than imagined, but also quite slick when all the parts moved together. Building and tearing down Ipswich showed some people in […]

Friday was the best and the worst day

Last Friday was the longest day ever as I waited at home for my very large C-Type prints to arrive from Metro following an exacerbating group meeting about our degree shows. I just had to get out of UCS as fast as possible that day which made the rest of the day arduous to say […]

The kindness of strangers

Yesterday was a strange day indeed. Instead of polishing off and topping and tailing my Professional Practice work folder, something that is a bit of an enigma this year, we were called into UCS for an emergency meeting. That meeting was on top of the self-directed team meeting on Monday where we all agreed to […]


Today, I tore down the Lux Locus Spectaculo show in Ipswich Town Hall. This is the last show that I will have curated during my 3 years at UCS. The next two shows, although billed as student shows will not necessarily be under my guidance, despite being a member of the curation team. Most importantly […]

Manic weeks and magic drum scanning

    The past week has been manic. I took 8 5×4 Portra 400 negatives into Metro Imaging a week ago Tuesday for drum scanning having failed to get the right colour reproduction on inkjet media at UCS. Whether this failure was due to me or the multiple layers of technology that these superb quality […]

Four weeks and counting

Four weeks from now the bulk of our Lux Locus Degree show should be built. We open for the VIP view on the evening of 5th June. The next VIP night is 12th June in Free Range, London. All in all, these shows, London being the most expensive, have set us back £11,000 but such […]

35 years and all that

It was 35 years ago today that I married my wife Anne. How long and how short that time span seems. When I look back at some of the photographs taken then, many of the faces albeit young are no longer with us. They have lived and died yet life goes on. Mother-in-law continues to […]