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The Togcast Photography Podcast
33 minutes | Dec 10, 2021
Jim Mortram - Photography for Change pt.3/3 - Final Togcast Episode
For our final ever episode we welcome Jim Mortram to The Togcast. Jim is a British social documentary photographer and writer based in Norfolk. His ongoing photographic work Small Town Inertia records the lives of a number of disadvantaged and marginalise people living near to his home. We chat to Jim about the power of photography to bring change in society. We also discuss how his photography has brought change to the people he works alongside, and to himself. Be sure to follow Jim on Twitter (@JAMortram) or via smalltowninertia.co.uk This episode concludes our mini-series discussing 'Photography for change' and is the final Togcast ever. Many thanks to all of you who have listened over the years. -------------------------- The Togcast was co-created by Sam Gregory and Paul Sanders. Many thanks to all the guests and listeners who helped us to rack up over 500,000 downloads and lots of fun memories. To find out more about Sam Gregory you can visit his website: https://www.samgregory-photography.com And for more on Paul Sanders, please visit: https://www.discoverstill.com ------------------------- Finally a big thanks to Fotospeed (https://fotospeed.com) and WEX Photo Video (https://www.wexphotovideo.com) for sponsoring the show over the years.
36 minutes | Nov 26, 2021
Robin Hammond - Witness Change - Photography for Change pt.2/3
We're delighted to be joined by award-winning photojournalist Robin Hammond to discuss the power of photography to bring change, and the fantastic work of his non-profit organisation Witness Change. Their mission statement reads "Stigmatized people are often excluded from their own stories. We use visual storytelling to support these people as they reclaim the narratives of their lives to achieve necessary change such as influencing policies, attitudes and behaviours that affect them." Robin is a National Geographic Explorer and his career recognition includes the winning of two World Press Photo prizes, the RF Kennedy Journalism Award, six Pictures of the Year International Awards, the W.Eugene Smith Award for Humanistic Photography, the recipient of six Amnesty International awards for Human Rights journalism and being named by Foreign Policy as one of the 100 Leading Global Thinkers. Check out more on Witness Change via their website: www.witnesschange.org and see more about Robin via www.robinhammond.co.uk --------------------------- We'll be back for the final ever Togcast episode in a couple of weeks featuring Jim Mortram - don't miss it! The Togcast is hosted by Sam Gregory (www.samgregory-photography.com)
32 minutes | Nov 12, 2021
Toby Smith - Climate Visuals - Photography for Change pt.1/3
In the first of the final 3 Togcast episodes (ever!) we chat with photographer Toby Smith about ClimateVisuals.org and the power of photography to affect and influence change in the field of climate change. Toby has had work published with National Geographic, the New York Times, BBC, The Guardian, The Sunday Times and the Royal Geographic Society to name just a few. Toby and the Climate Visuals team have competed lots of research exploring how viewers react to and understand imagery around the climate change topic. This has led to a range of recommendations from Climate Visuals to help content creators and editors to ensure compelling images are used in the best way to connect with different audiences. We hope you enjoy this episode, you can find out more about Climate Visuals and their research on this page, and you can see Toby's work via his website. The Togcast is hosted by Sam Gregory (https://www.samgregory-photography.com)
38 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
In Focus: Photography in Higher Education
In this 'In Focus' episode we're talking about photography in higher education, both studying and teaching. We've talked to students, ex-students, tutors and mature returners to get a picture of the photographic degree scene. There are a number of photography courses and options for studying for both young adults and mature students. In this episode we wanted to get a feel for a photography degree course, how to find the right one, what the role of the tutor is and what you might expect to do afterwards. Contributors: Big thanks to the following for contributing to the show: Lottie Davies: lottiedavies.com Lucy Cooksley: lucycooksley.com Victoria Cooke: vcphotography.website Sarah Blandford: sarahblandford.com Phil Hill: philhillphotography.com If you're interested in exploring a degree in photography we'd recommend checking out UCAS.com for more information on courses and locations. The Togcast is recorded, edited and mixed by Sam Gregory. Thanks for listening!
