Moving mess

I realized that the photos I’ve been putting on craigslist to sublet my apartment are really old, and after the spring/summer decorating the place looks completely different now. I still want to do more work. For example, the flooring in the dining room (I want nice wooden floors instead of carpets, but I don’t have the time or motivation to do that now, and the old floor was so shit it had to be covered with something), and I still want to put a fireman’s pole from the bedroom to the living room area. Also, the photos in the dining room are still not any kind of final choice, and now I’ve blown some images up larger as tests, I’m not happy with the cheap frames.

Today I moved various amounts of mess around, and took photos that will hopefully encourage people to want to stay here while I’m away. The reality is that I’ve got juggling clubs strewn across the floor, and the couch looks more like an office with all the papers and books than somewhere to sit.

So if anyone wants to swap places to live, I’m looking for somewhere in New York for most of September…












Photographing Jugglers – my journey

Inspired by an email, I’ve decided to share a bit about taking photographs of jugglers.

Back in 2000 I attended the British Juggling Convention, and I took along a digital camera, and I put a few hundred images on my website. My website grew into one of the most popular juggling website over the next three years, for many non-photography related reasons, but it started by posting convention photos.

A photo from BJC 2001 in Cardiff.

I kept this up until 2003 when, due to an animation I made going viral, my web server crashed and never recovered. I stopped taking so many photos, and writing up long reviews about conventions, and concentrated on my new job as a professional juggler.

This animation fucked my website.

Then, in 2007 because I was traveling so much, I bought a DSLR camera to document all the places I visited. My photography skills slowly improved, until I actually considered myself to be a pretty decent photographer, rather than just one of the first jugglers with a digital camera, a website, and lots of free time.

In 2009 I decided to make daily photo blog posts from the EJC. I did this because unlike previous years, I had no official organizing duties, and wanted a goal to fulfill for the convention. I got a good reaction on my blog, and was very proud of the photos I captured.

However, taking photos of people juggling isn’t something I’d practiced much, as I was far more used to photographing animals, cities, landscapes, interesting local people and other travel subjects. I had more practice by photo blogging at the Sundance Turkish Juggling Festival 2009, and worked out better work flows, to get images from my camera to the internet more quickly.

Up until this spring, I just posted my photos on my blog. The point of my blog is to post everything I create or do, including music, videos, photography, writing, reading, philosophizing, etc. It gives me a lot of control over presentation, but isn’t well suited for people to respond. Leaving comments on a blog isn’t hard, but I must admit it’s something I very rarely do.

Then I was invited to photograph the House Of Intrika fashion show at the Berlin Juggling Convention this year. Lots of my friends took part so instead of just posting the photos on my blog, I put them on Facebook too. The response, compared to an average blog post, was overwhelming. In two days I had well over 200 comments and “likes”, and dozens of people involved, or who had friends involved, added me as a friend.

So this year, at the EJC in Finland, even though I had to organize six shows in six days, I decided to carry my camera with me as much as possible. Along with two revelations, one technical and one philosophical, I suddenly enjoyed taking photos during shows, rather than hating and avoiding it. Trying to strike a balance between taking great photographs and simply documenting what is happening is difficult, but I expect it to get easier as I continue to get better at effortlessly capturing magical moments.

I posted the resulting photos to my blog and Facebook every night, and once again I got an amazing response. I could hardly keep up with all the commenting and liking and photo tagging, as hundreds came in every day. Also, by the end of the convention, I had hundreds of new Facebook friends.

Another result, or at least an indicator that I’m getting better at photography, is that four juggling magazines have asked permission to use my photographs in their articles or as front cover images. Pretty cool!

Thanks for reading, and thanks for coming along with me on this journey.


Every EJC 2010 photo with links to high resolution versions.

Many people on Facebook and elsewhere are asking for full resolution versions of my EJC photos. The best way to view the photos quickly is by using Facebook, as that way you can see who is tagged in each photo. The other way is to go to each individual blog post, and scroll through them all in a suitable size.

Finally, a thumbnail of every photo is posted below. Only these thumbnails link to the full size files, not the other images on my blog or Facebook. If you see a photo on facebook or the blog posts you like, find it here to download the original. Alternatively, here is the entire list of every photo.

All photos are released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License. That means you can use the photos for non-commercial reasons, as long as you give me credit and link back to this website. For any other use, email me.

On Facebook:
EJC 2010 day 0 – setting up the festival site.
EJC 2010 day 1 – Saturday 24th July
EJC 2010 day 2 – Sunday 25th July – Opening Show, Marco and Wes
EJC 2010 day 3 – Monday 26th July
EJC 2010 day 4 – Open stage show and Compagnie Ea Eo
EJC 2010 day 5 – Wednesday 28th July
EJC 2010 day 6 – Thursday 29th July
EJC 2010 day 7 – Friday 30th July
EJC 2010 day 8 – Gala Show

On my blog:
EJC 2010 day 0 – setting up the festival site.
EJC 2010 day 1 – Saturday 24th July
EJC 2010 day 2 – Sunday 25th July – Opening Show, Marco and Wes
EJC 2010 day 3 – Monday 26th July
EJC 2010 day 4 – Open stage show and Compagnie Ea Eo
EJC 2010 day 5 – Wednesday 28th July
EJC 2010 day 6 – Thursday 29th July
EJC 2010 day 7 – Friday 30th July
EJC 2010 day 8 – Gala Show


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EJC 2010 day 8 – Gala Show photos

Last night, after the party on the hill, I finally got to bed at 11am. I woke at 3pm and made it to the hall at 4pm. After food and chatting and hanging out, it was suddenly time for the Gala Show!

I began by doing a “Not The EJC Gala Show” show for the live streaming, then switched to taking photos from back stage. After the show I avoided anything important, and went to bed the earliest of any night of the convention so far. It was a very lazy last day of the convention.

Enjoy these Gala Show photos!