Parenting: Why I Started Home Educating

My partner and I home educated our two boys for about six years. We began when the youngest was in year 1 (about 5 years old) and the eldest was year 2. I used to help out at the school a couple of mornings a week. In general I’d been happy with what I’d seen…

Experiments in Happiness: Exercise

At the very end of 2015 I was thinking about the year ahead and what I wanted to achieve. I do this every year as I find it helpful to think about what I might need to change and what’s working well. Struggling against low mood and depression has been an ongoing battle for me,…

Photography: Experimental Self Portraits With Screens

I saw this on my computer screen when I had been doing some reading on identity and  researching the way text and image interact. For some reason it jumped out at me. I liked the idea of using a photograph of myself with this label attached: NO NAME. My name has changed several times over the…

Experiments in Happiness: Gratitude

April 2019 A few years ago I’d started to write down a few things every day that I was grateful for. The idea is to write down at least three as a daily habit. This was in response to finding the Action for Happiness website, printing up their ‘Ten Keys to Happier Living’  poster to…

Out and About: Highgate Cemetery, London

Highgate Cemetery website If you’re visiting London and you want to escape into a cool, green space while learning something interesting and being somewhere a bit different, Highgate Cemetery is the place to go. I’ve been twice so far. The first time it was a beautiful sunny day; in photography terms this meant a lot…

Out and About: Notre Dame, Paris

I’ve visited Notre Dame Cathedral three times. The first time I was about 15 years old, and living in a children’s home. We’d been taken on holiday as a group and spent a week in a children’s home in France, a few days at a campsite, and a few days skiing in Switzerland. I remember…

Photography: Colour Film, Kingston Lacy Gardens

These images were taken with a Canon EOS 300 using Fuji colour film at Kingston Lacy NT in Wimborne, late summer 2018. This slideshow contains a mix of film scans and photo scans and so the quality is variable and you can see there are some white lines and haze in some of the images…

Photography: Rasterbator

You can find Rasterbator here. Rasterbator.net is a website that you can use to produce wall art from your photographs. It enlarges your uploaded image for you to print at home on whatever size paper/ printer combination you have. I have access to an A4 colour laser printer which is ideal for this.  You choose how…

Photography: Slide Film from London, 2001

These were taken on a Canon EOS 300 in about 2001, on cheap Boots Colour Slide film. They were scanned, quite a long time ago, on an Epson flatbed scanner. They scanned quite dark, but I’m guessing slide film would do that because they were meant to be backlit. These images represent some of my…