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The Togcast Photography Podcast

The Togcast is a UK based photography podcast featuring interviews and topic discussions.

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#35 - with Julian Elliott

In this episode Paul travels to Paris to catch up with British photographer Julian Elliott. Julian is a busy working pro photographer who has sold his stock images and footage to buyers in over 40 countries. He supplies images to multiple agencies including Getty and has a varied and distinct portfolio featuring landscapes, cityscapes and much more. Julian has enjoyed success in various competitions including recently in the LPOTY (Commended in Urban View) and IGPOTY (Highly Commended). He also regularly leads workshops and tours around Europe and has a growing YouTube channel with top tips and more.  We also preview the upcoming Photography Show including the lovely folk at WEX Photo Video who are offering special trade in deals at the show, and Fotospeed who are hosting a series of engaging landscape photography talks. The Togcast is hosted by Sam Gregory and Paul Sanders - check out TheTogcast.com for more info. Thanks as ever to you all for listening and to our show sponsers WEX Photo Video and Fotospeed. We'll be back in a couple of weeks with a special show from The Photography Show at the NEC.


7 Mar 2018

Rank #1

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#8 (pt.1) - with Bruce Percy

Welcome to the first show of 2017, in which we feature Scottish photographer Bruce Percy. Sam & Paul welcome you back to the show and hope you had a great Xmas and New Year! We've split episode 8 into two parts, mainly due to the large array of topics Sam and Bruce cover in the interview. In this weeks part 1 we discuss finding your photographic vision, assessing your progress, preparing work as part of a portfolio and also some of Bruce's journey through his own images. We hope you enjoy this engaging chat where we really dig into what it takes to create meaningful images with considered compositions. You can see more of Bruce's work at www.brucepercy.co.uk Also on this episode we discuss the thoughtful and inspirational video from WEX Photographic featuring Giles Duley and his personal journey through a horrific accident in Afghanistan and how his photography has been influenced by this life changing event. Check out #MoreThanAnImage on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to see more. Also, many thanks as usual to WexPhotographic.com for supporting the show. We'll be back in just 1 week with part two of our interview with Bruce Percy.


4 Jan 2017

Rank #2

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#70 - with Martin Parr (Documentary)

On this show we welcome arguably the foremost British Documentary Photographer of his era; Martin Parr. With over 100 books to his name, a photographic foundation and having formerly been the president of Magnum Photos, they don’t come much bigger than this. His imagery is quirky, humorous, sometimes uncomfortable but definitely his own! Over his career Martin has peered into the peculiarities of humans, especially the British and our past-times including leisure and travel. Amongst a myriad of topics we chat about his career, the importance of persistence and finding your own personal vision based on the connection to your subject. Sometimes controversial, his opinions are robust and hopefully stimulating for the listener, whatever genre of photography you enjoy. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -  Thanks as ever to WEX Photo Video & Fotospeed for supporting the show. We’ll be back in January 2020 with our next guest Jack Lowe discussing ‘The Lifeboat Station Project’.


19 Dec 2019

Rank #3

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#55 - with Ben Horne

We welcome US based large format film photographer Ben Horne to the show this week. Ben is well known for his wilderness/landscape images featuring some of the US's best known areas. However, he is far from a honeypot location hunter, he's much happier trekking deep into the parks with his 8x10 camera and searching out beautiful inner vistas as well as large scenes.Ben is also well known for his YouTube channel where he documents his trips and discusses the art of photography and of course using a large format film set-up. We chat about all of this, plus his use of colour, the importance of connecting with a landscape, printing and much more. Many thanks to WEX Photo Video and Fotospeed for supporting the show. We'll be back in two weeks with extreme/action landscape photographer Nadir Khan. The Togcast is hosted by Sam Gregory & Paul Sanders. Check out www.thetogcast.com for more information and previous episodes. You can download the show via Podbean, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and many other Podcast Apps.


