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I’m very pleased to be one of the 100 photographers included in this new book, Street Photography – A History in 100 Iconic Images by David Gibson.

This chronological survey of street photography starts with Edward Steichen back in 1904 and travels through to the present day via Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, William Klein, André Kertész, Vivian Maier, Garry Winogrand, Ernst Haas, Joel Meyerowitz, Elliott Erwitt, Tony Ray-Jones, Josef Koudelka, Helen Levitt, cover star Jeff Mermelstein and, of course, many more. The contents page is shown below.

Street Photography – A History in 100 Iconic Images by David Gibson is out now.

Cover


Contents list


Each photo has a double-page spread. Photo: Si Jubb

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In a break from normal programming...

A friend who works as a receptionist at a hotel in Weymouth recently asked me for details of local veggie or vegan places to eat, as he's had an increasing number of visitors ask about meat-free places in the area.

I took a while to put together details for him, and I thought it would be useful to share it here as well.

The HiVe Cafe
All food vegetarian/vegan. Family run.
20 Park Street (near town centre Westham Road Wilkos)
Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7DQ, UK
Currently 11am to 3.30pm Tuesday to Saturday (open Sundays in summer)
Tel: 07867 898498
https://www.facebook.com/www.thehivecafeweymouth.co.uk/
(No web site)
NB. Not be confused with the well-known Hive Beach Cafe in Burton Bradstock, which is good but not particularly vegetarian. I notice that some reviewers on TripAdvisor have mixed the two up...

I don't currently have any pictures of the venues, so I've picked out a few of my photos from local country shows... Wasp vs bees.

The Secret Garden Cafe
All food vegetarian/vegan
2 Hope Square
Weymouth, Dorset DT4 8TR, UK
9am to 4pm, 7 days a week
Tel: 01305 457300
https://www.facebook.com/pg/thesecretgardenweymouth/
(Web site not yet ready.)

Nautico Lounge
Bar/cafe, many vegetarian options
Separate vegan menu HERE
63-66 St Thomas St (near town centre Tesco)
Weymouth, Dorset DT4 8EL, UK
9am to 11pm, 7 days a week
Tel: 01305 789242
Website: thelounges.co.uk

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Here’s a selection of photos from participants on a one-day street photography workshop I ran in London in, erm, April 2017. Apologies for the slight delay in posting.

This has got to be the one of the best set of photos from a workshop I was involved with. It's the sort of collective result I hoped for from a workshop, thanks mainly to good participants. There’s a heap of hand and gesture action, and loads of interesting interactions. And you get a sense of the frenetic urgency of central London.

First up, Alex Steger, all the way from Baton Rouge, Louisiana . Alex was using a Leica Q 28mm

Next, one from Sean Pollock, a well-known photographer specialising in portraits. If you’ve seen a portrait of the former football manager, Alex Ferguson on a book cover or in a magazine, chances are that fellow Scot Sean Pollock took it…

Now one from Angelo Gifford, who has been to several of my days out. Thanks Angelo.

One from Jure Maticic, visiting from Slovenia. Jure was using an Fujifilm X-T2.

Next up, multifaceted photographer Manu Smith-Palomeque.

Sean Pollock. Was life created?

Sean Pollock. One of the instructions I gave was one that Garry Winogrand used to give students, simply – “take a picture of someone doing something to someone else”.

Angelo Gifford. Sunglasses...

Sean Pollock. Sean was using a Nikon D810 with a 24-70mm lens. A hefty combination.

Alex Steger

Angelo Gifford. Angelo was using a Panasonic G6.

Sean Pollock. Pointing...

Jure Maticic

Alex Steger. Change money

Angelo Gifford. Multitasking...

Sean Pollock. Do not cross...

Sean Pollock

Alex Steger. Theatre tickets...

Sean Pollock. Window into building work...

Angelo Gifford

Manu Smith-Palomeque. Reflections...

Angelo Gifford

Manu Smith-Palomeque. Theatre security...

Sean Pollock. Hats...

Sean Pollock. Bins...

Manu Smith-Palomeque A U-bend photographer...

Sean Pollock

Sean Pollock. Sean took a lot of photos. Sean can be found on the web here or Instagram here

Angelo Gifford

Sean Pollock

And lastly, Alex Steger

Not bad for an afternoon's work...

Finally finally, a photo I took on my way to meet the group...

There were seven participants, and I've included some photos from all of the five who uploaded photos to the group Flickr pool. The two attendees who didn’t submit photos are still welcome to do so (if you can remember that far back in time…).

