Above and beyond

I entered a mountain writing competition last month run by the John Muir Trust.  The theme was ‘The day a mountain changed my life’ so my entry was probably a bit low key, but what can I say, that’s my style. (Actually, it’s a rewrite of a post I did a while back on hiking […]

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Paint the Town Red/Orange/Pink

I took a few pictures down at Upfest on Sunday (Europe’s biggest street art festival). It’s generally quieter than the Saturday, which I prefer because it means more opportunities for less crowded shots. I always pay a visit to this event every year, as the artwork always helps create lively and interesting photos. That goes […]

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Encountering the crest #3

I stopped at the edge of the water and looked across at the pathway snaking up the hill. “I’m not up for it,” I said. Jon was staring at something indiscriminate in the foreground while Simon lay across his pack, sunning his bare chest. “I know everyone’s tired,” replied Rich, “but it was always going to be a […]

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Encountering the crest #1

It must have been 6am when I unzipped the tent, or thereabouts, judging by the grey light that draped across the mountainside. The two bodies that were crammed in next to me lay motionless, matted hair sprouting from the top of sleeping bags. I slipped on my boots and staggered out into the cool, morning […]

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Set sail for a new city

It was back in the summer of ’14 when I got my hands on the Los Angeles edition of Boat Magazine. The hazy rays that came through the window of the bar I was in seemed to go well with the dusky image on the front cover. I opened the pages and started to read. Like […]

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Write Like Nobody’s Reading

I recently put together a submission as a part of an application for a writing job. The process was a fairly straightforward one; write about something that inspires you and influences your practice. I opted to write about my current favourite magazine, Boat, as the theme and quality of writing always buoys me up 😉 However, a couple of […]

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