The coolest place I’ve visited in a while


I was surprised how expensive Mr Toppers in Tottenham Court Road has become. I haven’t been to a barber since I decided to cut my own hair. Or what remains of it. At Fred’s barber shop in Dubuque, Iowa, it’s $11 for adults and $10 for seniors and children. Cheaper […]

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Dan Rubin: Curiosity & Opportunity


How can being curious help your career? This is the main question behind our video series called Curiosity & Opportunity, I’ve co-created with Ian Sanders (iansanders.com). In episode three, shot entirely on an iPhone 6, we meet Dan Rubin, photographer, designer, creative director, for whom the iPhone has become one of […]

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My London street photography – 2015 so far


Here I was, thinking that I have no time for street photography and that film production has overtaken my life completely. But a quick rummage through my 2015 files (unbelievable how quickly they pile up) made me realise it’s actually not been as bad as I thought. True, I haven’t done many […]

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X-ray Audio – illegal music on the bone


We copy legally available music illegally all the time and think nothing of it. But things were different some 60-70 years ago in Soviet Russia where the term ‘legally available music’ referred to music that wasn’t prohibited by the state censor. And a lot of it was. Back then those who copied music didn’t do […]

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Curiosity & Opportunity: Jane ni Dhulchaointi


Last year I started an occasional video series with Ian Sanders called Curiosity & Opportunity. We want to find out how various creators, entrepreneurs and explorers use curiosity in their professional lives. Does curiosity create more opportunities for them or does it not matter at all? You can see our […]

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The Aegean – an iPhone 6 film


Towards the end of 2014 I travelled several times across the mind-blowingly stunning Aegean Sea between Athens and the Cycladic Islands. Each time I filmed some footage using just my iPhone 6, hoping to be able to edit it into something meaningful later. I had other video gear on me, but […]

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If you’re curious, you’ll love this


I think I was 11 or 12 when I sent my first letter to a local TV station to ask them if I can come in one day and see the studios and how they make live shows. To my surprise, they replied and invited me the following Saturday. I […]

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Creative types: Rob Lowe aka Supermundane


I first met Rob several years ago and already back then he was a kind of a cult figure. Drawing funny characters, creating simple, but beautiful visual treats, using curved lines and lots of imagination. Since then he’s started his own studio and became a successful artist creating a wide range […]

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Dear London, will you dance for me?


I recently shot a music video for a British-Norwegian band, Casa Murilo. Not my first venture into the music video world, but definitely my first where I was in total control of the project. I loved the track (called ‘Drive’) and I’ve managed to convince them to ditch their original […]

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I fell in love with a pole


Well, not just one…. You know what they say – when taking pictures in the street, look up to see more interesting things. (They do say that, don’t they? DON’T THEY?) In any case, never has it been more true than during my Greek holiday last month. We all know […]

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Awe-inspiring women: Tammy Parlour


I met Tammy a few years ago when she commissioned me to take some pictures for her site. That’s when I discovered the fascinating world of hapkido, a Korean martial art, which Tammy has been practising for over 30 years now. Since then we’ve worked together on a video for […]

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Michal Dzierza Visuals on Facebook


This is just a quick note to let everybody know I have a new Facebook page for my video and photography work – Michal Dzierza Visuals. I’ve decided (at last) to separate my private posts from my video and photography updates, which from now on can be found here (was […]

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Beautifully made video about typography


Titles and credits are usually the last thing I add to my videos when I’m ready to wrap up the post-production. And I guess I’m not the only one. I do try to find a good font to match the subject and the mood of the video, but normally end […]

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William Morris’s Red House


Thanks to a flying visit by my cousin – an art historian – last weekend I discovered William Morris’s Arts & Crafts-style Red House in Bexleyheath. Set in the middle of a sprawling, moderately attractive (that’s me being diplomatic) suburban jungle, the Red House was originally built when the area was mostly […]

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Side projects and paragliders


This is my latest video. It’s also my latest side project. It was never planned. I was driving to Beachy Head in East Sussex on a sunny Sunday morning and spotted a bunch of paragliders on the side of a hill. I stopped the car, asked a farmer whether it’s […]