I have not been one for to much gear talk over the years but I keep getting asked about my kit so have decided to start writing more about my kit. I will also be trying to use YouTube more and more over the coming months to do the same.
I have just received my new Gillis London Leather bag, this is a 15″ MacBook bag so not small and not light, it’s made of fantastic quality leather and will last me the rest of my life.
We all love a good camera bag and there is no bag for every occasion but I wanted a smart bag for that special occasion or meetings etc that would hold my 15″ MacBook and and also hold a reusable water bottle as well have a separate compartment for and umbrella etc
Gillis London came up with this design that should work perfectly for me, as I start using it I will keep you informed about how I get on and what I keep in the bag.
Its not a cheap bag and retails at £320 but this is a top quality leather bag and there are plenty of expensive camera bags on the market that dont last 5 minutes. There are also quite a few at this price range that are not this good.
As you can see from the youtube video above it has plenty of pockets and lots of storage space so should hold all I need for a workshop or a meeting.
So far I just love this bag and cant wait to use it …
About two years ago I was working in Paternoster Square London when I tweeted a short tweet about my Street Photography Workshop in the city. I was then approached by a member of the Paternoster Square Management Team who asked me if I would be interested in organising an Exhibition of my own work in the Square ! I was quite shocked and honored all at the same time. Matt and I met up and had a long chat about it and Matt told me what his Vision was.
A few years back you could not even take Photo’s in the Square due to the fact it was private land but that has all changed now so I could not think of a better space to hold this exhibition.
I also have a love of Paternoster Square as I start all my workshops in Pret in Paternoster Square and finish all my Photowalks in the Square as well. Its like an oasis of calm in a busy city.
I realised I could not do this alone so spoke to my good friend Alan Raw from Hull, who is a big part of the Creative Culture Hull. Alan is a very busy man and wears quite a few hats so I was expecting him to say no as it’s Hull’s City of Culture year. To my surprise he said yes he would curate the event.
I then needed some London talent to bring their work to the show. Alan and I had a long talk and I invited my good friends Linda Wisdom and Paul Sanders. I then met up with Christian Cross in London to ask him and he was also very excited to take part and Alan asked one of my students from Hull, Robert Bentley.
It was a long 18 months after that with lots of planning to pull it all together.
Fujifilm UK, Snapperstuff, Gillis Bags,Lee Filters,Genesis Imaging and Camera World all came on board to make the day a little more interesting.
Alan did an amazing job of curating the event even if it was like herding cats at one point and I can’t thank him enough. He brought his team down from Hull and worked far too many hours to make this work. So a big thank you to Alan and and his team and all the retailers and artists for pulling off such an amazing day.
The estimate was 20,000 people passing through the Square on the day and 7,000 people engaging with the images and stands so a great day and great result for us all.
On the 1st of September my first indoor Exhibition Reflections of a Street Photographer opens its doors in The Hip Gallery Hull. The opening night is just a 2 hours preview from 18.30 on the 1st September and you are all invited.
Here we go again, another year of Photo Walks. This year I will be leading four Fujiholics Photowalks. The Liverpool walk has already taken place but Bristol, Edinburgh and London are still up for grabs.
I would like everyone to know that you can bring any make of camera with you and that includes smart phones. You can also come without a camera just for a day out. It’s all about like minded people getting together to have a great day out and to share ideas and meet new people.
The walks are free to sign up to, I only ask that if you sign up then change your mind, please follow the link from your Eventbrite confirmation email to remove yourself so other people can sign up as numbers are limited.
So far this year London is in the lead with 280 people signed up.
We would like to see more families and children on the walks and would like you all to know that kids are welcome as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Why not bring them to London and make a weekend of it. They can use their phones or even buy them a throw away camera.
Photowalks are great, I have met friends for life on the walks and also made some amazing business contacts. They are a great way to explore our cities on foot with a great bunch of people.
A route and map is emailed out to everyone that signs up approx 1 week before the event to download to your smartphone or gps device or you can print out the map. You don’t have to keep up with the guys at the front as we tweet our location throughout the day and use a unique hashtag for the day. You can stop for refreshments along the way or even a cold beer and then catch up a bit later by taking a shortcut using the tube.
In London this year we have the Fujiholics Team and a few other Pro Photographers as well as some retailers so hope to bring you a few offers for the day. There will be quite a few Fujifilm X Photographers and Ambassadors about as well. The Fujiholics Team really do make you all feel welcome.
I would love to see as many of you guys on one of the walks this year, the last three walks are spread out all over the UK so feel free to come and join us.
Here are the links to the walks..
If you want to buy cheap train tickets then here is a link to sign up to The Train Line ticket alert.
If you need to know any more details then feel free to contact us email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope to see you sometime in 2017…