January 17, 2019
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.
Many thanks to Nick for coming on the show, and to WEX Photo Video & Fotospeed for supporting the show. We'll be back in two weeks with Landscape Photographer Alex Hare.
The Togcast is hosted by Sam Gregory & Paul Sanders, for more info please visit www.thetogcast.com
January 3, 2019
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. Astrid's work has been published in major photography magazines and exhibitions, she is also now running workshops and tours through Light & Land.
Also we discuss the challenges of photographic New Years resolutions and also a little sneak preview of our next guest, Nick Danziger.
The Togcast is hosted by Sam Gregory & Paul Sanders, for more info check out www.thetogcast.com
We are very grateful to www.wexphotovideo.com and www.fotospeed.com for supporting the show and keeping it free to air.
December 18, 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 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 the first week of January, 2019 with photographer Astrid McGechan.
Many thanks to WEX Photo Video & Fotospeed for supporting the show and all of you for listening. The Togcast is hosted by Sam Gregory & Paul Sanders. Check out www.TheTogcast.com for more information.
November 25, 2018
This is a special live Q&A recording from Day 1 of the Connected Exhibition Photography event in the Summer of 2018. This session features photographers Rob Knight, Paul Mitchell, Marianthi Lainas and the duo of Leeming & Paterson.
In this live session the panel take questions from the audience covering many of todays hot photographic topics such as; Social Media pressures, Single Images vs Series, Composition, Digital File Management and Photographic Legacy. It's a great chance to hear from these photographers on a wide range of issues.
Thanks to Rob Knight for hosting the Q&A in Sams absence. We will be back soon, hopefully with Day 2 of the Connected Event featuring Colin Bell, Chris Dale and Isabel Curdes. Also before Christmas we'll have an entertaining episode with Nick Livesey, a Snowdonia based mountain photographer.
Thanks as ever for listening, please subscribe on iTunes or Podbean and for more info visit TheTogcast.com. The show is hosted by Sam Gregory and Paul Sanders. We are grateful for the support of WEX Photo Video and Fotospeed who help keep the show on the airwaves.
November 16, 2018
Joining us on this special 50th edition of the podcast is Justin Minns. Justin is a professional photographer who delights in capturing the beauty and spirit of his native East Anglia. His skills have led him to feature in various publications and competitions, and he now also explores around the world leading workshops.
Paul caught up with Justin in East Anglia and they discussed his relatively short photographic life and how it's consumed him accordingly. You can see more of his work via www.justinminns.co.uk
Also on this show we ask our listeners to take part in a quick survey. This will help us shape the podcast over the coming months and years. We'd very much appreciate you taking a few minutes to take part, the link for this is available via TheTogcast.com
In the news section we also talk about some City Guides by Ben Brain, the first of which is about photographing in Bath. You can see more about this via www.brainsfotoguides.com
The other item in our news section is the exhibition of Neil Mansfield over in Wales. This is a 5 year body of work celebrating and exploring the Nedd Valley. Check out www.landscapesuncovered.com for more information including dates and the images.
Finally, a big THANK YOU to all of you for listening and helping us make it this far. We both hope you continue to enjoy the show as much as we do and we appreciate all the feedback. Thanks also to www.wexphotovideo.com and www.fotospeed.com without whom the show would not be possible.
Sam & Paul
November 1, 2018
This weeks guest is Pro Photographer and YouTuber Nigel Danson. Nigel has a long photographic history and his story is one of exploration and salvation in many ways. After building a successful tech company Nigel had a terrible accident that led him to re-assess his life goals and re-connect with his love of photography. We get into his back-story and also his new lease of life and the mysteries (or not) of YouTube and how it’s transformed his life from a photographic and professional point of view. Check out more of his work on NigelDanson.com or via his YouTube Channel.
Also on this show we discuss three new books from Alex Boyd, Norman McCloskey and Doug Chinnery - all of which are well worth your attention.
We'll be back for Episode #50 in two weeks time with Justin Minns. Thank you as ever for listening and thanks also to WEX Photo Video and Fotospeed for supporting the show.
October 19, 2018
We welcome Cheryl Hamer to the show to discuss creative ruts, the importance of actually enjoying your photography and her new passion for alternative techniques. Based on Anglesey, Cheryl has a great passion for the landscape and after reaching a difficult period with her work she found energy from collaboration and experimenting with new ways of creating work. We discuss other influences such as painters, and how they have influenced and inspired her work.
It’s been a ‘re-birth’ for her photographically and for anyone else out there feeling stuck in the creative doldrums, or loathe being stuck in the rules of golden hours then this is a great show to get some inspiration from.
The Togcast is presented by Sam Gregory & Paul Sanders. We are grateful to WEX Photo Video and Fotospeed for their ongoing support of the show. We'll be back in 2 weeks with photographer and YouTuber Nigel Danson.
Check out www.thetogcast.com for all the latest info.
October 4, 2018
We welcome the highly experienced landscape photographer Paul Gallagher to the show on Episode 47. Paul was schooled in film photography, dark room printing and development and has enjoyed a 30+ year career as a professional photographer.
We chat with Paul about his early days and passion for black and white, all the way through to his modern day work where he has firmly embraced the digital revolution. He now enjoys pursuing new photographic avenues such as exploring Infrared and is passionate about teaching other photographers to express themselves from capture to print.
The Togcast is hosted by Sam Gregory & Paul Sanders, this time from the gorgeous heel of Italy! For more info check out TheTogcast.com for blogs, videos and past episodes.
As ever we're grateful to Wex Photo Video and Fotospeed for supporting the show and keeping it 'free to air'. We'll be back in two weeks with photographer Cheryl Hamer.
September 13, 2018
We welcome Marianthi Lainas to the show this week. Marianthi is a fine art and landscape photographer who has exhibited and displayed her work across the UK. She is known for her careful compositions, often based around the changing coast and tides, and now is building quite a following for her beautiful hand-made books which she produces in limited editions. Sam chats with Marianthi about her yearning for certain landscapes to suit her aesthetic, and getting underneath the skin of locations to understand them more deeply with a view to making more meaningful work.
To see more of Marianthi's work check out www.marianthilainas.com
Also on the show we look back at the recent FotoFest event in Bath, and look forward to our next episode with experienced pro photographer Paul Gallagher.
The Togcast is hosted by Sam Gregory and Paul Sanders. We're grateful to both WEX Photo Video and Fotospeed for supporting the show. Check out www.thetogcast.com for more info and past episodes, or via our Podbean channel.
August 24, 2018
We catch up with Welsh photographer Karl Mortimer on this weeks episode. Karl is well respected for his carefully considered images. Many of you may have seen his work from Snowdonia on social media and in various magazines, and he talks to Sam about his motivations, his retrospections and his desire for order and balance in his compositions.
Please go and check out more about Karl via his website: www.karlmortimer.com and give him a follow on social media.
Also in this episode we discuss (briefly!) the new Nikon mirrorless arrivals to the market and Paul's new 'Calm through the Camera' project. We also look forward to FotoFest South which is taking place in Bath on Sunday, Sep 9th. This features 4 leading photographers giving talks about their work, plus a special trade display area this year as well. For more, check out www.fotofest.co.uk
The Togcast is hosted by Sam Gregory and Paul Sanders and is released bi-monthly. Check out www.thetogcast.com for more information and previous episodes. We're grateful to www.wexphotovideo.com and www.fotospeed.com for supporting the show.
We'll be back in 2-3 weeks time with our next guest Cheryl Hamer.