I know, I know, I'm very early! Not like me at all...
However, this could be the only chance I get for a long overdue update before I return to Japan next week. I have been invited to lecture at Musashino Art University for the second year in a row. In fact, they have also invited me back for 2024 which is just incredible. I fly out next Saturday. Firstly, I'll be staying with a friend for three days before then flying up to Hokkaido. Hokkaido is Japan's northernmost island and was once attached to Siberia. To this day the climate remains very different from Honshu (Japan's central main island). I'll be visiting Akan and Shiretoko National Parks. I'm not quite sure what the weather will do whilst I am there. The sea freezes in January/February and I'm told we could expect waist deep snow in November. I am sure that whatever the weather throws at us it will be an unforgettable experience. I am seriously considering Hokkaido for a future workshop destination, making this a great opportunity for a full recce. I finish the tour with the final 10 days based in Tokyo, lecturing at the university.
It was with much sadness that I heard news of the Joe Cornish Gallery closure. Many landscape photographers have taken inspiration from Joe over the years. I have fond memories from displaying my work at the gallery when I was starting out. I wish Joe and the staff of the gallery all the best.
Whilst I am in Japan, you can catch my project 'Beyond the Cairn' in Black + White Photography magazine, issue #285, released 14th December. It's always a pleasure to have work featured in my favourite photography magazine. Furthermore, I have written a three part series titled 'Landscapes of the Mind'. I won't give anything away about the content but the series will feature in issues #286, #287 & #288.
2024 is looking good. I will be back at the Photography Show, speaking on 16th March. Firstly, I'll be on the Studio Stage at 10.15am on behalf of Hahnemuhle UK, then I'll be on the Behind the Lens stage at 3pm. Further details can be found here.
It would be great to see some of you there.
I have just one workshop planned for 2024, and that is my Winter Solitude workshop on 14th January. We may get wintry conditions, who knows!? But actually, on this workshop you will learn that even on the grey, flat, dull days, there is always a photographic opportunity. Dare I say this could also make a great Christmas gift for the photographer in your life. For details and booking visit the link here.
Lastly, I'd just like to wish everyone a very happy festive season. It seems a little early for happy new year, I can't bring myself to say that yet! If you follow me on social media you'll be able to catch my 'stories' from Japan etc.
See you on the other side!