At the Judo, May 2012

Three out of the four of my brood belong to Jidel Judo, and all of them took part in the mix and match competition in May.

The idea of the mix and match is to let the children fight against opponents that they would not normally be able to spar with; this has the effect of motivating the children beyond normal spar nights in to improving and honing their skills.

This mix and match has been made even more especial as it is Iain’s first competition – he’s only four and has been sparring for 2 months.

These are some of the many shots taken during their matches.

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The shots have all be taken at f1.8, ISO 200 and between 1/100th second to 1/50th of a second. The only post processing has been to adjust the white balance.


The excellent Thomas Dolby wrote a track in the 80s for his album “The Golden Age of Wireless”.
If only he knew then what a blight these massive, inefficient machines have become on our beautiful landscape.

There are far more reliable ways of harnessing the renewable energy provided by nature; Edinburgh University developed the “Wave Snake” which basically used the motion provided by the waves to generate electricity through hydraulic action. Cheap, reliable and efficient.

More importantly, didn’t mean these obscene clusters of 150ft high towers.

Thomas Dolby’s excellent track can be found on YouTube


Waiting for a train …

There is something primeval about the woods.

The night of this shoot, there was a very thick cloud cover, and being in the rear end of no-where, there was absolutely no ambient light.

It’s amazing that even as a grown adult, a pitch-dark woods still has the ability to put the willies up you.

Scared the shit out of me …

[Waiting for a train was a classic piece of eighties pop trash by Flash in the Pan]

Sarah Widdowson

I had been sent to Chesterfield on a training course for a week prior to Christmas.

As this was an engineer training course, this would involve intensive training during the day, a bit of revision and study in my room and then more ‘revision and study’ with the other delegates in the bar.


As I’m not much of one for ‘revision and study’ 6 nights of the week, I’d decided to place a casting call on PureStorm for a model.


Sarah was one of those models who replied, and the gallery contains some of the images taken that night.


Sarah’s PureStorm details can be found here.

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A meander through my life