This month I am very pleased to be featured in one of the national photography magazines – Digital Photographer, after I was contacted by photographer/freelance writer Dylan Baker who saw my piece in The Transmitter when he was here in Crystal Palace a year ago in order to interview someone else. He loved and remembered my work and thought that it would greatly enhance the feature that he had been commissioned to write for DP on printing technology, so he emailed me one evening in January and asked if I would be prepared to answer some “super-brief questions” and submit some of my images for publication. Of course I wanted to feature in a photography magazine that I read avidly, but the only problem was that (a) the deadline was at lunchtime the following day and that (b) I was away for the night, sans computer, staying in Burford, Oxfordshire with my Mum and our friend Clare to celebrate Mum’s birthday. Dylan said in his email “I’m sorry the deadline is so tight – the rest of the article is written but I really wanted to include your work and I only thought of it at the last minute”, but I was so pleased to be remembered and asked in this way that I was more than happy to comply. He also wrote “If you could also send through a profile picture of yourself I will include some details from your ‘About’ page and provide links to your web site and blog. If you could also choose 4 or 5 images you would like to see in print I will make sure they get prominently featured – this will be a fairly large colour feature in the centre of the magazine so anything you’d like to use to represent your work. Also let me know if there are any exhibitions or the like coming up you would particularly like mentioned.” How nice was that?
I picked up the email on my BlackBerry at half past midnight after a very good meal and plentiful wine, so decided it was better to get a good sleep (and sober up!) and then answer Dylan’s questions to following morning before we headed back home. However I ended up doing this in the car as the others wanted to leave after breakfast, so I was frantically tapping into my smartphone and trying to remember the exact model of Epson printer that I own, paper types I’ve used for prints and other similar details that would have been easy to check had I been at home, but not so simple to recall in the back of Clare’s Ford Fiesta bombing down the M3 at 70mph.
Anyway, as you can see I made the deadline, and the magazine appeared on the shelves here a couple of days ago. My photos are on the second and fourth pages, but all the text about me is on the third and fourth. Hope the scans are clear enough to read, but if not, you will just have to go out and purchase your own copy!