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My top ten visual stories...


Summer's barren landscape. Stagsden, Bedfordshire August 2019. Photo taken on iPhone by Rob Butterfield.

I’ve always loved a great photograph. It’s true that a good picture can tell a story that words can only help you to imagine. Be it reportage, advertising, historical or a photo taken for ‘arts sake’, a stunning photo can evoke so many emotions; I’ll never tire of a well composed image and I own a number of ‘coffee table’ books filled with countless pictures that often have me losing the odd hour or two as I thumb through their pages.


I was lucky enough throughout my 25+ year career within the creative industry to spend many a day around some great photographers either in the studio or out on location. With varying roles that included client services, producer and art director I gained an in-depth understanding of the photographic process. I even remember the days of film and processing before digital changed the industry so dramatically.


I’ve acquired a thirst for being able to take that next great pic myself and thankfully the somewhat incredible advance in camera phones means I’ve always got a camera on me when I’m out and about. Over the last 12 months I’ve captured a few images that I’m really quite proud of and I wanted to share my top ten with you in this post. They’ve all been taken on my iPhone and have had a limited amount of post-production done to them - just enough in my opinion to help bring the compositions to life. My all-time favourite pic from 2019 is the one in the main picture. The other nine follow. Enjoy!


Sometimes you get lucky. Exmouth November 2019. Photo taken on iPhone by Rob Butterfield.
A farmer's work is never done. Stagsden, Bedfordshire July 2019. Photo taken on iPhone by Rob Butterfield.
Vegan chocolate cake. Delicious! March 2019. Photo taken on iPhone by Rob Butterfield.
Haig Colliery, Whitehaven December 2019. Photo taken on iPhone by Rob Butterfield.
The power behind the glory. Marshall VBA 400 October 2019. Photo taken on iPhone by Rob Butterfield.
Hotel room sunrise. Washington, Tyne and Wear November 2019. Photo taken on iPhone by Rob Butterfield.
Take only pictures, leave only footprints. Winterton-on-Sea August 2019. Photo taken on iPhone by Rob Butterfield.
Olympia, London February 2019. Photo taken on iPhone by Rob Butterfield.

Harelock (Arctium nemorosum). Biddeham, Bedfordshire August 2019. Photo taken on iPhone by Rob Butterfield.

In my many social media posts I like to always try and include a picture (Instagram is ALL about the picture!) and was delighted when Facebook chose to classify me as a ‘Visual Storyteller’ - I like that idea!


I don’t profess to be a ‘photographer’ and I’m not sure I’ll ever be making myself available for weddings, christenings, bar mitzvah’s and other associated events... but never say never, life has a strange way of evolving! Right now though I’m just a snap happy chappy with a smartphone who enjoys capturing life’s moments and sharing them with others. So I guess I really must be a visual storyteller - and I hope, that some of you at least, will enjoy the stories I’m telling.


In other news however, I’m currently experimenting with my son’s old Nikon D40 DSLR in manual mode, just honing my shutter-speed/aperture/depth-of-field skills before potentially committing to anything more serious camera wise. That said, I’m not 100% convinced that the acquisition of a swanky camera will ever, for me at least, replace the convenience proffered by a modern smartphone. Sure, the quality stakes can be massively raised but the opportunity of immediate pictorial gratification is part of the buzz for me. So we’ll just have to wait and see if I get hooked on the DSLR bug or not.


In the meantime, if you fancy catching more of my visual stories as they happen then follow me on social media as well as this blog:


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