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A morning spent capturing images on a beach I've never been to before. It's a little bit off the beaten path by van and foot, but worth it. We spent hours wandering from one end to the other, being treated to a spectacular natural light show.
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Hartlepool ready for the Jubilee.

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Favourite beach anywhere! I've travelled extensively, photographed a hundred beaches around the world and this is the one I keep coming back to.

When every other beach in the North East is packed, Hendon is a quiet place to retreat to. I spent a whole day there last week, sat in the van listening to lectures on my laptop, door wide open, with the crystal blue ocean as the backdrop to my day.

There are no ice cream or coffee shops, but also no traffic and no noise other than the sound of the ocean. As for photography, also a favourite place, whether that is for semi-industrial scenes like this or cliff top views on the coastal path between Sunderland and Seaham.

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I really enjoyed editing this image. When I worked in darkrooms, I could disappear into them for hours, creating test strips, balancing tones, dodging, burning, printing, reprinting. With digital photography we have lost that process in some ways.

Obviously we no longer spend hours in darkrooms, but digital is also all about the workflow: the most efficient way to get an image in, edited and out. I rarely spend lots of time on individual images these days, however since taking up my current teaching role at @houghallphotography I have found I am taking more time, enjoying the process, in the way that I enjoyed the darkroom.

I talk to my students about art, craft and mastery, but the democratisation of photography, the simplicity of auto settings and adding filters, has diminished the idea of photography as a craft or art form to be mastered. I'm have returned to my roots in so many ways and taking the time to enjoy processing and editing my photos is all part of that.

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It has been years since I specifically went somewhere to photograph a sunset. The work that I have done over the last five years or so has been much less traditional in approach than it used to be. Yesterday it was back to those traditions of landscape photography for me as I gather images for lessons. I'm deep into the development of new teaching programmes and analysing in-depth what makes an effective photography teaching provision for a new teaching role. It is an exciting time, revisiting techniques and theories to identify the best approach to teaching photography.

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QUAKING HOUSES VILLAGE HALL
7th May – 16th July 2022

Between 7th May and 16th July 2022, I will be running a series of photography workshops at Quaking Houses Village Hall in Stanley. The workshops are suitable for any level of ability, beginners who are just getting started to those who are more advanced and want to improve their skills. We will be exploring camera controls, composition, manual settings, image editing and more, whilst taking photographs in and around Quaking Houses.

These workshops have been funded by Durham County Council, Bishop Auckland Town Hall and The Armed Forces Covenant and are FREE TO ATTEND FOR ANYONE.

You will need a digital camera – DSLR / Mirrorless or Bridge Camera is ideal or an advanced point and shoot camera or a modern smartphone.

You will require a laptop / computer / tablet so that you can download your images at home for editing.

If you have any doubts about your equipment’s capabilities, or if you are planning on upgrading or buying new equipment again please call so that I can advise you.

simon@simongreen.co.uk
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Burncoose house, Redruth, under a clear night sky.

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Returning to Cornwall is always filled with memories and emotions. I grew a family and a business here. Life is very different now to what it was then, I'm glad to say I'm wiser and more confident than I was then and I have travelled a huge distance, both physically and metaphorically.

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Precipitation XXV

I've been longing for those extended Summer days, each day a lifetime where I can fit in so much and yet, still not achieve everything I want to.

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In a moment, gone. Completely unpredictable, an unexpected incident that ended it all. Makes me appreciate all I have in the world even more and how fleeting the time I have to enjoy it even more.

A message on my phone, "could do a call tomorrow night around 10pm, my time?" The call we never got around to making...

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Precipitation XXI

Monday morning feeling this morning, even though it's a Tuesday! A week that was supposed to be a quiet break, turned into being busier than I had been in the previous weeks.

There is a duality in my life at the moment. I thought I wanted life to go in a particular direction, I was making all the right moves to make it happen and was very happy with the progress, but another possibility, running along in parallel, just as busy, just as interesting, has been making me even happier.

Winter is almost behind us, although by this morning's frost it obviously isn't going to go without a fight. But the lighter mornings and shorter nights and this morning's beautiful weather have made me appreciate everything I have, appreciate how incredibly busy and interesting my life is.

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Precipitation XIX

It takes time for things to develop, experience, skill, a print in a dish of developer. I got to the point that I felt the craft was disappearing from my work, from my life, that digital took out the hours of work that I perceived as the craft.

Now I take longer over creating my images than I ever did before. Not just taking the image, but the reasoning and conversation behind it. Each image that I create now is part of a process that encompasses many months of consideration, discussion, research. Each image stands on its own, but when I move back and take an overview of what has been created over a period of time, I can see that the craft of photography is very much alive in my work.

I used to work on the basis that you are only as good as your last image. I'm not sure where that came from. As a photographer I believe it is the body of work that is important, the entire journey is one of discovery and experimentation of trial, error and success.

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A week away from the pressure being released for a short time, it's what I am aiming for at the moment. I was asked this morning, if I was available for a quick chat and I said yes, I'm only..... then reeled off a list of things I was in the middle of.

On my iMac I have a dozen browser windows open, each with countless tabs about education, photography research and business, two Wordpress sites that I am working on and a variety of other subjects that have distracted me from the important ones. I have Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop and Indesign all open with different projects, Media Encoder exporting something, two email accounts open, one with 11 unread emails and pages open with a half finished essay on student tracking to complete.

I am looking forward to returning to the comfort again, not having to bother. To be honest though, all of this stuff is easy. Really easy compared to what was going on a couple of years ago and there is no where else I would rather be than where I am right now.

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Precipitation XVIII

An interview on BBC Radio Newcastle this morning, made me realise how great things are, how far I have come and what I have achieved. I was caught out completely by questions about harder times, which have made me incredibly grateful for what and who I have in my life now.

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Precipitation XVII

Despite loving the comfort of a consistent life enough to want to let go of everything and let the comfort take me, the pressure of a challenge is full of reward. I have been doing a lot of teaching recently and it brings with it lots of doubts and concerns and imposter syndrome.

The rewards that come with teaching though are superb. When you see the things that you have taught reflected back at you from the work that the students have created, you know you have done something right.

Every time I step into a classroom as a teacher, whether in a community setting, on a private course or in a University or College I wonder whether I have done enough. Sometimes I just want to run back to that comfort!

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Precipitation

Life moves so incredibly swiftly. As I accept the comfort and security of my current situation, the world outside rolls on without me. There is some guilt; a sensation that I should be doing more, getting out there, being more adventurous, doing something, anything, just for the sake of doing it. But to be honest, I've had a life full of adventure, I am extremely happy with how life is treating me and for a short time at least, I don't mind looking out of the window watching the world go past.

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Precipitation XV

Despite the repetition of such a minimal subject, I approach it each time with excitement, never knowing what I am going to find. Sometimes the light and colours are glorious, sometimes they are muted and undefined. When I look across the series of images as they build up though I have a greater appreciation of the nuances that make each image special, how they become part of a rich and varied experience. Those muted moments make the glorious ones even more spectacular.

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Precipitation V

We've been in the dark for months, it seemed like the brighter days would never return. I've always been an early riser, up with the sun but these last few weeks, I've struggled to get up in the dark, run in the cold, head off to work in miserable weather. I am raring for life to go, for the year to take off. No matter how many hours of light we have, I always seem to be able to fill them with wonderful things.

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Precipitation IV

Moonlit, backlit, particles of condensation.

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