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Mr. STORK
Well, phew! is all I can say really. A completely crazy few weeks, incorporating our first photography workshops in Bulgaria, a visit from the family, floods, rain, scorching sun, air conditioning going wrong in the car and far too much eating and drinking have finally come to an end and life can  get back to normal.
Much longer reports about all of the above (apart from the air conditioning problems!) will be forthcoming soon.
In the meantime here’s a constant of the Bulgarian summer. It’s Mr (or Mrs…I never know the difference)  Stork standing on a lampost surveying the scene. Seeing one of these beautiful, elegant, and surprisingly large birds never fails to lift my spirits to new heights. And as I see them five or six times a day proves to me what a lucky chap I am.

Mr. STORK

Well, phew! is all I can say really. A completely crazy few weeks, incorporating our first photography workshops in Bulgaria, a visit from the family, floods, rain, scorching sun, air conditioning going wrong in the car and far too much eating and drinking have finally come to an end and life can  get back to normal.

Much longer reports about all of the above (apart from the air conditioning problems!) will be forthcoming soon.

In the meantime here’s a constant of the Bulgarian summer. It’s Mr (or Mrs…I never know the difference)  Stork standing on a lampost surveying the scene. Seeing one of these beautiful, elegant, and surprisingly large birds never fails to lift my spirits to new heights. And as I see them five or six times a day proves to me what a lucky chap I am.

THE VILLAGE KIDS
Are a resourceful lot.
Most days there will be a knock on the door or a cry from the street and it will be one of them.
They never come empty handed, be it a posy of wild flowers or, like today, something a bit more interesting.
This is Mitko, who arrived with his sister this morning clutching a big bag of lime blossom (Lipa in Bulgarian). It is commonly drunk in winter as a tisane and, drying out as it is in our back garden on sheets of newspaper, it smells quite wonderful…

THE VILLAGE KIDS

Are a resourceful lot.

Most days there will be a knock on the door or a cry from the street and it will be one of them.

They never come empty handed, be it a posy of wild flowers or, like today, something a bit more interesting.

This is Mitko, who arrived with his sister this morning clutching a big bag of lime blossom (Lipa in Bulgarian). It is commonly drunk in winter as a tisane and, drying out as it is in our back garden on sheets of newspaper, it smells quite wonderful…

THE VILLAGE KIDS - Cont’d…
This is Adelina, Mitko’s sister and the brains behind the whole operation. She drives a hard bargain and will probably grow up to be a sucssesful, hard nosed businesswoman…

THE VILLAGE KIDS - Cont’d…

This is Adelina, Mitko’s sister and the brains behind the whole operation. She drives a hard bargain and will probably grow up to be a sucssesful, hard nosed businesswoman…

THE VILLAGE KIDS - Cont’d…
And this is Ivan, the naughty kid. He can be a right pain sometimes, but I’m kind of fond of him.
Especially when he turns up with a kilo and a half of amazing cepes/porcini like these…

THE VILLAGE KIDS - Cont’d…

And this is Ivan, the naughty kid. He can be a right pain sometimes, but I’m kind of fond of him.

Especially when he turns up with a kilo and a half of amazing cepes/porcini like these…

CHANTERELLES & A NEW CAMERA
My dinner last night. Made into a delicious omelette with wonderful yellow eggs from my neighbour, Slavka.
Everything you see in the picture, half a kilo of chanterelles, parsley and sweet, fresh garlic was bought in the local market and cost a grand total of 4.30 Leva (£1.75…$2.95…€2.20). The chanterelles alone would cost a king’s ransome in central London. I, however, am not complaining, and am loving Bulgaria just a little bit more every day.
Apropos of nothing…this is the first real picture taken with my new camera, the quite wonderful Fuji X-Pro 1. I’m really enjoying it and think it’s going to change the way I shoot. Watch this space…

CHANTERELLES & A NEW CAMERA

My dinner last night. Made into a delicious omelette with wonderful yellow eggs from my neighbour, Slavka.

Everything you see in the picture, half a kilo of chanterelles, parsley and sweet, fresh garlic was bought in the local market and cost a grand total of 4.30 Leva (£1.75…$2.95…€2.20). The chanterelles alone would cost a king’s ransome in central London. I, however, am not complaining, and am loving Bulgaria just a little bit more every day.

Apropos of nothing…this is the first real picture taken with my new camera, the quite wonderful Fuji X-Pro 1. I’m really enjoying it and think it’s going to change the way I shoot. Watch this space…

POLITIKS
Well, I’d only popped in to the shoe repairers in Gorna Oryaxovitsa to get the beloved partners heel repaired, but the pictures on their wall kind of covered every base. Hitler, Churchill, Lenin, Stalin, Gaddafi, Mao Tse Tung, Vasil Levski and pretty much every facet of  Bulgarian political parties, both past and present…
Sadly, I only had my phone with me but they were extremely friendly so I suspect a visit with a proper camera might be in order.
Probably best not to discuss politics though…

POLITIKS

Well, I’d only popped in to the shoe repairers in Gorna Oryaxovitsa to get the beloved partners heel repaired, but the pictures on their wall kind of covered every base. Hitler, Churchill, Lenin, Stalin, Gaddafi, Mao Tse Tung, Vasil Levski and pretty much every facet of  Bulgarian political parties, both past and present…

Sadly, I only had my phone with me but they were extremely friendly so I suspect a visit with a proper camera might be in order.

