The HMS Victory is one of the few - if not the only - remaining historic ship of the real old days (1765). Admiral Lord Nelson defeated the French and the Spanish with it in the Battle of Trafalgar. It is a scary thought knowing that this massive wooden box has sailed the world's seas with over 800 people on board and survived it all. The timber floor boards crack under foot and the beams and supports are hundreds of years old. Visiting Nelson's Great Cabin is surreal. He was in charge of 27 ships of the fleet from this room. You can imagine how he would have stood over a large table with hand drawn nautical charts, plotting his next move. You can feel his spirit is still alive! (more...)
Don’t worry, I’m not planning to post weekly updates! However, this weekend we’ve done some more bits and bobs in the nursery. Some finishing touches that you know you need to do, but never really find the energy to just go and do. This morning’s sunlight was brilliant, and I decided to take some pictures of the baby room. At this time I can take my time to take some shots, but soon the focus will be on our baby girl…! (more)
...but that’s just what they say. Someone has to pick a date in order for HR at work to know when to expect it and get maternity and paternity stuff sorted. In reality, only 5% of babies are born on the official due date. As my colleagues told me: the due date is definitely NOT the day you need to book off work! (more)
On 8 June 1972, war photographer Nick Út saw a naked girl running towards him. It turned out to be the 9 year old Kim Phúc, fleeing from a napalm bombing during the Vietnam war. Nick won a Pulitzer Prize with the famous photograph he took of her.
David Stephens and his colleagues brought Nick and Kim together at the official opening of his new Leica Store in Manchester. They both talked about their personal experience of that particular moment in time, frozen on black & white film by pressing a shutter button. (more)
...a student again! We're all confronted with student life at some point in our daily lives. Whether it's on the bus that passes Uni, or enjoying a pint at your once so famous local. I look back at Uni with great pleasure. It's quite strange how our perspective on life changes over the years. When I was a student I couldn't wait to get out there in the real world and grow up and become a professional. Looking back at it now, I feel that these days could have gone on for a lot longer than they have. I had time to study, do research in my interests and read loads of books. Somehow I always found time to do things and find inspiration! (more)