Author Archives: Mark

About Mark

Mark Waddington is a former BBC broadcaster and producer. He now works for the Diocese of Leeds as Urban Mission Officer. If you would like to get in touch email mark.waddington@leeds.anglican.org

Great Photos: 3

Extraordinary Places This photo by Russell Davies reminded me how valuable our viewpoint can be to others who are denied the same opportunity. I don’t know if Russell had special privileges but it looks like a dangerous place to be (an aircraft engine). The value of some photographs comes not from their technical quality but… Read More »

Great Photos: 2

Tell a story "If your pictures aren’t good enough," war photographer Robert Capa used to say, "you aren’t close enough." Of course it’s not essential for a great photo to tell a story, but some of the most memorable photos do. Think of our own family albums in which generations of family experiences are told… Read More »

Straight 8

Here’s a film from Nick Scott  – Earth to Earth – for the Straight 8 competition (click thumbnail). Straight 8 is a great idea in which the filmmakers shoot a film on a single cartridge of super 8mm film.  They hand over their exposed but un-developed, un-edited film for processing. They also burn an original… Read More »

Great Photos: 1

Kill Your Darlings I had some interesting conversations over the new year about what makes a great photo. Apart from the subjects themselves, I’m particularly interested in composition which I’ve resolved to learn more about. Implementing some of the classic rules of composition does produce some fantastic results. I’ll post more about these as I… Read More »

Nativity Window

Nativity Window Originally uploaded by markwaddington. This is the nativity window at St.Mary’s church in Ealing. Photographing windows is very tricky – getting the detail right. I made two images of this, one under exposed by one and a half stops. Then using photo shop made up two layers to enable me to bring out… Read More »

Happy New Year

The sound of fireworks over London to celebrate the start of 2007.  Happy new year to you and best wishes. Play audio

How much sky is there?

Here’s a poem written by John Latham ‘How much sky is therein the whole world?’ I could answer that:give the atmospheric massnumber of its moleculesthe global areathe rate at which it thinsoutwards towards the sun. But as I look into his eyeshuge, open to the sky,galactic deepreaching far beyond the sunI shake my headtell him… Read More »

Organised Religion?

On Christmas day St. Mary’s in Ealing was the venue for live broadcast on BBC ONE. The preparation which went into it was huge and it made me realise how scrappy church worship can otherwise be. Of course spontaneous and relaxed worship is good (in my view) but a little preparation could be a good… Read More »

Bournemouth Beach

Bournemouth Beach Originally uploaded by markwaddington. A walk on the beach is always a great place for inspiration. Yesterday we spent some time with Deborah’s family in Bournemouth and here’s the photo to prove it. Normally in the summer the place is covered in deck chairs, but with a cold wind and a low sun… Read More »