Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Interview: James Spencer, Publican

Thirty-one year old James Spencer spends his days in a pub. As jobs go, this sounds like a pretty good offing. Previously at the helm of a well reputed gastropub, he now runs The Hopbine, a "proper boozer" in the middle of the countryside. It's the kind of place where you feel like a local on your first visit and speak to almost everyone you meet - a rare treat indeed. So how hard a job can it be? What does it take to manage a pub? I caught up with James to find out...

Friday, 1 April 2016

Canada in Pictures - Vancouver

The Rockies had provided an experience a little different from what I had anticipated. A sense of loneliness and isolation marked me. I encountered a refreshing reminder of my own smallness and mortality in contrast with the thunderously grand and ageless mountains. I had expected quaint alpine-like towns rather than the industrial sprawl of Golden and the likes. But that is a large portion of what travel is about, surely? Having your preconceptions altered or smashed entirely and learning that, removed from your daily circumstances, you are still you at the end of the day.

Monday, 14 March 2016

Canada in Pictures - The Rockies & Beyond

Entering the Rockies from Calgary

The name 'Whistler' had for many years represented a dream vacation; an ideal, but not a possible reality. For mountain bikers circa year 2000, Whistler was emerging and making headlines in the bike magazines as 'the Mountain Bike Mecca'. After a few years the thought of making the transatlantic crossing to Western side of Canada drifted into obscurity for reasons many. Until, around this time last year, a simple decision was made. It was never going to become more of a possibility, so if we wanted to do it in this lifetime, it was now or never. 

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Portfolio Updates

Over the past couple of months I've been working towards giving my portfolio website an overhaul, which, at last, is complete. Like a trusty engine, I've stripped it down, simplified it, cleaned it up and updated it. The results are ready for you to take a cheeky peak at

Let me know what you think!

Friday, 22 January 2016

Magwatch: Professional Photography Magazine

Back in November I purchased issue #1 of Future Publishing's Professional Photographer magazine, and yes it has taken until now for me to say anything about it. The fact is, I have very little to say other than that I immediately fell for its large format and clean, graphic design. As a result, the photographs are a decent size and have room to breathe, whilst the features, ranging from the business end through to interviews with high-profile professional photographers (such as Don McCullin and Pal Hansen), provide plenty of insightful brain food. Go grab a copy.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales

Landscape Photography by Jason Wain

At this time of year, we're about as far as one can possibly be from Christmas. So I thought it's about time for a little reminder, even if only tenuously. I spent last Christmas with my family in a cottage in the Yorkshire Dales and it made for a wonderful time indeed. On the morning of Christmas Day, my brother and I arose early and went out to capture the rolling landscapes as they were graced with the first rays of sun, a light which, on this morning, was reminiscent of the hopeful message of the light that came into the world about 2000 years ago. Some of the photos here are from that shoot, bar the one above which was taken the day before.