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Posted by on Oct 1, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

Well, since my last blog on March the 5th we have all been living the rollercoaster ride that has been the Caronavirus Pandemic. Personally I resorted to my default, stress busting power walking as a means of quieting my mind although I didn’t particularly enjoy having to share my usually quiet and peaceful local lanes with hundreds of newcomers. Returning to the hills recently I also discovered that walking hundreds of miles on flat tarmac or disused railway lines doesn’t do anything for the muscles required to head steeply uphill with a heavy pack ( more on rucksacks and other newly...

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I have a plan but I need your help (Part two).

Posted by on Mar 5, 2020 in Blog | 1 comment

I want to talk about self confidence (or lack of it). Lochan na h-Achlaise A recent thread appeared of Facebook concerning what is considered commercial ( saleable) in the print/gallery area of the landscape photography world. Without getting into the meat and bones of that subject ( although it is something I would like to address in a future post) the author of the original post made a comment suggesting that gallery ownership may be ‘an ego trip and one that’s likely to bankrupt you’. Well I can testify that I’ve come close to the second half of that statement and that...

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I have a plan but I need your help (part one).

Posted by on Jan 9, 2020 in Blog | 2 comments

From 2004 to 2012 we lived just north of Connel Bridge which lies about five miles outside Oban. Our two boys both attended Lochnell Primary School in Benderloch which was just two miles north of the bridge. Connel Bridge. Long exposure over the whirlpool. The bridge was originally built to carry trains with road traffic using a ferry to cross just beyond the world famous Falls of Lora, a renowned surf kayaking location. For many years road and rail traffic shared the single track bridge but with the closure of the coastal railway line ( now a superb cycle route) the tracker were...

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I have a plan but I need your help (Prologue).

Posted by on Dec 31, 2019 in Blog | 5 comments

I’m not going to lie, the past decade has been the hardest ten years of my life. I’m not after a sympathy vote here, things really are on the up but it’s taken so much longer and been so much tougher than I could have imagined. Mostly down to the impact of our troubles on my own mental health and ability to cope with what once upon a time would have been simple problems to solve. In 2010 my dream of running a gallery in Scotland collided with the reality of the credit crunch and one of the biggest economic downturns in decades and hit the rocks. Not only did we lose our gallery and...

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I’ve been getting it wrong all these years…

Posted by on Feb 22, 2019 in Blog | 6 comments

I’m sitting here at home having just returned from a wonderful three hour walk out over Brown Clee Hill to the Iron Age hill fort at Nordy Bank. The skies were blue, the distant hill bluer still in the haze and the gentle breeze full of bird call. And as I walked it dawned on me that I’ve been getting it wrong (photographically speaking ) for the last fifteen years. I find that I can only think clearly to write when I have been out walking. Much of the rest of the time my head is full of the distracting ‘noise’ that comes with my lack of ability to cope with the stresses and strains...

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There is a lane…

Posted by on Jul 30, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

                                        I’m currently facing another (hopefully short) period of time where I will be without a vehicle. Tomorrow, the M.O.T on my car expires and it will cost five times the vehicle’s current market value ( being a pre 2010 diesel car) to bring it up to a point where it is roadworthy. I don’t want to pour money into a car I was planning to chop in for something I can travel and sleep in from September so I’m walking away...

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