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December 11, 2022 ・ photos

I didn’t have a lot of time to take photos on this work trip and the sub-zero temperatures made for uncomfortable camera-handling with my dumbly gloveless hands, but Stockholm looked beautiful under frost, brief sun, and long darkness.

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November 13, 2022 ・ photos

A beautiful day. Falling leaves, slanted sunshine. Yellow, red, auburn. A joy. And 18 degrees. So pleasant to experience, and yet utterly unnerving for mid-November.

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November 6, 2022 ・ photos

A very long time ago, while I was at sixth form college, I took a GCSE in photography. I loved it. I learned how to develop film, taking out a roll from my camera in the pitch dark, all by feel, and winding the film onto a reel. I learned about aperture and shutter speeds, using an old Nikon SLR that my dad gave me. I learned how to expose photo paper and burn in and dodge areas to make them darker and lighter.

I took a few rolls of film on a First World War battlefields trip and created a highly original piece of coursework featuring a lot of graves. Then I went to a local cemetery and took some more pictures of graves and made a piece of coursework which included the lyrics of the Smiths song, Cemetery Gates. I doubt I was aware of its pointed message about making original art.

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May 29, 2022 ・ post

A tan-coloured wallet

A moment’s sadness at a passing of an object that’s accompanied so much of my life. Actually, I don’t know how long I had my old wallet. I don’t know where I got it, or where, so constant that for the past decade - two decades? - it’s seemed always near.

Almost always. I know I lost it twice, first on a train. I helplessly remembered just as it left the platform. But I reclaimed it at the lost property office at Bristol Temple Meads with the heady sense that calamity had been averted.

The second time I lost it for good.

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April 6, 2022 ・ Story

The leader of the Roaches’ preeminent labour union lies gutted in an alley, trying to work out where it all went wrong. A 40K short story.

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