Cycling The Middle East And North Africa — A Photography Exhibition in Yerevan

While I realise that a great deal of my readers won’t be in Yerevan this Friday the 12th of March, I feel that it’s important to put the word out about my first ever photography exhibition — or any kind of exhibition, for that matter.

Thanks to the Armenian Centre for Contemporary Experimental Art, forty of my more attractive snaps from 2009, blown up to glorious A3 size, will be adorning the walls of the Nicholas Boghossian gallery for the next three weeks. I’m hoping to raise a few pennies for the charities I support through the sale of these pieces of work. I don’t know if anyone will turn up to the opening, let alone want to buy any of them — I have never been particularly confident that my photos look good to anyone other than myself — but the gallery staff seem to like the prints, so that’s a good start!

If by some bizarre coincidence you’re reading this and you’ll be in Yerevan this Friday, please come along at 5pm to the ACCEA (aka NPAK), near the Vernissage and Republic Square, and check out the pics for free!

(Can’t make it? See the pics as a Flickr slideshow.)


A Little Video About Cycling In Yerevan

My last post was an invitation to come along to one of the many global bicycle gatherings that happened last Sunday on the eve of the COP15 climate change summit in Copenhagen. I helped to organise a ride here in Yerevan, and I took my trusty video camera with me.

I’ve been slaving over a hot laptop for the last three nights, but now I think it’s ready for public consumption. Please take 10 minutes to watch the clip below. I hope you enjoy it, and that it gives you a glimpse into my currently-static life here in Armenia and the importance of what’s happening in Denmark this week and next.



An Original Idea For Your Christmas List

It’s not long until the festive season, with all the left-over turkey, expanding waist-lines, New Year’s Day river and lake swims, and endless lists of resolutions to look forward to.

So I’ve just published a photography calendar for 2010. (Last year I didn’t manage this until February, so this year I’m getting organised early!)

I’ve done this primarily so I can send my distant family something personalised and practical for Christmas! But it’s also (hopefully) going to be one of many ways in which I’m scraping together a few pennies for next year’s bicycle expedition across Central Asia and into China and the Far East.

The full-colour glossy A3 calendar features 12 of the most popular photos on my Flickr page. They were taken during the last year of bicycle touring in the Middle East and North Africa. I hope that the calendar will serve as good inspiration for your next trip, as well as helping you to keep your life organised!

You can have the calendar delivered to addresses in Europe, the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong or South Africa.

Preview the whole calendar on RedBubble, and, if you like it, why not order a copy or two to give away as Christmas presents?


Images From Two Years On The Road

Travel offers enviable opportunities for developing creative skills such as photography. I’ve enjoyed taking these shots immensely, and I hope you enjoy viewing this whittled-down selection of what I think are my best snaps of all.


Only the first few photos are shown here. It’s better to go and view the complete album on Flickr or as a slideshow. Or — how cool is this — you can see them marked on a world map!

Craft & DIY Equipment

How To: Build A Bicycle Wheel In Ten Easy Steps

People fear wheel-building. None more so than touring cyclists. Nobody, apart from a tiny elite of skilled craftsmen in scattered bike shops across the world, should dare impinge on this secretive world of mechanical artistry.

But we all have a capacity for art, don’t we? Could it really be all that difficult? I had a new rim to fit to Tenny’s bike, which would involve taking apart the rear wheel in its entirety and rebuilding it from scratch. So I decided to find out what this wheel-building malarkey was all about. After four and a half hours of careful labour, I held in my hands what appeared to be a nice straight new wheel.