Photo Mural – North Devon District Hospital

Huge Westward Ho! photo mural installation

Back in June I was approached by the Engineering Manager of North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple, to see whether I was interested in having one of my photos used as a photo mural on the new A&E reception area – I was delighted to donate a photo for such a worthy project.

Finding a suitable photo for the space was much trickier than I had initially thought – it is a long, narrow space and the photo needed to represent the North Devon area. So I had to choose a photo that had something iconic, but could also be cropped to the necessary dimensions. The Engineering Manager, Architect, printers and I had a play around with a few images before settling on one featuring the wooden groynes and pebbles on Westward Ho! beach, at sunset.

 
This afternoon I had the opportunity to go up and see the photo mural for myself, now that it has been installed into the A&E waiting area. As A&E was in full operation, unfortunately it was too busy to get a photo myself, but here’s a photo the Engineering Manager took shortly after it was installed. 😍
 
This is something I’m really proud of – it’s quite incredible and overwhelming to see your work on this scale.
Hopefully it will brighten the wait for many patients during their time at A&E, for years to come.NDDH photo mural
10 of the best locations for landscape photography in North Devon

10 of the best locations for landscape photography in North Devon

Grab your camera and head to one of these North Devon landscape photography locations!

North Devon has so many picturesque and photogenic locations that it can often be overwhelming to know where to visit for photo opportunities. To help you out and to give you some inspiration I’ve come up with my top ten North Devon photography spots to visit for landscape photography.

1. Westward Ho!

Westward Ho! is the only town in Britain to have an exclamation mark in it’s name! It has a vast sandy beach that extends for two miles north of the village ofWestward Ho! and is backed by a pebble ridge. The pebble ridge leads onto the the grassy plains and salt marshes of Northam Burrows.
Westward Ho! has numerous beach features which make excellent subjects for landscape photography including groynes, rock formations, sea pool, remains of a Victorian pier, rock pools, beach huts as well as the vast sandy beach.

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2. Instow

Instow is on the estuary where the rivers Taw and Torridge meet, between the villages of Westleigh and Yelland and on the opposite bank of Appledore. The beach is perfect for photography as it enjoys few waves because of the sandbanks at the mouth of the estuary cancelling out most of the ocean swell. There are also a large number of boats anchored on the sand which make great subjects. Further down the beach towards Yelland there is a wreck and old jetty.

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3. Hartland Peninsular

The spectacular cliffs at Hartland Quay with their incredibly contorted rock layers are always worth a visit and at low tide there is plenty of sand, rock pools and rocks to scramble over. This wildly beautiful bay offers an ancient quay as well as some some of the most spectacular geology in Northern Europe,

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If you drive to Brownsham National Trust car park on the Hartland Peninsula, near Clovelly, you can enjoy a lovely walk which encompasses both woodland and sea and takes you to the spectacular Blackchurch Rock.

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4. Clovelly

Clovelly is well recognised for it’s steep cobbled streets and quaint cottages but it also has a pretty harbour

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5. Woolacombe

Woolacombe has a long expanse of sandy beach or venture half a mile down to Barricane which is a small picturesque location with rocky outcrops and rock pools.

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6. Croyde

Croyde is a village with old world charm, based on the west-facing coastline of North Devon. It’s sheltered bay makes it a fabulous location for various water based sports. There are three fantastic sandy beaches to choose from and some pleasant walks along the cliff top footpaths.

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7. Great Torrington

Great Torrington is a small market town in the north of Devon, England. Parts of it are sited on high ground with steep drops down to the River Torridge below. Torrington is surrounded by 365 acres of common land surrounding the town on all but the eastern side.

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8. Bideford

Bideford is a historic port town on the estuary of the River Torridge. Bideford has an old arched stone bridge which was built in 1535 and spans the River Torridge. The tree-lined quay still bustles with fishing vessels, cargo and pleasure boats.

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9. Barnstaple

Barnstaple is the main town of North Devon, England and possibly the oldest borough in the United Kingdom. The River Taw flows through the centre of Barnstaple. It has a traditional pannier market as well as fine buildings and attractive narrow streets and alleys.

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10. Ilfracombe

Ilfracombe is a seaside resort and civil parish on the North Devon coast, England, with a small harbour surrounded by cliffs. The seaside town is home to renowned artist Damien Hirst’s famous 20m high sculpture, Verity. This picturesque harbour town is steeped in maritime history and remains one of the key working fishing ports in North Devon

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Which of these North Devon locations is your favourite landscape photography location?

Instagram Aesthetics | Make your Instagram feed stand out

Be creative and make your Instagram feed stand out by the aesthetics you use on your images.

Not only do the aesthetics make your Instagram account stand out,  but having a certain style or aesthetics helps to streamline your upload and editing process, because you will be able to follow the same editing workflow each time. It also creates continuity and cohesiveness for your viewers.

There are plenty of ways you can use the aesthetics to create an identity on your feed such as the style of your photography, the colour palette for your pics, filters, picture layout, photo framing or the order in which you post.

