1. Joseph Romero is a fisherman from Guiuan, the first place that typhoon Haiyan struck land in the Philippines on November 8, 2013.

    After days of searching for musicians, singers, or any type of music-maker who could provide some kind of soundtrack for a couple of short films I was making, I met Joseph.

    It soon became clear that Joseph had written a song directly about the typhoon, and that it was pretty great. His song had been played on the emergency radio station Radyo Bakdaw and when he started to play, children just poured out of the surrounding houses and started singing along!

    It was one of those moments that had to be shared, so I caught what I could of Joseph’s song in the little time we had with him.

    —> Here it is, with translation from the original Waray. Enjoy!



    A group of Cub Scouts from Lincolnshire decided to write letters to children in Tacloban City to show their support to those affected by typhoon Haiyan, extend their friendship and ask about their experiences.

    Children from San Jose Central School in Tacloban City, Philippines, one of the most severely affected schools in the region, wrote back.

    Barbie (10), Arrianne (11) and Rolly James (12) read aloud the letters they wrote back to their new friends in England.


  3. Today, after spending a week in Manila helping set up a hub for Integral Disaster Response, we arrived in Tacloban City. 

    A week of UN security updates, meetings with NGOs working in the field, and partner briefings provided plenty of information about the situation, but inevitably fell short of preparing us for what we saw when we landed. 

    We were met by partners, World Renew, at the airport with its few remaining walls and then given a quick tour around before checking in at a local hotel. 

    This is just a brief update with a few of the images I took around the city this afternoon. Tomorrow I’ll be travelling to Guiuan in Samar to find out a bit more about how people are coping outside of the city, almost three months after typhoon Haiyan struck.


  4. lukeleighfield:

    Luke goes to Cleveland

    Friends, I’m excited to announce that I’m making a new record! But I can’t do it without you. 

    I’m planning to go to the USA in March to record with a producer called Jim Wirt. Jim’s recorded some of my favourite bands, like Jack’s Mannequin, The Rocket Summer and Something Corporate. He’s incredible. 

    I’ve created a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds to make the record. There are loads of rewards on offer, like handwritten lyric books, disposable cameras filled with photos from the studio, Skype concerts, house shows, and loads more. 

    Click play to watch the campaign video on Kickstarter, and get all the details.

    Thanks for your support over the past few years. 2014 is going to be awesome!


    This Saturday I threw together a very quick video for my good friend Luke’s Kickstarter campaign. Check it out and, if you can, help us get to Cleveland to make his new album. 


  5. Taken in Istanbul, November 2013.


  6. liveforothers:


    "Advent, for me, is tinged with suspense. Not in a Hitchcockian, shadows and screechy strings kind of way, but in a slow, lingering sense of the word.

    Pregnancy, overland journeys, the shepherd’s night watch, furtive meetings with kings. The landscape of advent is cinematic and brooding. Full of high stakes and unexpected plot lines. And the no-room-at-the-inn moment carries a whiff of both the tragic and the comic about it.

    But the suspense of advent progresses at a donkey’s pace. A slow-burning accumulation of excitement and anticipation, of hope, anxiety and wonder.

    So why this picture of the seashore? When thinking about advent I remembered the Portuguese word saudade which is often translated into something like ‘longing’ or a sense of missing someone or thing. But its meaning in Portuguese is far more complex than that. Its roots are intertwined with the maritime heritage of Portugal: saudade conjures a multifaceted sense of the oceanic passions and emotions of migrating away from family, home and familiar lands. And contained within this, the hope of a return. Saudade is staring out at the infinite sea, and longing to be reunited with the subject of your love.

    This photograph popped through my letter box this week. I took the picture over six months ago on an old medium format film camera in Wales. From conception to birth, this picture has been hiding away for quite a while. I could pick the image apart technically and compositionally, but something about the waiting has made me treasure it. And maybe it isn’t the best comparison to the advent story, but I feel like there’s something of advent in it.

    So here’s my advent picture of a beach. Happy waiting!”

    A little something I wrote for the Bless Advent Calendar. 


  7. Some newish portraits that I’ve just had developed, taken during 2012-2013.

    Shot on a Mamiya 645.


  8. Really happy that my old university department is using one of my images on the Transnational Studies brochure. I can thoroughly recommend the course!


  9. Clapham and Greenwich. 


  10. Many believe that this move from fixed to fluid is not exactly new, and instead a return to the oral cultures of much earlier eras. Danish academic Thomas Pettitt’s theory is that the whole period after Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press - of moveable type, the text, the 500 years of print-dominated information, between the 15th and the 20th centuries - was just a pause; it was just an interruption in the usual flow of human communication. He calls this the Gutenberg Parenthesis. The web, says Pettitt, is returning us to a pre-Gutenberg state in which we are defined by oral traditions: flowing and ephemeral.