I am please to announce that the web site “the image file.com will be displaying this photo of mine on their front page of the web site. As of Tomorrow – 19th September
This is the 2nd one this month, to say I am please and excited is an understatement!
- River and the Painted Houses , Melaka Malaysia ,Copyright Michael Crawford-Hick
Click the link here to go direct to the wave photograph on the web site –
You can find more of my Malaysia images at www.theimagefile.com and search for Melaka, Kuala Lumpur or Penang, or you can see a more extensive collection of my photographs at www.imagesfromaroundtheworld.com where I showcase around 3000 images from the places I have been recently.
Enjoy and please forward to anyone who might be interested in seeing the photographs
I miss local camera shops, we used to have 6-8 in the Bournemouth area, we now have 1 pro (always too expensive – more than London prices) and one other main camera shop that used to be good, but now hardly stocks anything really photographic. I want to go and browse these stores and look for new ideas and equipment – but sadly the nearest one to me is 30 miles away – This is doing a disservice to the whole photographic Industry and the 2nd hand market.
I even went to London around a month ago for other things and went by the local camera shops that were in London, they have all gone, and I always liked the 2nd hand shop in Tottenham Court road – Gone!
What is the solution? I could open up a camera shop, but it would set me back in the region of £150K with no guarantees and I do not have that kind of money anyway. There is probably a market for a real old fashioned camera shop with knowledgeable staff who love photography. It’s a shame that Jessops brought up all those small independent shops over the last 10-15 years or so.
Sorry my rant for today on photography things, as I have had to order 3 items from 2 separate companies today, where as normally I would have walked into town and purchased it locally today, and I could play this weekend, but no I have to wait for up to 5-7 days to get my goods and I had to pay 2 separate postage charges on top of the item price.
Had I been able to do this locally, then I may have purchased some other items on impulse as I used to use when I went into a camera shop. I remember when I went to one in London a few years back with the intention of spending around £5-6 on one item, well that went out of the window and eventually I paid around £90 for 6-7 items – talk about impulse buying – but I did use all those items over the next few months so it was not wasted money on things I did not need or want.
People say we get a better deal online, but I beg to differ, as I cannot make an informed choice about the item I want, the camera shop may have a cheaper or more expensive item, but when I touch it, it is better than my original item I needed?. I cannot get that feel from seeing a description and photo of it in a brochure or online. I do not know if its right for me. I also want to discuss it with a sales assistant and get more info out of them about the item, seeing if I am making the right decision what ever the photographic item is.
Not a good day for photography – I want more local camera shops please universe!
I just have to write and tell you about the book that a friend of mine in Chile has written.
It is aimed at children and is a story of under sea creatures that help clean up our oceans, this is one story book I would want in print to give away. But you can download it as a pdf Free to your computer.
The book can be found at http://www.ocean-of-trash.blogspot.com/ .
It is available in English and Spanish.
Please go and read it, well worth the time to save our oceans.
Well I am starting a new direction once I get to Malacca around 7 hours from Penang. I have been told that the place is full of galleries (exactly what I do not know yet), plenty of weekend visitors if I get an exhibition pf my photographs there.
I also have been given a name of a person to contact who might introduce me to the “artist expat secene”. I am looking forward to seeing some new people, sample some different food and of course taking lots of new photographs, and there may be a series in Black and White – so watch this space for that.
I do like Penang, but it’s now time to move on and see something different, I have been here too long and need a change.
I will hopefully be there for the end of the week all going well, I will keep you posted.
Bye for now
I found this on a wall in Penang, Malaysia today and had to share it with you all. No author stated, on the wall
Do we still dream? – I try to.
Photograph copyright Michael Crawford-Hick
Nikon Posted this on my Facebook page and my answer is below:-
Q. The most difficult picture I have ever taken was _______.
A. Homeless people on the street, cannot seem to bring myself to it quite yet, perhaps on b/w film fixed 50mm lens doing it old school – you do not know what you have until you develop the film, the anticipation was sometimes unbearable!!
However I need to give something back to these people in return e.g. food, or something they really need – not sure how I am going to approach this yet. However this is a black and white film project and not digital. Now I need to go and get that film camera, 50mm lens, some film and developing stuff then I can approach this I think from the right perspective following in the foot steps of a friend (Jim Baron) who did amazing street photography with his Leica and a 28mm lens almost all done covertly. They were amazing 20″ x 16″ prints – he is sadly missed.
A Quick Sample of his work, I found I cannot get the real work I would like to show you, I will tr for more tomorrow as I have to go through 365 online photos one by one and not in a nice neat order as they used to be kept, I will then update this page with some new links to his work and mine for this project we did as a group in 1999 called Countdown 2000.
Jim Baron’s Work