The Togcast Photography Podcast
#78 - with Martin Andersen (Documentary)

#78 - with Martin Andersen (Documentary)

June 4, 2020

In this episode we catch up with documentary photographer Martin Andersen and chat about his recent project & accompanying book ‘Can’t Smile Without You’. Martin is a photographer, art director and designer. His photography work has been published and exhibited internationally in China, France, Japan, Mexico, UK and USA. His professional life has seen him involved in lecturing, running his own creative studio and even producing films and programming for major TV channels.

In our interview, Paul chats with Martin about his ‘Can’t Smile Without You’ body of work. This 248 page hardback book documents the final few years of Tottenham Hotspur fans at White Hart Lane and on their travels to various football matches. The black & white imagery takes us inside the committed fan base and up close and personal with the modern football journey in a timeless fashion.

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Many thanks to Fotospeed for supporting the show as ever. We'll be back in 2 weeks with photographer Keron Psillas discussing her work picturing Lusitano horses around the world, and a committed and serious project around the Holocaust.

#77 - with Prof.Tim Allott (Landscape)

#77 - with Prof.Tim Allott (Landscape)

May 21, 2020

In this episode we chat with Professor Tim Allott about the relationships between the physical landscape and photography. As a Professor of Physical Geography, Tim brings his own unique view to the landscape and thoughts on how we represent it visually. Recorded live at South Manchester Camera Club, this is an interesting look at how our landscape works, how we interact with it and of course how we decide what ends up in our frame and why.

DON’T MISS: Our next livestream webinar with Rachael Talibart is on SUNDAY MAY 31st via our Facebook Page.

Many thanks to Fotospeed for supporting the show as ever. We'll be back in 2 weeks with documentary photographer Martin Andersen discussing his ‘Can’t Smile Without You’ photo project.

Bonus Episode - with Charlie Waite

Bonus Episode - with Charlie Waite

May 7, 2020

We’re back with a small ‘bonus episode’ featuring Charlie Waite. In this episode we discuss the origins of ‘Landscape Photographer of the Year’ (lpoty.co.uk) with Charlie. We reflect on how the competition has developed over the last 13 years, how it has positively impacted the lives of many photographers, and much more.

We also get to quiz Charlie on some of the criticisms of competitions and get his thoughts on how the landscape genre has evolved over the last two decades and its position in the media world.

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Many thanks to Fotospeed for supporting the show and our media partner Landscape Photographer of the Year. We'll be back in 2 weeks with an episode recorded Live at South Manchester Camera Club, featuring Prof. Tim Allott.

In the intro of this episode Sam mentions his new ‘MESOZOIC’ book, this is available via: http://www.samgregory-photography.com/mesozoic-book

#76 - with Verity Milligan

#76 - with Verity Milligan

April 23, 2020

We’re delighted to welcome Verity Milligan to the show this week. Verity is an extremely well respected photographer and educator covering a variety of disciplines. Her creative streak and connection to her subjects is clearly visible in her emotive landscape imagery, and we discuss this love of the outdoors with the need to still be versatile with commercial work as well.

This is a great deep dive into her motivations and challenges, as well as tackling some hot topics around current themes. We discuss the speed of change in the digital world, strategies for coping and thriving in that environment, and the importance of the universal experience with image sharing.

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WEBINAR: Check out our Webinar with Verity on Sunday, May 3rd (8pm-9pm) via TheTogcast.com/webinars

Many thanks to Fotospeed for supporting the show and our media partner Landscape Photographer of the Year. We'll be back in 2 weeks with an episode recorded Live at South Manchester Camera Club, featuring Prof. Tim Allott.

#75 - with Michael Pilkington (Infrared + Black & White Photography)

#75 - with Michael Pilkington (Infrared + Black & White Photography)

April 5, 2020

In this episode Paul chats with landscape photographer & tutor Michael Pilkington. Michael is co-founder of the popular workshop company Aspect2i and particularly loves black & white and infrared photography. We dig into some of the techniques and tips for shooting infrared in a creative way and also discuss Michaels thought processes with printing and capturing images in the field.

We'll be back in 2 weeks with Verity Milligan chatting with Sam about her work, success in social media, challenging stereotypes and pursuing your own creative path.

Many thanks to Fotospeed.com for supporting the show, and our media partner LPOTY.COM (Landscape Photographer of the Year).

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'Virtual' Exhibition News: Hidden Works | Charlie Waite at BoshamGallery.com

Featuring an array of unseen work by Charlie Waite, this exhibition at Bosham Gallery celebrates his style and love of the natural world. You can check out more on the website including a video preview of the exhibition online.

"Until the announcement of my Hidden Works exhibition I have deeply missed the almost mystical experience of black and white hand printing in my darkroom. Now however I have immersed myself once again, and it is very special because the whole process of interpreting the negative has always been sacred to me. With much sentiment I have revisited works I created some 40 years ago and joyfully looked back at the decades which were spent making silver gelatin prints in the darkroom. It is truly like coming home."  Charlie Waite, 2020"

#74 - with Ben Osborne (Landscape & Wildlife)

#74 - with Ben Osborne (Landscape & Wildlife)

March 19, 2020

We're delighted to catch up with top wildlife & landscape photographer Ben Osborne. With a career spanning over 35 years, Ben has worked around the world, on projects for the BBC & National Geographic amongst many others. Amongst various accolades, Ben won the 2007 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition with his stunning image of an Elephant splashing expressively in mud.

We chat about his career, life onboard a vessel in Antarctica for months, working with David Attenborough, the importance of collaboration in photography, the current challenges as a professional, and much more.

