The architecture and landmarks of BERLIN - A VISUAL NOTEBOOK

To visit modern day Berlin is to be immediately confronted by the visual evidence of a persistent question: ‘how do you acknowledge and learn from the past while at the same time planning and building for the future?’ The result is a city of design, and redesign, with a highly eclectic mix of architecture and urban spaces. It’s one of the most interesting places I’ve visited.

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Looking Back - The Cinematography of JFK

Oliver Stone's controversial 1991 thriller is an example of how visual authenticity can be a powerful and persuasive tool in political narratives. Together with his virtuoso cinematographer Robert Richardson, Stone used a brilliant mixture of historically accurate footage and reconstructed scenes to present an alternative myth about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

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Looking Back - The Cinematography of Raise the Red Lantern

Raise the Red Lantern (1991) is a meticulously framed, exquisitely beautiful and extremely claustrophobic film to watch. With its blend of formal compositions, static camera angles and daring color palettes, auteur filmmaker Zhang Yimou’s exploration of female oppression is simultaneously tender and detached.

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Looking Back - The Cinematography of 'Searching for Bobby Fischer'

Though somewhat overlooked when it originally came out in 1993, Searching for Bobby Fischer is a hidden gem of a film featuring stunning cinematography by Conrad Hall. A must-see for anyone interested in photography and cinematography, Searching for Bobby Fischer is a masterclass in lighting and visual storytelling.

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Looking Back - The Cinematography of Seven

I’ve challenged myself (and my long-suffering wife) to watch/re-watch every film from American Society of Cinematographer’s list of ‘Milestone Films in Cinematography of the 20th Century’. This week we revisited genre defining 'Seven', directed by David Fincher and shot by Darius Khondji. Here are some notes and observations from re-watching this visceral and gripping classic thriller.

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It's All About the Light - An Icelandic Road Trip - Part 1

It strikes you the moment you step off the plane at Keflavik Airport.   The remarkable quality of Iceland's light.  Even down south near Reykjavik, there is a milky-soft ambiance in the shadows that make it a favourite for cinematographers and landscape photographers alike. In this photographic tour of Iceland, I quickly realized it was all about the light.

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Guardian Masterclass with David Levene

This weekend I had theopportunity to shoot behind-the-scenes at the Field Day Music Festival at Brockwell Park in South London, as part of a Guardian Newspaper 'masterclass' with award-winning Guardian photographer David Levene.

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Switching to the New Cloud Version Adobe Lightroom CC (2017)

Adobe recently introduced an entirely new cloud-based version of Lightroom CC, its popular photo editing and organization software. In this article, I give my first impressions of Lightroom CC and talk about my experience migrating over from the desktop version of Lightroom Classic.

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