InstantLondon – Watch the birdie.

InstantLondon – Dusk on the South Bank

Charlie Burns, king of Bacon Street.

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Wandered through the streets around Brick Lane again this Saturday with participants from the City Academy street photography class and caught this enigmatic image of a tourist photographing the Charlie Burns mural. Charlie Burns, as I later discovered is a long time resident of Shoreditch, a well-respected gentleman, who had lived here since 1915, and had seen the gradual changes over the years. He established a paper mill business and later ran a boxing club locally.  Charlie passed away in 2012, aged 96.

More below :

Mural by Ben Shaw, artist See here

So Long, Charlie Burns

City Academy Photography Classes

Waiting

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Piazza San Marco, Venice 2012

I recently got some overdue roll film processed in Malaysia. Some rolls were from 2008, the latest being 2012 or so. I recall getting a few rolls of Lomography’s Red Scale 120 films to test. The red scale film is simply exposing the film on the wrong side of the emulsion. The process goes through a standard development process, but depending on what ISO the film has been shot, there will always be a colour shift, from strong reds, orange to yellows. It is basically a trial and error approach for experimental effects.

These images are from a series taken at our Venice travel workshop in 2012.

InstantLondon : Brick Lane

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Spent last Sunday photographing with my City Academy Street Photography class in London’s famous East End street, Brick Lane and Columbia Road Flower market. Both streets were heaving with visitors by lunch time and there were many tourists there too armed with their cameras. This area is uniquely British despite the many languages one can hear spoken by the crowds. It has so much vibe, colour, smells, sounds and sights to astound you, A must visit place on any visitor’s itinerary to London.

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See also Beyond Retro – Brick Lane 2011

Rokko Mountain High – Have your portfolio reviewed in Japan, 2015

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The 2015 Mt.ROKKO INTERNATIONAL PHOTO FESTIVAL is now accepting participants for it’s Portfolio Review session from 28 – 29 August 2015. The festival runs from 21 to 30 August in Mt.Rokko, Kobe, Japan. In it’s 3rd consecutive year, the festival have explored the themes of Communication and Education in contemporary photography practice. I was fortunate to be involved as a Reviewer and it has broadened my perspectives and views about Japanese photography as well as connecting with many talented photographers from abroad and from Japan too.

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I would recommend any photographer hoping to expand their knowledge and obtain valuable feedback from an international array of Reviewers, to apply for this event, not least, the new friendships, sharing and connections you will make.

Apply here 

See below for past articles :

Festival Update 1 2013

Festival Update 2 2013

Festival Review 1 2014

Festival Review 2 2014

Festival Review Highlights 2014

Festival Feedback Lim Paik Yin 

Festival Feedback Nadia J Mahfix

Festival Feedback Syfrey Moniz

Festival Feedback Ailsa Bowyer

Sarah Choo Jing at A.I.

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I happened to discover this small and trendy pop-up gallery hosted by A.I. Studio‘s director Anne-Marie Tong who is currently showing Singaporean artist Sarah Choo Jing‘s From Across the Road on Redchurch Street in London’s uber trendy Shoreditch.  I was on a 1-day walk’n’ shoot London Street Photography for City Academy, and just finish the intros with my participants at Rich Mix’s studios.

Sarah’s dark and panoramic prints caught my attention from the window. In this exhibition, the artist is exploring themes based on the act of looking, surveillance and voyeurism. She delves in a mixture of photography with over-painting, video and installations and the show is on, till 15 March. More info here.

After lunch, the street photography class visited the exhibition and Sarah provided a brief introduction to the visitors about her works.

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Sarah Choo Jing and Anne-Marie Tong of A.I

A.I., 30a Redchurch Street, London E2 7DP

11am – 6pm (Mon – Sun)

Nearest tune : Shoreditch High Street, Liverpool Street, Bethnal Green

USA – CUBA

Musicians from La Bodeguita del Medio, Havana 2011

What great news to end 2014, hopefully to be passed by Congress. USA will begin normalisation talks with Cuba following over 50 years of sanctions in trade and diplomatic relations. We went there as a photography workshop group in 2011 and found the Cubans to be warm and friendly, open and very resourceful. No doubt there will be inevitable changes should travel restrictions be lifted, on both sides.