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On Monday, Paddy and I were having a flick through the blog at work and noticed hollie had put up a post about the 'Wildlife Photographer of the Year' exhibition in London.

So yesterday we got up nice and early, cracked out the bacon sandwiches and made our way to the big city. After half an hour of staring at tube maps and an A-Z we made it to the Natural History Museum only to find a 2 hour queue!

Eventually we made it inside and found the exhibition and after about an hour of umm-ing and ahh-ing this little fella caught our eye....a picture in the category 'One Earth'.


It was an amazing exhibition and I'd recommend anyone to go and see it if you can! It certainly sparked off a heated debate of the long standing issue of Canon vs Nikon between Paddy and I.

So after a long day of wandering around London we began our Krispy Kreme hunt...one meeting with a self titled 'Ram the Info Man' who, for small change will be your walking (and often running) talking sat nav. Eventually we stocked up on the glazed wonders and headed for the tube. 

Three stops later and minus one iphone, panic set in...a couple of hasty phone calls later and a very kind lady back at Covent Garden revealed that I had in fact left my phone on a seat and walked off without it. Three stops later (back the other way) I was reunited with the phone and after many a thank you and hug, a very tired pair of tourists made their way back home.

So we'd like to say a massive thank you to 'Ram the Info Man', the sweet looking penguin for making us smile and Stefana for bringing the phone back safe!

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish

  • Posted by howies
  • 27 October 2009


Yesterday was my last day at howies.

It was my choice to leave.

It was a hard thing to do and easy thing to do.

The morale of the story is simple.

If you find something you love, you should never sell your love.

When other people own your dream, destiny is no longer in your hands.

And yes, leaving the company I helped to start is super-painful.

But pain makes for a good teacher if you listen to what it is telling you.

It teaches you what is important to you. And what is not.

So from this day forward howies will begin to appear in my rear-view mirror.

At the same time I will be sitting in my shed with Sonny (my dog) working away on the future.

Keeping me company will be the knowledge that Patagonia was not Yvon’s first company, Esprit was not Doug’s first company, and Steve Jobs got sacked from Apple.

For me those are good role models to have in the shed with you.

Luckily for howies Clare is staying. She will be the soul-keeper now.

And lastly, I just wanted to say thank you to you.

It’s been fun working for you.

My thanks.

David Hieatt

At an appropriate time, I will write a magazine article telling you all the behind the scenes bits that made me decide to leave.

The Disposable Memory Project

  • Posted by howies
  • 27 October 2009

Disposable Memory Project
We received a package from a guy called Matthew from The Disposable Memory Project. Here's an excerpt:

“I began leaving disposable cameras around London for people to find, pick up and take some photos with, and then pass it on to someone else until they eventually returned home so I could share the images with everyone via our website. In the past 18 months, it has grown to almost 250 cameras in over 50 countries, with a community of droppers and finders.”

It’s pretty amazing what they have done. Check out their website.

We’ve got two cameras to pass around. Can’t wait.

Amazing letter

  • Posted by ruben
  • 26 October 2009

We received this letter today. Love it.



If anyone else has a story they'd like us to read , please send it in!

Bath House Road
SA43 1JY

I've just been checking out this years winning entires in the Veolia environment's wildlife photography competion, they recieved over 43,000 entries from 94 countries, and the overall winner was José Luis Rodríguez's stunning shot of an Iberian wolf - "The story book wolf" 


If like me you can't get to have a look at the exhibiton yourself, then just go to the Natural history museum's website to have a look at the winning and commended entries from this year, as well as the past few years.

The exhibition is on until April, so hopefully i'll get to check it out in person soon.

right, where's my camera?

Deadly Rubbish

  • Posted by ruben
  • 19 October 2009

This is not for the faint hearted.

Photographer Chris Jordan has posted a disturbing gallery of photos depicting  the effects of litter in the oceans on baby albatross.


Message from the Gyre

These photographs of albatross chicks were made just a few weeks ago on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking.

To document this phenomenon as faithfully as possible, not a single piece of plastic in any of these photographs was moved, placed, manipulated, arranged, or altered in any way. These images depict the actual stomach contents of baby birds in one of the world's most remote marine sanctuaries, more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent.

~cj, October 2009

See the rest of the gallery here

howies® look

  • Posted by howies
  • 6 October 2009



4 am Swedish Volvo. 

Just because at this time of the day a lovely shot can make you smile. check it out.

when katie wore howies

  • Posted by howies
  • 5 October 2009

Picture 4

So.... what is this? Well, Joe writes the words. Katie wears the clothes. A different outfit every day for a year. As simple as that! 

I check What Katie Wore everyday. It's such a fab idea. Check out this blog post here

This weekend  Katie wore howies. The womens Cabin Shirt. Very cool. What a stylying inspiration.

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