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October Already !

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Well its October already and what a year 2020 has been ! I have just watched The Social Dilemma on Netflix and it really does help to explain what is going on in the world right now !

I spent an amazing amount of my time with my business online and was always mystified by the need for Facebook data centers and the need for complex algorithms ! When facebook started it really was a great laugh with all my friends over the years I hardly see any of my friends online and am fed videos and adverts daily.

I have been spending less and less time online and more and more time walking and trying to get outside as much as possible and have been wondering for ages why it’s so nice outside but so horrible online ! It’s almost as if something is driving a wedge between us all and creating a huge divide ! I was also finding myself saying on a daily basis “are people that thick to believe A.B.C !” I was thinking bloody hell stop believing Fake News and google the Truth ! Little did I know that’s not exactly possible !

So if you do anything this year watch The Social Dilemma and share it with your friends.

Right ! Back to Photography, I closed my Flickr account as sadly they were not taking it anywhere and I got fed up waiting. It would have been great if they had sorted out the App and made it almost along the lines of Instagram but without the Adverts.

I noticed today that my @matt6t6 Instagram account has changed and they have moved the post button and it’s now a bloody shopping button ! I find it very sad that such a great photography App has now turned into a Shopping Channel ! However it’s still a quick and easy to use App so for now it will stay but who knows what the future brings. There really is a market for a Great Photography Site / App that we pay for but is not a shopping channel ! I think Flickr/ 500px/Instagram were all great models in there time but they are all losing touch !

I have been tempted to start my own website again but its just something else that takes up my time indoors and I don’t need anything else that makes me sit at a desk !

The image at the top of the Screen was shot on the Canon G7X MKII, and is the first personal image I have shot in 18 months on a camera and not on my phone !

It’s crazy to think that 4 days ago I got a Quote from MPB for all my camera gear and it was a very good quote as well ! But a little voice in my head said “are you mad” well not just a little voice but Jane as well. It was the day after that I put the G7X in my pocket when I walked Jake.

In fairness it was a misty cold morning with great light, so I was really glad I had it with my for the above shot as I have walked past this scene for over two years every day walking Jake and always wanted to capture it in such great light. The weather was so good it really did get me excited again about picking up a proper camera. So much so that I started to think of some new projects for next year both Video and Stills.

I have not included many images in this blog this time but if you want to see how my projects are going and what I have been up to with my phone pop over to @matt6t6 and @matt6t6colour on Instagram.

As I said in my last blog post I have opened a new YouTube channel but have not made any videos yet and am not putting myself under any pressure to do so, I am just going to see how it goes.

Recovering from a Stroke is a long process and my brain is doing well but it sure is a rollercoaster ride ! One step at a time one day at a time and even though I was told it would take two years to learn to cope, I know it will be longer but now I have a handle on how complex that is I can move forward.

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So I am going to take baby steps back in to Photography, I am going to complete my 3 x 365 projects over the next few months, even if they do make my Instagram feeds look messy and then go from there.

Using my phone only has been amazing and it’s an amazing bit of kit but its not quite there yet for textures and tones and printing and as for a decent sensor and decent glass you can’t beat a real camera.

I have just given my G7X Mark II to my Son Luke so will be taking my G7X MKIII with me from now on, I will take it on my daily walks and wherever I go to try and get me used to handling a camera again before I pick up the Fujifilm Cameras.

Taking a phone out of the pocket for a quick photo is simple, taking the G7x out is a little step up and in the right direction. Taking out one of the Fuji’s at the moment is a step to far but the little Cannon really is making me look and want more.

It’s a funny thing I would shoot 99.9% Black and white before my Stroke but now Colour really is something I crave !

Who knows I might get back to Street at some point, but until then I think I need to explore some other aspects and areas of photography ! One thing I loved as a young boy was they way some of the amazing painters painted our amazing countryside so watch this space !

Half Year Update

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Well, we are over half way through 2020 and what a year it has been.

