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Open Studios: 1, 2 & 3 July

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

As part of the Pullens community of artists I’m opening my studio all day from 11am to 6pm on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July, with the preview on Friday 1st from 6pm to 9pm.

Pullens Open Studios, Summer 2011

Pullens Open Studios, Summer 2011

There will be lots of things to see – I hope you can come along to see what’s happening and enjoy a lovely social day.

Click here for walking directions to my studio.

Studio fun

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Thanks to everyone who came down to Iliffe Yard last night for a Negroni, a chat, and to browse through some street pictures. Everyone seemed to have as much fun as I did! Special thanks are due to Eva, my patient wife, for all the wonderful food. And to James for his cocktail skills. I hope there aren’t too many thick heads around this morning.

Once again I got swept away so much with everything that I completely forgot to get some pictures taken, so you’ll just have to use your imagination.

Of course the event had it’s serious side, and I believe I may have made a large stride in the direction of some funding for a pet project. More details later…

I’ve got the power!

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

I love clichéd headlines.

Time for celebrations though, round here at my photo den – after six months of waiting I have my own electricity meter! I have my own, reliable power supply. I know it’s probably not as exciting for anyone else as it is for me, but I felt I must share my happiness…

Cocktail Party – 24th March

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

The next open evening at my studio is on Thursday 24th March 2011.

Locomotion, Vienna. October 2003.

Locomotion, Vienna. October 2003.

I’ll be ready to welcome everyone from about 6pm. The work on show will be Street Photography from the last decade, taken as I travelled around Europe.

Kapitulska, Bratislava. November 2003.

Kapitulska, Bratislava. November 2003.

Have a look at the street photography gallery on my website to get a feeling for what will be on the walls.

Caracal, Romania. February 2005.

Caracal, Romania. February 2005.

If you haven’t been to the studio before, please do come! Getting here couldn’t be easier. From Kennington:

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Walking route from Kennington station (click the image for a printable version)

or from Elephant & Castle:

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Walking route from Elephant & Castle station (click on image for a printable version)

or you can get directions from Google.

It promises be a diverting evening, so I hope you can make it. Please RSVP by clicking an option below:

  • Yes – I can come.
  • No – sorry, busy that night.

The Ballad of BT Broadband

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Time for me to add my sorry tale to those of all the other unfortunate customers whose lives BT has made more complicated though inefficiency and simple disregard.

I say ‘customers’ but in truth that title would indicate some form of choice, for instance I could choose either PG Tips or Typhoo tea-bags. In the matter of getting a phone line into my studio I don’t have a choice. It’s BT or go without. Since it’s pretty difficult these days to run a business without a good internet connection, and for that I need a phone line, and I can only get a phone line from BT, I have no choice. I have to go to BT.

Back in September, when I took on my studio, I called BT to get all this arranged. The woman in the sales department was very helpful, explained all the options to me, and was very sorry that, due to heavy demand, it was going to be six weeks before I could have a visit from an engineer and get connected. I’d have to wait until November 3rd. At the end of our conversation I was a little aggrieved it was going to take so long, but I resolved to stick it out and be patient. I didn’t have a choice.

So today is November 3rd. Oh happy day! By tonight I’ll have broadband! Just to double check the time the engineer was due to visit I went online using the order number I wrote down six weeks ago. The website told me the order had been cancelled. What? I called BT. Yes, I was politely informed after a long wait, the order had been cancelled. Why? There was no information about that. Why hadn’t anyone told me? There was no information about that either.

The lady from BT could see that I was due a visit from an engineer on November 3rd (“Oh, that’s today isn’t it?”) but that wasn’t going to happen. So I wasn’t going to get online by tonight? No, she said. So what do we do now?

After puzzling for a few minutes and asking a few strange questions (“Was it a man or a woman who took your order?”) she realised the line was for my place of work, and that I therefore needed BT Business Broadband. I thought that was who I was talking to? No, I was talking to BT Broadband. I had to call a different number for BT Business Broadband.

I called the new number, waited, gave the order number, waited… Again, I was politely told the order had been cancelled. Why? Not sure, but it seemed the order had been placed by BT Broadband and not BT Business Broadband… that might be the reason. What hadn’t anyone told me? No information. So how do I get online? Well… you’ll have to raise an order. And what happens if somebody cancels it without telling me? Silence.

Well, I don’t have a choice, so let’s place an order. I’ll have to call another number to do that. Okay… but is there anyway I can get this thing done quickly? Well, she could just transfer me to the sales team, then I wouldn’t have to call the other number, might speed things up. I let out a silent scream – okay… thank you… please transfer me. She puts me on hold.

She comes back. The sales team’s systems have gone down and they can’t do anything, but she’s taken my number and Stephanie will call me back when she can.

There’s nothing I can do. I don’t have a choice. I’ll wait for Stephanie’s call.

I have a feeling this is the beginning of a long story.

Here we go again

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

So, I’ve got a studio full of junk.

Boxes in studio

Yet again I have to unpack everything, find somewhere to put it all, realise that most of it is crap that I needn’t have bothered transporting all the way from Spain…

Ah well, in a week or so I should be sorted.

New studio update

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

After what seems like an age, the studio at Iliffe Street is finally ready for me to move in, so I’ve booked a van for tomorrow and I’m boxing up my clobber once again.

Studio at Iliffe Yard

As you can see, the floor’s been done, the painting’s been finished off and the place is unlikely to look this tidy again for a while. Until I leave, probably.

Studio at Iliffe Yard

To be honest I’m not looking forward to shifting all my stuff again, but there are going to be some things delivered direct from Spain that I haven’t seen in a while so there’s the pleasure of rediscovering old junk to look forward to.

I’ll post a picture once everything’s in place.

New Studio Location

Monday, September 13th, 2010

I realise, of course, you’re probably gagging to know where the studio is. It’s here:


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We’re near Kennington tube station, which is on the Northern Line, and Elephant & Castle tube, which has the Bakerloo line too. There are several busses that run down Walworth Road and Kennington Park Road, and there is free parking in Iliffe Yard. So no excuses for you not to come and say hello!

New Studio in Iliffe Yard

Monday, September 13th, 2010

It’s taken a while, but today I finally picked up the keys to my studio at 1a Iliffe Yard, London SE17.

1a Iliffe Yard
Studio interior, showing double doors. These are at first floor level, so very handy for stepping out onto the cobblestones 2.5 metres below.

Iliffe Yard is part of the Pullens estate, build in the 19th century as a complete living and working environment for artisans and craftsmen. The studios have now been separated from the flats, but the place is still very pretty. I’ll post some pictures of the yard in all it’s glory sometime.

1a Iliffe Yard
The handsome gent on the right is Allan Robertson, master printer and new neighbour. That’s my wife Eva on the left. As you can see, someone has thoughtfully placed some sand, concrete and plastic conduit on the floor.

As you can tell, the place needs some finishing off before I can use it – particularly the floor. I’m aiming to have all this done in a week’s time so I can start working there.

1a Iliffe Yard
This is the corner I’ll have my desk in.

I’m impatient to get in and get organised!