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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I love David Hockney's pictures. I warm to him perhaps because, like me, he was born in Bradford and I often pop in to Salts Mill to see his work.
I met his friend the late Jonathan Silver once and there are people like them who have a wonderful independence and way of looking at the world; they're able to look at something ordinary and make something of it.
Imagine on BBC ONE last week featured a film about Hockney made by Bruno Wollheim over a three year period. David Hockney would not have a film crew follow him but did allow Wollheim to shoot the documentarty on his own.
The way the film was made is in itself interesting. At one point in the film Wolheim could be seen in a mirror both conversing with Hockney and shooting the film simultaneously. Here was a film being made by someone on the inside of the story being given special but qualified privilege.
David Hockney declared photography as incapable of capturing things as they really are, "this needs looking at" he says with a twinkle. He explains that it was all looking through holes; all Western perspective was – you're not connected with it, you want to be in it. I don't look thought the camera anymore,he said. So, having once embraced photographic techniques to aid his art he has now abandoned the camera, or so he says. Wollheim catches Hockney sneaking some photography into his work and challenges him on this.
I liked the tone of the film and David Hockney comes over as thoughtful, witty and even spiritual. He thinks that three things are required to paint great pictures – hand, eye and heart.
Get a hundred or so radio presenters in one room and what do you have? A lot of talking! Had last night's event been run by TV people there would have been more posh frocks and Champaign but here at Tiger Tiger in Leeds it was beer and banter.
Andrew Harrison of The Radio Centre was the guest speaker and he opened with comments about the hard times facing commercial radio. He said that there were more radio stations than the sector could support (he took us through his sums) and said he expects some local commercial stations the close this year.
I couldn’t help thinking how much like Greg Dyke Andrew looked. And then following my instinct to make connections I reflected on how many former marketing people are now running broadcasting in the UK. There is Andy Duncan at Channel 4 and Tim Davie at BBC Radio, to name but two. It just goes to show, selling skills are valued in the industry now – it’s gone from a being a producer led industry to one which is marketing led, and for good reasons I’m sure.