15 Feb 2019

Rank #4

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#8 (pt.2) - with Bruce Percy

We're back with this bonus episode, part 2 of our chat with travel photographer Bruce Percy. After the initial interview in part 1 we switched the mics back on and chatted some more about some of Bruce's influences including Michael Kenna, and we also talked about his portraiture work and shooting film. We really hope you have enjoyed these two episodes with Bruce Percy, why not check out more of his work at www.brucepercy.co.uk and let him know you enjoyed listening. You can find him on Twitter or via his site. Sam & Paul will be back next week with the Take a View winner of 'The Landscape Photographer of the Year' award in 2016 - Matthew Cattell, why not subscribe to make sure you don't miss any episodes! As usual a big thanks to WexPhotographic.com for supporting the show, they are the UK's premier camera equipment supplier, make sure you check them out if you need new or used camera equipment. For more please visit www.TheTogcast.com, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Thanks for listening! The Togcast is hosted by photographers Sam Gregory and Paul Sanders, you can find them both on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram - why not pop by and say hello!


11 Jan 2017

Rank #5

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#57 - with Joe Cornish

We welcome landscape photography legend Joe Cornish to the show. Highly respected for his consistently excellent images, Joe is undoubtably one of the leading landscape photographers in the world today. We chat about what motivates his passion for the landscape, how we all need to be respectful of the landscape and our role within it. We also discuss how his shooting style has modified and some of the elements in creating compelling landscape imagery. This is a ‘deep dive’ into the motivations and passions of one of the leading names of our time. We hope you all can take various inspirations and talking points from this episode. We'll be back in a couple of weeks time with Andrew Atkinson & Ian Burton, otherwise known (to us at least) as 'The Pinhole Guys!' and we'll chat about going back to the future ;) The Togcast is hosted by Sam Gregory & Paul Sanders. The show is kindly supported by WEX Photo Video & Fotospeed. Check out www.thetogcast.com for more information. 

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28 Mar 2019

Rank #6

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#64 - with Tom Mason, Wildlife & Landscape Photographer

In this episode we chat with wildlife & landscape photographer Tom Mason (www.tommasonphoto.com). Tom is passionate about the natural world and has carved out a career as a photographer & journalist specialising in wildlife. His work takes him around the world but he’s equally at home getting to know the wide range of species here in the UK. We chat with Tom about his early beginnings living on a farm and discovering photography, through to the importance of respecting your subject and the natural world in general. He is driven by a desire to constantly improve and to push the boundaries of his own limitations. We cover some of the hot topics in wildlife photography including the ecological challenges of travelling and also some of the ethics with wildlife photography and the boundaries of responsible behaviour. Thanks as ever to WEX Photo Video & Fotospeed for supporting the show. We’ll be back in two weeks time when we catch up with New Zealand based landscape photographer Richard Young.

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25 Jul 2019

Rank #7

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#67 - with Chris Nowell - Landscape Photographer

We're back with a new episode and we catch up with the enigmatic Chris Nowell. Chris served in the military from 2001 to 2007 in tours of Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. During a tour in Afghanistan he was badly injured in a rocket attack on his base and suffered severe head injuries, extensive skull fractures and brain damage. This neurological damage resulted in sight loss.Amazingly, with help from Blind Veterans UK and local photographers, he has forged a path into the world of landscape photography despite his challenges with partial vision. Paul chats with Chris in more detail on the show and finds out about the positive impact photography has had on his life. Thanks as ever to WEX Photo Video & Fotospeed for supporting the show. We’ll be back in in a couple of weeks time with David Ward discussing his new exhibition at the Joe Cornish Gallery and much more.


17 Oct 2019

Rank #8

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#2 - with Valda Bailey

Welcome to Episode 2 where we have an interview with photographer Valda Bailey, a gear review of the Lowepro 400AW Flipside Bag and a catch up with the news after the first episode being released a couple of weeks ago. Valda Bailey is an innovative photographer from the UK who uses Multiple Exposure (ME) and Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) techniques to develop a unique style and vision. Valda has a new book out called 'Fragile' which is available from TripleKite Publishing, during the show we offer listeners a special discount code. Valda also hosts workshops for Light & Land and sells prints all over the world. Check out more of Valda's work at www.valdabailey.com and her book 'Fragile' on www.triplekite.co.uk Please don't hesitate to get in touch with the show at www.thetogcast.com or on Twitter & Facebook. Thanks for listening!


