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  1. I ended up with a beard more than over 45 years ago as a result of my work then as an advertising and fashion photographer working is a studio in Cardiff. In addition I also used to do some part time modelling - ok, don't laugh. Anyway, a job came in from one of the advertising agencies to shoot an ad. for a merchant shipping line. It was a recruitment advert for merchant seamen officers. The caption was 'Join the such and such shipping line and see the world'. The humorous picture was to be an officer in slightly tattered uniform, sitting on a log on a desert island putting a message in a bottle. The agency creative director said "you do the modelling Pete so don't shave for a few days". The job got put off and put off so I ended up with a beard. It's been there ever since. Pete Davis https://www.pete-davis-photography.com/ http://peteslandscape.blogspot.com/ https://www.instagram.com/petedavisphoto/
  2. That's just the latest batch. I have about 100+ bottles of various brews. IPA's, darker beers and some rather good Belgian Dubbel Trappist style ale at 8% abv. The others are between 5 and 6% abv. It's all bottle conditioned so they are at various stages of maturation. Some very drinkable now and others will be ready in a few weeks etc. Can't go to the pub to drink good real ale so.................
  3. Apart from actually getting out into the urban or rural landscape to make work, life has gone on much as usual. Exceptions being shopping trips are now minimal and no socialising obviously. This morning I had a Skype tutorial with a Ph.D student I am supporting. Then I repaired the roof of one of the sheds I have here next to the studio which is halfway up my looooong garden. Years ago the old shed was a pig sty but they now hold gardening and other tools and sundries. One needed some new corrugated sheeting so I did that. Then I planted some salad stuff in the greenhouse and now I am sorting out some more material to photograph here in the studio to add to my series of work with seed heads. I keep them around the studio for ages then see what I can do with them. Mostly they are then printed using the platinum / palladium process. There are a few here: https://www.pete-davis-photography.com/platinum-printing I also have about 40 pints of home made beer to bottle but that will keep until tomorrow. Stay safe and keep occupied everyone. Pete Davis https://www.pete-davis-photography.com/ http://peteslandscape.blogspot.com/ https://www.instagram.com/petedavisphoto/
  4. I'm fortunate in having a very big fruit and veg garden. Even more fortunate is that I have to pass by part of it en route to my studio and darkroom when I 'commute to work' every morning. I have permanent raised beds with asparagus, raspberries, strawberries and globe artichokes. I either eat those or use them as 'models'. There are some here: https://www.pete-davis-photography.com/platinum-printing Also a greenhouse with tomatoes, cucumbers and mixed salad stuff. Between my ongoing photographic work in preparation for two forthcoming exhibitions, on hold but going ahead when this hiatus is over, keeping up with orders for print sales, plus my postgraduate teaching which is continuing online and the garden, I'm as busy as ever. Just as well in these times. Pete Davis https://www.pete-davis-photography.com/ http://peteslandscape.blogspot.com/ https://www.instagram.com/petedavisphoto/
  5. One of Daniel Radcliffe's choices on 'Desert Island Discs' the other week. Tom Lehrer, 'We'll All Go Together When We Go'. Written for the nuclear war threat age but pertinent still. Pete Davis https://www.pete-davis-photography.com/ http://peteslandscape.blogspot.com/ https://www.instagram.com/petedavisphoto/
  6. I have a very big garden in home number one where I am in lockdown now. As others have said, lots to do this time of year. Plenty of veg and soft fruit will come later. Asparagus, raspberries, strawberries etc. Photographic work a-plenty with prints to make in the darkroom. (My studio and darkroom are on the land behind home No.1). Many prints to make as sales haven't quite dried up yet through the gallery that sells my work and some back orders and some for forthcoming exhibitions. My still-life work I do in the studio anyway and those are made, eventually, into platinum prints. I get the platinum and palladium solutions from Italy so maybe I should spray it when it arrives....... We can always decamp to home No. 2 and self-isolate there as we are both in the risk category. Me less so because I have no serious health issues. There's a small garden there to tend too. Both homes are in quiet villages in the countryside so we can drive out and enjoy without being in contact with anyone. We are luckier than most and we appreciate it. Stay well everyone. Pete Davis https://www.pete-davis-photography.com/ http://peteslandscape.blogspot.com/ https://www.instagram.com/petedavisphoto/
