Merry Christmas everyone!


24th December, final day of our Calvendo Advent calendar 2015. All that’s left to say now is: Have a very merry and wonderful Christmas everyone and enjoy it with family & friends! To put you in a peaceful and suitably snowy mood, our last door reveals one of Nadia Attura’s gorgeous pictures from her Nature in Art calendar. The award-winning and fine art photographer works with layers to texturise her work. We like the mood this creates, and hope you do, too!

Merry Christmas – Frohe Weihnachten – Joyeux Noël – Buon Natale – Feliz Navidad

CALVENDO self-publishers in conversation: Jon Grainge

From fashion to aviation, “I shoot what I like” says ex-RAF trainee jet pilot Jon Grainge. A few months back, he started using the Calvendo platform because it was, as he puts it, the next logical step for him to also produce calendars, after already publishing his own photo books and magazines. We agree!


Jon, can you talk a bit about your background as a photographer and how and when you took up photography?

I have had an interest in photography since I was at college in Taunton in 1965 when I loved taking pictures of graveyards in black and white. After I left the RAF (trainee jet pilot) I retained my interest in aviation with visits to many air shows which I photographed with an assortment of cameras. This I continue to the present day. After my retirement I took up shooting fashion models and to combine this with my love of travel, I arranged many trips around Europe and North Africa  to obtain some classic images. It was just before this period that I qualified with the Institute of Professional Photographers.

Jon's 'Cotswold Cottages' calendar

Jon’s ‘Cotswold Cottages‘ calendar

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Get on the phone!

Advent calendar door number 23: Pss, don’t forget to call a loved one this Christmas! Reminding you with this delightful pop art painting from our self-publisher JJ Galloway, a US artist who focuses on depicting the ‘beauty of the commonplace‘. Her Pop Culture calendar is full of nostalgic and sentimental icons of urban life that have been given a pop art twist.