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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


processingemily1e emily 2eshedFor other pinhole photography check out Justin Quinnell


Pinhole Workshop

Photo taken with pinhole
Photo taken with pinhole, Zummerzet Photography, Pinhole Photography Workshop

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

Kindly supported by

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.

mobile darkroommobile darkroom

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

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.


Creative Photography Open Exhibition

Ilminster Arts Centre will be hosting Creative Photography Exhibition 2014 as showcase of photographic work with examples of diverse and experimental processes.

Downtown Hyderabad 1, framed, Sam Burton,

The exhibition will run from August 25th to September 13th open daily. Sam Burton of ‘zummerzet photography’ has three hand printed black and white framed prints featuring some Indian portraits of ‘Downtown Hyderabad’. For more information check our blog . For updates and information follow and like us on Facebook andTwitter

Venue address is – The Arts Centre at the Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster, TA19 0AN – 01460 55783

Black & White Photographic Exhibition – September

Alan Photo for Day in the Life of a driver, sam burton
Alan Photo for Day in the Life of a driver, Sam Burton –

Sam Steams Back To The Future

As part of Somerset Art Weeks (SAW) 2014, Sam Burton of ‘zummerzet photography‘ and a member of Exposure47 will be using Black and White film this exhibition will be exhibiting ten darkroom handprints which show a glimpse into the life of England’s Longest Steam Railway. The images show a typical day enjoyed by a steam locomotive driver. Burton, who is passionate about traditional techniques, used a medium format camera and black and white film to be in period with the subject. Alan ‘the driver’ has already achieved fame in advertising campaigns for companies such as Aldi and is the ‘face’ of ‘REAL’ crisps and was very excited at being in Burtons project.

Links to Aldi advert and ‘REAL’ crisps.

In keeping with the period theme of his project Sam Burton will explore Victorian photographic working methods and then evolve the images with the latest technology during the launch of his SAW exhibition that begins September 20th 2014 at the Bishops Lydeard Station Museum.


During the infancy of photography in the mid 1800s it was common practice to use mobile darkrooms; usually a horse drawn carriage blacked out and fitted with a safe light panel for illumination. The photographer would load his camera plate; make the exposure and process on location. Sam will be using 1950s version of the Victorian view camera with the public invited to take part by having a portrait made, Sam will develop negatives in wet chemistry and participants and spectators will be able to watch the process take place. This practical event will open take place on 20th September.

Venue address

Gauge Museum, Platform 1

Bishops Lydeard Railway Station

Bishops Lydeard



Dates & Times

10am to 4pm

The exhibition will be open for view every day from September 20th to October 5th. I will be at the venue on 20, 21, 24, 25, 27 and 28 September and 2, 3, 4, and 5 of October.



For more information look at our blog

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Event Kindly Sponsored by ‘The Golsoncott Foundation’

The Golsoncott Foundation

Somerset Carnivals

One of Somerset’s key events is the Carnival we documented North Petherton Carnival. 


A week after Bridgwater in which we were participated with the West Somerset Railway we documented the same procession with a smaller audience from the 100,000 people that watch Bridgwater’s – which claims to be Europe biggest illuminated event. More photos at my blog

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