Jo Blackwell

Writer & Photographer - Inspiration Station

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WELCOME to my Inspiration Station! This is where all my projects come together and where collaborations are born.

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The Fatherhood Portrait Project

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I am proud and excited to launch my latest Portrait Project, this time celebrating Fatherhood. I am looking for dads who would like to share their pride in their children and their parenting for an Exhibition and book. More details here: http://joblackwellphotography.co.uk/fatherhood/

Beauty in Decay

Paris Catacombs

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

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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 […]

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, 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 […]

A Journey through History on a Magic Horse

Author Interview: PJ Flynn Working as a plasterer for most of his adult life, author PJ Flynn turned to writing in 2002 after hip replacement surgery, and hasn’t looked back since. His children’s book series, The Magic Horse Mysteries, takes the reader on fantastical adventures through history. The books are now sold worldwide and he has a […]

Children’s ebook – Free for 3 days only!

The Three Brother Bears and the Deep, Dark Woods

STOP PRESS – FREE CHILDREN’S EBOOK! Following the release of my debut children’s book, The Three Brother Bears and the Deep, Dark Woods, last month, I am happy to tell you it is now also available as an ebook on Amazon. To celebrate, I have listed it as free until Monday 3rd November. I hope […]

Potter does Positive Tip

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I had to share this with you today – Harry Potter actor, Daniel Radcliffe, killing “Alphabet Aerobics” by Blackalicious on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon  in the US. It’s easy for us erm… more mature music lovers to dismiss rap as violent, misogynistic and foul mouthed. In fact, push aside the dross and you […]