Street Life

The street will always provide my photographic soul; since I was first inspired by seeing an Elliott Erwitt image in the early 90s.

The thing that essentially excites me about street photography is capturing those subtle, fleeting life vignettes, and the range of emotions they may elicit. I want to ‘feel’ when I look at photography; whether it be through humour, mood or empathy, so that’s what I endeavour to explore.


The Anatomy Of A Stroke

A Day In Capital City

Free Hugs : A Personal Story

I’m a published author! Sounds grand, eh?

Oh, okay… I’m a self-published author. Suddenly, the grandness of the opening sentence falls like scales from a lover’s eyes when they return home unexpectedly early from work to find you wearing their underwear and masturbating over a photograph of her mother.

Look. It only happened the once. Let it go! Ahem.

Where was I? Oh, yeah… my first book. And it flopped onto my doormat yesterday morning: Free Hugs : A Personal Story chronicles my alter ego, Hugh Mann’s, experiences with a Free Hugs sign over two and a half extraordinary years in the magnificent city of Bath, England. I cobbled it together using the rather excellent Blurb software, and I’m very impressed by the quality and feel of the book, too [softcover]. And it will certainly prove to be a wonderful lifetime/experience keepsake, as was always its main intention.

But… It’s not exactly the cheapest way to produce a book, and I can’t help but think it’s a frightening amount for others to potentially buy into. It certainly doesn’t feel like a 30UKP book in the hands! So, as pleased as I am with the result, there’s a part of me that almost feels obliged to warn potential buyers to lower their expectation due to the price alone.

I wonder if anyone on Blurb has had any experience of buyers actually throwing a book back at them when they eventually get hold of it? Perhaps I should disable the hardcover option, just in case?! Or simply buy a book crash helmet?!

I’m already regretting not fully investigating its pop-up Free Hug potential; the book could’ve then immediately consoled the buyer. As it is, I’ve decided to go with offering a FREE pack of crayons to eat for all purchasers.

However, I have uploaded the entire book as a PREVIEW which can be seen if you click on the image below: