Well I was off to a good start with my blog, managing to post every few days and then it all stopped. I've already learnt that keeping up blogs is not an easy thing to do in a busy life. Sorry if you were waiting for more. Anyway, I'm back, so what's happened since I was photographing rainbows? Well, I was planning on pitching ideas to Autumnwatch to make one of my landscape films and I only managed to get one idea together, which was too similar to something else they already had, so I lost out there. I was too late and too thin on the ground. You should really always have a few ideas on the table and have them out there very early. Unfortunately I was rather distracted putting on my photography exhibition and building a web-site for the shop.
Not pleased to be missing out with a film but very pleased to be doing my morning show for Autumnwatch Extra. I'll be broadcasting live from the new AW location at WWT Caerlaverock everyday for sunrise. This is a show I really enjoy presenting as its so real. I get to share the arrival of dawn out in the natural world as it happens. Glorious. I do of course feel the pressure of it being a live and unscripted show, its a bit like being a sports presenter I guess, you know who your stars are likely to be but you're never quite sure whats going to happen. I have to make sure I am well prepped on the all species that are likely to turn up and of course on the landscape around me. But what a gift of a job, I'll hope you'll join me there, 2nd - 5th November.
I've also been talking with the BBC Natural History Unit development team about turning the live show into a "slow tv" series for BBC 4. There are so many places I could do that show from it seems a shame to only do it once a year for Autumnwatch.
TV aside my photography exhibition "The Light on The Sea" has been great so far, it's been very very well received and 4 out of the 9 images have sold in the first week so I'm chuffed with that. (and i sold the rainbow pic above) It's made up for the loss of the Autumnwatch film to some degree and it needed the time and attention to make it work. It took 3 different attempts at framing the work to frame it correctly. I think people vastly underestimate the importance of the right frame when it comes to all art and finding someone who can do it well is not easy. The exhibition is up until mid November so if you can get down to Deal and see it in the shop then please do.
Talking of shop, i've been designing a new website for it. It's not finished yet as only about 20% of the products are on there but you can have a sneaky look if you like at www.taylorjonesandson.co.uk Its only a small shop but crikey there's a lot stuffed in and photographing it all to get online is a monumental task. Better get it done before Christmas though, hopefully by then I'll be making a BBC Winterwatch film though, and getting some ideas to the team is exactly what I'll be doing this week, in PLENTY of time!