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All in all its just another brick in the wall

Lego. It’s great stuff. My wee lad loves it. (Personally speaking I prefer Meccano – more imagination and finesse required in my fumble opinion).

What’s Lego made from? Plastic I guess. Where does that come from? Well some is synthetic, but mostly it’s from oil.

What better tie up then than Shell and Lego…….


The Toxic Price of Leather

The Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year awards were made last night. I was a finalist in the film category for best environmental video for my Clootie Well piece.

Sad to say I didn’t win, but I have to say I was beaten by a class act! Well done Sean Gallagher for his film [...]

Love and war

My mother’s cousin was Bill Millin, he was Lord Lovat’s piper, and one of the many heroes of the D Day landings and battles in France.

Bill used to stay in our home town in Scotland but eventually left and settled in the south of England, but he was fond of my mother and visited [...]

Metadata, time and the story of our pasts

I’ve written several times before about metadata and its importance to history and the ways it can enable images to be properly used, or misused. In ‘Henry Carter and the Divisive Moment’ I quoted David Riecks, who said:

“Most documentary images will have little cultural value if we don’t know at least a few of [...]

Talking shit…..

……makes a great deal of sense.

We don’t talk about it often enough.


Who’s watching YOU ‘powder your nose’ ? @ John MacPherson


I was doing some photography work for an environmental client in remote area of Scotland at the end of a long arduous single-track road. It was a glorious fjord-like [...]

Memory, pictures, labels, loss

John MacPherson has written many thought-provoking posts about the relationship between memory and photography here on duckrabbit. Posts both about his Mother, who has dementia, and his beloved partner Melanie, who he nearly lost last year. It’s an important subject. Penny Russ‘s, who I met on twitter (@digitaldaisies) also recently wrote movingly about this subject [...]

Unboxing Appalachia

I ‘stumbled’ into an ‘unboxing video’ on youtube once when looking for some info on some photo doohickey or other that I wanted to buy, and was astonished. A video review just about opening a box! Well I never. Was this for real? What was even more surprising than it actually being for real, was [...]

Hesitant Fictions

Joshua Lutz, Hesitating Beauty

Fiction has been an accepted element of art photography for almost as long as photography has existed. By contrast there’s still a marked hesitance amongst many documentary photographers when it comes to integrating fictional elements into their works, as I realised during a few recent Twitter [...]

Tears for fears


Image © Ami Vitale

I was intrigued by the NYT Lens piece by James Estrin ‘The Real Story behind the Wrong Photos in bringbackourgirls”. Estrin interviews the author of the images used to illustrate the campaign, Ami Vitale, who reveals:

A Twitter campaign using the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls has focused global attention on the [...]

Man up for the World Press Photo Awards

I’ve already detailed on a number of occasions poor governance at the World Press Photo awards. Today I want to write about another example, worse in many ways than the others.

But first a reminder of this years self-inflicted PR failure. The chair of judges, Gary Knight, turned out to be a business partner of [...]