25 minutes | May 20, 2021
Bonus Episode: Helen Iles (Mountain & Coastal Safety)
We wanted to share the full interview with Helen Iles from our recent 'In Focus' episode because it goes into more detail about staying safe whilst out in the landscape. Big thanks to Helen for sharing her knowledge and experience with us. If you want to download a free copy of her Kit PDF please visit: https://www.thetogcast.com/latest-episode Patreon Bonus Content & Support We are now on Patreon sharing extra content including full interviews for all the In Focus episodes, bonus videos discussing various elements of photography, behind the scenes mini-podcasts, photo-walks and much more. Check out https://www.patreon.com/thetogcast to get involved from just £4 per month!
44 minutes | May 1, 2021
In Focus: Staying Safe & Being Prepared
In this second 'In Focus' episode we put the spotlight on staying safe whilst out photographing in the wild places and urban spaces of the world. With stories of what can go wrong, and plenty of advice on how to be prepared, hopefully this episode will remind us all to plan suitably when heading out locally or further afield with our camera. Staying Safe & Being Prepared Many thanks to Doug Chinnery, Helen Iles, Magnus Lindbom, Simon Calder and Tom Hall (Lonely Planet) for their contributions. Do check out their websites to see more of their work and be sure to follow them all on social media. Helen Iles has kindly shared her personal kit & apps recommendation in PDF form to download from the Togcast website. Please visit https://www.thetogcast.com/latest-episode to download for free. Get More Podcasts & Videos on Patreon By joining our ISO Club on Patreon you don't just help support our main show (which is a big job to collate!) but you also allow us to spend time creating bespoke, useful, inspiring and behind-the-scenes content - just for you! We have 3 tiers of support, starting at just £4 per month. Your support makes it possible for us to dedicate time to make all this extra bonus content and keep pushing the quality of our main episodes higher and higher :) Get access to the full interviews from each ‘In Focus’ episode A bonus monthly podcast from Sam & Paul Video discussions about various aspects of photography Behind the scenes audio updates Join our free photo-walks & workshops
25 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
Bonus Episode: Kieran Dodds - Photojournalist
Here's another of the full interviews we conducted for our recent 'Snapshot of a Pandemic' episode. In this podcast its Kieran Dodds, an award-winning photojournalist. Check out more of his work here: https://www.kierandodds.com SUPPORT US ON PATREON We're also very excited to announce the launch of our ISO Club on Patreon. There are 3 levels of support starting at just £4 per month. If you enjoy what we do and want more of it then head over to https://www.patreon.com/thetogcast to check out the ways you can access extra episodes, bonus content, livestream videos and more.
25 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Bonus Episode: Stuart McGlennon Interview - Full Version
We're going to be sharing some of the full interviews we conducted for our recent 'Snapshot of a Pandemic' episode. First up is our chat with Lake District based photographer and gallery owner Stuart McGlennon. Check out more of his work here: https://www.lensdistrict.com SUPPORT US ON PATREON We're also very excited to announce the launch of our ISO Club on Patreon. There are 3 levels of support starting at just £4 per month. If you enjoy what we do and want more of it then head over to https://www.patreon.com/thetogcast to check out the ways you can access extra episodes, bonus content, livestream videos and more. Thanks for listening, we'll be back next week with another full interview from our Snapshot of a Pandemic episode.
