A passion for for photography and digital communication with a background at the BBC and ITV.
Currently director at the School Media Club making cinema films for schools and working for Oblong Leeds a community development organisation. Also a member of All Saints Church in Ilkley and involved with communications in the parish.
This blog features posts about photography including some of my photos, while the media posts will include thoughts about filmmaking and online media - particularly to do with PR activities.
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Author Archives: Mark
I was talking with someone about mission statements today and through the post came an appeal from Amnesty International. It has their mission as set out be founder Peter Benenson. The strength of purpose makes me realise how woolly mission statements often are – this one isn’t woolly or vague in the slightest. “only when the [...]
The new community cafe called Outside the Box is now open for business in Ilkley, or at least it will be at the weekend. If you don’t know where it is there’s a clue in the title. Outside the Box opened last weekend and will be open again this weekend. It will be great to [...]
Just to say thanks to all those who turned up for the Marvellous Manningham photo walk today, specially Andy who came over from Ilkley and John from Holme Wood. The walk was organised by David Hartley at St Paul’s Church in Manningham. If you look at Wikkipedia you can quickly get an impression that Manningham’s [...]
I’ve been working with three churches in the area to look at communcations – particularly online. The aim is to identify and master appropriate technology and to get great stories out into the public domain. Of course there’s no point in having a communications platform if there is no content – content is king, as [...]
When I started taking photos it was all about film, chemicals and paper. There was something wonderful about the process and the smell of the chemicals, weird I know. I’m rediscovering the magic with alternative printing techniques. This picture is a Cyanotype – the classic process using Potassium Ferricyanide (toned in green tea). The cyanide [...]
When you are part of a small group of people trying to make something happen it’s impossible to point the finger at someone else without pointing it at yourself – equally it’s impossible to praise someone without taking some pride in yourself. I’m reflecting here on how we share success and failure. At Woodhouse Community [...]
Seven times a day, as I work upon this hungry farm,I say to Thee, ‘Lord, why am I here? What is there here to stir my gifts to growth? What great thing can I do for others – I who am captive to this dreary toil?’ And seven times a day Thou answerest, ‘I cannot [...]
I’m sure that journaling our stories through images consistently and over the long term will lead to an invaluable resource. A catalogue of images that truly reflect our organisation’s values and activities can help celebrate achievements and protect our future. I’ve been working with the Woodhouse Community Centre in Leeds and a number of local [...]