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Woke up this morning to a Jackdaw in our studio. I heard a banging noise against glass and came down to find River trying to catch it. He had opened a window and was trying to grab it but it kept flying and crashing into the glass. By the point I took this picture, he was in tears, fearing it would die. The bird then suddenly became very still and I caught it and set it free through the window. It flew off happily, with smiles all round from the boys. This has happened once or twice over the years here. The Jackdaws nest in the attic and they occasionally come down the chimney flue and out through the open fireplace into the room. Happy to show you the colour in the garden right now. It is at its best with giant rhododendrons and azaleas out in full. In a month’s time it will be an over-grown impenetrable jungle void of any colour but green.


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Another moment from the moor this evening. Saxon, my eldest son, is always cuddling his pony. And when he does, his pony stands still and gazes out at the view each time. It’s a special thing to be able to see so far, once we get up there. And it seems the ponies feel this too. I think the effect is similar to that of the sea on one’s soul. A vastness. As wild as one can get in this country. You find yourself being quiet. Not needing to speak. And I think this is a great thing for my little chatterboxes.

From the moor

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Live from the moor… straight from my phone. It’s a gorgeous evening and I met the boys at the gate off the school bus with saddles at the ready. The weather today has been rain, sun, rain, sun.. so I thought we’d make the most of the gaps in the clouds and head out. They’ll go to bed late but sometimes it just has to be done.. Lovely clouds up here. More later when we’re home!

Bath time

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Bath time tonight. A disaster all round. I’ve been trying over the past few weeks to recreate a picture I took of the boys 5 years ago in the bath with Wellington when he was a puppy, but with our new rescue Pointer ‘Red’ in the mix. Unfortunately, neither dog likes water but Welly has grown to really despise it, making this task a nightmare. Low light, low speed, low depth, moving dogs, and/or moving boys, moving mother dodging splashing water… oh – why do I even attempt such impossible tasks. Boys finally asleep. Need a glass of wine.


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The horses know the sound of my engine and usually one or other greets me over the hedge half way up the lane towards our gate. Today it was Little Black, River’s pony, who came to say hi.

Scene at the market

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Nipped first thing to Hatherleigh market to buy some more guinea fowl to join my loan male who is starting to look sad without his fox-eaten friends and spend time on my windowsill looking at me. But there was every kind of bird under the sun except guinea fowl. There were not many smiles going on during the auction, but the cheerful bloke carrying these geese said he’d bring me some next Tuesday. Chatting to an elderly lady in the tiny, rammed, cafe, she told me she had lived here all her life and remembers standing in this very shed when she was a little girl, with her father and their cows tied up to the same railing we were leaning against in the queue for tea and cake.


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Hi. I’m Juliette Mills, @juliettemills2014 taking over Burndiary this week. I’m a photographer, writer and single mother of two very active little boys, with a home full of animals including three horses. We live in the middle of Dartmoor National Park, Devon, in the South West of England, 1000ft above sea level on the edge of the open moor. We have an over-grown Narnia-esque garden and woodland, and are surrounded by sheep and cattle farms. 90% of the national park land is used for hill farming of livestock, which includes many private farms that have common rights to graze their animals on the moor. In many ways Dartmoor feels lost in time. But it is also very forward-thinking with ethical farming and non-profit community farming and vegetable-growing organisations. There is an exceptionally high number of artists, writers and sculptors who have been drawn to live on Dartmoor, joining generations of farmers. Image – Running for the school bus this morning. No matter how early we wake up, the boys always seem to catch the bus by the skin of their teeth or miss it. It picks them up at our gate, but we have a very long driveway. Sometimes I run with them. But if I’m feeling lazy I just send the dogs to accompany them.

Katia Repina and Luca Aimi – I Don’t Need To Know You


Katia Repina and Luca Aimi

I Don’t Need To Know You

“To remain being a man is not only something absurd, It is also something outdated.” Jordi Roca, 2012

This collaborative project by photographers Katia Repina and Luca Aimi explores cruisi
ng in Cataluña, Spain. This process of searching for sexual encounters in public places such as parks, beaches and parking lots, has traditionally been viewed in the context of male homo- sexuality.

