Reading yesterday's Sunday Times here in the UK I was amused to see Jez Coulson's site in the list of the 100 best blogs. Mad pictures of New York taxis interspersed with images from his archive and more up to date photographs shot in his spare time (?) on assignment accross the USA and the rest of the world. It's always an interesting read, although sometimes I feel that I have the distinct advantage of knowing the guy and being able to imagine his prose in his voice.

 

I've known Jez since the summer of 1984 when we started at photographic college together. We worked as a team on many of the college projects and shared a house for almost two years. After college we started our own small agency in London which we ran for seven years. His passion for photography has always been hard to define but his blog goes a long way towards putting that energy into a form that people who have never met him might understand.

We don't see as much of each other as we used to but we constantly watch each others' work and the web has made it relatively easy for me to get inspiration from Jez. The picture above was taken at Christmas 2007 when he was over in the UK visiting his parents and we went up to see him, his partner and their kids. Even on a late afternoon stroll we managed to shoot a lot of pictures.

Congratulations on being in the top 100 my friend, maybe next year I'll have graduated from a pre-blog to a real blog and be right behind you in the list!

© Neil Turner February 2009



 
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