All posts by Samuel Burton

Launch of‘Explore, Dream, Discover’

‘The words of Mark Twain inscribed on the walls of a local café in Somerset jumped out at me some decade ago. It goes on to say ‘Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails’,

An experience, like walking on water, it takes faith to leave the safety next of the boat, right? There’s a guy from the good book called Pete, and he actually went for it… walked on the water, what a story. Inspirational.

Many things have been outside my comfort zone, from nights in an Indian slum, to a week with the Amish and refugee camps in the Middle East to name a few. The mix of uncertainty mixed with wonder of culture have certainly shaped and made me.

For me you can’t read about experiences you have to be there, it’s the same for me today when I visit a house, business, family, I’m enriched and feel I’ve stepped into a different world.

Perhaps you need to embrace social media, or need some new creative input?

I’d love to chat,

Blessings, Sam


Sam is based in the County town of Somerset, Taunton.

10 years of industry experience awaits…. Photography, Marketing, Design and Video, his heart is to share his training and experience with a vibrant pallet of creativity with businesses across the South West.

Working alongside a collaborative of photographers at Exposure47 and others in the industry Sam has rare experience in Black & White film so if you’re looking for something a little bit different, we’d love to chat!

Sam worked as a designer for the West Somerset Railway in their Marketing Department for a number of years before becoming Marketing Manager for the largest tea and coffee brand in the West Country, Miles Tea & Coffee. After nearly 5 years there with a ‘call’ in his life to go a new adventure. Taking a step of faith Sam now works freelance on various design, marketing, social media and video projects, this has also allowed him to become more involved with a number of youth and young adults charities in the area.

The aim is never to be rich but rather to enrich and give hope in the culture and community of our County.

Bless you.

Clients have included, Exmoor National Park, Croyde Surf Academy, West Somerset Railway, Weston Sea Quarium, Abergavenny Food Festival, Taunton Youth For Christ, Corris Railway, Harrys Cider.

Results from the Pinhole Workshops

toby 1eWe had a great day on Saturday creating Pinhole photos at Waterrow Village hall as part of the 10 Parishes Festival.

Here are some of the results below, exposures varied between 20-40 seconds. Everyone had great fun! Remember the 10 Parishes Festival is still running and finishes on Sunday 13th September.

Shooting some pinhole photography


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10 Parishes Festival

Nearly there!

Just reminder that there is a FREE pinhole photography workshop. Try your hand at some Pinhole Photography (and meDaravi, India, Zummerzet Photographyet a group of photographers from Exposure47) on Saturday 5th September. For more info click here

If you can’t make that, come along to Waterrow Village Hall between 11am-6pm from Saturday 5th September to Sunday 13th Septmber. ‘Step back in time! Using early photography techniques Sam will have striking hand-printed black and white prints on display including recent work from living in India. Cards and prints from the West Country and the World will be for sale.’


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Julia Margaret Cameron Day at Bridgwater College

We would like to invite you to our first art and design theme day on Saturday August 29th in the Arts and Media block at Bridgwater College from 10.30am until 3.30pm.

grafic pen emailWe will be celebrating the bi centenary of pioneering photographer Julia Margaret Cameron’s birth by making portraits using equipment and processes Cameron would have used in the mid Victorian period. Cameron’s art contemporaries will be recognised by interpretive painting and drawing that will run alongside. The growth of interest in retro photo processes is something of a current phenonimum. At Bridgwater College we already include a number of these across our existing provision and are now extending this further especially as part of our adult courses. We look forward to seeing you on the 29th any point during the day as the process will be continuous, and please do bring a friend with you. If you are unable to come please feel free to pass this invitation on to anyone who maybe interested in experiencing a day of live photo history.

Pinhole Workshop

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Photo taken with pinhole, Zummerzet Photography, Pinhole Photography Workshop

Saturday 5th September at Waterrow Village Hall as part of the 10 Parishes Festival.

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Experience the simplest form of photography by making a pinhole camera and processing the photo paper in the traditional way. A unique opportunity to create original photographs through a mobile darkroom, work like the photographic pioneers from the 19th century with wet processing on location, then turn your negative images into digital positives using 21st century technology and share them with your friends.

Three workshops will take place on Saturday with groups of 8 people at the Zummerzet photography stand at Waterow Village Hall.

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Pre-booking essential, to book a place please email

Workshop 1: 10:00-11:30

Workshop 2: 12:30-14:00

Workshop 3: 14:30-16:00

Conflict Time Photography

Conflict Time Photography

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Don McCullin perhaps the most well known conflict photographer of the 20th Century was featured more than once, a poignant print of Don’s was right at the end entitled The Battlefields of the Somme, France 2000. It summed up the mood after all the fighting; what was it for – a field? There we have it, captured in time, a peaceful French field as if Don’s own way of signing off the exhibition was PEACE.

Don McCullin, Time Conflict Photography, Zummerzet Photograph

Kurt Vonnegut was featured at the start. Kurt was in Dresden in WW2 and from the horrific experience of war he finished every text and essay with the word: ‘peace’.

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For what might have been forgotten, the collection brings together some of the true horrors of war, especially the Atomic bomb. Matsumoto Eiihi ‘Shadow of a soldier remaining on the wooden wall of the Nagasaki military headquarters’ 1945 is among them. Indeed it is a negative in itself, the brightness of the explosion has burnt the guard’s shadow onto the wood, both capturing a moment in time for future passers-by to comment on the truly unbelievable image.

The image on the front cover of the leaflet for the exhibition is by Shomei Tomatsu depicting the Japanese’s helmet abandoned on the broken floor. Another telling image is the watch, smashed, broken and stopped at 11.02 – the time the atomic bomb went off, when time stood still.

Time Conflict Photography, Tate Modern

It’s not all in the past; each room is takes you in time further from the event, from moments later to a century on at the end. A beautiful, haunting photograph by Luc Delahaye at the beginning of the exhibition from the Iraq war captured just after the US had bombed had a great impact; the dust falling, grey, chaos, a crumpled tank, rubble everywhere – it was like the taste of explosives was still in the air, indeed a recent event of the wars still continuing.

A thought-provoking set of images by Simon Norfolk was worth a careful observation; the layers of war visible and a relatively recent Victory arch left to decay with the rubble surrounding it.

I would strongly advise a visit to the Tate before the exhibition finishes. For more information check the Tate website.

Time, Conflict, Photography’ runs at the Tate Modern until 15th March 2015, tickets £14.50/£12.50. For more information, please visit the gallery’s website.

Happy Christmas!!

Happy Christmas everyone, thank you for all you valued custom over the past year and wishing you all a very prosperous and successful 2015. We will be closed from 25th December until 5th Jan, emails and messages will be replied to on the evening of the 5th January 2015.


Carnival Time!

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Somerset’s carnivals are world famous, Bridgwater the biggest carnival event takes place on the first Saturday of November each year. It is recognised by most as Europe’s largest illuminated event.  It also is home to ‘Squibbing’ and for more information about the traditions of the carnival click here. Squibbing traditions are thought to go back as far as the 1600’s and on Saturday over 180 people took part in Bridgwater’s Squibbing.

bridgwater squibbing 2014
bridgwater squibbing 2014