*Obviously these are difficult times for us all, we hope The Togcast can be a small beacon of relief and entertainment in the avalanche of other challenges - Sam & Paul*

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Many thanks to Fotospeed for supporting the show and our media partner 'Landscape Photographer of The Year'.

We'll be back in two weeks time with the excellent landscape photographer Michael Pilkington. 

#73 - with Jill Welham (Cyanotypes)

#73 - with Jill Welham (Cyanotypes)

March 5, 2020

In this episode Paul chats with Jill Welham; a printmaker, photographer and artist. Jill won the prestigious ‘International Garden Photographer of the Year’ competition in 2019 with a cyanotype image. Jill creates unique prints using wet cyanotype, a modified version of the 19th century photographic printing process, introducing moisture onto the treated paper before exposure. The chemical reaction produces interesting fluid patterns and colours not normally present in a traditional cyanotype print. 

The resulting pieces are unique and present botanical prints in a different and painterly manner. Each piece is created with plants and flowers exposed using only the North Yorkshire sun. 

01:02: Introduction & News

05:48: Interview with Jill Welham

44:40: Outro & Who's Next

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EXHIBITION INFO:

In the show we mentioned two exhibitions:

1. Society of Scottish Landscape Photographers: April 24th(Opening Night) to May 16th. Full details via: http://soslp.com

2. 'Through The Lens': Tetbury Camera Club, Weds 1st - Sun 26th April. Full details via: https://shed-arts.co.uk/event/through-the-lens/2020-04-01/

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Thanks as ever for listening and to Fotospeed and LPOTY for their partnerships. We'll be back in two weeks with Wildlife & Landscape Photographer Ben Osborne.

The Togcast is hosted by Sam Gregory & Paul Sanders. Check out TheTogcast.com for more info and previous episodes.

Bonus Episode - Sir Don McCullin ‘Stillness of Life’ Exhibition

Bonus Episode - Sir Don McCullin ‘Stillness of Life’ Exhibition

February 27, 2020

In this short bonus episode Sam and Paul visit the Sir Don McCullin 'Stillness of Life' Exhibition in Somerset. Held at Hauser & Wirth venue in Bruton, Somerset - this exhibition features over 60 images of various landscapes.

Sam and Paul discuss their first impressions and how they reacted to and engaged with the images upon first viewing.

Check out more info here: https://www.hauserwirth.com/hauser-wirth-exhibitions/26511-don-mccullinthe-stillness-life

TEXT FROM THE GALLERY (Hauser & Wirth):

"Regarded as one of the most accomplished war photographers of recent times, McCullin has spent the last six decades travelling to remote locations and witnessing harrowing scenes of conflict and destruction. Often referring to the British countryside as his greatest salvation, McCullin demonstrates the full mastery of his medium with stark black and white images resonating with human emotion. This personal survey depicts scenes from across the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia, revealing McCullin’s innermost feelings through powerful compositions of wild heavens, haunting vistas and meditative still lifes.

Having been evacuated to the safety of Somerset during the Blitz, McCullin has had a lifelong connection with the open farmland and hill country of the South West, feeling at peace within the solitude of the expansive landscape. The largest body of work featured in the exhibition explores local areas within walking distance of the photographer’s home, including ‘The River Alham near my house, Somerset’ (2007), ‘The Dew Pond, Somerset’ (1988) and ‘Batcombe Vale’ (1992-93). McCullin is able to evoke dramatic painterly representations of his home county with quiet confidence, shifting between the flooded lowlands of the Somerset levels to woodland streams, nearby monuments and historic hill forts."

#72 - with Magnus Lindbom (Landscape)

#72 - with Magnus Lindbom (Landscape)

February 13, 2020

Magnus Lindbom is a Swedish landscape photographer with a passion for the Mountains. His outdoor photography pursuits often see him spending days & weeks in tents exploring far off the beaten track, in search of a deeper connection with the landscape.

We chat to Magnus about his early life as a Mountain Ranger in Sweden, how his passion developed for photography and some of the practicalities of camping alone in a Swedish winter, 3 days hike from civilisation. We also consider what makes an image special to the creator and viewer and how we can develop our photography to share & experience deeper connections with the landscape.

Mountains & Beyond is his new project where he documents his travels and images, in an attempt to inspire others. Through his photographs Magnus aims to take you along on his journey as he explores these wild places, the changing seasons and the fleeting moments of light. 

Check out more of his work at magnuslindbom.com

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Thanks to Fotospeed for supporting the show and to our media partner ‘Landscape Photographer of the Year’. We’ll be back in just a couple of weeks time with our next guest Jill Welham discussing her Cyanotype Print process.

#71 - with Jack Lowe (Lifeboat Station Project)

#71 - with Jack Lowe (Lifeboat Station Project)

January 30, 2020

We're back! We kick off 2020 with Jack Lowe; a photographer, sound recordist and creator of The Lifeboat Station Project, an 8 year art project taking him to all 238 RNLI lifeboat stations on the coast of the UK and Ireland. He photographs and interviews the lifeboat volunteers he meets along the way but there’s a twist!

Travelling in his mobile darkroom — a decommissioned ambulance called ’Neena’ — Jack uses Victorian photographic techniques to hand-make the images on glass. Paul chats with Jack about his inspiration, the importance of persistence, the value of photography and much more...

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Exhibition News: We mention the current exhibition of Sir Don McCullin's landscape work ('The Stillness of Life) which you can find out more via: https://www.hauserwirth.com/hauser-wirth-exhibitions/26511-don-mccullinthe-stillness-life

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Many thanks to www.Fotospeed.com for supporting the show, and to our media partner 'Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020' which you can find about via www.lpoty.co.uk

 

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