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About Focus Pocus

Focus Pocus is home to my photography.

Artist’s Statement:
I got my first digital camera in 2002, a simple point and shoot Fuji 4900. Without any training or experience in photography, but with plenty of enthusiasm, inspiration and time for experimentation, I carried it with me everywhere and eagerly loaded the results in photoshop after each trip. From viewing other peoples work, reading a few books, getting feedback on photos from online communities and taking loads of bad photos myself I gradually improved, and was fortunate enough to win a few prizes in the first amateur exhibition I entered.

I never had an interest in photography prior to the digital revolution. It always seemed like so much hassle and expense that it wouldn’t be feasible to take the number of photos required to practice and expermiment enough to be any good . The concept of digital photography however fascinated me – instant results and unlimited ‘film’! Also, I’ve since learnt film photographers can spend days in the darkroom printing a photo over and over again until they get it just right, whereas the photoshop ‘digital darkroom’ makes this process much less painful, though unfortunately still slightly time consuming ;)

I could write more about why I love photography or what I think makes a good picture, but instead I’ll point towards a collection of quotes I’ve gathered where others have already said it, and probably more eloquently than I would.

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5 Responses to “About Focus Pocus”

  1. Rachael Cook Says:

    Dear Albert,

    My name is Rachael Cook. I am a photography student at Stivers School for the Arts in Dayton, Ohio. Stivers is an urban public arts high school and part of the Dayton Public School system. More information on Stivers School for the Arts can be found at

    I am writing to solicit a donation of a peice of your photography for our annual fundraiser. The photography department has, for the last four years, held a silent auction to raise money for the department. The auction consists of student work and donated work from professional photographers. All the proceeds raised through the auction go directly to the photography department, and are used to buy cameras for the students, darkroom equipment, and general photography supplies which keep our program running each year.

    The auction is set for February 23 and 24. We will mat and frame any unframed donations. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at any time. If you would like to contact my teacher, his email is below. Thank you very much for your time.


    Rachael Cook

    Photography teacher:

    Robert Giesler
    Stivers School for the Arts
    325 Homewood Ave.
    Dayton, Oh 45405

  2. Mark Tracey Says:

    Your portfolio are excellent. Well worth browsing through.
    I’ll be back frequently to see whats new


  3. Marcos Maia Says:

    Greetings Albert MacSweeny

    nice Work!
    Your work are excellent, I will back here!

    Best Regards from Brazil

  4. Pedagogy Plant Says:

    Albert hi, love your work. Hope you don’t mind but we used one of your images on our Coole Park photo album.

    Keep up the amazing creativity.

    Pedagogy Plant.

  5. sue swan Says:

    photos you have taken at the colour run sunday 8/2/15

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