Shopping for Oysters

French gentleman shopping at a French market for fresh oysters.

© Mark Stothard. Buy this image. ref MSP20100530_112648_D3S5669.

The Story and Inside the Darkroom of Legendary Photographer Edward Weston

I can only dream, however, I’m endeavoring to strive to the standard of Edward Weston in my Darkroom that I’m currently building.

This 14-minute youtube video shows how one of the legends of photography processed their photos? Here’s a tour of Edward Weston’s darkroom.

(note: there’s brief nudity).

Visiting Weston’s home with his grandson Kim Weston, photographer Marc Silber of Advancing Your Photography visited Darkroom where so many of Weston’s iconic prints were made.

From this, to this, #darkroom

Back in early summer my new office and darkroom looked like this, full of junk.

Well, I’m happy to say, an hour a day later, the office and darkrooms are now empty of junk.

The builder is coming the first week of October, in 4 weeks time, to give me a new floor, seal the walls and make light tight, ready for me to move analog darkroom and office in after services are installed.

Happy Times 🙂

Become an #Exmoor Patron!

Exmoor4all are looking for “Exmoor Patrons” who can help them keep Exmoor4all going and provide them with the opportunity to develop their platform even further.

For a monthly contribution, from as little as around 80p, you will receive rewards, from DJ Miles Tea & Coffee to special access to information and even a personalised 5* trip to Exmoor. And you will play a significant part in developing Exmoor4all and events like the Exmoor Food Fest.

Here is their story:

Exmoor4all started in 2012 on Facebook and Twitter as a community platform for locals and visitors and everyone else in between and beyond who love Exmoor, the small National Park straddling Somerset and Devon in England’s South West.

Over the past five years, Exmoor4all has grown to a website, an online shop, community events and, of course, other social media platforms. It is taking a lot of time and love and dedication to build up the community (Exmoor4all reaches regularly up to 150,000 people per week, and 75,000 people engage with us on Facebook alone) and this is why they are on Patreon:

The Background Story:

Exmoor4all is run by Elke Winzer. Elke is a single mum with two staaaaarving teenage boys and four dogs and moved to Exmoor from Germany over 15 years ago, but fell in love with the area a very long time before then, with a background in Public and Cultural Relations. A publisher of three books in a previous life in Germany (under the author name Elke Koessling), and have worked as a promoter for musicals, organised concerts, and explored the world as a travel journalist amongst many more things.

Starting Exmoor4all in 2012 as an online community which connects people from all over the world in their love for beautiful Exmoor. Helping local businesses promote their products, publish information about events, and, increasingly so, provide a calming refuge from a scary world out there.

Five years down the track they know that people love what they do. Constant engagement, production of outstanding posts and products, and the provision of assistance (when dogs get lost or owners of cows have to be found) take a lot of time. It is easily a full-time job which so far has been subsidised by taking on “normal” jobs. It would be great if – with your help – Exmoor4all could run full time and provide even more ‘customer service’ than before.

You can become an Exmoor Patron for as little as 80p per month (Patreon operates in US$, but of course your subscription is in GBP if you live in the UK) – and any contribution is not only much appreciated, but also comes with rewards to patrons.

To find out more, please pop over to the Exmoor4all Patreon site and have a look at all the tiers and rewards available:


Exmoor (Green landscape) © Leanna Coles

Highland Cow in the Winter Sun

© Mark Stothard. Buy this image. ref MSP20101205_132539_D3S3145.


Exmoor Tallest Treet

The tallest tree in England has been growing on Exmoor since 1876 and was 60.05 metres when it was last measured in 2009. It also has a trunk estimated to weigh 50 tonnes with a diameter of 1.74 metres.

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Minehead Clock Tower

This iPhone image is of the Clock tower, located on Minehead seafront.

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My New Friend

My small friend that found me photographing an Exmoor Hunt.

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Fun at the Show

Fun and the Dunster Show. Spinning chair merry go round at the funfair.

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Exmoor Hunting Hounds

Exmoor hunting hounds at Porlock Weir.

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Dunster Castle Panoramic

Dunster Castle is a former motte and bailey castle, now a country house, in the village of Dunster, Somerset, England. The castle lies on the top of a steep hill called the Tor, and has been fortified since the late Anglo-Saxon period. After the Norman conquest of England in the 11th century, William de Mohun constructed a timber castle on the site as part of the pacification of Somerset. A stone shell keep was built on the motte by the start of the 12th century, and the castle survived a siege during the early years of the Anarchy. At the end of the 14th century, the de Mohuns sold the castle to the Luttrell family, who continued to occupy the property until the late 20th century.

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