Jo Blackwell

Writer & Photographer - Inspiration Station

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Proper-Tea

It’s Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK – that’s a three day weekend, which gives all time to kick back and relax. Buy a paper. Put the kettle on. Because a cup of tea is as essential to us as cawfee to a New Yorker. The sand to our beach. The fuel for our day. […]

Find your Why

Female Portrait Photographer

It doesn’t matter what we do in life, there’s little satisfaction to be had unless we know why we’re doing it. If we’re in business, it’s easy to define what we do, and even how we do it, but the why we do it is the key to success. Writers are good with “whys”. We […]

Beauty in Decay

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A recent trip to Paris saw me queuing a little uncomfortably to descend into the Catacombs. I knew nothing about the site and was unprepared for the moving sights that awaited below ground. Originally a quarry, the “Municipal Ossuary” was chosen in the late 18th Century as a site to receive the remains excavated from […]

The Future of Professional Photography

Jo Blackwell Photography

This is an interesting view on the future – actually, the present – of Commercial Photography. Artist Rep, Maren Levinson, explains how the currency is no longer necessarily photographic skill, but brand and vision. Remembering the days when media had a “blank space to fill” and would reach out to a professional to provide an […]

The Gift and Curse of a Creative Mind

Portrait Phtography Northamptonshire

As a writer and photographer it seems that I have little chance of being what the world calls “normal”. Swedish researchers report that writers have a higher risk of anxiety and bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, unipolar depression, and substance abuse and are almost twice as likely as the general population to kill themselves. Dancers and photographers are […]

Relentlessly Helpful

Tim Grahl Out:think

So you’ve written a book. Maybe you’ve been picked up by a publisher, or you’ve leapt feet-first down the self-publishing route. Either way, this is only the beginning. For it’s now up to you to make sure people hear about – and buy! – your magnum opus. And this, friends, is where so many authors stumble […]

Creative Business Ideas – Rising Tide Car Wash

Creativity extends to creative ways of doing Business. The car wash company featured in the short video below was specifically created to provide a young man with autism a purpose and now 90% of their workforce is on the autistic spectrum. We view autism as one of our key competitive advantages – CEO Tom D’Eri […]

The Joy of Sharing

The joy of sharing

I was delighted to be asked to appear as a guest blogger for the fun and friendly blog for “adventurous families”, Truly, Madly Kids. As an “empty-nester” it’s satisfying to be able to reach out to current parents of children and share some of what I’ve learned! The joy of sharing! (I can even kid […]

The Dad Project

© Briony Campbell

Briony Campbell, Photographer Inspiration comes from many places, sometimes the most unexpected. For photographer, Briony Campbell, inspiration grew from something so painful, so personal that to view the result is both breathtaking and heart breaking. As a photographer I am constantly seeking visual inspiration beyond the genres in which I am currently working. Recently,  I stumbled […]

Amazon #1Bestseller!

Three Brother Bears

I was delighted – and surprised – to discover at the weekend that my first Children’s book, The Three Brother Bears and the Deep, Dark Woods, had been designated a #1 Bestseller by publishing giant, Amazon. Every author’s dream, for sure, and gift for my marketing. Welcome to the wonderful world of online book promotion and […]