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A fond farewell

John Macpherson

  I was certain William’s loud wail of protest had reached the ears of the vet in the room above. I could tell by her face when I went upstairs a few moments later she had indeed heard it all. I’d just explained to William what ‘going to sleep’ means when a vet visits to…

From Lesotho to Lewis: observations on Vintage Patronising Crap

John Macpherson

When I was in my early teens, around 1976, I took a wander through a few countries in Southern Africa. “You should visit Lesotho” someone suggested. “Great countryside and the Basotho people are really colourful with their blankets and horses” said another. So I hitchhiked into Lesotho and got a lift with a young Chinese guy…

12 Day all expenses paid film scholarship trip to Kerala with top pro. What’s the catch?

Benjamin Chesterton

Deal of the century? Possibly. Probably. A few years back duckrabbit were invited to Australia to teach the people at travel insurance company World Nomads.  We didn’t want to go. Because way too far. And insurance company. But their Creative Director, Christoper Potter, talked me into it. And I’m glad he did. Because lovely, passionate,…

London drizzle warming up. Must mean it’s time for the duckrabbit summer mini-documentary workshop.

Peter

The duckrabbit summer 2017 mini-documentary production workshop is taking place on the 13th and 14th July in central London.  We pour our years of experience making short films for broadcast, charities and the non-profit sector into two inspiring and energising days. We’ll be covering pre-production, equipment, interviewing, lighting, directing skills and much more in two intensive…

A week like no other.

John Macpherson

  I’ve just had a memorable week. My mum died, and we buried her. That’s the short version. The long version? Well, permit me the indulgence to weave a tale that encompasses laughter, tears, xenophobia, illness, memory and brilliant crystalline light. I’ve decided to do this because a few days ago I stood with my arms around…

I wish you’d listened to your heart

Benjamin Chesterton

Noor’s Nina Berman writing on NYT’s Lens blog: Photojournalist Sandra Hoyn talking to Cosmopolitan about her work in Bangladesh featuring children sold and forced to have sex: Photos from the series published in the Washington Post here. Faces of children blacked out by me, but were there in original photographs. Who has awarded pictures from this body…

LensCulture and the commodification of rape

Benjamin Chesterton

Where to begin? Magnum Photos and LensCulture are running a photo competition. One of those where you give them lots of money and in return if you’re one of  the lucky ones they give you ‘exposure’. Let’s just cut to the chase. There’s no way of dressing this up. In order to promote the competition…

Beyond The Frame

John Macpherson

Photographs are intriguing things. They show you stuff. You can look at a photo and see everything in it. And sometimes when ‘the story in an image’ is not fully visible, you can often look at several related images and gain a more rounded view, understand more about what is being shown. You might think that…

Are you paying attention?

Oliver Sharpe

It’s 2am. I’m sipping peppermint tea from a ‘Doctor Who’ flask. Hunched in my jacket on the platform. It’s -15C, the middle of Siberia in December, and it’s only going to get colder the further we go. The train station is quiet and eerie. The green tint of the floodlights transforms the smoke rising from the ancient…

Word gets around

Benjamin Chesterton

There’s tension in the air. The Democratic Republic of Congo. April 2011. Masisi. Yasuyoshi Chiba and I are working for MSF. Films and photography. The night we arrive at the staff camp one of the surgeons gets up at the team meeting and asks what the fuck we are doing there when what he really needs…

The critic in me. An asshole. An apology.

Benjamin Chesterton

I’ve just arrived at Format Photography Festival and Pete Brook (aka Prison Photography) is manhandling me. I don’t mind. I’ve known Pete online for many years but this is the first time I’ve met the big bearded dude. Bear hugs are permitted. After crushing me we tour the book fair. He wants to know what…

Skye’s The Limit

John Macpherson

Need a wee break from all that Brexit nonsense? This might be for you. Untaxing, easy on the eye and no unforeseen problems. I took a few days off last week and went to the Isle of Skye. For those of you uncertain where Skye is, it lies off Scotland’s west coast. It’s big, the second largest island in…

Islamic Fun………..

John Macpherson

It’s fairly common these days for the word ‘Islamic’ to be followed by that second word ”Fun…’ but continuing with the additional …‘damentalism’ tacked on the end, usually on the front of a newspaper, and going on to tell us why we should all be afraid.  Which is a shame. The notion of a group of…

AHEAD STILL LIES OUR FUTURE – Format Photography Festival

Benjamin Chesterton

I am driving to the Format photo festival in Derby (24 March to 11 June). It’s Saturday morning. The sun is shining. Window down.  I’m listening to Tunnel Vision by Kate Tempest on repeat. She’s angry and she’s brave. I love her for it. And as it turns out she’s the perfect soundtrack to what…

We went to Norway on a shoot. Someone died. This is the story.

Benjamin Chesterton

I don’t like heights. No. You’re not listening. I really don’t like heights. So when Pete asks me to make a film about a wingsuit basejumper who would be chucking himself off a 1KM high cliff in Norway I say yes, but what I really mean is no. On the upside the weather is great,…

“She was ready and actually pushed the tweet button”

Benjamin Chesterton

Three words keep going round my head: ‘She was ready’. Remember them. Then take a look at Dan Wood’s very personal photography project ‘Shoot the damn dog’. The very poignant series documents his wife Kate’s struggle with depression, postnatal depression and post traumatic stress disorder. It’s so raw. It’s got to be hasn’t it? If photography has…