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A very different style for me this time out, but a subject matter that has lived with me for many years, one that has now been revived. I’m talking about music and my love of creating it. Back in the day (quite a few actually) I was a DJ and music producer. I even had a recording contract!
My weapons of choice back then were Roland’s classic synths and drummer machines. You know the ones, 808’s, 909’s and TB 303’s et al. The ones you could only find for sale in the back of Loot and had to travel across the South East just to see if they actually worked!

But after a while real life kicked in and those machines were gradually sold off (yeah I know). However last year Roland revived these machines in a new form but with a very familiar sound. I’m talking about Aira, the digitally perfect re-imagininings of those classic machines of my past. As my wife will testify, my hobbies are never ‘cheap’ ones but these machines meant I could get back something that I’d lost. Creating deep acid baselines over crazy electro beats was my therapy and I’d missed that creative outlet.

So now I am at peace, owning all the Aira machines and having all the sounds that shaped my youth at my finger tips. Naturally the next stage was to make some images based around these beautiful machines. With the Aira gear being so hi-tech with LED’s of just about every shade you could imagine it was obvious to me these images needed to be abstract, bright and colourful. These images had to show the energy that these machines can deliver in terms of aural pleasure.

I hope the following images do those machines justice. Please feel free to share and enjoy.

Myself and Team 13 took ourselves off to North Devon for a week recently and whilst there, pretty much did as much we could. As you can imagine there was plenty to capture. But without wanting to bore you to death I’ll keep this short (nobody reads the words anyway do they?)
Below are some of my favourite pictures of the week covering most places we visited. These include Woolacombe, Lundy Island, Lynton and Lynmouth, Clovelly, Ilframcombe and Coombe Martin.
Needless to say North Devon is a stunningly beautiful place, so expect us back very soon, but next time we’ll be in our VW T4!

Feel free to comment or share with friends, thanks for looking.

If you follow me on Twitter you may be aware that for the last few weeks I’ve taken some time out to do ‘stuff’ with my daughter Robyn, followed by a week away on the south coast with the whole of ‘Team B’.

Needless to say I had a camera hanging off me at all times and I made quite a few images I liked. So as I can, I thought I’d share.

The images below range from doing graffiti in our rear car park, to visiting Kew gardens, Imperial War Museum, Dover Castle, Folkestone Harbour, Hythe. I could go on but I’m sure you get the idea.

Hope you like.

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Having lived in the Waltham Abbey area for nearly 10 years now it seemed almost criminal that we hadn’t visited Copped Hall. So This weekend we put that right, and we’re glad we did.

It’s by no means the biggest and best stately home out there. There’s no glitz, no glamour and to most it’s just a derelict building. But then those that think like that also think Britain’s Got Talent is great entertainment, horses for courses I guess.

Copped Hall is more than just… “here’s a big, pretty house, give us your money and don’t touch anything”. It’s a work in progress. One that has so far taken years of hard work and cost lots of money (money raised by the people doing the hard work themselves, for free)!

If I’m totally honest Copped Hall is better than seeing all the glitz and glamour. It’s totally unique and far more honest than the majority of ‘open houses’ that you can visit. It’s a place you’ll go to again and again too, just to see how they’re doing. In fact when time allows I’d be happy to get involved and get my hands dirty myself.

Obviously on this occasion I took my camera along and made some images, whilst being taken on various guided tours by the very knowledgable volunteers. Copped Hall is a fascinating place and a project I hope one day gets the rewards it deserves.  

If you go down in the woods today it’s unlikely you’ll find a Secret Nuclear Bunker, but hey I did!

I’ve often seen the signs around Essex saying ‘Secret Nuclear Bunker’ and was always amused by the irony of the sign. But one day I decided to see what all the fuss was about, and I’m really glad I did.

To say this place was unlike anything I’ve ever seen would be an understatement, it’s utterly bonkers.

A simple bungalow in the woods hiding a maze of tunnels and rooms that go on for miles! It was built in the 1950’s in the peak of ‘Cold War Mania’ and took just 7 months to complete. It could easily accommodate over 600 people if need be too.

This place was just unreal, plus it’s also almost untouched since the day the Ministry of Defence sold it on in the late 70’s.

Now this place was dark, very dark and there were abandoned Geiger counters and gas masks still on shelves along with state of the art Commodore computers on the desks. Every wall was adorned with either huge maps of the London area or various warnings of what to do in the event of a Nuclear strike, this was very real indeed. There were various rooms still showing original 50’s public information films and even accommodation for the Prime Minister if things went belly up, I just loved this place so much, it was my kind of crazy.

As luck would have it, I happened to have a camera on me at the time. So on purchasing a licence to actually shoot (yes, you read that right), I got to grips with the subterranean labyrinth with my Fuji X100s.

I hope you enjoy the images I made and if you get a chance why not visit, it’s bloody brilliant.

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