51 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
In Focus: Snapshot of a Pandemic
Welcome back to the first of our new style ‘In Focus’ episodes. Each month (on the 1st) we will release one new ‘In Focus’ episode focussing on specific topics within the photography world. There will also be bonus episodes in-between so stay subscribed via your favourite podcast app to get all the latest episodes. Snapshot of a Pandemic This first ‘In Focus’ episode features the story of 10 figures in the photography world over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. We talk about their first reactions, how they’ve had to adapt and diversify and their thoughts on an uncertain future. This covers areas of their business, their personal life and most importantly their photography. The Contributors: A huge thanks to all ten contributors to this episode. Check out their work via the website links below: Adrian Beasley: www.abeasley.org Nigel Danson: www.nigeldanson.com Lottie Davies: www.lottiedavies.com Kieran Dodds: www.kierandodds.com Lynn Fraser: www.lynnfraserphotography.com Finn Hopson: www.finnhopson.com Sarah Jones: www.cambrianphoto.co.uk Ciaran McCrickard: www.mccrickardphotography.co.uk Stuart McGlennon: www.lensdistrict.com Margaret Soraya: www.margaretsoraya.com
7 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
We're Back! What Happened & What's Next...
After 6 months away...we're back! Firstly with this short interlude episode where we apologise for our absence and explain what happened, and what's next. Excitingly, our new 'In Focus' series will be starting on Thursday 1st April so stay subscribed for the next era of the Togcast Photography Podcast - bigger & better than ever before! Stay in touch via social media and www.thetogcast.com Thanks for your patience and for coming back, we'll speak to you soon :) Sam & Paul
38 minutes | Jun 4, 2020
#78 - with Martin Andersen (Documentary)
In this episode we catch up with documentary photographer Martin Andersen and chat about his recent project & accompanying book ‘Can’t Smile Without You’. Martin is a photographer, art director and designer. His photography work has been published and exhibited internationally in China, France, Japan, Mexico, UK and USA. His professional life has seen him involved in lecturing, running his own creative studio and even producing films and programming for major TV channels. In our interview, Paul chats with Martin about his ‘Can’t Smile Without You’ body of work. This 248 page hardback book documents the final few years of Tottenham Hotspur fans at White Hart Lane and on their travels to various football matches. The black & white imagery takes us inside the committed fan base and up close and personal with the modern football journey in a timeless fashion. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Many thanks to Fotospeed for supporting the show as ever. We'll be back in 2 weeks with photographer Keron Psillas discussing her work picturing Lusitano horses around the world, and a committed and serious project around the Holocaust.
48 minutes | May 21, 2020
#77 - with Prof.Tim Allott (Landscape)
In this episode we chat with Professor Tim Allott about the relationships between the physical landscape and photography. As a Professor of Physical Geography, Tim brings his own unique view to the landscape and thoughts on how we represent it visually. Recorded live at South Manchester Camera Club, this is an interesting look at how our landscape works, how we interact with it and of course how we decide what ends up in our frame and why. DON’T MISS: Our next livestream webinar with Rachael Talibart is on SUNDAY MAY 31st via our Facebook Page. Many thanks to Fotospeed for supporting the show as ever. We'll be back in 2 weeks with documentary photographer Martin Andersen discussing his ‘Can’t Smile Without You’ photo project.
30 minutes | May 7, 2020
Bonus Episode - with Charlie Waite
We’re back with a small ‘bonus episode’ featuring Charlie Waite. In this episode we discuss the origins of ‘Landscape Photographer of the Year’ (lpoty.co.uk) with Charlie. We reflect on how the competition has developed over the last 13 years, how it has positively impacted the lives of many photographers, and much more. We also get to quiz Charlie on some of the criticisms of competitions and get his thoughts on how the landscape genre has evolved over the last two decades and its position in the media world. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Many thanks to Fotospeed for supporting the show and our media partner Landscape Photographer of the Year. We'll be back in 2 weeks with an episode recorded Live at South Manchester Camera Club, featuring Prof. Tim Allott. In the intro of this episode Sam mentions his new ‘MESOZOIC’ book, this is available via: http://www.samgregory-photography.com/mesozoic-book
66 minutes | Apr 23, 2020
#76 - with Verity Milligan
We’re delighted to welcome Verity Milligan to the show this week. Verity is an extremely well respected photographer and educator covering a variety of disciplines. Her creative streak and connection to her subjects is clearly visible in her emotive landscape imagery, and we discuss this love of the outdoors with the need to still be versatile with commercial work as well. This is a great deep dive into her motivations and challenges, as well as tackling some hot topics around current themes. We discuss the speed of change in the digital world, strategies for coping and thriving in that environment, and the importance of the universal experience with image sharing. ------------------------------------------------------------- WEBINAR: Check out our Webinar with Verity on Sunday, May 3rd (8pm-9pm) via TheTogcast.com/webinars Many thanks to Fotospeed for supporting the show and our media partner Landscape Photographer of the Year. We'll be back in 2 weeks with an episode recorded Live at South Manchester Camera Club, featuring Prof. Tim Allott.
