Pattern Recognition

by Dhamaka

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"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"........ Albert Einstein

My new dance photography blog, DanceTog is here

My formal G20Voice blog is here

"When you're standing on a comfortable rug, you have to expect it to be pulled from under your feet sometimes"
........ Ben Moor
Global Warming - the debate

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This is my personal blog, not a venue for saleable images. In fact, because it's here that I share things that are important to me with the members of the moblog community, photo quality's not my priority. Events, occasions, achievements, thoughts, trips and experiments - you'll find them all here. Contact me for the development version of my photo portfolio, for a selection of saleable images or visit my dance photography blog or my website for cuttings. And remember that all photos remain my copyright unless I've specifically said otherwise.

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"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle I no longer despair for the future of the human race"
........ H G Wells

"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better"
........ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Luck favours the prepared mind"
........ Louis Pasteur

"Never to get lost is not to live, not to know how to get lost brings you to destruction, and somewhere in the terra incognita in between lies a life of discovery."
........ Rebecca Solnit

"Give, give, give -- what is the point of having experience, knowledge or talent if I don't give it away? Of having stories if I don't tell them to others? Of having wealth if I don't share it? I don't intend to be cremated with any of it! It is in giving that I connect with others, with the world and with the divine."
........ Isabel Allende

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs - ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
........ Harold Thurman Whitman

"The real voyage of discovery consists not of seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes...."
........ Marcel Proust

"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.. you have no such accurate remembrance of a country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle...."
........ Ernest Hemingway

"Ambition leads me not only father than any other man has been before me, but as far as I think it is possible for man to go."
........ James Cook

"The grand show is enternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapour is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls."
........ John Muir

"The bicycle is the most civilised conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart."
........ Iris Murdoch

"Photography for me is not looking, it's feeling. If you can't feel what you're looking at, then you're never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your picture...."
........ Don McCullin

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Meet the Fokkens

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I spent the morning acting as translator for the two 70 year-old Dutch prostitutes when they came to London to appear in ITV's This Morning. They didn't really need me, and were lovely ladies.

It was rather surreal.

Next time they're in London I've promised to take them out for an English cream tea.

Manitoba, August 2012

a lovely bunch of people and a fantastic press trip

Heh! Jose of Circolombia at The Mayor's Thames Festival

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So pleased with this shot
The guy was incredible

I'll be blogging more on my blog

Carnival! with @PoisonUK #NottingHillCarnival

I had a great time yesterday and will be posting photos on my danctog blog ( the next few weeks. Ultimately the experience will go into an article, hopefully for Dance Today. Meanwhile, here's a taster of images not yet posted elsewhere.

Akademi at Arts In Parliament

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It's still incredibly busy, but I'm hoping to post more here. This is from the Akademi Community Performance at Westminster Hall, the first time a public dance performance has been held in Parliament.
I've shared more in my dance photography blog, and discussed the most moving post at

Musicians at Escuela de Baile School Show

I'd have liked to have put them on my blog, but they're not dancers...

Streb Surprise - 7:30 am at Millennium Bridge

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Got up at 5am to take this. If you're interested in shooting or seeing the other ones they're doing around London today follow @SurprisesSTREB

Night at the Radisson Mercer Street

I won a night in a suite at and took my nieces

these are taken in the cocktail bar and over a room service dinner