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Postcards from Istanbul

In News & Stuff, Postcards From..., Travel by David13 Comments

I remember some point in my childhood hearing the name Constantinople; like the name Zanzibar it conjured something exotic and romantic in my mind. Of this kind of romance there was no shortage in my childhood. Early on my mother had a massive National Geographic atlas, easily the largest book in the house and I’d lie on the floor looking …

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Vision and Voice

In Pep Talks, Rants and Sermons, The Craft by David32 Comments

I wrote a book called Vision & Voice. This is not about that. This is about the constant stream of questions I hear that all share a similar quest fuelled by a similar desperation. The questions all centre on one recurring desire: the longing to find your voice photographically. I have tried, in my way, to answer the question creatively, …

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My Gear Shift

In GEAR by David71 Comments

Once in a while I abandon all sense and do a gear post. This is one of them. I hope it’s helpful to you and that  you find the question of why I use the gear I do more interesting than which gear, specifically, I use. It’s the one question that seems to get left out of these discussions; everyone …

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See The World for $12

In Books, Craft & Vision, SEE THE WORLD, Travel by David3 Comments

Last year I wrote SEE THE WORLD, 20 Lessons for Stronger Travel Photographs, a book about seeing and photographing the world. You could call it a book about travel photography but I think it’s more than that. Bob Krist, a veteran travel photographer who works for National Geographic and whom I include as a case study, along with Art Wolfe, …

What’s Your Potato?

In Marketing, Self-Promotion, Rants and Sermons, VisionMongers by David30 Comments

It’s a slow Sunday afternoon. Coffee’s on. Van Morrison is mumbling his way through The Healing Game album. I head to Africa (finally!) at the end of this week after a three week delay. I’m restless. When I’m restless I write. And I’m hoping this time it sticks because I’ve written and re-written this article several times now, unable to …

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Photographic Memories: Russia

In Life Is Short, Storytelling, Travel by David14 Comments

It was January 1992 and the Iron Curtain had fallen so recently we were all still blinking our eyes. The cold war was over and I was in Russia, shivering through one of the coldest winters of my life, brought there by idealism and delusions of Dr. Zhivago. I lived that winter in an apartment in Yaroslavl that was colder …