End of series update, Based in Belgium.

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Dear readers,

Sometimes things just don’t turn out as you’d planned. Err… scratch that, in my experience I’d have to say stuff often doesn’t pan out the way you thought it would. I spent a good three months or so putting together my Belgian short stories. When I was done, I had twelve chapters covering one of the most exciting periods of my life. Some of these tales were by far my most personal to date. As a result, I had to take more care than usual with the content and how they were written, while one or two people had to be consulted along the way to make sure I wasn’t burning any bridges! I thought I’d pulled it off, but then, at the last minute, I had to hit the eject button on half of the installments, leaving the series in a bit of a mess.

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My Photographs: Top 5 Doha.

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1 Iranian Souq, July 2001Iranian Souq, July 2001. I arrived in Doha during the summer of 2001, without a clue as to what I would do there. Those first weeks were spent wandering about the city, with regular visits to the corniche, City Center Mall and the Iranian Souq. The locals were quietly friendly and largely unobtrusive in their attempts to attract my business. Many shop owners were happy to be photographed, like this old spice merchant and his Indian assistant. To read more about my experiences, check out my short story Ashraf.

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My Photographs: Top 5 Amsterdam.

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Waterlooplein, September 2010. With its ramshackle market stalls and no-nonsense traders, Waterlooplein is probably my favourite Amsterdam Square. While the tourists selfie themselves silly on Rembrandtplein, The Dam and The Flower Market, for me the real magic of the city lies here. I spent many a Saturday afternoon leafing through boxes of black and white movie stills and piles of dusty antiques. On the day I took this shot, a middle-aged Amsterdammer pulled up right in front of me, hopped off her bike and darted into a nearby café, leaving her bemused dog in the back basket.

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My Photographs – a new series.

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I’ve been getting a lot of compliments on my photographs recently. While I wouldn’t want you to think I’m an egomaniac, this has admittedly felt great! I’ve been putting a lot of work into my picture taking, especially since the launch of Leighton Literature, which has made me more aware than ever of the importance of engaging images. Now, as I live and breathe the potential short stories of the future, I keep half an eye on what some people refer to as capturing the moment. 

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