As a former news reporter/photojournalist who spent 14 years working for newspapers and magazines on both sides of the Atlantic, I was faced by a choice. Either I could sit round writing blogs about the awfulness of The Florida-Times Union as a newspaper or do something more constructive with the modicum of talent I possess.

I opted for the latter and for the past 12 months have been establishing myself as fine art photographer in Jacksonville, Florida. That is not to say I have not given The Florida-Times Union a hard time every now and again. Professional habits are difficult to shake off.

January 2011 saw the launch of my photography website — www.calvinpalmerphotos.com —  to share my work with a wider audience and possibly derive a small income from my photographic labours.

But simply taking photographs is not enough. In order to achieve a degree of artistic and financial success, it is necessary to embark upon a marketing strategy. I came across a website called Skinny Artist, a useful resource for anyone, like me, trying  to make it as an artist. Skinny Artist offered some good advice — developing a blog site where people can get to know the artist, share in his/her hopes and fears, dreams and nightmares, likes and dislikes.

So here is my version — a virtual living room where people can drop in for a chat and a virtual cup of tea. I am British by the way.

Now that you are here, I suppose I had better go and put the kettle on. Milk and sugar?

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  1. Indeed, I’ve taken up your offer for a bit of photographic tea. I’m in southern California and have been enjoying photo walks and musing the past few years. Mine has been a personal journey of fun, not a monetary venture. Some work is posted on my Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/WalshSells#!/WalshSells?sk=photos and webshots.com http://community.webshots.com/user/happyrealtor

    Since more fun in life is my goal, I’ll be seeking it out through my lens. i work with a Canon G11

    i look forward to reading your blogs and sipping some tea along the way.


  2. I came across your site while searching for the coat of arms for SoT. I was born in the Potteries in 1947 and lived in Meir and Weston Coyney. My Dad worked for Sandbach in Hanley and my fraternal grandfather was a saddler in Longton. On my mother’s side they were all potters and Grandad was a thrower for many of the big firms.

    I now live in Canada and have just bought a house on the Trent river near Campbellford, Ontario. I plan to call it Stoke and to make a sign incorporating the arms of Stoke and the proud name of Dale.

    Good to see great work from another of the industrious people of Stoke!

    Best wishes,


    • Thanks for stopping by, John.

      A house on the Trent in Canada sounds like home from home.

      You can take the boy out of Stoke but you can’t take Stoke out of the boy.

      Enjoy your new home.


  3. Hey Calvin,

    It’s good to know you’re still kicking and taking photos. Have missed you on blipfoto. Can’t say as I’ve been very good at looking at journals and commenting lately though. Have had a lot going on lately, to much and to personal to post here. Will try to keep an eye on this blog for photos from you. Take care, Jeri

    • Good of you to stop by and leave a comment.

      I kind of miss blipfoto but I just felt it had run its course as far as I was concerned and the summer heat in Jacksonville was a great disincentive to not getting out and about.

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