Bonus Episode - Connected Q&A pt.2
This is a special bonus episode featuring the second Live Q&A from the Connected 2018 exhibition. This as yet un-published Q&A session featured Colin Bell, Chris Dale, Isabel Curdes and Rob Knight. Plus various questions from the audience about a mix of photography related topics.
Check out the different thought processes of these various photographers and get inspired to go and explore more photographic avenues.
The Connected 2019 launch weekend is April 6/7 in Nottingham at the Patchings Arts Centre. There will be talks from Lucy Saggers, Paul Sanders, Sarah Medway, Sam Gregory, Prof Tim Allott and John Blakemore. Check out #Connected2019 on social media for the latest info.
The next podcast episode will be on Thursday March 28th featuring JOE CORNISH.
Episode #56 - Nadir Khan
We welcome award winning adventure-sports photographer & videographer Nadir Khan to the show (www.nadirkhan.co.uk). Well known for getting into hard to reach areas and creating dynamic action shots, Nadir works with top brands such as Rab, F-Stop & Visit Britain. He chats with Paul about his motivations, the importance of good lighting and working with the subjects to get the most dynamic and engaging images.
We also chat about his new book 'Extreme Scotland' (more info below), his love and respect for the wild landscapes, and how his style and approach changed throughout the past few years collating images for the book.
THE BOOK: In Extreme Scotland, Nadir showcases his work with some of the best adventure athletes in the world – including Ines Papert and James Pearson – in a portfolio that has placed him at the forefront of adventure-sports photography in the UK.
From the icy walls of Ben Nevis’s frozen north face to the raging seas of the north coast, Scotland plays host to world-class adventure sports of every discipline. Ice climbing, kayaking, ski-touring, trail running, surfing, mountain biking and rock climbing are all captured beautifully in this fitting testament to Scotland’s outstanding landscapes and adrenaline sports.
Alongside contributions from climber and author Nick Bullock, Tom Livingstone, Elana Bader, Mike Pescod, David Canning and Stuart B. Campbell, Nadir gives us an insight into his photographic inspirations, and shares insights and approaches to composition and other elements of his photography.
Episode #55 - Ben Horne
Released: Friday 15th Feb, 2019
We welcome US based large format film photographer Ben Horne to the show this week. Ben is well known for his wilderness/landscape images featuring some of the US's best known areas. However, he is far from a honeypot location hunter, he's much happier trekking deep into the parks with his 8x10 camera and searching out beautiful inner vistas as well as large scenes.
Ben is also well known for his YouTube channel where he documents his trips and discusses the art of photography and of course using a large format film set-up. We chat about all of this, plus his use of colour, the importance of connecting with a landscape, printing and much more...
VIDEO: If you want to check out a little bit more about how The Togcast got started, check out this interview with Sam when he went to interview Andrew Gray…for a Togcast episode!
Episode #54 - Alex Hare
Released: Thursday 31st Jan, 2018
We've got a bit of everything in this episode, from Photography to Royal Marine Commando's and more! Our guest this week is Pro Photographer Alex Hare (www.alexharephotography.com). Having spent the last decade building up his business with all manner of genres we spend some time chatting to Alex about his love of capturing landscapes in beautiful Kent.
We discuss the importance of finding new locations, creating original imagery and how his earlier military career affects his outlook and photographic pursuits...
We’ll be back in 2 weeks time with our next guest Ben Horne (www.benhorne.com). Well known for his large format film photography, Ben joins us all the way from the US to chat using film, composition, light, running a YouTube channel and much more.
Episode #53 - Nick Danziger
Released: Thursday 17th January, 2018
We catch up with top documentary photographer Nick Danziger (www.nickdanziger.com) to take a look into his world of visual storytelling. Nick is a previous ‘World Press Photo’ 1st prize winner for his image of Tony Blair and George Bush just as the second Iraq war began. His travel books sold around the world in the 1980’s and 90’s and his subsequent photography has featured in major global publications. He has travelled extensively in war-zones and covered harrowing and touching personal stories of those affected by fighting, hunger, repression and much more.
Although our primary focus is normally on landscape and travel photography, there are plenty of crossover points that are relevant. The ability to use images to tell compelling stories is something that any genre of photography must strive for. We talk with Nick about what drives his passion for storytelling and some of the situations he’s been privileged to witness and document, and what challenges lie ahead for us all globally.
‘Broken fire hydrant, Parkhead. Three times the fire brigade capped the hydrant, three times the children book it open.’
The image above is shown in Nick’s book ‘The British’. During the creation of the book Nick travelled around the UK visiting areas of deprivation but also spending time with top military personnel, a judge, the prime minister and many more high ranking officials. The book demonstrates a powerful sense of our common humanity with stories and images from across the social spectrum.
The image above is of a young 10/11 year old girl (she didn’t know her own age) in Afghanistan called Mah Bibi. At this young age she had already become ‘Mother’ to her two younger siblings because their Father had disappeared and their Mother died in childbirth. She was helping her siblings flee drought and war when Nick first told her story as part of his ‘Women Facing War’ project.
Nick is currently releasing a new book called ‘Another Life’ which he is co-authoring with the writer Rory MacLean. This book will be a collection of remarkable true stories that will leave no one unmoved. Some of the women and children Nick and Rory followed have died through sickness and poverty. It covers multiple journeys to re-visit people and assess the impact of the UN Millennium Development Goals.
The book is being crowdfunded and you can order advanced copies here.
We hope you enjoy this different perspective on photography, we welcome your feedback on the show via the contact form.
Episode #52 - Astrid McGechan
Released: Thursday 3rd January, 2018
Welcome back to our first podcast of 2019! First up this year is the wonderful Astrid McGechan (website). Following a career in the City, Astrid took up photography and talks to us about her transition from the early stages, through classic landscapes to her passion now for abstract and urban photography. Also her fears about shooting in urban spaces and how she has come to get over them.
Episode #51 - with Nick Livesey
Released: Tuesday, 18th December 2018
Our guest on this podcast is Snowdonia based mountain photographer Nick Livesey (nick livesey.co.uk). Nick has a great back-story of finding salvation in the mountains of Wales and speaks candidly about his thoughts on photography and life in general. His mountain work has gained many followers and his knowledge of the Snowdonia area is second to none. Sam caught up with Nick a couple of months ago to talk about his past, his present and future in this lively and entertaining chat.
Nick Livesey - Image Gallery
Nick has recently released a book with the publishers Fotovue. This amazing book features walks, images and mountain advice surrounding the Snowdonia Mountains in particular. Why not check out the book via the shop on Nicks website.
We’ll be back in 2019 with Astrid McGechan - in the meantime have a great Xmas and New Year and thanks as ever for listening! Sam & Paul