Sunday Project – No More

Well no photo of Sunday anymore. Why? I have been carrying out quite a bit of research and despite it being only the 4th Sunday of the year I have decided to bin it because it is not providing any benefit to me or anybody else. Stats are showing very few hits on those posts and to be honest I can understand why. There is no theme and is therefore completely random and unless I am on another assignment then I am just taking an image just for the sake of it with very little thought behind it. With very little information around the photo, why it was taken etc then why would anybody actually be interested in reading it.

What I should be doing more of is explaining things and why I do them, how I do them etc.

So as a start, I did a small photo shoot this morning. It was only mug shots for the person to send off as part of his profile as part of a competition. It was carried out in a gym, (in the squash court to be precise) where lighting is just awful. And short of getting the flash and umbrellas out it was a case of the ISO at 3200 and hope for the best. I just did not feel happy with the results which prob will suffice for what it was for but I just did not feel satisfied. Which at the end of the day is what it is all about for me. I have to feel emotionally involved in what I am doing and I didnt. Is that true of all professional photographers? I dont want to just earn money and not feel as though I have not done a good job.

So this blog is going to go back to the Swindon News/Photojournalism and I am not going to try to combine other things with it.

Likewise I am going to re-design my website to provide a better experience, better show case for my better images from both the UK and Spain and try to make it more interesting.


TotalSwindon Train in Spain Mainly on the Plain

Well, I am back in Swindon now and back to covering Swindon issues but just wanted to put up a post of me on one of my training runs in the hills above the village of Freila in Spain where I have been staying for the last three weeks. I have to say the running around there is absolutely spectacular on some days.
On a few of the days I went out the door in thick mist (Freila is at 800 mts) only to run through the cloud base out into the sunshine and views that I have to say were just stunning, where the hill tops and mountains were poking out above the clouds. Just absolutely stunning.
I will put some photos up in another post of the views, I never carried a camera whilst running but did walk up there and take shots.
Many thanks to my girlfriend Jacquie (who lives in Freila) for taking these shots.

Cotswold 113 Triathlon a big Success

Thats what friends are for

Thats what friends are for


My first example of good news and success in and around Swindon is the Cotswold 113 Triathlon. It is a local half ironman triathlon which was set up a couple of years ago now by Graeme Hardie a local triathlete and Ironman. Every race has been sold out well before the cut off dates and has been voted as one of the countries best races. Everybody who enters really enjoy the race and the course and is fast becoming a ‘must do race’. It has also become a successful company and set to grow. All this started with Graham and a few friends doing ‘training 1/2 Ironmans’ and he decided to put a race on officially. It worked.

Why am I highliting this, well firstly it is a successful company and secondly there is no shortage of people in a time of recession to spend money on races, expensive bikes, wetsuits, running kit etc. Are they doing it instead of going on holiday or denying themselves of other things, I doubt it. Keep it up is what I say.

Next, why have I used this picture. Well it is one I took at the Cotswold 113 Half Ironman. It is of Mark Airey carrying Joe Townsend through transistion and to his bike. As you will notice Joe (an ex Royal Marine) was competing in the race (and in fact went on to compete in Ironman UK), despite having both legs blown off by an IED in Afghanistan. Joe was also the person who during the Paralymic Games flew in on wires with the torch. I also wanted to highlight the fact that Mark could have raced far quicker but wanted to carry Joe through transistion, because he was his mate. Thats what friends are for eh!!!!

There are good people out there and not everybody is out for themselves.