The Ups and Downs of Creativity Pt II

Whilst my last post demonstrated the upside of allowing the rules of creativity to guide your behaviour, this one certainly features some downs; quite literally. After a week of continuous rain I hadn't shot any pictures, and so made plans to photograph the outgoing tide at Sandsend near Whitby where old timbers create interesting patterns … Continue reading The Ups and Downs of Creativity Pt II

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The Ups and Downs of Creativity Pt I

Some weeks ago I wrote a series of articles on LinkedIn about the rules, or precepts, of creativity and how I have applied them both in my work as a facilitator but also in my photography.  These rules (as defined by the Open University during my MBA) don't take equal billing, and indeed remembering all … Continue reading The Ups and Downs of Creativity Pt I

Baytown

On the day that Bernardo Bertolucci died, one of the articles I read contrasted his and Marlon Brando's behaviour on the set of the notorious Last Tango in Paris, with a present day pairing of comparable stature; Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis.  Coincidence of course, but I'd spent a gloomy morning in Robin Hood's Bay on … Continue reading Baytown

Rock Follies

Some months ago I wrote a piece about Studley Royal water gardens, and how they were created by John Aislabie when he retired from government in disgrace at the end of the South Sea Bubble Affair.  As Chancellor of the Exchequer he was greatly responsible for the scheme which was intended to refinance public debt … Continue reading Rock Follies

Lacking Inspiration

I've been less than kind about my home town of Sunderland's attempts at public art and architecture, though the posts were so long ago that I feel safe in raising the issue again, because the town's decision makers just keep doing it again. The Millennium may seem a long time ago now, but it was … Continue reading Lacking Inspiration

Beningbrough Rule Bending Pt II

So back to this new fascination with macro photography that I mentioned in part one. Though none of my nudes have ever been explicit, it seems far less controversial to shoot close-ups of sex organs when they belong to plants, and so I've spent a good many hours this summer getting up close and personal with … Continue reading Beningbrough Rule Bending Pt II

Beningbrough Rule Bending Pt I

Having moved home in the last year I have a new area to explore and of course that includes some new National Trust properties that I've visited before, and even despite my disagreement with their drone policy two of the houses in North Yorkshire won me over with some special exhibits. The first was Nunnington … Continue reading Beningbrough Rule Bending Pt I