Up Close and Personal

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. “One day you will ask me which is more important? My life or yours? I will say mine and you will walk away not knowing that you are my life.” ― Kahlil… Continue reading

The introverted subject

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. “My feelings are too loud for words and too shy for the world.” – Dejan Stojanovic . I hide behind the camera to mask shyness. And when I venture in front of the… Continue reading

Becoming the Cup

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. “Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put… Continue reading

Flour power and the art of deception

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. “Never attempt to win by force what can be won by deception.” – Niccolò Machiavelli . As a photographer I practice artifice on a daily basis. It might be as simple as using a flash… Continue reading

Hanging Up on the Telephone

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. “I had to interrupt and stop this conversation Your voice across the line gives me a strange sensation” – Blondie, Hanging on the Telephone . What stresses you out? The mere thought… Continue reading

World Exclusive!

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. This morning my brand new hand-crafted Fire Demon Skull Ring arrived from Great Frog Paterson. For those of you who are unaware, Paterson Riley was the founder of Great Frog London in… Continue reading

Puzzling Things

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. “Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.” ― Lewis Carroll . Many time things ago, or perhaps those time things were few, depending on which time things are… Continue reading

What are you saying about yourself?

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. “I am ashamed to think how easily we capitulate to badges and names….” – Ralph Waldo Emerson . As designers and photographers we spend a lot of our time creating images for others.… Continue reading

The Private Eye is Smiling

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. “My way of learning is to heave a wild and unpredictable monkey-wrench into the machinery.” ― Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon . Some dame walked into my office, she had femme fatale… Continue reading

What is This?

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. “The straight line, a respectable optical illusion which ruins many a man.” ― Victor Hugo . What is this? . I was searching for inspiration, new ideas to stimulate creativity, and in… Continue reading

The Bearable Lightness of Travel

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. “On a long journey even a straw weighs heavy” – Spanish proverb . I travel light. I hate to be encumbered. The least number of items I can pack, the happier I will be… Continue reading

Magical Thinking

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. “Since man cannot live without miracles, he will provide himself with miracles of his own making. He will believe in witchcraft and sorcery, even though he may otherwise be a heretic, an… Continue reading

Why do we put ourselves through this?

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. “it’s important to have that sense of fear and terror because it directly ties into the player overcoming that and enhancing their sense of achievement.” – Hidetaka Miyazaki, creator of Bloodborne .… Continue reading

She Sees: A Motion through a Glass Eye

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. “Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.” ― Rumi . I’d love to stop acting so small, but, I have to deal with tiny details. I need to… Continue reading

The Circle of Spice

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“There is no single face in nature, because every eye that looks upon it, sees it from its own angle. So every man’s spice-box seasons his own food.” ― Zora Neale Hurston .… Continue reading

Listless Before Breakfast

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“There was something sort of bleak about her tone, rather as if she had swallowed an east wind. This I took to be due to the fact that she probably hadn’t breakfasted. It’s… Continue reading

Father of Dragons

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“Never laugh at live dragons.” – J.R.R. Tolkien . A few years ago SDDP was commissioned by Corinthian Brands Ltd to design the packaging for a new range of alcoholic caffeine drinks with the imaginative… Continue reading

Dandelion Wine for a Peacock

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. “You’ll find out it’s little savors and little things that count more than big ones. A walk on a spring morning is better than an eighty-mile ride in a hopped-up car, you… Continue reading

The Ace of Spades

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“The Earth is God’s pinball machine and each quake, tidal wave, flash flood and volcanic eruption is the result of a TILT that occurs when God, cheating, tries to win free games.” – Tom… Continue reading

She Sees: Eye Mist U

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. . “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” – Rick, Casablanca . . The above quote is what emerged out of the… Continue reading

Walkies!

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“For the most part people are not curious except about themselves.” – John Steinbeck As a photographer I understand the desire to capture those things precious to you. But when that precious thing is your… Continue reading

Urbex – The Language of Buildings

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Q: What language would you love to wake up speaking fluently? A: The language of buildings. The other day Stephen and I went to see a potential ‘house to buy’. The place where… Continue reading

She Sees: Don’t Cry Over… Breaking Glass

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. “It’s no use crying over spilt milk, because all of the forces of the universe were bent on spilling it.” ― W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage . When I was a… Continue reading

He sees: Breaking Glass

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On the eighth day machine just got upset. A problem man had never seen as yet. No time for flight, a blinding light. And nothing but a void, forever night.” – Hazel O’Connor, Breaking Glass (Album)… Continue reading

Packaging Design

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“I saw a subliminal advertising executive, but only for a second.” – Steven Wright

She Sees: Sky Below Water Above

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In the I-ching, Sky below Water above, is a hexagram which symbolises, Waiting. Patience. Nourishment through inaction. . . . . Serene, I fold my hands and wait, Nor care for wind, nor… Continue reading

He gawn!