I Don’t Need To Know You ventures further in an attempt to reveal and understand the complexity of motivations and feelings that drive the subjects – broadcasting a sense of loneliness, shame, guilt, exclusion, adrenaline, the narrative poses disturbing questions in search for hid- den reasons and excuses. Silence and anonymity are the main characteristics of those engaged in cruising. The practice of cruising is the direct result of a cultural system based on inequality. It responds to the need to create spaces for minorities, where they can satisfy individual desires without the need to explain and justify themselves, or spend any money. Many people who go to cruising areas, do so because they can not go anywhere else. However, there are plenty of men who take up cruising for adrenaline. Almost every participant is not proud of what he does and is scared that somebody will recognize him. Unlike other homosexual places, the practice of anonymous sex in public spaces does not generate a collective identity. Some participants, though they have sexual interactions with other men, claim that they are heterosexual, that they are not really interested in other men and are actively opposed to being identified as homosexuals. Gay men go to cruising areas, on the contrary, as they feel attracted to other men. Sexually transmitted diseases is another important issue to consider when we talk about sex between strangers. Cruising is associated with unsafe sex, as many men who practice it determine the state of health of their partners from appearances. This usually means that more attractive people are blindly perceived as healthy. The extreme simplification of a sexual relationship is natural for some people, and rare for others. Cruising is often practiced by people who lead a “normal” life, who have a family, children, and who fulfill mere fantasies, desires, through these escapades.

The project shows a sexual practice that is unknown to many, giving a voice to people who are hiding because of fear of being recognized or misunderstood. Through watching and listening to these stories we are immersed into the atmosphere of excitement, fear, adrenaline, doubts, shame or absence of it, the silence, the secrets, the curiosity…

After all, these emotions are what makes a human being feel alive.




Katia Repina is a Russian documentary photographer and visual artist who has been based in Barcelona for the past seven years. She works on documentary projects which focus on intimate stories that spotlight the issues of gender, identity and sexuality.
Born in Moscow, 1988. After graduation from State University – Higher School of Economics (Moscow), Katia decided to move to Barcelona. 
In Barcelona Katia studied documentary pho tography and video. In 2013 she won the GrisArt Documentary Photography and Photojournalism Grant (Barcelona), and got an Honorable Mention at 2013 IPA Awards. Her project “Llámame Marta” won CLIC’14 Fotoperiodisme Jove Multimedia‑contest, the multimedia was screened at the Festival Visa Off (Perpignan, France), the Photón Festival (Valencia, Spain), The Sixth Argentinian Biennale of Documentary Photography (San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina), Minsk Month of Photography (Minsk, Belarus) and was exhibited at DOC Field Barcelona Festival, The Fence Photoville Festival (NY, USA). Her “Bivalino” project was shown at FineArt Igualada Festival 2015 (Igualada, Spain). In 2015 Katia was selected for the Eddie Adams Workshop and for the Angkor Photo Festival Workshop. Her projects were published in PDN,, VICE Spain, P3 Publico Portugal, Women in the World (In association with The New York Times), The Huffington Post, The Post Internazionale, Daily Mail, Feature Shoot, Narratively, Roads & Kingdoms, Catraca Livre (Brasil), La Lettre de la Photographie, GUP Magazine, etc.

Luca Aimi is an Italian documentary photographer currently based in Barcelona. His work has been shown in different spaces, like FotoColectania gallery (Barcelona), at the Catalunya área during the Biennale di Venezia. His project “The Walter Benjamin Zone” was exposed in J.E.E.P. (Paris), and during the photography festival Fine Igualada 2015.


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Happy Friday the 13th


Happy Friday the 13th, says Roger

Our readers here may remember when we ran Roger Ballen with I fink ur freaky, and in our BURN.01 book. On this Friday the 13th, with great pleasure, we present again stunning new work… enjoy!