47 minutes | Apr 5, 2020
#75 - with Michael Pilkington (Infrared + Black & White Photography)
In this episode Paul chats with landscape photographer & tutor Michael Pilkington. Michael is co-founder of the popular workshop company Aspect2i and particularly loves black & white and infrared photography. We dig into some of the techniques and tips for shooting infrared in a creative way and also discuss Michaels thought processes with printing and capturing images in the field. We'll be back in 2 weeks with Verity Milligan chatting with Sam about her work, success in social media, challenging stereotypes and pursuing your own creative path. Many thanks to Fotospeed.com for supporting the show, and our media partner LPOTY.COM (Landscape Photographer of the Year). - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 'Virtual' Exhibition News: Hidden Works | Charlie Waite at BoshamGallery.com Featuring an array of unseen work by Charlie Waite, this exhibition at Bosham Gallery celebrates his style and love of the natural world. You can check out more on the website including a video preview of the exhibition online. "Until the announcement of my Hidden Works exhibition I have deeply missed the almost mystical experience of black and white hand printing in my darkroom. Now however I have immersed myself once again, and it is very special because the whole process of interpreting the negative has always been sacred to me. With much sentiment I have revisited works I created some 40 years ago and joyfully looked back at the decades which were spent making silver gelatin prints in the darkroom. It is truly like coming home." Charlie Waite, 2020"
60 minutes | Mar 19, 2020
#74 - with Ben Osborne (Landscape & Wildlife)
We're delighted to catch up with top wildlife & landscape photographer Ben Osborne. With a career spanning over 35 years, Ben has worked around the world, on projects for the BBC & National Geographic amongst many others. Amongst various accolades, Ben won the 2007 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition with his stunning image of an Elephant splashing expressively in mud. We chat about his career, life onboard a vessel in Antarctica for months, working with David Attenborough, the importance of collaboration in photography, the current challenges as a professional, and much more. *Obviously these are difficult times for us all, we hope The Togcast can be a small beacon of relief and entertainment in the avalanche of other challenges - Sam & Paul* - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Many thanks to Fotospeed for supporting the show and our media partner 'Landscape Photographer of The Year'. We'll be back in two weeks time with the excellent landscape photographer Michael Pilkington.
47 minutes | Mar 5, 2020
#73 - with Jill Welham (Cyanotypes)
In this episode Paul chats with Jill Welham; a printmaker, photographer and artist. Jill won the prestigious ‘International Garden Photographer of the Year’ competition in 2019 with a cyanotype image. Jill creates unique prints using wet cyanotype, a modified version of the 19th century photographic printing process, introducing moisture onto the treated paper before exposure. The chemical reaction produces interesting fluid patterns and colours not normally present in a traditional cyanotype print. The resulting pieces are unique and present botanical prints in a different and painterly manner. Each piece is created with plants and flowers exposed using only the North Yorkshire sun. 01:02: Introduction & News 05:48: Interview with Jill Welham 44:40: Outro & Who's Next ---------------------------------------------------------- EXHIBITION INFO: In the show we mentioned two exhibitions: 1. Society of Scottish Landscape Photographers: April 24th(Opening Night) to May 16th. Full details via: http://soslp.com 2. 'Through The Lens': Tetbury Camera Club, Weds 1st - Sun 26th April. Full details via: https://shed-arts.co.uk/event/through-the-lens/2020-04-01/ ---------------------------------------------------------- Thanks as ever for listening and to Fotospeed and LPOTY for their partnerships. We'll be back in two weeks with Wildlife & Landscape Photographer Ben Osborne. The Togcast is hosted by Sam Gregory & Paul Sanders. Check out TheTogcast.com for more info and previous episodes.
