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About tomsprints

I am a Masters athlete and freelance photographer living in Kent, in Great Britain. I'm a sprinter. As well as competing, my camera and I work regularly for the British Masters Athletics Federation and the European and World Masters Athletics organisations. For pleasure, I'm (principally) a landscape photographer. I have been blessed with the chance of spending quite a lot of time in the European Alps in the last 30 years. My web site is a vehicle for a my photographic work, and is at http://www.tomphillipsphotos.co.uk I run two blogs. One is about what it's like to be an older athlete ( http://tomsprints.wordpress.com ) and the other is basically about my photography ( https://ablogscape.wordpress.com ), although they occasionally overlap. I had a run-in with severe depression a few years ago, but seem to be coming out the other side now. However, I'm also having to come to terms with being diagnosed with the early stages of a degenerative sight condition. Not good for a photographer!

The Colours of the Rainbow

It really pains me to find that I’ve not posted anything here since April. That’s six months ago! It certainly isn’t for want of opportunity. I can only really claim “other demands on my time” as some kind of excuse. … Continue reading

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Pain or Paradise?

  I’ve been back from my most recent trip to the charming crumbliness that is Venice for about a week now, and it’s time I put some thoughts in this blog. I have never really been one to write traditional … Continue reading

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New Beginnings

The “star” of the last episode of this blog was my big Zenza Bronica GS-1 medium format camera. However, that brute has a slightly smaller brother, and by coincidence, he’s about to undergo some road-tests after rather a long period … Continue reading

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“And He Marched Them Down Again…”

This instalment of the blog isn’t about Venice, nor about mobile phone photography, some may be relieved to hear! No, it’s a little bit of a trip down memory lane that needs to be read in conjunction with this episode … Continue reading

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Through a Window

Another Venice blog. Proof of the spell my recent visit to “La Serenissima” cast on me. Oh, and also evidence I’ve had a little bit of time on my hands this year over the Christmas period! I wrote in the … Continue reading

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Comfort & Joy

  Stand by. This is another Venice-related blog. Well, despite a pleasant pre-Christmas week in a cold and mostly overcast Derbyshire, Venice is where my photographic heart and soul has been for the past few weeks, since we returned from our … Continue reading

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Me, Myself, I

I promised you a follow up to may last blog, once the trip to Venice and Padua was done. This is it. Thanks for your patience. I liked our time in Padua (Padova to the Italians), mostly for the sumptuous … Continue reading

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Down To The Waterline

I’ve not written about Italian things for quite a while here. I’ll put that to rights now. Venice and Siena vie for the honour of being my two most favourite cities, anywhere. Venice just wins, I think, mostly by dint … Continue reading

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Riding on a Railroad

It’s strange the memories and stuff that come at you when you revisit somewhere you’ve not been for a while. It’s several years since I spent time in Chamonix, “capital” of the French Alps. I passed through ten days ago, … Continue reading

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Lonesome Road

I was asked an interesting, though perhaps impertinent question recently. A friend asked “When do you think you were in your prime?” The impertinence is, of course, in the assumption that I might not think I’m there yet! I managed … Continue reading

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