Pattern Recognition

by Dhamaka

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"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"........ Albert Einstein


My new dance photography blog, DanceTog is here

My formal G20Voice blog is here


"When you're standing on a comfortable rug, you have to expect it to be pulled from under your feet sometimes"
........ Ben Moor
Global Warming - the debate

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This is my personal blog, not a venue for saleable images. In fact, because it's here that I share things that are important to me with the members of the moblog community, photo quality's not my priority. Events, occasions, achievements, thoughts, trips and experiments - you'll find them all here. Contact me for the development version of my photo portfolio, for a selection of saleable images or visit my dance photography blog or my website for cuttings. And remember that all photos remain my copyright unless I've specifically said otherwise.

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"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle I no longer despair for the future of the human race"
........ H G Wells

"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better"
........ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Luck favours the prepared mind"
........ Louis Pasteur

"Never to get lost is not to live, not to know how to get lost brings you to destruction, and somewhere in the terra incognita in between lies a life of discovery."
........ Rebecca Solnit

"Give, give, give -- what is the point of having experience, knowledge or talent if I don't give it away? Of having stories if I don't tell them to others? Of having wealth if I don't share it? I don't intend to be cremated with any of it! It is in giving that I connect with others, with the world and with the divine."
........ Isabel Allende

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs - ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
........ Harold Thurman Whitman

"The real voyage of discovery consists not of seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes...."
........ Marcel Proust

"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.. you have no such accurate remembrance of a country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle...."
........ Ernest Hemingway

"Ambition leads me not only father than any other man has been before me, but as far as I think it is possible for man to go."
........ James Cook

"The grand show is enternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapour is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls."
........ John Muir

"The bicycle is the most civilised conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart."
........ Iris Murdoch

"Photography for me is not looking, it's feeling. If you can't feel what you're looking at, then you're never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your picture...."
........ Don McCullin












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In Vino Veritas/Courage in small things #photography #availablelight #party #fun

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Wanstead Beauty Clinic's 25th anniversary
11th Dec 2010, 12:23   | tags:,,,,comments (7)

So begins the Cultural Olympiad #2012 #LondonOlympics #photography #dancephotography #dance

Announcement of the first commissions at the Royal Opera House yesterday morning

....did I tell you recently that I love my job?

Miguel Angel Zotto & Daiana Guspero #tango #photography #availablelight #London #Londontango #dance

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At The Light Temple last week

More at http://flickr.com/gp/webwandering/4B6q53

Making A Clean Breast Of It

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As some of you know, most of my updates about last year were on the Friendship Blog that got deleted.

Rather than try to reproduce messages that went with images here, I've been trying to find a home for pieces on those aspects of my experience that I think may benefit others.

That's why I've spent a few frantic days getting out the blog posts describing my (rather unpleasant) experiences with the NHS and post-cancer reconstructive surgery and how others might get through the same process better. There are 15 in all.

If you're interested the ones already out are at:
http://fanatchicks.com/2010/11/19/making-a-clean-breast-of-it-1/
http://fanatchicks.com/2010/11/22/making-a-clean-breast-of-it-2/
http://fanatchicks.com/2010/11/24/making-a-clean-breast-of-it-3/
http://fanatchicks.com/2010/11/26/making-a-clean-breast-of-it-4/
http://fanatchicks.com/2010/11/29/making-a-clean-breast-of-it-5/

and I'll tweet the new ones from CyclistOnChemo as they are published

Thinking Outside the Box

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Images from my current exhibition - of which some might be familiar


1 - 'just a blip' Self portrait comprised of about 500 images that show everything of importance that I've photographed in the last 4-5 years. Friends, family, places, chemo ... even the felt tip pen marks they made on my skin to direct the extent of the mastectomy

2 - 'just be thankful' this has been the most popular. They're all limited edition prints and I'm thrilled to say not many of these are left!

3 - 'size matters' a huge print of the French side of the Pyrenees

4 - 'size doesn't matter' this is 6cm x 4cm and is what started me off on the exhibition theme I'm pretty sure most people miss it.

Just posting the whole set on flickr and fb

Red Mantra First Anniversary

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last week but I've had no time.. you'll probably see why soon
22nd Nov 2010, 17:29   comments (5)

Banyoles ICF World Canoe Championships

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Finally writing some of the things I've been planning on fanatchicks.com. The most recent is about this really cool woman I met at the International Canoe Federation World Championships in Banyoles. She competes at a high level in kayak marathon events:

http://fanatchicks.com/2010/11/11/cristina-on-kayaking/

I was fascinated by the different techniques used to carry the canoes and run with them and nonplussed by the apparent clumsiness of pairs as they get back into the water for the next circuit. Since the fluidity with which these non-paddling moves are achieved appears to be a key differentiator at the highest level I'm now investigating current best practice for an article discussing the techniques that are actually used for another piece.

Exhibition launch - Fourth and last Set

Filmed entirely by Sprocket and H... I accept no responsibility for content apart from running the exhibition in the first place

(although I did cut the shorts a little before I posted them)