ShootSIN forum this weekend, 29-30 April!

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If you happen to be in Singapore this weekend (well Friday 29 and Saturday 30 specifically), ShootSIN is an event by Hasselblad and Broncolor with a number of sessions hosted by top pro photographers from the region and internationally including Karl Taylor, Sails Chong, Kevin Then and Jewel Ling. It will also be the official launch for the H6D, and I’m told there will be demo cameras. There will also be live shoot sessions with Hasselblad cameras and Broncolor lighting. My session will be on Saturday afternoon – please come along and say hi if you’re in town, and I’ll of course be happy to field any questions you might have on medium format, Hasselblad or photography in general. 🙂 MT

Location: *SCAPE, Singapore.
Date: 29-30 April 2016

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Reportage and medium format: Thaipusam 2016 with a Hasselblad H5D-50C

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Thaipusam is a Big Deal for those involved religiously* – but also quite an amazing experience as an observer. One of, if not the largest of these festivals takes place in a cave temple about 15km outside of Kuala Lumpur every year at the Batu Caves. I’ve photographed the event previously in 2008, 2011 and 2012. This year’s festival happened just a couple of days ago on the 23rd-24th of January, and I went back for the fourth time. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s a very special experience even as a non-participant and not really understanding the significance of the ceremony to the believers. There really is some energy there from the sheer number of participants and general positive and hopeful thoughts that are going around at the time.

*Wikipedia does a much better job of explaining it than I can.

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New year’s resolutions, 2016

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Strung out: this is the photography market at present. Some fruit, none of it low hanging, all of it complex, a complex tangle to reach it and the illusion of blue skies and possibilities.

If there’s one thing I take away from 2015, is that the photographic market is getting more and more complex. There are tradeoffs in every choice – from clients to specialisation to hardware. And for me, 2016 is going to have to be spent sorting a large chunk of that out. But first, let’s see how I did against my 2015 goals.

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Announcing the Lisbon Masterclass, 9-14 March 2016

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From the Venice Masterclass

Lisbon is a new destination for me, which is why there’s no header image from there. This means unlike the previous Masterclasses, I’m also going in blind with no experience. I will experience the same visual overload as you, and you will in turn have the benefit of seeing how I work in a completely unfamiliar environment. Note that I am also reducing the number of workshops this year due to my commercial schedule – one per quarter is the aim. Please read on to book and for more information. Places will go quite quickly as the class composition is usually 30-50% returning participants.

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