I was given a Commonplace Book by my Grandfather in my youth and told how useful it could be.

Now my iPad serves a similar purpose, saving quotations, ideas, practical techniques and other scraps of knowledge that may prove helpful.

The best ideas of today quickly get lost in tomorrow’s thoughts; attention is both narrowly focussed and capricious. The archives here may therefore be as worthy as what you see in front of you now.

And let’s not forget the other definition of ‘commonplace’; as something dull, obvious and everyday. Nothing matters really; make of what’s gathered here what you will.

  • The Importance of Creativity in Holistic Photography

    Excerpt from Richard Taylor’s book – Metaphysics

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  • Understanding Art Photography

    I don’t know how you feel about creating Art with your camera, but to me, it’s something I strive to achieve. That photography can be Art with a capital ‘A’ is still not wholly accepted among the established community of painters, potters and critics, especially in England. Why not? The principle reason is that it’s apparently easy to create and …

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  • Psychology of Emotion in Art & Colour Psychology

    William James, brother to author Henry and godson to George Bernard Shaw, taught the first psychology classes at Harvard. He is interesting to us here for his James-Lange theory of emotion. There are apparently eight main emotions; ¬†acceptance, anger, anticipation, disgust, fear, joy, sadness and surprise. The others such as wonder are combinations of these primary few. (Plutchik) James believed …

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  • Education is Changing

    Just finished reading Thomas Frey’s blog ( in which he talks about the changing nature of employment. His thoughts on education are incredibly perceptive, and relate well to how you, I and others will learn skills such as photography. In the middle of all this we are transitioning from a teaching model to a learning model. Why do we need …

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