The BBC makes our fridge give me a warm feeling.

Posted on 4th February, 2015

Not surprisingly, our fridge is a pretty cold place, but on 28 January, it gave me a warming glow. The reason was that the BBC included a picture of mine on their website, which I'd sent in relating to a feature called 'What does your fridge reveal about you?' (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30720662). Now I know that a picture of some old film is hardly hitting the big time, but it's the first pic of mine I can recall being used by the BBC, and, we've all got to start somewhere. Therefore, I'm chuffed even if no-one else gives a damn.

 

Also on the BBC website, I noticed a story on 30 January about a proposed new arts centre in Northampton (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-31047630). Although it's not clear to me if this will be mainly an employment hub, or, a gallery-type facility, it does seem that it will at least contain some 'public' spaces. I really hope therefore to see something similar to the New Art Exchange at Nottingham, which is a fantastic asset to that city in my opinion.

 

A few other photo trivialities to note:

1. I've bought a Godox PB 820 battery pack for use with my Canon 550 flash. This is to replace an ancient Quantum Battery 1+ that's given me solid if slow performance over the last couple of years. The problem with the Quantum has simply been that it takes too long to recycle the speedlite, which is impractical for many of the situations I take pics in. Even so, it's got plenty of life left in it in the right environment. With the Godox, so far so good. However, the connecting cable is very stiff, and could be vulnerable to splitting in the freezing UK winter. If it does split, I'll certainly make it clear in this blog, if nowhere else!

2. I'm looking forward to several photo exhibs etc in the near future. First up is a visit to the New Art Exchange, to see exhibitions by Mahtab Hussain (The Commonality of Strangers) and Sunil Shah (Uganda Stories), follwed in the next month or so by The Photography Show at the NEC, and the Format biennial at Derby. Now, if only I could get to take a few pics myself ..........

3. I'm looking forward to the launch of the Canon M3 on 6 February, to see if they've finally got it right. At my age, I'm certainly noticing the weight and bulk of even my consumer 650D camera, so how those pro's manage with 1D's etc I don't know. A lighter / smaller camera would certainly be of interest to me, but I just don't think Canon have got the message yet: they seem to think they can ignore what the market wants, and just produce what they want to. Meanwhile, Sony and Panasonic / Lumix run rings round them. Wake up Canon, because I can't / won't wait forever!

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