  7. This whole event is tragic and very sad. Yes, a lot of folks, thankfully, did contain speculation at the time. The circumstances surrounding the sad event however, were fairly well known to many of us who live in Ceredigion. Doesn't make it any less sad though and has been correctly noted, allegations are not proven fact. Pete Davis https://www.pete-davis-photography.com/ https://peteslandscape.blogspot.co.uk https://www.instagram.com/petedavisphoto
  8. I had a cold call attempting to sell me a hearing aid. I said, "sorry, I can't hear you very well" and they hung up! Bad sales technique. Pete Davis https://www.pete-davis-photography.com/ http://peteslandscape.blogspot.com/ https://www.instagram.com/petedavisphoto/
  9. Mine is blogspot too. Random thoughts, not updated or added to regularly as I am way too busy on projects, making photographs and keeping up with print sales. I do get feedback from it though and requests for help which I always try to support. Pete Davis http://peteslandscape.blogspot.com/ https://www.pete-davis-photography.com/ https://www.instagram.com/petedavisphoto/
  10. Simple is good. Certainly keep the restriction on 'personal use'. I don't think a minority of them are suspect, I firmly believe that 99% of them are and this loophole is being abused by too many 'commercial' buyers of photography. To let anyone have a full size file for them to do with what they wish in perpetuity for peanuts, or nothing if the fee is refunded, is ludicrous. However, if a very strict escalating size and price restriction was set as has been discussed elsewhere on the forum, I may, just may, opt back in. Pete Davis https://www.pete-davis-photography.com/ http://peteslandscape.blogspot.com/ https://www.instagram.com/petedavisphoto/
  11. An addendum to my previous post about my customs and carnet experiences in Ireland when the UK was in the EU and the republic wasn't... Even though things seemed laid back criss-crossing borders then, a few months after one of my trips a customs officer turned up, unannounced, at my studio and wanted to see the items listed on the carnet. He was making sure I hadn't 'imported them illegally' into the republic. He just selected some examples from the very long list, checked the serial numbers on the carnet against the kit in my studio and went away happy. As with some previous contributors posts, I have never had any problems in any other country and I sometimes travel with a lot more than a camera bag and a couple of Leicas. Big roll-along cases with 10"x 8" equipment and big tripod etc. Never a problem.
  12. Years ago I was undertaking a major long-term project in Ireland, before the Republic was in the EU. I had to have a carnet listing all the equipment which had to have a page for every border crossing I made. Each page, officially, had to be stamped and retained by the border customs after checking all my equipment to ensure I hadn't sold any of it north or south. Very often over the many trips I made I was crossing the border so many times I ran out of pages and not once did any customs officer check the mountain of equipment I was carrying in the car. They would usually take a glance at the long list on the carnet and either just wave me through or stamp it without checking. Of course, this was all at the height of the troubles so they had other worries at border crossings. I crossed the border one time on a sunday afternoon and stopped at the republic side to be checked and a sleepy customs officer just waved me through. I asked if I should check in across the road on the British side and he said, "no need, they don't open on sundays".
  13. This may prove useful. I would encourage Alamy to do the same with 'presentation use'. No-one needs a full size file for PowerPoint etc. Pete Davis https://www.pete-davis-photography.com http://peteslandscape.blogspot.com https://www.instagram.com/petedavisphoto
  14. Absolutely agree too but the reason Alamy don't do this is because they know, as we do, that 99.9% of so-called 'personal sales' are nothing of the kind. In that case the commercial clients want full size images to do with what they wish. Just a way of Alamy giving clients a cheap deal. I'll amend that, an even cheaper deal. Pete Davis https://www.pete-davis-photography.com http://peteslandscape.blogspot.com https://www.instagram.com/petedavisphoto
  15. I have had problems with zoos for all of the above noted moral and welfare reasons for many years and hadn't visited one since we were taken in junior school. I left junior school in 1958 so that will give you an idea. Just the other day i thought I would visit one to see if they had changed and chose one that seems to have had a good reputation, breeding, re-introduction into the wild etc. for some long time. I came away a bit sad and ended up photographing the humans! One of the images is the first one one my home page. Pete Davis https://www.pete-davis-photography.com/ http://peteslandscape.blogspot.com/ https://www.instagram.com/petedavisphoto/
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