I am now over half way through my Path and Weather projects at week 202 and 62 weeks in to my Litter Project.

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I have closed my YouTube Channel ! It was after a lot of consideration but YouTube were changing their rules and I was a little fed up with some of the tools available to me. I hope sometime in the future to embed some videos in to this blog. I am still on facebook at the moment but really do need to close my account as the lockdown has shown us just how bad social media can be ! I am sick of the Politics and Vitriol on facebook and twitter but need them both at the moment for Fotoholics.

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I was going to use Flickr and Instagram but I am fed up with the progress with Flickr so will not be continuing with Flickr once my subscription has run out. I will however keep Instagram even though I hate what facebook has done with it, its still a great place to use for projects, its just a shame its been strangled by algorithms for commercial purposes.

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Some of my Friends have got in to TikTok I was on there from day one but got off really quick as it was full of very young kids ! But even though the audience is still very young its not political its more of a fun place.

I am not 100% sure about future video but Instagram or Vimeo will probably be the go to places. YouTube is great but getting more and more complicated but who knows I might return.

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Photography apart from my projects has been put on the back burner at the moment, I have found it very hard to pick up a camera following my Stroke but have some great ideas for the future with stills and video, but its all on hold until next year. I think the Smart Phone has really replaced the compact camera thought and my iPhone 11 ProMax has been great. I really do miss the reach and speed of a real camera though so will be exploring some decent Landscape work again next year.

I managed to buy a Drone just before lockdown but as yet have not used it once !! I might get a chance soon but not decided to use it for Stills or Video yet ! We shall see…

I have three Instagram accounts @matt6t6 for black and white @matt6t6colour for you guessed it colour and one for Jake @jake_the_lab_lurcher I put a lot of thought in to Jakes and started it from the first day I met him in the Dogs Trust Merseyside ! He has been an amazing help to my Stroke recovery and he get me out of the house every day for a walk, I think we have helped each other because he was abused before he came to live with me so I guess we have helped each other. He now features a lot in my work and gives it another dimension.

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Street photography has really taken a back seat but that’s because my Stroke has left me with massive anxiety around groups of people. I am sure in the future this will sort its self out but for now I am keeping clear of city’s and crowds.

I was aiming to write this blog more regularly but I have not got round to it, but hopefully that will change in the future as we are making more changes to our schedule.

You are all probably aware I retired following my stroke and closed my company, but I carried on with Fujiholics this year but we rebranded it to Fotoholics. However this year has been very difficult for the company so we will have to review its future by the end of the year. The Fotoholics Competition closes at the end of the month and has had some amazing prizes up for grabs. If you want to enter you can HERE.

I will be aiming to get at least one blog out a month from now on so watch this space…..

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March 2020 Update

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Wow its March 2020 already and it’s been very very wet for quite a while now.

My recovery has been a slow process but I am getting used to working around the brain damage.

I have let Photography take a back seat for a while and I have slowed down with YouTube until I can sort out why I can’t monetize the account. Not that it matters but I dont what to throw hundreds of hours at it and find out in 5 years time the account has other issues ! If only you could speak to a Human at Google or Adsense !!

I have been working on both of my 365 Project on Instagram so if you want to check them out its @matt6t6 on Insta.

The Path project is now running at the same time as my weather project, both projects are shot on my iphone11ProMax and images edited in instagram only. The Path Project shots are all Square and the Weather projects are all low Horizon shots in 4:3 format.

I am getting a huge amount of enjoyment out of just using my phone and will get back to photography when I am ready. I have some plans for Youtube as well and hopefully will get back to youtube in late 2020.

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My 2020 365 Project is Pathways

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I have never had the time to do a 365 and working as a Professional Photographer I was far to busy with my work so the last thing I wanted to do was pick up a camera once more every day and take or remember to take one more photo !

I was trying to think of a project to do this year and after taking a few photos on my Dog walks Matt Walkley Suggested I do a Path Project and from there I have decided to do my first ever 365 project.

