Apologies and explanations

Once again, dear readers, I have to apologise for my blogging silence. But this time I have a pretty foolproof excuse (see image above).

In fairness I can't blame my recent wedding entirely for the lack of posting as there is another happy event that has kept me busy for the other half of the summer: FOAM magazine's annual Talent issue. I was asked to do all the Q&As with the fifteen contributing photographers, which was an excellent experience as there are never enough opportunities to sit down with photographers and ask them a bunch of questions about their work and a lot of the work featured in this issue I would most likely never have discovered otherwise. With photo-blogs I find that we too often just gravitate towards things that we take an instant liking to and too often end up overlooking interesting work that doesn't immediately resonate with us, so being presented with a really broad cross-section of work from all different fields and styles and trying to engage with all of it is an experience that I highly recommend. As a bonus, I'm not the only blogger to feature in the issue, as I understand that Mrs Deane has also contributed a text... two virtual salmon swimming upstream into the world of the printed page. The magazine is going to be released this week so keep an eye out for it at your local photobook store. And more to the point, keep an eye out here as eyecurious gets cranked back into action.

A bad father... and a Japanese giveaway

I have just realised that eyecurious turned 1... about 3 weeks ago. I have never been good at remembering birthdays (thank you Facebook for stepping in to fill that breach), but to forget your own offspring's birthday is a little unforgiveable. I thought I would use this momentous occasion to ask you readers if there is anything you would like more or less of on eyecurious. More book or exhibition reviews? Less random musings on the state/future of photography? More info on lesser known photographers? Please put your ideas in the comments... all suggestions are welcome! I will be picking one commenter at random to give away a little package of Japanese photographic goodness. This won't be anything too fancy but it will include a few publications on different photographers. I will pick a winner on Monday 26th April (please provide your email address when commenting so I can get in touch).

Photobook swap

I have decided to attempt a photobook swap over on eyecurious books etc. I have a few books (mainly Japanese photobooks) in duplicate and I feel that it's only fair to find them a new home. I've already posted a few of the books that I have available for exchange and there will be more to come in the next few days. If you see anything that interests you and have something to swap, then get in touch.

Guest 'curator' on Bite! magazine

Bite! Magazine

A few months ago, Diederik Meijer asked me to guest 'curate' (staying true to my post on curating, I have to use those quote marks since this is more editing than curating... but I digress) a week of Japanese photography over on Bite! magazine. It has taken far longer than I thought it would to get it all together but the week starts today with Koji Onaka's Tokyo Candy Box, so please take the time to check it out.