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Work starts at last!
26th July 2010 - 0 comments
Listed Building Consent came through on the 15th July - the Barbican has been Grade II listed since 2001 so the parts of our refurbishment that need that Consent have been approved. At long last early this week the BEO (Barbican Estate Office) gave the go ahead by granting Landlord's consent. So our contractor actually started work ripping out the kitchen and bathroom and generally clearing out the old ready for the new. He doesn't waste any time!
Later this week the plumber and electrician will be in doing their stuff.
I shall be heartily glad when I don't have to spend time searching out items, colours, and all the bits and bobs, and can get back to photography and working on my images and website!
Changes ongoing!
16th July 2010 - 0 comments
The website (maybe you've noticed?)is gradually changing - at last! I am revising some of the Groups and Porfolios. I've decided instead of going by date/B&W/colour to simply use a Best Of structure. This will be difficult as I want to limit to number of shots in each camera section. I am considering adding the LFI Master shots to this Group. More anon - so please keep visiting!
S44 is dead - or is it?
11th July 2010 - 0 comments
The new Home Secretary, Teresa May, announced in the House of Commons that the use of S44 of the Anti-Terrorism Bill is suspended except in relation to motor vehicles. This should mean that photographers should no longer be hassled by officious police officers or PCSOs.

However,....... S43 still remains in place. This requires "reasonable suspicion" on the part of the officer doing the stop that the person stopped is doing something related to terrorism. Like taking a reconnaisance photograph perhaps? The only bright spark here is that the stop will, if challenged later, have to be justified in Court.

Excuse my cynicism, but apart from the fact that most police forces will I assume not bother to inform their plods on the ground, we'll still get harassed under S43 - it's already happened to one young photojournalist.

And what about Project Griffin, the City of London suspicious activity initiative involving building security guards?

Oh well, we wait, we see!
Recent photos added
11th July 2010 - 0 comments
1. Photos from the Leica Forum London Member's meeting at the IWM added
2. This year's Serpentine Pavillion photos added
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Leica Forum Users Charity Book
18th June 2010 - 0 comments
I suppose I can be excused for blowing my own trumpet a bit, can't I?
My involvement with the LUFB was modest compared to the three main protagonists, but I volunteered to edit the Architecture Section. Forum members could submit up to three images for anonymous judging by the editors of all the sections, and of my three two were chosen. My thanks to those who thought them worthy enough.
I should say that for each photo submitted a £10 donation to the Association for International Cancer Research (AICR, the charity to benefit from the book) was requested and by the time the photos were chosen over £7000 had been raised.
£5 from the sale of each book goes to the charity and the Forum makes no money from each sale.
Please follow the link and help support the AICR - the book is well worth its cost and a delight to study and admire.
Oh and I'm in it! As Editor of the Architecture Section and with 2 images in the book. (He said modestly!)
Site Revision
29th April 2010 - 0 comments
Starting on a revision of content and possibly layout
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Digital Economy Bill
13th February 2010 - 0 comments
This Bill, whilst just possibly understandable in its initial intention, has as usual draconian unintended(?)consequences fro all photographers, whether professional or amateur. Follow the link I have put up and read about it. Follow the link about our Rights on the Home Page to read about this.
Moving house!
08th February 2010 - 0 comments
My apologies for the lack of site updates recently. For the last three months I have been heavily involved in house selling, house buying and interim rented property arranging.
It's all coming to a head in the next 2 weeks and after that I should be able to sort out some shots and get the site moving along again.

Please be patient.

Oh and I"m now working 2 days per week at Red Dot Cameras!
2009 One-Challenge images added
30th November 2009 - 0 comments
Just added to the site in the Akademie and Meetings Group are the images that I considered as potential entries for this year's One-Challenge held in Valletta, Malta.
M9 arrives
14th November 2009 - 0 comments
Well, I've gone and done it - got an M9 that is. My nice black one arrived Friday 13th November 2010 which I sincerely hope will not be any sort of an omen! This does now invoke some changes to the rest of the equipment. Watch this space - or rather the equipment listing.
New gallery added
08th November 2009 - 0 comments
Wandering around Valetta in Malta in preparation for the Leica One-Challenge I was struck by the number of old shop signs still extant and indeed still in use in some cases. So here's a selection.
New look!
05th November 2009 - 0 comments
I've decided to give the site a new look! Hope you all like it - it should remind you of the Leica Photography site colours.
This because I am awaiting the imminent arrival of my Leica M9.
Updating
13th October 2009 - 0 comments
I have been slipping - the site needs to be updated. I'm off to Malta for the Leica One-Challenge and I'll update it on my return next week.
New portfolio added
22nd September 2009 - 0 comments
I have added a new portfolio called "Convergences" to the Architecture Grouping. The shots are in black & white and consist partly of lines (of e.g. columns) marching off into the distance or other views where lines converge.
Ernst Leitz & the Holocaust
04th September 2009 - 0 comments
A definitve essay by Rabbi Frank Dabba Smith on the relationship between the Leitz family and the Nazis. It details the assistance given by the family to Jews and Jewish workers throughout the 1930s and 40s to enable them to escape Nazi Germany. Access this through a link on the "Leica Links" webpage.
Leica to announce new products on 9 Sept.
31st August 2009 - 0 comments
There's a link on the home page to a video!
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State of flux
12th August 2009 - 0 comments
Alterations to portfolios are currently ongoing.
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Site update progress
27th July 2009 - 0 comments
Site essentially complete visually; content updating proceeding.
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Almost there!
14th July 2009 - 0 comments
Site layout and interface virtually (!) complete. Image content revision starting.
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MAJOR SITE REVISIONS
12th July 2009 - 0 comments
A major overhaul of the site is in progress - watch this space over the next couple of weeks.
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