Saturday, August 09, 2014

A new venture

Well I've embarked on a new venture to sell prints of my work. Below is an embedded slide show generated from the content of my new website. There's plenty more to see and new work is added daily.

Fine  art prints are available on paper, canvas, metal and acrylic, and greeting cards, you can even get a custom iPhone case. So feel free to go crazy.

I'd very much value your feedback on the images, the website and experience of buying work. Naturally I hope you see something you'd like in your living room or as present for a special someone.

Art Prints

Thanks for taking a look.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Respect your pixels

Daily I see so many images that have been ruined by heavy handed manipulation. The thing that really makes me sad is when I see a great image, lots of emotion, good light and a powerful composition that has been destroyed by poor editing.

I prefer to subtly enhance an image but keep it real. The example above shows a RAW file out of my camera (Before) and the (After) image following a few minutes of work. It's about gentle touches.

Great images are just like calamari. If you overcook them, they become very tough to get through and unpalatable.

My plea: respect your pixels.

Till soon,

Saturday, July 12, 2014

7 Photojournalism Tips by Reuters Photographer Damir Sagolj

Great video. There's really not much I can add. Excellent advice. Watch, enjoy and learn.

"What are the key tips to shooting great news photography? This video by award-winning Reuters photographer Damir Sagolj, compiled by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, share his seven ideas on how to shoot news photos that engage audiences and tell a great story. More on"

Creative director: Claudine Boeglin
Producer: Amelia Wong
Designer: by Ye Li

Till soon,


Sunday, July 06, 2014

Freedom to use natural light

Ed Kashi stands out as a photojournalist who has an extraordinary ability to empathise with the people in his stories.

He eloquently explains, in the video below, how modern digital cameras have enabled him to work with natural light, removing many of the technical constraints that stood in the way of capturing meaningful images.

The more photographers fiddle with gear the less able they are to build a rapport with their subjects and discover the visual possibilities in a scene.

The interview is crammed with good advice. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

The key for a photographer is knowing when to use extra lighting like flash and when to grab the moment. There is no formula. The guiding principle has to be to continually ask the question, "how do I capture the visual essence of the story?" Don't just look. Really see. Strip away everything that is not essential, everything that gets in the way and be concise and clear.

Till soon,

Sunday, June 22, 2014

New work

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. I certainly hope that is the case with my blog which I've not updated for a while. It's been a busy time. What can I say?

The focus for a creative should always be on producing new work. It's so easy these days to become absorbed in social media, responding and sharing. Social media interaction definitely has its place in our lives but the priority must be on creating and shipping work. If we're all about socialising then nothing new is going to be made, or the quality of the work we produce will suffer.

It's a good thing to take oneself out of the loop for a period of time.

New content is planned and you'll see more stuff from me regularly again.

Here are three images from recent stories that I've been working on.


Willem Vermandere

The Vanlancker brothers in their factory

Till soon,

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Help on the road

Katelijne Van de Velde in her deli, Pasta Huys, a word play in Flemish, on "pasta house".
Katelijne came to our rescue when, starving after a long day photographing, we arrived in her shop just before closing time. Ahead of us that evening we had another shoot lined up, photographing a concert. There was nothing else open in the neighbourhood.

We thought we were going to go hungry that evening but Magda chatted to Katelijne and by the time I got back from fetching our car a lovely shrimp risotto dish and a glass of wine was waiting for us at the table. After a delicious meal we asked if we could make a portrait.

It’s lovely when you’re on the road and you meet people willing to go the extra mile, like the owner of the Pasta Huys who stayed open specially to accommodate two hungry photographers.

Till soon,

PS. If you're ever in Beernem, Belgium, drop in. You can visit her website here

Monday, May 05, 2014

Improving your photographic knowledge

Improving your photographic knowledge goes beyond knowing the technical stuff. Making images has never been enough for me. I always want to know more about the people and places I'm photographing. Driven by curiosity. I'm convinced that photographers who understand their subjects make better pictures.

Having knowledge and understanding adds depth to your images. It gives you a point of view which you want to show and communicate.

About this image: De Moeren 

The polder was drained in the 17th century by the Flemish Renaissance architect, engineer, painter, antiquarian, numismatist and economist, Wenceslas Cobergher, using a network of channels and twenty windmills.

The original wooden mills were later replaced by stone mills that used an Archimedes screw to draw water up and feed it into the drainage channels. The stone mills have now been replaced by modern pumping stations.

I'll be uploading more images taken during this trip. Here is a picture of one of the famous stone mills, which was saved after an extensive renovation project.

It's a fascinating area and well worth a visit.

Till soon,
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