12 minutes | Feb 27, 2020
Bonus Episode - Sir Don McCullin 'Stillness of Life' Exhibition
In this short bonus episode Sam and Paul visit the Sir Don McCullin 'Stillness of Life' Exhibition in Somerset. Held at Hauser & Wirth venue in Bruton, Somerset - this exhibition features over 60 images of various landscapes. Sam and Paul discuss their first impressions and how they reacted to and engaged with the images upon first viewing. Check out more info here: https://www.hauserwirth.com/hauser-wirth-exhibitions/26511-don-mccullinthe-stillness-life TEXT FROM THE GALLERY (Hauser & Wirth): "Regarded as one of the most accomplished war photographers of recent times, McCullin has spent the last six decades travelling to remote locations and witnessing harrowing scenes of conflict and destruction. Often referring to the British countryside as his greatest salvation, McCullin demonstrates the full mastery of his medium with stark black and white images resonating with human emotion. This personal survey depicts scenes from across the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia, revealing McCullin’s innermost feelings through powerful compositions of wild heavens, haunting vistas and meditative still lifes. Having been evacuated to the safety of Somerset during the Blitz, McCullin has had a lifelong connection with the open farmland and hill country of the South West, feeling at peace within the solitude of the expansive landscape. The largest body of work featured in the exhibition explores local areas within walking distance of the photographer’s home, including ‘The River Alham near my house, Somerset’ (2007), ‘The Dew Pond, Somerset’ (1988) and ‘Batcombe Vale’ (1992-93). McCullin is able to evoke dramatic painterly representations of his home county with quiet confidence, shifting between the flooded lowlands of the Somerset levels to woodland streams, nearby monuments and historic hill forts."
60 minutes | Feb 13, 2020
#72 - with Magnus Lindbom (Landscape)
Magnus Lindbom is a Swedish landscape photographer with a passion for the Mountains. His outdoor photography pursuits often see him spending days & weeks in tents exploring far off the beaten track, in search of a deeper connection with the landscape. We chat to Magnus about his early life as a Mountain Ranger in Sweden, how his passion developed for photography and some of the practicalities of camping alone in a Swedish winter, 3 days hike from civilisation. We also consider what makes an image special to the creator and viewer and how we can develop our photography to share & experience deeper connections with the landscape. Mountains & Beyond is his new project where he documents his travels and images, in an attempt to inspire others. Through his photographs Magnus aims to take you along on his journey as he explores these wild places, the changing seasons and the fleeting moments of light. Check out more of his work at magnuslindbom.com ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thanks to Fotospeed for supporting the show and to our media partner ‘Landscape Photographer of the Year’. We’ll be back in just a couple of weeks time with our next guest Jill Welham discussing her Cyanotype Print process.
66 minutes | Jan 30, 2020
#71 - with Jack Lowe (Lifeboat Station Project)
We're back! We kick off 2020 with Jack Lowe; a photographer, sound recordist and creator of The Lifeboat Station Project, an 8 year art project taking him to all 238 RNLI lifeboat stations on the coast of the UK and Ireland. He photographs and interviews the lifeboat volunteers he meets along the way but there’s a twist! Travelling in his mobile darkroom — a decommissioned ambulance called ’Neena’ — Jack uses Victorian photographic techniques to hand-make the images on glass. Paul chats with Jack about his inspiration, the importance of persistence, the value of photography and much more... - - - - - - - - - - - Exhibition News: We mention the current exhibition of Sir Don McCullin's landscape work ('The Stillness of Life) which you can find out more via: https://www.hauserwirth.com/hauser-wirth-exhibitions/26511-don-mccullinthe-stillness-life - - - - - - - - - - - Many thanks to www.Fotospeed.com for supporting the show, and to our media partner 'Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020' which you can find about via www.lpoty.co.uk
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