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“If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.” – Yogi Berra There’s nothing I like more than a spot of photography. Except perhaps watching some baseball, oh and playing… Continue reading

Art on Film: Cutie and the Boxer

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Cutie and the Boxer via Dogwoof . We watched Cutie and the Boxer (2013) last night. I was hesitant to do so due to having grown up, and later worked, in the art… Continue reading

Lights, Camera… Model Cars

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. . “Do it or don’t. It’s amazing how many things in life are that easy.” ― Henry Rollins . . I’m one of those people who has to love what they do,… Continue reading

She Sees: Naturally Blurred Edges

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. “His life oscillates, as everyone’s does, not merely between two poles, such as the body and the spirit, the saint and the sinner, but between thousands and thousands.” ― Hermann Hesse .… Continue reading

How does he eat his?

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Here at SDDP we enjoy the occasional treat, (well I do anyway) and so naturally, for Easter, I decided to shoot myself enjoying a lovely creme egg. But it wouldn’t be a treat… Continue reading

He Sees: Blue Haze Bruh

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. . “I should perhaps warn you that I am about to faint from anxiety and general depression, though. The film I saw last night was especially grueling, a teen-age beach musical. I… Continue reading

I Wish I’d Thought of Doing That!

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“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” ― Kurt Vonnegut, If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? . Growing up in a household of artists,… Continue reading

The Art of Being a Fool

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“A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.” ― Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless . . An April Fool is a… Continue reading

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze

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. . “For oft, when on my couch I lie In vacant or in pensive mood, They flash upon that inward eye Which is the bliss of solitude; And then my heart with… Continue reading

It’s a Good Egg!

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I have to admit that when someone says the words ‘Easter Egg’ to me, I tend to think of those hidden gems of fun within video games and other software. For instance: If… Continue reading

Fleeting Life

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“So that’s how we live our lives… I closed my eyes and tried to bring to mind as many beautiful lost things as I could. Drawing them closer, holding on to them. Knowing… Continue reading

She Sees: Introvert / Extrovert

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Introvert . . “Why do extroverts have voicemail? To never miss a call. Why do introverts have voicemail? To never answer the phone.” ― Devora Zack . . The flower in the photographs… Continue reading

What Catches Your Eye?

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What is eye-catching to you? I know that sounds painful, at least it does to me, however usually what grabs our attention isn’t painful, it’s pleasurable. We feel a rush of reaction, one… Continue reading

People Watching People

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. “He who seeks beauty, will find it.” – Bill Cunningham . New York, the city that never sleeps, has one resident, Bill Cunningham, who loves to capture that beautiful insomnia, and has… Continue reading

The March of Time

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  It’s been a busy March at SDDP towers thanks in a large part to Baselworld, the International watch and jewellery expo that is a regular date in our calendar. This year we… Continue reading

HE SEES: FRESH – PLAN B

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Like Jennifer, my initial idea for ‘Fresh‘ was very different from the finished article. I had great plans. Take a photograph of a skeletal leaf, then take a photograph of the same leaf… Continue reading

She Sees: Fresh – What Fresh Hell is This?

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“What fresh hell is this?” ― Dorothy Parker . . My temporary studio now smells as though a jet just took off, fresh off the runway. Inhale. Breathe that freshness in. Ah… pocalypse… Continue reading

What’s on your wall? Boobies

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There was a silver chain around Montana Wildhack’s neck. Hanging from it, between her breasts, was a locket containing a photograph of her alcoholic mother – a grainy thing, soot and chalk. It… Continue reading

World Wide Webbing it

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. “The universe is a continuous web. Touch it at any point and the whole web quivers.” ― Stanley Kunitz . . Can you remember what it was like before we had the… Continue reading

Too old to have fun, too young to die!

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    “Is someone different at age 18 or 60? I believe one stays the same.”  – Hayao Miyazaki     How old is ‘too old’ to have fun? Games company Ubisoft think it is 45.… Continue reading

Nae Energy? Nae Danger

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When Glencrest Director Ross Gourley approached SDDP with colour sketches of a new pack design the brief was simple, create a brand that would last the test of time and a range of… Continue reading

Swan Lake Monday

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“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are… Continue reading

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

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Here at The Iconophile we don’t normally post on a Sunday. Hey, even God took a day off. Deal with it. Today is different though and I bring you an extra post for the… Continue reading