Earlier this year – after months of reading, researching and coffee-fuelled debate about my photography – I went ahead and purchased a Fujifilm X-T1. I have wanted a smaller camera for some time, simply because, whilst I love my Nikon D3, I find myself preferring to leave it at home because of its size and weight, leaving me without a camera far too often. I was also hoping that whatever I ended up using as a personal camera might also be good enough to use for some professional work as well. Enter Fujifilm…

The X-T1 has had a huge amount already written about it and having only used the camera for a short while, I don’t really consider myself qualified to add to this ever-growing list of technical reviews and blog posts. Instead, I’ll post some of my recent images taken with this camera, and explore some of its pros and cons.
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The blog is back! After a lot of research and decisions, I have finally revamped my site and will be starting to blog once again. I have put together a site that hopefully places more emphasis on selections of images and stories that I want to share, rather than my Photoshelter archive, and will be posting here a lot more in the future. One of my main goals of making this change is to improve my site SEO and number of visitors on this site, both of which have dropped dramatically over the last few years. And whats the point of producing images when nobody gets to see them!

The new site uses a great WordPress theme – SoloFolio – designed by Joel Hawksley. Many thanks indeed Joel for the help with getting everything ready! I still have a few things to tweak and I need to resurrect my blog archive, but I thought I would get the site live and make any last changes as I go. One of the reasons I chose this theme is that it allows me to easily present galleries of images, such as that now running on the homepage. And it works beautifully on an iPad. I really struggled to ‘boil down’ this home page gallery – in fact there are still far too many images there – so you may see some changes in the next couple of days. I hope you enjoy! If you have any comments, it would be great to get some feedback. What do you think of the site? How do the images look? What else would you like to see on the site?

Firstly, my apologise for a lack of posts here!  I have been shooting a lot of corporate events as as well as doing some writing, and the blog has suffered as a result.  I am debating to change it into something a little simpler – perhaps a tumbler, perhaps just a very simple theme – but for now will continue on and post some updates…

Last weekends Jazz Market by the Sea at Taman Bhagawan was bigger and better than ever and there were some great performances. This year it was all Indonesian artists – a much better lineup given how much talent there is here. The highlights for me where Balawan, Monita Talahea and Jiwa Band – amazing artists all.  Take a look at some of my favourites after the jump, or view the full gallery of images from the Jazz Market by the Sea 2014.
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Once again, I was one of the main photographers at this years Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud, Bali. I was in charge of covering the night events once again – and was lucky enough to shoot some incredible performances. Bali Spirit Festival attracts some big names but for me, it was the less well know performers that were the real highlight – especially Kande from Aceh. View some are my favourites from the event after the jump or take a look here for the full gallery of images.
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In the middle of March I travelled to Kuala Lumpur as part of the official photography team covering Future Music Festival Asia 2014. I have wanted to shoot a big EDM festival for some time but have never had the opportunity – so I jumped at the chance to shoot in KL with the team put together by Paulius Staniunus of ‘All is Amazing’. It was an incredible few days, working alongside some very talented photographers – an amazing group of guys!

As you may have read in the news, the last day of the event was cancelled unfortunately. From a personal perspective, I thought the event organisers did an extraordinary job and the event was one of the best run I have ever been to. Hopefully FMFA will arise in some form or another in the future!

After the jump are a few of my personal favourites from FMFA – take a look at the full gallery of images here.
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