So my 2020 365 Project will be pathways, it will be shot on my iphone 11 pro max and in black and white.

You will be able to follow along on my instagram account @matt6t6  I did think about starting a new Insta for the project but I am trying to reduce my social media  not add to it !

I have always thought a 365 would drive me nuts so I am about to find out.

One thing is for sure this time next year I will have taken a lot of images of Paths !!!

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Stuck IN !

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So I am stuck in the house until the 14th of March  ! Not 100% true I can walk Jake and I can go out but I can’t drive and I have to be super careful.

It’s been this way for the last three months but I am now on the mend and climbing the walls so I have decided to do a 14 day Instagram Challenge to post an image form inside my House every day for the next 14 days shot on my iphone7plus and edited only in Instagram ! My instagram account is a black and white only account so all the images will be with Inkwell filter.

My Instagram feed started to get boring with just pictures of Jake and I know a few of you would love me to do an Instagram account for Jake but it won’t happen. From 2019 onwards I am going to thin out my Social media accounts as life if far more interesting than the never ending loop of social media.

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I started yesterday with a lightswitch and today was a simple lead that we all probably had by the side of the bed, the best part of the lead post was quite a few of my facebook friends taking this piss with their own floor images ! So it just goes to show what any little project can do.

At the moment I am running Project Sunday on my YouTube channel and Flicker so if you want to join in that pop on over to YouTube and Join in this weeks theme is Reflections.

So pop on over to my Instagram @matt6t6 if you want to see some everyday items shot in black and white with a phone !

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2019 is not going to PLAN !

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I was really looking forward to 2019 and I was all set to have my Gallbladder out and then get on with the year ! I am not going to go through all my serious medical issues that started in December but let’s just say I will probably have my Gallbladder out at a later date.

I have basically been stuck in doors unable to drive for three months and I am now climbing the walls. I have been asked to talk about what happend a few times and have decided to save it all for a future Podcast by a friend.

I will be able to drive again soon and can’t wait. I travel a lot by public transport or Taxi as it is but have not even been able to do that over the last three months.

I am going to be out there with my camera and video cameras like a man possessed soon as I have never been so cut off from my photography in all my life ! My project is at a standstill and I have no new work and it’s driving me insane !

I am represented by the HipGallery Hull but I am now also very proud to say I have been asked to be part of the O Gallery. To be honest I don’t even know why they asked me !  The web site has not been launched yet but it’s coming soon until then you can find out all about the O Gallery on Facebook.

I am still shocked I have not picked a camera up for over three months and my YouTube videos have all been pre recorded ! My next YouTube video on the 10th of March I will be nearly back in the real world and a few days after that I can drive again and can’t wait.

The last few months were like this woman’s hair completely out of control in the wind and just like her I have come out the other side with a smile ! Just about !

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I am now basically three months behind on 2019 and for someone that plans 18 months ahead it’s been a  difficult time I even had to cancel one workshop and I have never had to cancel a workshop in 6 years so it was a hard decision but the right one.

I am also very lucky to have an amazing bunch of friends who have really helped over the last few months and taken over Fujiholics for me. You know who you are cheers guys.

I can at last get back to blogging and to shooting some video at home again next week so hopefully that should keep me sane until I can get out again.

It’s been a trippy few months and just goes to show you should Live life to the Full every day, use every day good or bad as a learning experience to help you grow and develop. Only you can help you. Surround yourselves with positive friends who have the same dreams as you and help each other to achieve your life goals. Ignore the haters and bitter people in the world life is to short. But use their negativity in a positive way to grow your own positivity.
Have a great weekend everyone. #makethatchamgenow

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I have been lucky enough to have a new Rescue dog in my life called Jake who has been a great help to me over the last few weeks and no doubt you will all meet him over the course of 2019 ! I fact that’s all you have seen on Instagram for the last few weeks !

I suppose I had better keep myself busy with an Instagram home project ! Check it out on @matt6t6 starting tomorrow !