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Valentines in Christchurch

February 18th, 2015

This Valentines day was spent with the in-laws. As you do…

Here are some of the snaps I took on our short walk, including a rare outing for my little lensbaby muse, a cheap and cheerful tilt-shift lens.

shifty ruins
there's a log to like here
swanning about
ducks!
through the keyhole

your majesty
the wife
window of opportunity

Red Sky in the Afternoon

August 29th, 2014

Yesterday marked the start of this year’s Bournemouth Air Show, so I took pleasure in making the short trip from the office to the seafront to catch the Red Arrows’ afternoon display. I took quite a few photos, and at the end of the display was satisfied that I had at least one good one, so I was very pleased when I scrolled through them later in the day, to find that quite a few of them had turned out well. Take a look below!

IMG_8550IMG_8741 red arrowsIMG_8573IMG_8568

Productivity

June 30th, 2014

This week has been a productive week. Having recently started using Lightroom to process my photos I’ve had to work out and adapt to a new workflow, which has obviously taken a bit of time, as well as trying to work through an ever-increasing backlog of photos.

This is no bad thing – just after the wedding I purchased a second camera, going for something much smaller than my DSLR so that I can carry it with me more often. This means lots more photos, so somehow I need to find the time to get through them!

Nevertheless, as I said, this week has been productive, and I have managed to get through a bunch. Head over to my flickr if you want to get a sneak preview, but I will, of course, be posting them here in due course. For now, here are a couple!

AIM/Pedal for Pounds

June 1st, 2014

Last Tuesday I had the privilege of attending an event at Compton Acres, hosted by AIM Community Bournemouth, which included a musical performance from my good friend David Ashley.

The atmosphere was beautifully chilled out, with the always welcomed opportunity of sharing a relaxed drink with great company. Before the entertainment added to this calm aura, a couple of inspiring fellows shared with us their cause.

Tim Evans and Alastair Jones, two lovely gents, had stopped in as part of their mission – 1000km on two wheels (each) in 9 days – and this to raise awareness of the important work carried out by the charities they were representing, Worth Unlimited and Frontier Youth Trust. Pedal for Pounds is a worthy cause, aiming to raise the hopes of young people who have been written off to society – but still have huge potential awaiting release. Head to their Facebook page to find out more, and do consider donating.

Anyway, here is a selection of photos, taken on my superb new compact camera. Check out the Forest:JungleCollective page over at mixcloud to hear some of Dave’s stuff, the two podcasts recorded at this event will be uploaded there in the coming weeks.

Soaking up the atmosphere

Mr David Ashley, host for the evening

Alastair Jones, Frontier Youth Trust

Tim Evans, Worth Unlimited

Dave hard at work

Put the needle on the record when the drumbeat goes like…

Tycho – amazing record

Minor adjustments

Concentration

Bathed

April 1st, 2014

Here are some random leftovers from my trip to the lovely city of Bath, take a look on my photo blog for all the others.

View to a hill

March 24th, 2014

On my way back from the Worship God conference in the lovely city of Bath (lots of photos on those links) I couldn’t resist stopping in this spot. Beautiful.

Bath time

March 18th, 2014

Here are some photos that I took whilst attending the Worship God conference in early March (write-up here).

I’m really loving the black and white photography at the moment, as you may be able to tell…




Worship God UK 2014

March 14th, 2014

Last week I attended the first annual (hopefully!) Worship God UK conference in Bath, run by Sovereign Grace and hosted by Grace Church Bristol.

It was a really great time, meeting lots of new people, most of them faithfully serving their churches in worship teams. The main theme of the conference was ‘Called to be Faithful’ with great teaching on being faithful in different ways. A standout talk was ‘Faithful to Receive’, which highlighted how a key part of our identity as Christians is that we are those who have ‘received’ and therefore anything we give, or do is very much a response to what God has first done for us, primarily in the death and resurrection of Jesus.

So there was a lot of great biblical teaching on worship, but there was also some great practical teaching too. There was a great seminar on acoustic guitar skills with Patrick Anderson, a songwriting workshop with Stuart Townend and Steve and Vicci Cook, and a session on musical arrangement led by Devon Kauflin and his band. The standout seminar for myself was ‘Making room for the Spirit in leading worship’ which was very practical, but also very moving. Bob Kauflin led us in an improvised musical response to scripture, sung meditation on Psalm 100.

The times of sung worship were great, with different groups leading the music each day, and doing so in a way which was not only a pleasure to be a part of in terms of musical quality, but also so helpful in encouraging real, heartfelt response to God’s truth, in worshipping Him with mind, heart and body.

So much more that could be said, but I’ll leave it there for now. Below are a couple of photos from the conference, there are more on my flickr (click to view). The other bonus from the conference is that it was held in such a beautiful city, and I’ll be posting some of the photos that I took around Bath in the coming weeks.

One of the music teams at #wguk14

Bob Kauflin about to giveaway one of many books

Stuart Townend reading from the Bible during a time of sung worship

The Bath Forum, this year’s venue

Matt Searle with Megan Baird

Bob interviewing another showcased songwriter, Simon Brading, with Lou Fellingham

The speakers’ q&a panel at the end of the conference


ExpressEspresso

February 17th, 2014

Tonight I’m at Monty’s Lounge in Pokesdown for the first, hopefully of many, Espresso Session.

It’s an evening of chilled music, both mixed and performance, hosted by the wonderful Dave Ashley, who will be familiar to regular readers.

Here are a couple of photos to give you a taster of the atmosphere, head down to the next one on March 24th.


Proper Food

February 10th, 2014

Today was a chance to work in a slightly different environment – a 5-star hotel near Highcliffe called Chewton Glen.

I’m working on an event with Tom Kerridge, owner of the only pub in the world to have two Michelin stars. The hotel here is beautiful, with grounds that go on for a long, long way, but the real treat today was to get a little taste of Tom’s food.

He cooked a massive hunk of beef, with triple cooked chips and hollandaise sauce – a little better than the ‘cup-a-soup’ I usually have in my lunch break!

Better go now as the show’s about I go live again, I’ll leave you with a couple of pics from the day (apologies for quality, shot on phone. Ouch.).