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The Arc of Attrition

February 11, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Here we are once more, the third year running, at the Mud Crew Arc of Attrition weekend. 100 winter miles of running around the coast path from Coverack to Porthtowan; one of the toughest races of its kind in the UK. I've yet to savour it's delights as a runner but have filmed, photographed and marshalled the last two years. This year the works on my house looked set to keep me away but I managed to get down to the coast for a couple of hours and see everyone through the first leg. 

Well, almost everyone. The lead runners ran past as I was coming down the road in my car on the outskirts of Porthleven, on their way to a new course record. 

I walked from the Loe bar car park to Gunwalloe fishing cove, shooting as I went, only turning back as the sun dipped below the horizon and to my horror I realised I'd come out without my headtorch!

As I had a bit of time to kill I headed over to rinsey on the way to pick up my girls from guides and got a long exposure of some of the runners coming through before getting back to my nice warm house. Funny to think the competitors would be running still as I got up and, for many would be out there till late on the Saturday evening. Tough stuff.

These are my favourites, the full set are available should anyone want hi-res copies or prints - here


The Giant's Quoit

January 27, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I've been trying on and off to get this image for some time. Light pollution & cloudy skies have prevented me from coming away with an image I'm happy with on a few occasions, but this time things worked out and I got the shot I wanted. The Giant's Quoit beneath a star filled sky, with the milky way just visible like a spirit rising from the ancient site.


A Winter's Morn

January 25, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

We've had some beautiful crisp mornings this week down in Cornwall. Coming down the hill from Cundurrow I'm often treated to some lovely sunrises and I had a few minutes the other day to grab a few shots:

Racing Free at Clowance

January 11, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

This weekend I was in attendance at the Freedom Racing Clowance Woods race. a two lap, four mile trail run around Clowance Estate. It looked a lot of fun. Being asked to shoot a variety of images to give a flavour of the race, rather than trying to ensure one (or more) shots of every competitor gave me the freedom to experiment with different locations and styles and pick out the best moments and compositions. As a photographer this is much more rewarding than standard event photography which can sometimes feel like a bit of a production line. 

I've run a few of the Freedom Racing events and they always deliver a good event and an interesting course. Hearing the feedback around the course it was clear to see this one is no different.


The art of observation

October 27, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Images from the Tate Modern, observing the observer

"Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others" 

Jonathon Swift


"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see"

Edgar Degas


"Imitation is not just the sincerest form of flattery - it's the sincerest form of learning."

George Bernard Shaw


"There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer"

Ansel Adams


"Observation is a dying art"

Stanley Kubrick


"No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls"

Ingmar Bergman


"A good photograph is knowing where to stand."

Ansel Adams


"Photography is an art of observation"

Elliott Erwitt


"In the field of observation, chance favours only the prepared mind"

Louis Pasteur


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