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‘this table is sad…’ on facebook thanks to LensCulture

Posted in LensCulture, this table is sad... by npicola on September 24, 2014

LensCulture have shared this photograph from my series ‘this table is sad because no one is sitting at it’ to their facebook audience – over 240,000 followers!

this table is sad because no one is sitting at it

this table is sad because no one is sitting at it

To see more images from this series go to my website: http://www.njmaskrey.com/#/this-table-is-sad/4533650607

The LensCulture Visual Storytelling 2014 campaign aims to discover the best visual storytellers today,  searching for Documentary, Personal Stories, Photojournalism, Fictional Narratives, or any other photographic series that tell a story.  To find out more about the campaign click here.

Here’s a snapshot of the post – since posting it’s hit a 680 likes, and over 40 shares all over the world!

'this table is sad because no one is sitting at it' shared by LensCulture on facebook

from ‘this table is sad because no one is sitting at it’

And here it is again, in their Volume 3  Album

Lensculture Visual Storytelling Awards - Entrants Volume 3

Lensculture Visual Storytelling Awards – Entrants Volume 3

Ophelia in the Polaroid Show

Posted in Ophelia #1-6, other exhibitions by npicola on September 11, 2014

Image #1 from the Ophelia series will be showing at Doomed Gallery, Dalston, London on 12th-13th September.

Featuring Polaroid based work from over 100 photographers the exhibition is  at 65/67 Ridley Road,Dalston, London E8 2NP, and open on the following days/times:

Friday 12th September – 6-9pm
Saturday 13th September – 4-8pm

Friday’s opening also features Polaroid related talks from Kevin Mason and Joel Chernin between 7.30-8.30pm.

Ophelia #1 - Polaroid emulsion lift

Ophelia #1 – Polaroid emulsion lift

From Monday 15th September all works will also be shown online

To find out more about the exhibition either check out (and follow) Doomed Gallery’s tumblr site or find them on Facebook.

Doomed Gallery exists to support and push photographers. Coming from the DIY scene they showcase the most exciting in both up-and-coming and established photographers, as well as visual artists.

Chasing Shadows in Budapest!

Posted in Chasing Shadows by npicola on September 5, 2014

Chasing Shadows – wire window is featuring in the group exhibition ‘Stories’ by PH21 Gallery, Budapest.

Organised by PH21 Gallery, the exhibition is hosted by the Werk Stílus és Kommunikációs Akadémia

“Looking at a photograph may allow for understanding much about the past leading up to the captured moment; it may also enable the viewer to imagine the possible futures evolving from the frozen record of the here and now” Zsolt Batori

To see all of the photographs in the exhibition, read the juror’s review, or to buy a copy of the Exhibition Book  click here

Chasing Shadows - wire window

Chasing Shadows – wire window

The exhibition runs from 2nd – 22nd September 2014, open Monday to Friday  10am-6pm.

Werk Stílus és Kommunikációs Akadémia
Saletrom Loffice
Saletrom St. 4.
Hungary 1085

It’s about 3 minutes from the Rakozci Square Metro station of the new Metro line (Line 4) or about 10 minutes from Blaha (Line 2) or Corvin (Line 3).

PH21 Gallery is a contemporary exhibition space established in 2012 in Budapest, Hungary. The mission of the gallery is to provide group and solo exhibition opportunities and international exposure for contemporary photographers around the world. They have hosted a number of inspiring shows featuring talented photographers from all corners of the world.

Their website also functions as a virtual gallery, and all photographs included in their exhibitions are presented on the website.

Cornish Roads (hedges) in Lenscratch

Posted in Cornish Roads (hedges), other exhibitions, Uncategorized by npicola on September 1, 2014

This photograph from my series Cornish Roads (hedges) is in the latest online group exhibition  – Road Trip – from Lenscratch.

Cornish Roads (Hedges), A30 near Penzance, Cornwall

Cornish Roads (Hedges), A30 near Penzance, Cornwall

Road Trip features photographs captured near and far, in the car and along the way. There are some great photographs – to see them all click here

Showing work by emerging and established photographers, L E N S C R A T C H is considered one of the 10 Photography-Related blogs you should be reading by Source Review, Wired.com, Rangefinder and InStyle Magazine.

Ophelia #1-4 at Shape Gallery, Westfield Stratford

Posted in Ophelia #1-6, Shape Arts Gallery by npicola on August 8, 2014

Ophelia #1-4 are now exhibiting at the Shape Gallery in Westfield Stratford City.

The exhibition is on until 18th October 2014, with work for sale by 20 artists – including etchings, photography, ceramics and paintings.

The gallery is open from Wednesday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm,  at:

Westfield Stratford City, 91/92 The Street, London, E20 1EJ

(nearest station Stratford – Jubilee, Central, DLR, Overground lines)


Here’s a shot of my work in situ:

Ophelia #1-4 at Shape Gallery, Westfield Stratford

Ophelia #1-4 at Shape Gallery, Westfield Stratford

Ophelia #1-6 is a limited edition run of 30 sets of hand made original prints, signed recto and mounted on conservation grade board. Print size 12cm x 9cm, mount size 30cm x 42cm.

Although only images 1-4 of Edition 7 are in the exhibition, you can request to purchase the full set of 6.

