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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

Distracted

May 30th, 2014

Yes, it’s been a quiet few months on Sticks and Stones, ain’t nobody denying that.

In my defense, I am now married…

On 10 May I married my lovely wife Naomi – we had a fantastic day followed by a very relaxing honeymoon in Egypt.



In other news (because you’re so interested in my life), here is a little taste of what’s coming on the site – albeit dependent on the amount of time I have to process it all…



Keep an eye out – or open, at least, because out sounds painful.

P.S. A massive thank you to Olly Knight for our photography, I’m sure you’ll see a little more soon!

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.).








Fly on the… Drum

November 25th, 2013

Had a charming photoshoot this evening, with an extremely well-behaved model: a dead fly. Artificial lighting isn’t something I’ve spent much time experimenting with, so this simple thing made a nice change to my normal habits. I’ll think about posting some more photos at some point, more as a study in different angles and lighting than anything else, but for now, here’s my personal pick of the bunch. Click the photo for the full size version, it’s nice and sharp thanks to my sexy Sigma (see below <3).


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 :)

Distant

October 28th, 2013

To think I took this photo just last week – with what the weather’s been like for the last few days it feels a lot longer ago.

Taken from the train on the way back from Portsmouth, just past Southampton Docks.

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…