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A selection of some of my photos from 2018:

Weymouth boot
Weymouth swans vs dog
In the city of Bath
In the city of Bath
Bridport food festival
Melplash Show
Melplash Show
Snow in Dorchester
Charing Cross Road, London
Oxford Street, London
Weymouth crows
Weymouth clock tower
Weymouth
Weymouth
Weymouth crows
Weymouth crazy golf scene
Weymouth beach scene
Misty day scene with Punch and Judy booth in Weymouth
Horse in Weymouth
A busy day in Bournemouth
Jetty fisherman, Weymouth
Weymouth
Donkey on the prom, Weymouth
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A strictly chronological journey through some of my photos from August 2018.

Starting off on Weymouth beach on 1 August.

1. Punch and Judy plus handstand, Weymouth.

2. One from the Bestival Festival.
See the separate blog post for more of my Bestival photos here. And there's a video that Si Jubb put together of his and my photos from the festival here.

3. Toy grabber, or non-grabber, Bournemouth pier amusements.
4. In front of Bournemouth Pier.
5. Gull and carton and khaki camouflage in Weymouth.
6. Pedalos in Weymouth. Plus hand.
7. Escaped dinosaur - on the loose from Weymouth Pavilion panto.
8. Cafe gesticulators in the city of Bath. The Roman Baths Kitchen.
9.Bournemouth gull wrestling with a fast-food burger wrapper.
10. Throwing an inflatable ring on Weymouth beach. Rubber ring. Beach street photography.

Now four from the Melplash Show. This country show takes place near Bridport, Dorset every year on the third Thursday of August. It never rains on Melplash day.

11. Goat and handler in front of a tent at the Melplash Show.
12.Fire exit sign and pumpkin (or similar) in a tent at the Melplash Show. Country Show
13. Flowers with wrapping at the Melplash Show. Bubble wrap.
14.In the vegetable tent with marrows, pumpkins and assorted plant life at the Melplash Show. Country Show.

And ending up on The Nothe in Weymouth beach on 30th August.

15. The Nothe, Weymouth. Fishing on a small stone pier/jetty. Featuring a dog.
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A quick summary of my photography from July this year, including some from the New Forest Show and Yeovil Show. The country shows always generate an unusually (for me) large number of photos to go through, and I need to examine them in more detail. I've posted a few that jumped out at me below.

Talking of backlogs - I still have to go through photos from participants from workshops I gave in London and Bath last year - the most ancient being the workshop on 8 April 2017. So in the unlikely event of anyone reading this remembering me claim that I'd post some of their photos here, I haven't forgotten, and will do that soon. Really.

Anyway, here's a few of mine from July this year:

Weymouth gulls
Bath - the Rebecca fountain. Water is Best.
Yeovil Show - judging sheep, and umbrella.
Yeovil Show - hall of mirrors.
On Weymouth beach
Observing a seagull on Weymouth beach
Photographing at the Wareham Carnival
New Forest Show - donkey/cattle airlift scenario
New Forest Show - National Vegetable Society
New Forest Show - in the horticulture tent
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After taking a short break from festival going – my last music festival was Reading 1993 – I had the chance to go to Bestival at short notice a couple of weeks ago. The festival was running from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th August, and followed on from its sister festival, Camp Bestival , the week before.

Based on the Lulworth Estate surrounding Lulworth Castle, the festival looked like a short hop from my home in Weymouth, which would allow me to commute in. Four days of good weather were forecast.

So, leaving my tent at home, I took the train and shuttle bus, and had a look at the opening day on the Thursday afternoon. This turned out to be mainly a recce day for me. A lot of activities and areas were being set up, and – as a 50-plus year-old man – I was already wondering if I was getting a bit long in the tooth for an event that’s popular with uni students. Unlike Reading 1993, neither New Order nor Trumans Water seemed to be on the bill.

I was interested in photographing the event, and could see straight away that the papers would be full of great or serviceable photos of bright young things in sequins and glitter, and long-lens photos of music headliners on stage. I couldn’t really compete in that arena.

So, how could I make sense of this festival – both to enjoy and to photograph? I came home on Thursday night and took a look at the festival website and Wikipedia entry.
There was a promising section on the festival website called It’s Not All About The Music. OK then, I’ll avoid photographing the music, especially as everyone else will be doing that… I’ll photograph all this other stuff. I noted down a few terms and ideas that interested me, including this year’s festival theme, Circus, and returned for Saturday and Sunday… 

Thursday afternoon. Things were being set up, and this was mainly a recce day for me. Here's some practising on the high wire. This year's festival theme was CIRCUS.

On to the Bestival weekend. Two pianos with accompanying people in the Ambientland area.

Not medical emergencies but people paying for the intravenous vitamin drip experience

Yoga in the Slow Motion area. "A whole arena dedicated to reenergizing and rebalancing, from mindful running and meditation to re-centering yoga, disco dancing and restorative therapies."

Gazing in wonder at a mysterious hut in Ambientland.

Blossom in front of the Utilita power tree (a USB phone charging point).

