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San Zhi and a Green man

  • Posted by tim
  • 8 January 2010

Sanzhi is the location of an abandoned vacation resort on the northern coast of Taiwan. It was built in early 1981, but construction of the futuristic resort ceased after a series of fatal accidents.

Even though it never opened as a vacation resort, the UFO houses can still be toured. The strange pod-like buildings act as a tourist attraction.

On a more christmas type of tip i could not resist this pic. Total commitment from the green man. I need a hat like that.

howies "out of focus" photo comp

  • Posted by tim
  • 5 January 2010

If you are into film photography and handy with a shooter then we are running a photo comp and gallery exhibition in conjunction with a series of ads in the legendary DIG magazine. The idea is simple, we have six ads coming out on the back cover of DIG this year. Our favorite photographers are providing the first five shots and  the photograph we use for the final ad will be chosen from submissions that are sent to us throughout the year. Our favorite shots, along with all our ads will be exhibited at our Carnaby Street store and also in our Bristol shop at the end of the competition.  If you are a photographer who would like to get your work seen please send us any out of focus bike riding pics you have and we'll let you know if your soul stealer has been chosen to be our last ad. Dont worry if not though, you could end up in the gallery and we'll be having some runner up prizes too. Please send hi res scanned versions of your pics to jon at howies dot co dot uk.

The closing date for the comp is June the 21st.

Good Luck

Pictures of pictures

  • Posted by howies
  • 4 January 2010

Fredrik, one of the Swede's we spent time with on the spring/summer shoot just posted a bunch of images he took during that time.

Lots of pictures of us taking pictures.

Better late than never as they say.

Jeff Zielinski's defgrip gallery

  • Posted by tim
  • 4 January 2010

Jeff is a great BMX photographer and has a gallery (not just BMX) up on the Defgrip site right now.

One in 8 Million

  • Posted by ruben
  • 28 December 2009


NY Times have a multimedia feature up with some beautiful sound slide profiles New York residents.

I'm about half way through watching them, and I just saw the one on Steven Marmo, an ironworker who used to get in bar fights every weekend until he picked up a bike.

"If you don't see the negative, you're never going to realise what the positive is."

Really absorbing stuff. Check it out here.
Or jump straight to Steven Marmo here.

Thanks to @rwanderman on twitter for pointing me toward this.

The decade in pictures

  • Posted by howies
  • 21 December 2009

The Big Picture have done some blogged 4 sets of pictures to round up the year and decade.
Well worth a look.

cheer up!

  • Posted by mark
  • 17 December 2009


i was sent this picture the other day, its from a friend of mine and it's of her dog Winnie and some new arrivals, i've been trying to find an excuse to post it on here ever since, after the video from tim i thought it might help put a smile on peoples faces, this is what i came up with...

december = christmas

christmas = snow

snow = huskies

huskies = puppies

puppies = everyone loves a puppy

Staircase Gallery- James Whitaker

This morning our Graham Carter exhibition came down and James Whitaker came in to put up his photography exhibition "After Redundancy".


He originally got in touch with us back in July about a project he was working on.

"On the 20th March 2009 The Guardian reported that the Royal Institute of British Architect's president, Sunand Prasad, said that in his estimation 30% of architects were currently unemployed or underemployed.   On 1st April 2009 I was made redundant from a prominent design studio in London and decided to set out alone as a freelance photographer.
A couple of weeks ago I was talking to friends and started to realise just how diverse architects reactions to redundancy have been.   Some have found architectural work again, while others have turned to teaching or academia, labour on sites, medical admin, others have become artists, restaurateurs, chefs, photographers, lighting designers, web journalists...   the list goes on.
So since then I have been working on a photography project taking portraits of architects who have been made redundant within the last twelve months documenting the new directions that it has taken them.   My aim is to gather around 30 portraits in total by the start of September."

His prints will be up for the next month, so come by and check it out.  They are really stunning prints with a really apt concept.


  • Posted by howies
  • 9 December 2009

A while back in the summer I entered a competition with Globe Bikes, to write a blog for them, for their Globe Experience.  It was to see in the launch for their new 2010 range of bikes.  Suffice to say I won a place in the team of 18 bloggers world wide.

The blogs started on 1st November, when I received the Globe Roll.  The idea is for 3 months each of us are writting about our experiences on our bikes...not specifically product reviews, just our experiences.


Mine has gotten off to a slow start as I went off to India for 2 weeks.  But I'm back now, and getting back on it!  I'm not commuting to work as yet- just finding my feet in my spare time, cycling around north east London with my friends.  I haven't had a bike for years...since I was 8 years old I think.  I'm really enjoying getting back into cycling!

You can follow my blog from this link.

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