I have selected a few accounts who have a very distinct style to their aesthetics to give you some examples:

 

@alka.lloyd – Dark and Moody landscape/architecture photography

 

@caroline_south – pastel backgrounds – Ombré flat lays

 

@lernak – white framed landscape images

 

@chris_taylor_4 – uploads images from the same location, in sets of three

 

@the_millers_house – Square, framed delicately styled and soft images.

 

@thesculptedvegan – Centred quotes between lifestyle/fitness images

 

@zoepower – alternate, landscape shots – with product/flat lays. Gentle pastel edits.

 

@thewriter – multigrid images

 

@stellamariabaer – neutral, nude and white tones. Minimalist photos.

 

@navutudreamsresort – Quotes, alternating videos and photos.

 

@sascha.vanderwerf – descriptive text followed by double images.

 

@youversion – Fonts, text, quotes.

 

@bespokebride – Vibrant colour pop!

 

@anamarques210376 – minimalist and pastel colours

 

@ncltubeo – dark and moody images

 

 

A place to learn – Education in Cambodia

My trip with Edukid taught me so much about education in Cambodia. On our last day visiting Care For Cambodia schools  with Edukid, we visited a school just outside of Siem Reap. This visit was probably my highlight of the entire trip. The Edukid delegates and children all had a wonderful time. There was so much fun, happiness and laughter. The khmer children fully immersed themselves in our ‘British’ traditional sports day events including a sack race and egg & spoon. The event was finished off with a 1.5km race.

The children were so enthusiastic, cheering each other on and embracing the challenges.

Education in Cambodia - Siem Reap School Sports Day

Sack Race!

Education in Cambodia - Siem Reap School Sports Day

Sack Race!

Education in Cambodia - Siem Reap School Sports Day

Water cup challenge

Education in Cambodia - Siem Reap School Sports Day

Egg and spoon race

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is also the school that left a lasting impression for me and I would like to do something to help.


All of the schools we visited were established beneath the teachers own home – this school was no exception. The red plastic chairs you can see in the pictures (below) were hired in, especially for this sports day event…because the school doesn’t actually have their own tables or chairs. The children are either taught on the floor or the teacher uses his wooden bed frame as a makeshift table. You can see the bed frame in the first picture. 

Education in Cambodia - Care for Cambodia SchoolEducation in Cambodia - Care for Cambodia School Education in Cambodia - Care for Cambodia School

 

 

 

 

 

To buy tables and chairs for this school will cost just £350 and I have pledged to raise the money to fund this for the school. The tables and chairs will be sourced and made within the local village, meaning that the money also goes straight back into the local community.

If you feel compelled to help towards the purchase of the tables and chairs, you can make a donation to my justgiving page and the money will go directly towards helping this school: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kistography

The Education system in Cambodia

 

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”

Nelson Mandela

History of education in Cambodia

Over 40 years ago Cambodia’s education system was destroyed at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, which saw the destruction of all schools and intellectuals were executed. Although, since then the education system has been rebuilt – it still has a long way to go.

According to UNESCO, only 1.6 per cent of Cambodia’s Gross Domestic Product (GNP) is spent on education. The GDP on education in most western countries is anywhere between 5.5 to 6.4 per cent.

The number of children entering education in primary school is increasing and the gender gap is closing, however completion rates for primary and lower secondary school are low. Parents are unable to afford the indirect and direct costs of schooling and many children are required to stay home to help with chores, field work or accessing the labour market.

There is also the problem that due to the insufficient funding, there is a lack of quality education and resources. Much of the education centres around learning by rote – rather than child-led and child-centred teaching practices. Also, children often repeat years and there are many over age children in the primary system who have not transitioned into secondary education. This all contributes to the high drop out rates as children are bored and become unmotivated.

There is also a gap in the provision for early childhood education. Less than 26 per cent of three and five year olds have access to early years development opportunities. Social and languages skills are developed in early childhood and it is important to embrace this stage to facilitate their academic success.

We were lucky to have the opportunity to visit a rural State school in the Preah Sihanouk Province (photos below). The school was closed for the summer holidays but even so – the lack of resources, basic equipment, teaching materials and the state of disrepair was concerning. The library was empty – the books worn, tattered and barely usable. 

Cambodian State School

Cambodian State School Library

Cambodian State School Library

Cambodian State School Library

Cambodian State School Classroom

Cambodian State School Classroom

Cambodian State School Classroom

Cambodian State School Classroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schools are frequently overcrowded so often have two shifts – one set of students in the morning and another in the afternoon.


 

NGO support for education is vital.

 

This is where the work of Edukid and Care for Cambodia comes in. Using the donations they receive they provide supplementary education in their village projects during the afternoon and each child is provided with a school pack which contains everything they need to attend school for that year. Edukid currently supports 2015 children.

It was delightful to witness the children receiving their school packs:

Edukid - Cambodia School packs

Edukid – Cambodia School packs

Me with children receiving Edukid – Cambodia School packs

Edukid - Cambodia School packs

Me with children receiving Edukid – Cambodia School packs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Here are some photos from a few of the CFC run schools we visited during our trip.

