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“I want to go to New York for Christmas.”

I am loving this song – “Christmas In New York” by Clara Barker.

I’ve probably been swayed because I’ve met the singer Clara (rhymes-with-Sarah) Barker and she’s pretty awesome all on her own, but her voice and this song are gorgeous.

The first verse mentions frozen hot chocolate from Serendipity, the restaurant where Marilyn Monroe and Andy Warhol used to hang out.

It’s got that “Fairytale In New York” vibe but without sounding like the kind of argument you pretend to ignore when you’re shopping for last minute presents on Christmas Eve.

It’s got the sweet, whimsical, “wouldn’t it be nice if…” feeling that you get imagining you’re walking home on a city street, bundled up in a cute yet appropriately expensive coat as the street lamps twinkle through the snow.

What more do you need?

There’s currently a Facebook campaign to get Clara to number 1 in the UK charts and you know deep down you don’t want the X Factor to churn out another auto-tuned droid to mindwipe the nation while we’re all distracted with the Dr Who Christmas Special.

Join now! We need YOU!

You can buy the “Christmas In New York” single for a very civilsed £0.79 on iTunes (or find your way to her 2 full-to-bursting-with-amazingness albums) so there’s no excuse not to join the revolution.

Save the cheerleader singer, save the world!


night shoot

So…I went out on a night shoot with a local musician the other night and this is one of my test shots to see what the slow shutter speed made of the lights.



In true grown-up/I’ve-got-professional-artsy-friends style, I’ve been invited to a film screening.

The film was made by Christy & Dave, the genius team who helped with my film training way back when, and it looks amazing. They’ve done everything on this film in-house, from writing the script to planning the shoot and editing to writing the music (which also includes a few Manx bands ’cause the Isle of Man rocks).

For any camera geeks out there, it’s filmed on the Canon EOS 5D Mark II which took the film world by storm several years ago. (For any non camera geeks, it shoots film but looks and acts like a stills camera so the depth of field can be really shallow and really lush).

still from video shot on Canon 5D

As for the film, I’ve only seen the trailer and a few clips but it looks absolutely beautiful. Obviously I’m biased, but it’s got that super-creepy “the call is coming from inside the house” vibe without being cheesy and every shot looks like a moving, gorgeously framed photograph.

See? Yeah.

The screening is in November, and since it’s a short film (about half an hour long) we’ll get to see a whole bunch of other treats too. I literally can’t wait!

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