28 Sep 2016

Rank #9

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#60 - with Andrew Gray

We’re delighted to welcome Andrew Gray to the show. Andrew is a photographer specialising in abstract and impressionist images of the landscape. Using a blend of camera movement, in camera settings and computer techniques, he strives to use the camera as a paintbrush to create original and unique work. Inspired by local history and landscapes in the North East, Andrew is heavily influenced by the old English painting masters. Many of his images are of recognisable historic buildings or locations, but through his process he turns them into quite different interpretations using his favoured techniques and colour palette. We talk to Andrew about his motivations, the techniques he uses and how this style blurs the boundaries between photography, classical art and digital art.


10 May 2019

Rank #10

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#65 - with Richard Young (New Zealand based Landscape Photographer)

Based in Wellington (NZ) Richard Young is a full-time landscape and wildlife photographer. Originally from the UK, Richard’s photography has been recognised in numerous competitions, including awards at The International Landscape Photographer of the Year, The Fine Art Photography Awards, The International Photography Awards. Richard also won the ‘Best Landscape Photograph’ at the Banff Mountain Photography Competition. His works sell as fine art prints from his gallery in Wellington and have been widely exhibited across New Zealand, Canada, America and England in both solo and group exhibitions. He has spent time hiking and climbing in some of New Zealand’s most remote and wild places, capturing photographs of awe-inspiring and unspoilt places. Richard has also travelled extensively, including across Africa, building a reputation as a fine wildlife photographer as well as adding to his landscape portfolio. Many thanks to WEXPhotoVideo.com and Fotospeed.com for supporting the show. We'll be back in 2 weeks with a Q&A session from the Connected Exhibition featuring our very own Sam Gregory on the panel, alongside John Blakemore and Prof.Tim Allott. The Togcast is hosted by Sam Gregory & Paul Sanders, find out more via TheTogcast.com


8 Aug 2019

Rank #11

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#63 - Michael Kenna Exhibition at Bosham Gallery

In this episode Paul travels to the Bosham Gallery on the South Coast to chat with owner Luke Whitaker about their Michael Kenna ‘45 Year Retrospective’ exhibition. Michael Kenna (born 1953) is one of the most acclaimed landscape photographers of his generation. His photographs have been the subject of some 50 monographs and are held in the collections of over 100 museums worldwide. Kenna does not seek to present an accurate copy of the world, but to extract something original and emotive from it. He prints all his own work in the darkroom, ensuring that the tonality of his small, black and white images is evocative rather than informative, interpretive rather than documentary. Paul and Luke discuss some of Michael’s work, his process and how other photographers can be inspired by his consistency and aesthetic. Also, they discuss the reality of running a photographic gallery, what works and what doesn’t, along with how to finesse and create your own photographic style. Thanks as ever to WEX Photo Video & Fotospeed for supporting the show. We’ll be back in two weeks time when we catch up with a rising star in the Wildlife photography scene, Tom Mason.

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11 Jul 2019

Rank #12

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#61 - with Paul Mitchell

We catch up with photographer Paul Mitchell recently to discuss his photography and many hot topics. Paul has had numerous exhibitions in London and the South East and has had articles and images published in many photographic magazines. He is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and currently serves on the Fine Art Distinctions Panel.  A trustee of the Stephen H Tyng Collection, a member of the prestigious Arena group and a founder member of The Landscape Collective UK (LCUK). Paul is also a well respected photographic judge and lecturer (www.paulmitchellphotography.co.uk). We recorded this interview in front of a live audience at the Woking & East Berks Camera Club. If you’d be interested in having a live Togcast event at your club please do get in touch. We’ll be back in 2 weeks time with Elizabeth Roberts, the Editor of ‘Black & White Photography’ magazine. Thanks as ever to WEX Photo Video & Fotospeed for supporting the show.


14 Jun 2019

Rank #13

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#62 - with Elizabeth Roberts

We catch up with Elizabeth Roberts, editor of 'Black & White Photography' magazine, here in the latest episode. Paul chats with Elizabeth about what makes compelling photography, the importance of play and of course the state of the photographic press and the realities of running a magazine. Also in this show we mention the upcoming Linda McCartney exhibition up in Glasgow and also the Michael Kenna exhibition at the Bosham Gallery. Our next episode will be an interview with gallery owner Luke Whittaker discussing Michaels work and exhibiting in general. Many thanks for listening and to WEX Photo Video and Fotospeed for supporting the show. Check out www.thetogcast.com for more info.