An ancient, imaginary proverb says "a peacock is always just out of reach".

Couple with parasol in front of the USB charging tree.

Umbrella and litter pickers in The Lawn area - a genteel bit next to Lulworth Castle.

D&F Bros Grand Indian Circus after a performance next to Lulworth Castle, with the Love-Bot robot in the background.

The entrance to Caravanserai "An arcadia of vintage caravans, wurlitzers, objets d’art and alchemy, Caravanserai is a cocktail-fuelled hedonists’ paradise, filled with brain-warping delights, raucous gypsy-bathed madness, popup circus performance and fat brass-powered beats." With two stages, a bar and toilets, you could probably have spent the whole festival in this enclosed area...

Generic revellers shot. Thanks guys.

Hula twirling while watching a performance in the Caravanerai.

Fire engine as communal fancy dress.

A huge disco ball and The Big Top - the Bestival festival's second stage.

Relaxing outside a tent in The Lawn area.

Umbrella, tent and helter-skelter at Bestival.

The Batala Samba band

A large illuminated leaf in Ambientland.

Relaxing in Ambientland.

Tightrope rehearsal

Tightrope performer and son.

It was four days of almost continuous blue skies and heat, so trees were suddenly very popular.

Taking a break from some sort of golf-related activity to watch the main stage at Bestival - the Castle Stage.

Photographing the D&F Bros Grand Indian Circus

Tightrope walking in the Caravanserai area in the evening.

Free water and Bestival officials rocking the B&Q look.

Heading towards the exit. End of the day, Sunday...
Next up - photos from July 2018.
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Twelve photos from June 2018, in strict chronological order.

Photos are from Weymouth, Bath, Bournemouth, Bridport and Swanage. Clicking on photos may start a slideshow or give bigger versions, depending on your set-up...

Weymouth beach, funky slush, cone, seaside street photography

In the city of Bath - cones, bench, wheelchair

In the city of Bath. A man walks past the Rebecca Fountain, erected by the Temperance Society. It carries the inscription "Water is best"...

Waiting on Bournemouth station.

A small dog in a deckchair on Weymouth prom. Seaside street photography.

At the Bridport Food Festival. The stall of B8 Bubble Waffles.

On the way from Bridport to West Bay (and vice versa)

Weymouth M&S lost boot scenario.

Weymouth. A pair of swans raising cygnets react to a passing dog. This was In-Public photo of the month for June.

A horse on Weymouth prom.

A busy scene on Swanage prom. Seaside street photography. Rubber ring.

A couple relaxing in deckchairs on Bournemouth pier. The beach was busy...
Next up - at Bestival festival...
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Fourteen photos from Bath, Bournemouth, Bristol and Weymouth.

Clicking on the image may take you to a larger version, or slideshow, depending on your set-up...


Bath, roadworks, watching, hi-vis, workmen

Bath, tourists, coach, street photography

Bath, Marmaris Restaurant, couples, street photography

Bournemouth, pier, Bank Holiday Monday, shadows

Bournemouth, Bank Holiday Monday, prom, dinghy, oars, amusements, seaside street photography

Bristol, M Shed, industrial museum, crane, reading

Bristol, Castle Park, Castle Gardens, fountain, photographing, gardens

Brit Valley Companion Dog Show, West Bay Showground, dogs, rosette, prize
I've photographed the Brit Valley Rotary Club Companion Dog Show show many times - every year it's more sparsely populated, and this year was the quietest by far. Time for the club to do some publicity for the show, or it will soon be extinct...
Brit Valley Companion Dog Show, West Bay Showground, dogs, judging

Weymouth, prom, clock tower, Jubilee Clock, renovations

Weymouth, Gurkha Restaurant, pigeons, mating, swan, nesting

Weymouth, crazy golf, windbreak, crows, seaside, beach, seaside street photography

Weymouth, beach, inflatables, donkey, seaside street photography


Weymouth, Punch and Judy, beachball, mist, tent
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[1. Weymouth, mist, helter-skelter, seaside, crows, seaside street photography]


[2. Weymouth, mist, paddleboards, crows, seaside street photography]


[3. Weymouth, crow, merry-go-round, kite, ride]


[4. Weymouth, cone, ice-cream, cornet]


[5. Bath, tightrope, street performer, entertainer, violin]


[6. Bath, Rebecca fountain, temperance, abbey, fountain, street photography]


[7. Bath, pump room, Roman Baths, street photography]


[8. Swanage, a wall of sea mist rolls in...]


[9. Swanage, beach, seaside, street photography, mist, family]


[10. Swanage, helmets, mist, seaside street photography]


[11. Boscombe, Bournemouth, police box, street photography]


[12. Boscombe, Bournemouth, pier, beach, dog, camera]

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