Again it’s been a while since the last blog post, and as we’ve just crossed the summer solstice I thought it was time for a catch up!
So in the coming weeks there SHOULD be a few blog posts updating you all with whats been and is coming up in my world of photography!
Lets head back to the darker colder days of early February…
On a snowy Friday evening I welcomed into my office the lovely chap, Sam Gregory – he of The Togcast fame (and bloody good photographer in his own right!) Sam, a few weeks previously had emailed me if I was interested in appearing on his podcast. I don’t turn down that kind of exposure, of course agreed. Fate has a lot to answer for in this tale, I just happened to check my spam folder on my email for the first time in months and there from only the previous day was Sam’s email! That was lucky!
Was fate dealing his hand again in the next stage of this tale?… When interviewed by Sam (or Paul Saggers, his podcasting partner in crime) you are usually mic’ed up with lav mics wired into a digital audio recording device. So I was sat on my chair and Sam on the sofa and all was going well apart from my stammering and inability to concentrate on the answering the questions in a manner I deemed semi understandable. About halfway through though I sat back in my chair, recoiling from a belly laugh I think, and the shorter wire pulled the recorder to the floor. Sam checked it, restarted it, all was fine and we carried on. All done, Sam went off with many pleasantries into the winter night, down to Bamburgh where he was leading a workshop over the weekend.
I was very disappointed by my performance. I do over analyse everything I say – I say so little everyday I can usually remember every word. I begin to regret saying some things, I curse my stammering and my mouth and brain rarely joining up, and get overly anxious at the things I meant to say but didn’t get out. I was pretty bummed out to be honest…
Then I get a Twitter DM from Sam late on the Sunday evening. He’d checked the recordings from the weekend and for some reason half of mine wasn’t there. It had either got wiped or corrupted! He apologised profusely but in reality I was relieved. We arranged to record it again the following day before he drove all the way home to Dorset (I felt really bad for him having to come back to me to record the interview again before he had to sit in a car driving on motorways for about 13 hours, in the dark, in wintry weather…).
Thankfully during the second shot I felt went so much better, even though half the questions were different, I managed to keep things flowing from my mouth and brain in a reasonably fluent manner – I still spotted a few edits by Sam when it did go public in May where I obviously went silent for too long while getting my words in order!
So, there’s a little untold behind the scenes story from my experience of appearing on the Togcast. I must say even with these issues and my dread of speaking – I loved it! Sam is a great interviewer and knew his stuff (and my stuff better than I know it myself!)
You can listen to the episode below, either via the audio link or by the YouTube video. Or search for The Togcast on your favourite podcasting app/service.
Also below, I turned the tables and questioned Sam about the Togcast and podcasting for a little video. Thanks to Sam for being gracious enough to do that for me.
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