27 Jun 2019

Rank #14

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Connected 2019 - Q&A Day 1 (Paul Sanders, Lucy Saggers & Sarah Medway)

In this episode we feature the Q&A recorded live at Connected 2019 Exhibition Day 1. The featured photographers were; Lucy Saggers (documentary), Sarah Medway (landscape and wildlife) and our very own Paul Sanders (landscape and fine art). Handling the audience questions was the event organiser Rob Knight. The varied nature of styles and approach from the 3 guest photographers made for a great Q&A session featuring various questions from the audience. There were various themes including; working on commission vs personal work, finding a connection within a landscape, dealing with the pressures of social media, camera club positive and negatives and much more. We hope you enjoy this Q&A session, we’ll be back on Friday 14th June with our next episode featuring landscape photographer, tutor, judge and speaker Paul Mitchell. Huge thanks to WEX Photo Video and Fotospeed as ever for supporting the show.


24 May 2019

Rank #15

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#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.


5 Mar 2020

Rank #16

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#51 - with Nick Livesey

Our guest on this podcast is Snowdonia based mountain photographer Nick Livesey (nick livesey.co.uk). Nick has a great back-story of finding salvation in the mountains of Wales and speaks candidly about his thoughts on photography and life in general. His mountain work has gained many followers and his knowledge of the Snowdonia area is second to none. Sam caught up with Nick a couple of months ago to talk about his past, his present and future in this lively and entertaining chat. Nick has recently released a book with the publishers Fotovue. This amazing book features walks, images and mountain advice surrounding the Snowdonia Mountains in particular. Why not check out the book via the shop on Nicks website. We'll be back in the first week of January, 2019 with photographer Astrid McGechan.  Many thanks to WEX Photo Video & Fotospeed for supporting the show and all of you for listening. The Togcast is hosted by Sam Gregory & Paul Sanders. Check out www.TheTogcast.com for more information.


18 Dec 2018

Rank #17

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#4 - with Finn Hopson

Join Sam & Paul as they chat with Brighton based photographer Finn Hopson. Finn has his own Photography gallery and is living the dream. But as you'll find out in the interview it's not quite as easy as all that. We also chat with Jon Devo from WEX about their #MoreThanAnImage campaign which we'd encourage you to check out. For more info please visit TheTogcast.Com, FinnHopson.Com and WexPhotographic.Com


2 Nov 2016

Rank #18

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#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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30 Jan 2020

Rank #19

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#58 - Pinhole Photography Special

In this special Pinhole Photography episode we catch up with Andrew Atkinson and Ian Burton on location to discuss all things Pinhole. We chat about how they got into shooting Pinhole and some of the differences from modern digital shooting. Sam battles wind & rain to get you the answers as we try to uncover the appeal of this particular technique - he even takes his first ever Pinhole photograph! Also in this episode Andrew & Ian offer an amazing 12 print box-set GIVEAWAY! Just sign up to their Pinhole Newsletter (by end of April 2019) via their site (www.pinholephotographyworkshops.co.uk) and you could win this amazing print set. Also on this show we discuss the new printing Ebook from Bruce Percy and an upcoming exhibition in Wiltshire (full details below). The Togcast is hosted by Sam Gregory and Paul Sanders. The show is kindly supported by WEX Photo Video and Fotospeed. - - - - - - - - - - - Exhibition Info: In April Alan Cowley, Clive Carpenter and Paul Timlett will be holding a new exhibition entitled "Beginnings" to reflect the official launch of the gallery. We describe it as an eclectic collection of fine art photographs inspired by the landscape.  There will be a reception on 18 April 2019 from 17:30 to 20:00, followed by private viewings from 19-22 April 2019 inclusive between 12:00 and 17:30. Thereafter the exhibition will run on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until 29 June 2019 between 12:00 and 16:00. Visitors are welcome at other times by appointment.  The address of The Photographers Studio is: Roundway Farm House, Roundway, Devizes, SN10 2HZ We would ask anyone requiring further information or who wishes to attend the reception to contact Alan Cowley on 07896 043576 or email him at alan@alancowleyfineart.com


11 Apr 2019

Rank #20