Reunited.
I first bought this Leica M6 13 years ago. It took 6 months of saving my tiny wage as a brand new press photographer.

A new one was way over my budget. But after a series of fortuitous accidents, I found myself stood before a guy who really wanted to sell his. It was a well looked after M6 with a 35mm Summicron. I offered a small envelope of cash, my travelling money, and some contacts he needed in India.

I had been on my way to Paris. To party beside Morrison’s grave 30 years after his death.

I canceled the trip at London and headed for home, Leica in hand.

I worked with digital and played with film. Remember that? Yet I learned more about taking photos with this camera than any other.

A couple of years ago I had a clear out and sold it. I was in one of those remorseless moods, not wanting to see incredible tools sit unused.

Then the remorse kicked in and last week it got too much to ignore.

Good job I sold the camera to a friend.

Carlo, @175viatribunali did not seem unfazed by my request to buy it back. He knows how much these beautiful things can can get under our skin.

And so now I stand smiling in the blazing London sunshine. Wondering where I can buy some decent film.

Tags: leica m6

I should be shot out of Pachelbel’s very own canon for this..

And here’s how it should sound.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trNolL4i6hw

"We are living in a culture entirely hypnotized by the illusion of time, in which the so-called present moment is felt as nothing but an infinitesimal hairline between an all-powerfully causative past and an absorbingly important future. We have no present. Our consciousness is almost completely preoccupied with memory and expectation. We do not realize that there never was, is, nor will be any other experience than present experience. We are therefore out of touch with reality. We confuse the world as talked about, described, and measured with the world which actually is. We are sick with a fascination for the useful tools of names and numbers, of symbols, signs, conceptions and ideas."

Alan Watts

Quick test of the Røde Smart Lav.

Taking the back roads to @StationX

Taking the back roads to @StationX

I am not a fan of @Garminuk’s ridiculously expensive api but I’m still keen to test and review their #Vívofit. 
Especially now fitbit may be planning evil stuff with users health data.

The sooner these device manufacturers realise we need full access to the data we are aggregating the sooner we can curate it how and where we want.

Networked devices need to connect and share freely.  I will always favour a non siloed approach to our data over the greedy shortsightedness of corporations who have stepped one business model too far. 

More on this soon.

P.S.
If anyone from Fitbit or Garmin are reading this please let me know how wrong I am about you guys and that ultimately you want people to freely export and sync their data to other platforms.

You make great hardware. But the experience is shallow unless you let those who make better software link to it.

I am not a fan of @Garminuk’s ridiculously expensive api but I’m still keen to test and review their #Vívofit.
Especially now fitbit may be planning evil stuff with users health data.

The sooner these device manufacturers realise we need full access to the data we are aggregating the sooner we can curate it how and where we want.

Networked devices need to connect and share freely. I will always favour a non siloed approach to our data over the greedy shortsightedness of corporations who have stepped one business model too far.

More on this soon.

P.S.
If anyone from Fitbit or Garmin are reading this please let me know how wrong I am about you guys and that ultimately you want people to freely export and sync their data to other platforms.

You make great hardware. But the experience is shallow unless you let those who make better software link to it.

I wish..
I’ll use this image to link to when mentioning a service or platform I’d really like but is not yet invented.

I wish..

I’ll use this image to link to when mentioning a service or platform I’d really like but is not yet invented.

There is mystery in her gaze. I never know what she’s thinking. She’s two and a half going on thirteen. Funny, curious, chatty.

I have no recollection of that age. I once saw some over saturated cine film, shot on a Welsh farm. Dungarees peeled down, I was peeing on a beehive.

My first memory resides six months later at three years old.

There are few witnesses left to tell me about that time.

My daughter will to be able to look back at a trail of digital breadcrumbs. Audio, video, photos, text. She’ll certainly get a glimpse of who she was. But there will always be mystery.

There is mystery in her gaze. I never know what she’s thinking. She’s two and a half going on thirteen. Funny, curious, chatty.

I have no recollection of that age. I once saw some over saturated cine film, shot on a Welsh farm. Dungarees peeled down, I was peeing on a beehive.

My first memory resides six months later at three years old.

There are few witnesses left to tell me about that time.

My daughter will to be able to look back at a trail of digital breadcrumbs. Audio, video, photos, text. She’ll certainly get a glimpse of who she was. But there will always be mystery.

"

Advice? I don’t have advice. Stop aspiring and start writing. If you’re writing, you’re a writer.

Write like you’re a goddamn death row inmate and the governor is out of the country and there’s no chance for a pardon.

Write like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, and you’ve got just one last thing to say.

Write like you’re a bird flying over us & can see everything, & please, for God’s sake, tell us something that will save us from ourselves.

Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we’re not alone.

Write like you have a message from the king. Or don’t. Who knows, maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who doesn’t have to.

"

— Alan Watts

Coming to a radio story box near you!

Just did an interview on NHPR with the amazing Virginia Presscott.

Interviews should not be this much fun.

Tags: nhpr radio

For me photography with the @GetNarrative is not about all the photos it captures. It’s about the one or two you would never have captured without it.

I clip it on and forget about it. At the end of the day there’s one or two photos captured I’d have love to have taken consciously.

The camera was peeking out of my jacket when it captured me fastening my lads seatbelt.

A nothing shot to many, but so much more to me. I remember the moment, the conversation, his innocent thoughts on the world and my fatherly worry for the journey that lies ahead of him. I want to be there for every step, but it’s his journey. An adventure I’ll always want to share in. While he lets me.

I’m thinking all this as I fasten his seatbelt. In the hope to protect him on the road ahead.

For me photography with the @GetNarrative is not about all the photos it captures. It’s about the one or two you would never have captured without it.

I clip it on and forget about it. At the end of the day there’s one or two photos captured I’d have love to have taken consciously.

The camera was peeking out of my jacket when it captured me fastening my lads seatbelt.

A nothing shot to many, but so much more to me. I remember the moment, the conversation, his innocent thoughts on the world and my fatherly worry for the journey that lies ahead of him. I want to be there for every step, but it’s his journey. An adventure I’ll always want to share in. While he lets me.

I’m thinking all this as I fasten his seatbelt. In the hope to protect him on the road ahead.

Yoda levitates for money.
CGI will eventually put all actors on the street. 

Yoda levitates for money.

CGI will eventually put all actors on the street. 

Tags: yoda star wars

A little while ago I took my #Leica out on a stag weekend in Edinburgh. Risky but worth it. Here are some of the photos put to a track from the amazing Fan Tan Jack.

I’m shooting more cityscapes than landscapes now-a-days.

I need to get back to nature.