Putting the ‘error’ into tri and error

The lesson has been hard and I hope I have properly learned it. Although not yet completely recovered, I’m able to run again and was able to do the Crystal Palace sprint tri, albeit a bit slowly on the run. My mistake was over-training, mainly by thinking I could go it alone because of theContinue reading “Putting the ‘error’ into tri and error”

A-Zaleas at the Isabella Plantation

Level 3 photographyhomework at Richmond Art College Our task was to find approximations to letters of the alphabet in the world around us. I combined this with a photowalk to Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park where azaleas, bluebells and more were in bloom. A couple of the images were from an earlier walk to KewContinue reading “A-Zaleas at the Isabella Plantation”

The importance of recovery

Ruth is doing Ride London in May, raising funds for Brentford Football Club Community Sports Trust. Donate here. Back in 1987, when I was just 27, I ran the London Marathon in a time of around 3:38. Then the next day, feeling absolutely so energised and on top of the world, I played a hardContinue reading “The importance of recovery”

Aldeburgh and The Place of the Poem

Alan and I went recently for a weekend in Aldeburgh for the fifth in our series, The Place of the Poem. This was my first opportunity to use my mirrorless Nikon Z6:II with the prime 50mm and 35mm lenses and I can say I am really really happy with the new kit. I’ve put someContinue reading “Aldeburgh and The Place of the Poem”

The empowered portrait

Nikon Z6:II, f5, 1/1000, ISO 2000, 100/70-300mm. Nikon Z6:II f6.3 1/1000 ISO 2800 116/70-300mm Nikon Z6:II, f5.6, 1/1000, ISO 600, 300/70-300mm The assignment brief was to enable an individual to create their own portrait, resulting in three pix, one in their chosen environment, one closer and one close-up. I am working with London’s parkour communityContinue reading “The empowered portrait”

Stop and Return LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4

UAL Level 3, Unit 6, at Richmond Art College. LO1 ‘Identify and critically compare contextual perspectives and approaches to photography. Research three famous street photographers and discuss their different contexts and styles.’ Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) Regarded as the founder of street photography, Henri-Cartier Bresson was born in France. He studied art and was influenced byContinue reading “Stop and Return LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4”

Photography and ‘the last seven pictures’

RHACC UAL Level 3 Photography Module 6. Assignment week one. Ten words that define what photography means to me: Beauty, Place, Street, Nature, Lens, Seeing, Truth, Light, Joy, Capture. Freewrite on one of those words: Capture. Capture sums it up. Capture a moment, a place, a person – a soul – so a precious momentContinue reading “Photography and ‘the last seven pictures’”

Beards and Triathlons

This blog is all about a man with a beard who does triathlons.


By Kelly Hargie

Alan Franks

Writer, Musician