CFC school near Phnom Penh

Children enjoying activities in a CFC school near Phnom Penh

CFC school near Phnom Penh

Children enjoying activities in a CFC school near Phnom Penh

CFC school in Preah Sihanouk Province

CFC school in Preah Sihanouk Province

CFC school in Preah Sihanouk Province

CFC school in Preah Sihanouk Province

CFC school in Preah Sihanouk Province

CFC school in Preah Sihanouk Province

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


How you can help:

Through Edukid sponsorship for £20 a month:

  • A school pack containing school bag, uniform and study material for one child
  • One hour’s supplementary education every day after school
  • Supervision and monitoring of the programme both incountry and externally
  • You will receive annual reports, films and lesson plans and further teaching resources.

Download a sponsorship form here

Alternatively you can make a one of donation via my Justgiving pagehttps://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kistography

SOURCES:
https://www.unicef.org/cambodia/3.Education.pdf

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/columns/education-and-its-role-cambodia

http://careforcambodia.org.kh/about-cfc/our-projects/

 

 

 

Saal-Digital – Alu-Dibond wall decor review

I was fortunate to be invited to trial a wall decor product by Saal-Digital

After viewing their impressive range of wall decor products I opted to go for an Alu-Dibond print. 

From their site:

Multi talented Alu-Dibond: rigid, weather resistant and high resolution

The print has an impressive saturation and colourfulness with high resolution and sharpness. It is realized through the newest direct UV printing with 6 colours instead of 4, including light inks, and sixfold UV cure. Even large and monochromatic areas are resplendent in saturated colours and absolute subtlety and fineness.

  • Aluminium composite panel 3 mm (matte)
  • custom size available
  • six-colour UV direct printing, incl. light inks
  • stable, rigid and weather resistant
  • according to format type, aluminium subframe, standard mounting or standoffs available
  • For pros: ICC profile available 

Their software was really easy to use meaning it was a simple and straightforward process to get my design set up. 

The ordering process was extremely easy and the print was delivered within 4 working days of ordering. It was very well packaged. The print comes with stick on mounts for hanging.

I chose a 30 x 45 print of this photo of beach huts I took at Paignton:

Paignton Beach Huts

and here is the finished product on display in my living room:

As you can see the print quality is exceptional and the product feels tough and durable. This would well in an office or on a display as it will endure being knocked, touched and brushed against. The design and colours came out brilliantly.I am extremely happy with the finished product.

WHY IS LIKING PHOTOS ON INSTAGRAM SO IMPORTANT?

[WHY IS LIKING PHOTOS ON INSTAGRAM SO IMPORTANT?]

I try to emphasise how important it is to be an active user on Instagram and to be a serial ‘liker’ is one of the most important factors to growing your followers. I think it’s probably hard for some people to get their head round why this can be so important for you in growing your following, so I thought I’d share an analogy with you to explain it better:

Imagine that you’ve taken one of your stunning, carefully composed photos, printed it off, framed it and then you trek to the middle of Dartmoor and hung it on a tor. At this point, nobody will know it’s there. You might tell your friends and family it’s there. If you’re lucky, occasionally the odd rambler or walker may come past it and see it…and like it! If you’re really, really lucky, they may perhaps tell their friends about it. Apart from ‘chance’ like this, no one actually knows your photo is there (or that you even exist). So, if you want people to know it’s there, you’re going to have to go and find them and let them know you (and your photo) exists!

Instagram has over 700 million, monthly, active users. This is where ‘liking’ comes in – browsing & liking photos on Instagram, particularly ones which align with your style or interest, are your way of letting some of those 700 million users know that you and your account exist. Now you could be totally blatant and go around commenting on every photo you see saying “hey come and check out my feed”…but let’s face it, that’s just cringey and spammy. By ‘liking’ photos you are signalling to them that you exist and it becomes the choice of the Instagrammer whether they come and look at your account.

This method 100% works and probably accounts for the majority of the thousands of followers on my @kistography account. .

Don’t be disingenuous with those likes though!

KISTOGRAM INSTAGRAM SURGERY – ISSUE 1

[KISTOGRAM INSTAGRAM SURGERY – ISSUE 1]

So this question was sent to me by numerous people… “How do I get more followers?”, so I have chosen to make it my first Instagram Surgery session. This is the first of a number of posts where I will provide strategies to increase your following.
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There is no one single way to increase your followers (legitimately and authentically). This is actually the prime reason I decided to write my eBook, because it comes down to a combination of a lot of factors and strategies. I will cover a number of ways in my next few posts. However, probably the main one is….BECOME A SERIAL LIKER!

I spend a LOT of time browsing Instagram and liking photos and would say it is the main contributor in the growth of my account. LIKE! LIKE! LIKE! 
The photos I like will be ones that genuinely interest me and that I do sincerely like. They will be photos that I believe suit my style, interest or niche, or perhaps are an area of photography that inspires me (such as astrophotography…which I am still yet to try) or just an image that appeals to me on whatever level. When you do like photos make sure that you are authentic with the likes you give out and avoid spamming accounts for the sake of it. Don’t like for likes sake, as you will just irritate people. I frequently get lost (virtually) wandering around Instagram liking photos…for HOURS! .