Probably best not to discuss politics though…

POTTERING ABOUT IN THE SHED
Is what today’s been like, in a photographic kind of a way.
A clear up in the basement of our house in Bulgaria had unearthed all manner of dusty, rusty treasures.
It’s been raining hard for days. The ground is sodden. The cellar is flooding and it’s a tad dis-spiriting. I needed to take some pictures to cheer myself up and these are they. Not sure if it’s worked as other peoples junk is always a bit poignant, but it’s always nice to have a bit of a potter isn’t it?

POTTERING ABOUT IN THE SHED

Is what today’s been like, in a photographic kind of a way.

A clear up in the basement of our house in Bulgaria had unearthed all manner of dusty, rusty treasures.

It’s been raining hard for days. The ground is sodden. The cellar is flooding and it’s a tad dis-spiriting. I needed to take some pictures to cheer myself up and these are they. Not sure if it’s worked as other peoples junk is always a bit poignant, but it’s always nice to have a bit of a potter isn’t it?

POTTERING ABOUT IN THE SHED #2
I like this picture. The only problem is that  all day I have been singing ‘Green Teapot’ to the tune of ‘Green Earrings’ by the mighty Steely Dan…and it’s stuck, and won’t go away…

POTTERING ABOUT IN THE SHED #2

I like this picture. The only problem is that  all day I have been singing ‘Green Teapot’ to the tune of ‘Green Earrings’ by the mighty Steely Dan…and it’s stuck, and won’t go away…

POTTERING ABOUT IN THE SHED #3
And this could once have been the makings of an interesting Balkan cocktail. Cognac and raspberry syrup, sipped contentedly in the flickering gloom of an oil lamp as the warm summer rain falls…

POTTERING ABOUT IN THE SHED #3

And this could once have been the makings of an interesting Balkan cocktail. Cognac and raspberry syrup, sipped contentedly in the flickering gloom of an oil lamp as the warm summer rain falls…

EGG BASKET #1
I’m in the middle of a radical shake-up and major overhaul of my websites at the moment.
This is obviously NOT making me tetchy, short tempered, grumpy or difficult to live with. Not at all. NOT EVEN A LITTLE TINY BIT!
Today I’m dealing with one of my favourite genres of photography, Still Life.
So here, from the vaults, are three still, small moments of calm…

EGG BASKET #1

I’m in the middle of a radical shake-up and major overhaul of my websites at the moment.

This is obviously NOT making me tetchy, short tempered, grumpy or difficult to live with. Not at all. NOT EVEN A LITTLE TINY BIT!

Today I’m dealing with one of my favourite genres of photography, Still Life.

So here, from the vaults, are three still, small moments of calm…

CLOSE, BUT NO CIGAR…
Well, for the third year running I was nominated for the finals of the PINK LADY FOOD PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR AWARDS. 
It really seems to have taken off as an important event, and the lovely people who organise it all do a great job.
Unlike the last two years I didn’t win a category, but this picture, taken on a wonderful trip to the Carpathian mountains in Western Ukraine was ‘Highly Commended’.
Next year I hope to be back to my winning ways.
As was written on every single school report I ever had…
'must try harder'!

CLOSE, BUT NO CIGAR…

Well, for the third year running I was nominated for the finals of the PINK LADY FOOD PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR AWARDS.

It really seems to have taken off as an important event, and the lovely people who organise it all do a great job.

Unlike the last two years I didn’t win a category, but this picture, taken on a wonderful trip to the Carpathian mountains in Western Ukraine was ‘Highly Commended’.

Next year I hope to be back to my winning ways.

As was written on every single school report I ever had…

'must try harder'!

CONT’D…
And these are the three pictures chosen for the iPhone category that made it into the last 400, but sadly not into the exhibition.

CONT’D…

And these are the three pictures chosen for the iPhone category that made it into the last 400, but sadly not into the exhibition.

GO ON…YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO!
Ok, so I’m doing a last minute workshop in Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria from the 7th-11th July with the editor of BLACK+WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY Magazine, the lovely Elizabeth Roberts.
Elizabeth is not only extremely knowlegeable about the world of photography but excellent company as well.
Beautiful accomodation (http://www.hanhadjinikoli.com/english.php), a fantastic schedule, professional tuition and fantastic food and wine.
Oh, and a VERY reasonable price!
Contact me for details and a full itinerary at clinchpics@aol.com

GO ON…YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO!

Ok, so I’m doing a last minute workshop in Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria from the 7th-11th July with the editor of BLACK+WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY Magazine, the lovely Elizabeth Roberts.

Elizabeth is not only extremely knowlegeable about the world of photography but excellent company as well.

Beautiful accomodation (http://www.hanhadjinikoli.com/english.php), a fantastic schedule, professional tuition and fantastic food and wine.

Oh, and a VERY reasonable price!

Contact me for details and a full itinerary at clinchpics@aol.com