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After a nice long break being Daddy I think it’s time to start shooting proper again

For the last two years I have had a wonderful time with my two daughters, watching them grow. Now that Phoebe is in school, and Robyn gets more devilish I think I might have time to do more shoots. That and get the site back up again!!

Had a lovely shoot yesterday with Ruby and Sammi, Looking forward to having more shoots!

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Exhibition @ the Cube Manchester

So after waiting for what seems like an eternity, from the end of the masters, to actually get a show together we finally have been told that we can have a show at the Cube Gallery in Manchester (http://www.cube.org.uk) Two days to put up for a Four day show called  ”Boundaries: Photographic Conversations with the Global ” open to the public on the 12th september.

Here’s the images that I will be putting up, from my Zambia project on Kabwe, which is the 4th most polluted city in the world.

 Email me if you’d like to come for a private viewing on Thursday the 13th…..

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Twafwane Maize to Learn Program

Maize to Learn Program

WE DID IT!!!

The money has been raised thank to all who donated

Target – £300 Raised -£300

Target – 250 Sacks- Bought – 250 Sacks

£1.20 buys one Sack of unground Maze which can be ground by the school and sold for £6 and pay for children’s continuing education, and the purchase of more maize, a gift that grows

Twafwane schoolTwafwane school

Twanfwane community school in Katondo community Kabwe was started by local teachers to provide education for local children whose families couldn’t afford to send them to the state schools. HIV and Aids infection is very high in Kabwe 1 in 3 and 90% of the children at Twafwane are directly affected by this through the loss of one or both parents.

Katondo community centre, Kabwe

Katondo Community Centre

 

 

 

Twafwane school was started in the local community centre and has grown through kind donations and the hard work of the community to fund the school and the education of the children.

 

 

 

One of the main sources of funding comes through a Maize mill which the school built and runs so that local farmers can grind their maze ready for market.

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 Twafwane now teaches 850 pupils using a purpose-built school with 4 classrooms, until they reach high school age at which point if the child passes their exams they can go on to High school. But they don’t have the funds to go so many will not have the chance to finish their education and with no industry to speak of in Kabwe, after the closure of the mines there is very little hope for employment.

By Raising £300 the peer leaders at Twafwane can buy 250 50kg sacks of un-ground maize from one of the farmer who uses the mill. They can they mill the maize, the children help out in the milling a sacking, and then they can sell the maize to the government for 5 times their investment. That’s right they can make £1500 ( which is 10,500,000 Kwatcha) they can then Buy another 250 sacks of maize and invest in the children’s continuing education for generations.

The portraits below are of the children at Twafwane who you will be helping in the first instant and then many more in the years to come, both the children and the families who will have a better chance with the education that you can provide.

April is the best month to buy Maize!!

Please give to this excellent cause and share with everyone who cares

Tabitha Zulu

Tabitha Zulu

Susan Ntambwa

Susan Ntambwa

Sangwani Mulubwa

Sangwani Mulubwa

Percivia Nkoma

Percivia Nkoma

Oswald Alitili

Oswald Alitili

Natasha Michelo

Natasha Michelo

Morgan Musana

Morgan Musana

Mirriam Zulu

Mirriam Zulu

Mercy Alitili

Mercy Alitili

Max Katchinga

Max Katchinga

Mary Mwenya

Mary Mwenya

Martha Kafoto

Martha Kafoto

Loveness Tanda

Loveness Tanda

Helen Phiri

Helen Phiri

Harriate Nkaka

Harriate Nkaka

Emmanuel Kangwa

Emmanuel Kangwa

Doris Mwale

Doris Mwale

Bupe

Bupe

Brian Mwansas Bwalya

Brian Mwansas Bwalya

Blessing Shancolesha

Blessing Shancolesha

Atha Natalasha

Atha Natalasha

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Carl O'Keeffe MA, ARPS - 04/04/2012 - 20:16

please help by buying one sack of maize.
£1.20 buys one sack 50kg of unground Maize, which can be ground by the school kids and sold for £6 to the Zambian government, this will buy one more bag and contribute to the high school education for the children of Twafwane…… for many years to come.

Hornby Institute Wedding Fair

First wedding fair, and first of the year as we have two more lined up for February.

Here’s Roxanne with the really furry jumper on in the front room of Hornby institute, it a Great building more can be found here,

http://www.hornbycrc.co.uk/

The day was well attended with the trades and had some promising visitors attend.

It was a good learning experience for me, Roxanne has done fairs in the past and knew what to expect from the day, which felt like a day off for me as I wasn’t on the computer all day.

It was good to meet up with other exhibitors and get to know some of the local trades and professions.

Next wedding fair is in Leyland,

 

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Digital Content Delivery

With the increase in portable digital device for photo viewing, the method  for delivering this new product needed looking at. Yes there are DVD’s etc, but they lack archival properties and can be damaged through handling. So we have just taken delivery of our first batch of printed flash cards, these have the benefit of being a lot more robust and with better archival properties to boot. below is a proof sheet of how they look. They feel sturdy in the hand with a nice finish, they fit in a purse or wallet that holds credit cards and have 4Gb of space on them which should cater for all requirements, and then some.

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