Robert Poole


A Kind of World Within a World

Big Top

In Bruce Davidson’s ground-breaking work, “Circus” he described the circus as, “A Kind of World Within a World”. A kind of world within a world became the title for Robert Poole’s project as it summed up perfectly both what can be seen on stage but also what exists behind the scenes of a travelling circus.

After visiting the circus with his family Robert was instantly enthralled by this community which exists within our society. Part of it, but somehow apart. The Moscow State Circus hires Russian Circus artists from the best circus schools in Moscow and they travel around the world, taking their homes and families with them. Often the sons and daughters of circus performers themselves, for many the road and the stage is all they have ever known.

Robert managed to secure access to the backstage of the circus and has spent many hours documenting the pre-stage rituals of the performers. Capturing the emotions, the focus and the laughter which exists behind the confetti, glitter and bright spotlights.

The Exhibition can be viewed at Leica Store Manchester till 22nd September.

All prints will be available to purchase.

The Devil’s Disciple MC


In Conversation with Ioana Marinca

This month we have yet another member of the inimitable AllFormat Collective. Ioana Marinca. Ioana is an analogue photographer whose touching documentary work made me hunt her down on Instagram and she kindly agreed to an interview.

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If you want things to change you first have to change you

“If you want things to change,

you first have to change you”

– Rachel Bright, The Lion Inside

A few events recently have started me thinking about the topic of change. Firstly is the above quote. Not from some sage mystic or motivational speaker. It’s from a book I’ve been reading to my two year old in which a small mouse feels left out and ignored. Instead of wallowing in self pity the mouse decides to make himself brave and think like a winner.

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Enter Barcelona – Zine Review

I have heard last year referred to as “Twenty SevenZINE” due to the large number of zines being released. What’s the allure? They provide something tactile in a digital world. We all look at pictures on Instagram on our tiny phone screens but how often do we print our work or even better curate and edit our work into a finished product? A photobook or an exhibition might sound daunting but a zine is the perfect entry point for a photographer looking to show off their work or simply to have their memories in print. With that in mind I am starting a new zine review section of this site to showcase some of the great work out there. The first submission comes from Nigel (Unevenedits on Instagram)

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One day on The Heaton Park Tramway

On the tracks

In Conversation with Jason Brewer

This week I continue to highlight the work of amazing photographers within the analogue film community and got the chance to chat with Jason Brewer. Jason describes himself as, using analogue and digital photography to explore and interpret the world around him. Taking pictures for himself of the things that capture his attention and pique his curiosity.

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In Conversation with Nick Mayo (Nick Exposed)

Nick Mayo is an analogue photographer based in Grand Rapids, MI, USA. His mainly shoots portraiture and street photography, where he enjoys the art of waiting for a story to unfold before him. Drawn to light, shape and form, his photographs tend to take on a strikingly simple composition.

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What I learned from leaving my camera at home

Earlier this week I traveled into Manchester to discuss details of my upcoming exhibition. We were in a rush to leave, I wasn’t sure if I’d remembered to charge the batteries on my Leica M9 and part of me couldn’t be bothered lugging round a camera all day to be honest.

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