Get your eye in

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As a designer I like to think I have a good eye for photography – at least where family photos and ‘arty’ compositions are concerned (although my wife may disagree with this). I’m certainly no professional, but having the right tool for the job definitely helps me out. However, having something beautifully crafted and technically innovative to shoot with must really add to the experience.

Roll credits!

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Picture a dark cinema as the film comes to an end – everyone grabs their coats and makes a dive for the door as the credits begin to roll. But wait, what’s this? An outtake? A bit more footage? A teaser for the sequel? Everybody slows in case they miss anything with one eye on the crowd around the exit. Sound familiar? From my video and motion graphics days I know just how much thought and effort goes into even a low-end credit sequence, and so I’m usually one of those still seated till the bitter end, tutting at the exiting crowd in the hope something interesting will round out the experience. And sometimes we are rewarded with just that – last night I watched American Ultra, a Nima Nourizadeh film that had passed me by until now. I’ll steer away from making any commentary on the film, apart from to say that whilst I enjoyed it, the animated credit sequence stole the show – it was quite simply awesome.

Authentique

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Everyone loves a good kitchen knife, right? Well, for a long time I have loved the design and aesthetics of original Sabatier knives and recently I’ve been building a quality collection from their Authentique range. In truth, it has been built for me in the form of generous presents by considerate family members and I just received the latest instalment – a beautiful 6″ chef’s knife. Deadly sharp new blade aside, there’s a real added pleasure that comes from working with quality designed and considered products like these. Here’s hoping that my family think the same…

Smile, Ben.

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I’ve been usingĀ momentum for a while now, and whilst I’m a minimalist at heart (and definitely prone to easy distraction) I give a little smile everyday when a new, beautiful image replaces my sparse default search engine page. I’ve started archiving my favourite images as a gentle reminder of all those amazing places out there to see through real eyes – if you haven’t tried it already, I can thoroughly recommend adding a bit of ‘real’ to your daily browse.