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This is the hanging guide for my exhibition at the Format Festival earlier this year.
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Well. I'm just glad the photo I bought from you features :-)
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Paris, October 2010. I had a nap in a nearby field soon after I made this photograph, the only time in all my adventures I stopped for a snooze.
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I may never see this many undeveloped rolls of film lying on my floor ever again.
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It works for me and by the look of it there is a lot of work for you..
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Beijing Subway System

Pros: The passive-aggressive in me really loves shoving people out of the way as they try to board before I get out.

Cons: security checks and scanners at every station. Sometimes I can wander through without being checked, other times I need to shove all my film into my pockets.
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I love the pros too!
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I'm flying out tomorrow for 5 weeks shooting in China, visiting the surrounds of Beijing, Chongqing and Shanghai.

I have 24 days of shooting, 2 days of travel and 5 days of rest and play. I have packed 70 rolls of film, 1 camera, 2 lenses, 6 unread copies of the New Yorker and almost 200 pages of laser-printed maps.

Beyond the structure provided by these absolute certainties, I'm going to be relying on my eye, intuition and blind luck.

I'm more nervous than usual: this trip means a lot to me.

I'm going to make it count.
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Personal project Fabien... would have loved to do Wuhan, maybe next time!
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A few paragraphs on a "new" photograph that I made in Japan earlier this year.

Someone messaged me on Facebook yesterday wondering how/where they could find new (2010, 2011) work from me, and to be honest I'm not sure exactly how to distribute it. Drip feed out snippets through multiple outlets? Hold it all back? I have quite a lot to get through, some mediocre, some average, some pretty good.

http://www.fototazo.com/2011/12/image-hin-chua-boso-peninsula-january.html
Hin Chua: I made this photograph in Japan in January 2011 by the Pacific coast of the Boso Peninsula. I remember waking up at the crack of dawn and stumbling into the nearest 7-Eleven for supplies bef...
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tell me about it, I have been back and forth to the opencast mine and port talbot steelworks. Finding a scene that works for me is challenging :) which is only a good thing.
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I bought Chris Verene's latest book 'Family' on a whim and boy, was it worth it, it's a surprisingly affecting book.

Unlike the plethora of sober and concerned works around the theme of "my XXX YYY",

(where XXX is an adjective such as drunken, dying, mentally disturbed, old, drug addicted or sexually promiscuous and YYY is a family member such as father, mother, uncle, neighbour or grandmother)

'Family', like some of the best examples of the genre (e.g. Larry Sultan, Mitch Epstein, Leonie Hampton) isn't overwhelmed by earnestness or seriousness. There are some wondrously intimate and funny photographs accompanied by some which are terribly sad. The work is also a terrific example of how text can greatly augment a series of photographs. Highly recommended!

Book preview: http://www.photoeye.com/bookstore/citation.cfm?catalog=TT156
Review: http://www.photoeye.com/magazine/reviews/2011/02_12_Family.cfm
Exhibition review: http://dlkcollection.blogspot.com/2010/10/chris-verene-family-postmasters.html
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Chongqing: HOLY SHIT
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Fried Banana with ice cream is popular at Chinese restaurants esp. down under, after a good corn soup & chop suey.
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The browser version of Google Plus is blocked by the Great Firewall of China, but not, it appears, the mobile version (or at least the mobile APIs)!
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You're not too far from a walk I would highly recommend, a street called Yong Ding He Lu, follows a river bed. It's the functional-meets-natural backside of an area of ostentatious bad taste.

Start here at either the Glory Hymen Restaurant or the Manet Club of Beijing.

http://www.iacworldwide.com/display_club.cfm?club_code=X8065

Southwest Corner of Changqingyuan Road
Xingshikou Road, Haidian District
Beijing 100195
tel: 86 10 88469888

Here's the google map if you can view it.http://g.co/maps/rwd6g

Ignoring Google map's clunky, stupid blue line. Starting at A and walking down the main road south toward B through bad taste-ville to the edge of the riverbed, cross a pedestrian bridge. You can't miss it because poor people are afoot using it. Then walk north-west along the river road, Yong Ding He Lu.

Toggling between map and satellite you really see the terrible inaccuracy of the maps, which you've been referring to.

See you soon!
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Pondering the amount of paper I'll need to use for all my China maps: 10 of Beijing, 8 of Chongqing and 6 of Shanghai averaging 8 pages a map.

That's 192 bloody pages!!! Good job I'm Chinese, we don't care about the environment!
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Being a spy is trendy again
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Looking through satellite maps of Shanghai... two observations:

1. I can't believe how much has changed in just 4 years. Well, I can but to see it is just incredible.

2. More "what-the-hell-is-THAT?!" moments than in any other mapping experience that I can remember!
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14:20 - cycling to St Pancras Station for train to Dover, then ferry to France for a bike touring holiday. 14:25 - hit by a red light jumping cyclist. Front wheel warped, rear rack bent out of shape. Holiday wrecked, all my carefully laid plans dashed! 14:30 - still in shock, I realise that London Bicycle Workshop are literally 20 metres away from my accident. I think to myself “oh well, the tour is finished, might as well get the wheel fixed and drown my sorrows” 14:35 - the guys tell me that they can rebuild the wheel quickly. How quickly? In less than an hour and THEY CONVINCE ME that I can still do this tour. While Pete rebuilds the wheel, Jerzy lends me the store computer so I can book a new ferry ticket. 14:40 to 15:20 - as the wheel build occurs, they give me a lot of good advice about various groupsets and bikes. We have a great chat. 15:25 - front wheel build completed, rear wheel re-tensioned, rack bent back into shape, stem adjusted and other bits checked for damage. The only thing that can’t be done is slightly bent handlebars, other than that and a slightly dented tube (thank god for steel frames), the bike is fully functional! To top it off, they only charge me for the wheel build and tell me that I made their afternoon, as they like a bit of a challenge. 17:10 - arrive in Dover, holiday saved. I cannot begin to tell you what a fantastic experience this has been. As far as I’m concerned, these guys now have a customer for life. Places like this need to continue to exist in London! Postscript - exactly a year later, my rear wheel makes unintended contact with a recalcitrant car. As I turn up, Pete mentions what ever happened to me. Well, the answer is now I've had both my front and rear wheels rebuilt by him after traffic accidents. Great job, as always!
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