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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


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.

Forced Perspective

November 9th, 2013

Wondered how this would come out, a photo from a model at the dockyard. Think it’s alright, not amazing but I like the mood :)

Portsmouth Part 2

November 4th, 2013

Here are some more photos from Portsmouth. See the first lot here.

These photos were all taken in or around the Warrior, a ship from around the Victorian era. I’m really pleased with how they came out.

Portsmouth Part 1

October 31st, 2013

Here’s the first lot of photos from my recent trip to the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth. Lots of black and whitey goodness, all in camera rather than in post.

Ship’s Coming In

October 24th, 2013

Last time I went to the historic dockyard at Portsmouth I felt as if I might as well have left my camera at home. Frustrating day, mediocre results.

Yesterday was satisfyingly different: I took lots of photos that I’m really proud of, and lots of stuff in monochrome. A friend once said to me if you can take a good photo in black and white then colour’s only going to add to it.

Some of the photos were a bit challenging in monochrome, but I really think yesterday helped me improve my photography.

Below there’s a quick preview but in other news, there are some fishy photos from the oceanarium coming, and before that, the first official inaugural biannual guest blog post at Sticks and Stones. Stay tuna-d…

Swanage 1

September 18th, 2013

I’ve long wanted to experiment more with black and white photography, and have never really got around to it. Nevertheless it seemed to fit for this situation. More to come!