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David Chalmers had only been working for a year as a professional photographer when, on behalf of Historic Royal Palaces, I commissioned him to take the photography for a new souvenir guide about the Crown Jewels housed in the Tower of London. But the work in his portfolio had a confidence and quality that belied his relative inexperience. And now that he has more than twenty years behind the camera it’s heart-warming to see that he still regards this project as a significant moment in his career.

The guide’s production coincided with the jewels’ imminent move to a new jewel house. This added significantly to the technical and logistical difficulties. We could only shoot at night after the Tower was closed to the public. The Crown Jewels could not be removed from the jewel house and had to be shot in-situ – a cramped environment at the best of times. No one other than the crown jeweller, David Thomas, could touch the jewels and even he wore white gloves at all times as he patiently followed instructions to move a piece a little more to the left… a little more… just a little more… too much… back a bit. a little more… (repeat for a few more minutes). Our shooting schedule was not based on an ideal from a photographic perspective but instead had to fit in with a quite separate schedule relating to the cleaning of individual pieces prior to being put into storage for relocation to the new jewel house. A few pieces had to be brought forward in the schedule because they were due to go ‘on-tour’ to other collections. Consequently the same photographic set would be made and broken many times rather than allowing us the luxury of shooting all the items using a particular set in sequence. Fortunately none of these problems show in the final images. And in many instances David managed to convey a sense of volume, scale and space that simply wasn’t there in the old jewel house.

As I type this I’m on my way up to Scarborough to catch up with David for a talk he’s giving about his work on the Crown Jewels. It’s taking place at the Scarborough Art Gallery. There’s a nice write-up in The Yorkshire Post headed ‘Ice work if you can get it’. The picture of Her Majesty accompanying the article isn’t by David unfortunately. But the crown below is one of his.

Crown Jewels

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If I had a penny for every time I’ve sent email attachments from my Mac to PC users, only to be told that the image arrived embedded rather than attached, I’d be able to give up the day job.

It doesn’t matter whether I check the ‘Send windows friendly attachments’ checkbox or not. And it doesn’t appear to be consistently a problem for all PC recipients.

I’ve often resorted to sending the files via an email download service such as yousendit.com

Today I thought I’d found the workaround: once you have attached the image to your email missive, right-click on the image and choose ‘view as icon’. The colourful image that Mail displays inline is replaced by a little downloadable image icon. And this, theoretically, is treated properly as an attachment by the PC user’s mail client. Not that intuitive and not very Apple-ish. Oh, and it doesn’t work. Or at least it didn’t work with a recent test sent to a friend using a PC.

I see there’s also a small plug-in application for Apple Mail that automates this and a number of other work-arounds available for the princely sum of $14.99 USD from Lokiware.

If anyone knows of a built in solution to the problem without resorting to third party applications do leave a comment below.

Postscript: since the initial posting the first comment and the solution I now regularly adopt (even though it is a pain) came from Chris (see below). Zip it (Compress it in OSX). It’s foolproof, or at least this fool thinks so.

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Christmas spirit and Seasons greetings

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Stranger and stranger's Xmas bottle 2011

Tweet I know it’s February already, twelfth night has long gone and all the decorations are packed away for another year. But some things just hang around. And with good reason. Two of my favourite Xmas boxes from 2011 both came from ex Fine White Line staffers: Kevin Shaw and Janet Ameer. From Kevin and […]

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The English Riviera, but not quite as I remember it.

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Tweet A strange thing to see aspects of your back catalogue re-surfacing out of context. Metronomy’s take on The English Riviera lifts not only the collective name given to the three resorts of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham – something we helped re-introduce through an overhaul of their marketing and advertising through Travis Dale many, many […]

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Richard Seymour and The Pilot’s Prayer

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Tweet Richard Seymour gave a truly inspiring talk at Designer Breakfasts on the 24th June in BBH’s Kingly Street offices. The central theme was based on the thought that a designer has a special responsibility, and ability, to reveal the truth. The clue was wrapped up in the title of the talk: ‘The Pilot’s Prayer’. […]

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ICANN says you can

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Tweet There was a piece on Radio 4′s Today at the start of the week stating ICANN have now approved the change making it possible for the use of brand names and other generic domain extensions. Talking to Pauline Amphlett of Brand Guardians the week before, she raised these key points: Although there can now […]

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Make Believe – a pop up Xmas showcase of designer makers from Cockpit Arts

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Tweet I attended this evening’s private view of Make Believe – a pop up Xmas showcase of designer makers from Cockpit Arts. I’ve been a particular fan of Liz Emtage’s beautiful porcelain lamps ever since I first set eyes on them over a year ago. And this lamp, with it’s deep impressions of roses is a […]

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2 for 1 offer for History of Advertising Trust

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Tweet Barry Cox was the Account Director at CDP when we worked on Becks for Scottish & Newcastle. He now runs The History of Advertising Trust, and it’s in desperate need of funding. Its advertising archive is the largest in the world and also includes the largest collection of CDP’s work anywhere. But, unless HAT […]

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Polishing up presentation skills

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Tweet Recently I’ve been giving a series of two hour talks on various aspects of social media. In the last two sessions I was lucky enough to have Lin Sagovsky as one of the attendees. Amongst other things, Lin runs Play4Real – a consultancy that takes theatre techniques into the workplace as a way of […]

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Richard Swan follows up last years BNI song with a Beat Poem

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Tweet At this year’s BNI Big Breakfast the first speaker’s slot was given over to Richard Swan who had penned a new piece to follow up on last year’s pastiche of Don Maclean’s American Pie. This time around the musical backdrop was a composition of his own. Watch the home recorded version on YouTube here: […]

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