Here’s an image from the series:

Ophelia #4

Ophelia #4

About Ophelia #1-6:

Ophelia #1-6 is an exploration of the story of Shakespeare’s Ophelia, made in response to studying previous artistic interpretations of the text.  Combining underwater digital photography with alternative printing, this series studies the destruction and turmoil that lies beneath the romanticism and serenity suggested in traditional representations of her fate, both in image and process.

After creating these underwater photographs I repeatedly printed and re-photographed them using lo-fi techniques to intensify and degrade them. In the final stage I used the now discontinued Polaroid 669 film to make water-based emulsion lifts onto textured watercolour paper; the destructive yet delicate nature of the process continuing the themes of the subject matter.

You can see the full set on my website.


About Shape Arts:

The Shape Gallery showcases some of the UK’s most exciting disabled artists, featuring contemporary works by both well-known names and new talent, bringing vibrant energy to Westfield Stratford’s stylish outdoor quarter, ‘The Street’.  Right by the Olympic Park, Westfield Stratford City is Europe’s largest urban shopping and leisure centre.

In case you want to know what exactly you’re looking for – here is a photograph of Shape’s lovely light and spacious gallery, right next to lots of cafes selling tasty food.

Shape Gallery, The Street, Westfield Stratford

Shape Gallery, The Street, Westfield Stratford



Chasing shadows in RED – Hackney WickED 2014 documentation

Posted in Chasing Shadows, Hackney WickED! by npicola on August 5, 2014

A massive THANK YOU! to Hackney WickED and Lab Film Projects for including my work in this year’s programme – Very Moving Pictures.

To see the film in full click here – it’s best viewed at about 2-3m high. To look at the original photographs take a look at my website.

Here are a couple of photographs of my film as it was shown in the Cinema Lounge.

This version  has a more constant pace than the rhythmic original (shown at Islington Exhibits 2013) and emphasises the built up layers that appear within the transitions.

Chasing Shadows (ivy / wire window transition) - Hackney WickED Cinema Lounge projection

Chasing Shadows (ivy / wire window transition) – at Hackney WickED / Lab Film Projects

One of my long term aims with this piece is to show it in places where it can interplay with it’s surroundings – such as passing car lights and street lights, real-world shadows, shapes etc. I’d not previously had a chance to test this idea, until now.  But thanks to the quirks of photography I was able to pick up some images that also absorbed the ambient light – with some amazing effects!  (I must stress that it didn’t look like this to the naked eye – more like the first picture above)

Chasing Shadows (house / steps transition) in red

Chasing Shadows (house / steps transition) in red – at Hackney WickED / Lab Film Projects

I’m now even more keen to project this series in every-day places, so will start the hunt now ready for a good evening location that I can use when the clocks go back!

Cornish hedges in F-Stop Magazine, online now!

4 images from my new series – Cornish Roads (hedges) – have been selected for this month’s F-Stop Magazine’s August 2014 Group Exhibition, ‘On the Road’.

F-STOP MAGAZINE is an online photography magazine featuring contemporary photography from established and emerging photographers from around the world. Each issue has a theme or an idea that the unites the photographs to create a dynamic dialogue among the artists.

See the whole group exhibition here, or click here to scroll straight through to my images.


B3306 (ragwort, common sorrel, red campion, hedge woundwort)

Created using a mobile phone camera, this series documents a small sample of the vibrant hedges lining Cornwall’s 4,500 miles of twisting ancient roads that have grown out of simple tracks since Neolithic times. Although they appear wild, the original hedges are man-made and are tended on an annual basis.

Speeding through the flowers, leaves and grasses as they tumbled over each other, I was captivated by the vivid colours that reflected the abstract, modern art of the region.  I couldn’t help but acknowledge how fleeting my presence is in comparison to the many years that these flowers have bloomed.


B3306 (bracken, cocks foot)

Cornish Roads (hedges) is part of a larger body of work that I’m slowly building – Roadside Planting.   You can also see more images from this series and body of work on my twitter and instagram pages.

Chasing Shadows at Hackney WickED!

Posted in Chasing Shadows, Hackney WickED! by npicola on July 31, 2014

Chasing Shadows (multilayered silent film) will be showing at this year’s Hackney WickED festival, in the Lab Film Projects Cinema Lounge!

About Hackney WickED:

Hackney WickED is an annual arts festival taking place all around Hackney Wick, London from 1st August.

The festival is a dynamic force for promoting local culture – dedicated to providing a platform for artists to showcase their work alongside established and international names.

About the Lab Film Projects Cinema Lounge:

Screenings and performances of contemporary artist’s film and video, alongside live audio-visual performance and installation. Exciting, surprising, innovative and challenging, with appearances by directors and artists, the cinema is personal and engaging, and the place to see cutting-edge moving image works.


Chasing Shadows will be in the Experimental Film section of the main programme which also includes live performances halfway through.  The two programmes run from 12-7.30pm on Saturday 2nd August (experimental films towards the end) and 12-7.30pm on Sunday 3rd August (experimental films first).


Swan Wharf, 2nd Floor Cinema Lounge, 60 Dace Road, Hackney Wick, London, E3 2NQ

Chasing Shadows - steps

Chasing Shadows – steps

Chasing Shadows is a night journey, a peaceful sleepwalk through a silent world bereft of people.  As the evening light transforms the everyday into a dreamlike state, familiar urban landscapes disappear underneath resilient vegetation.

For this series I used long exposures on 35mm black and white film to record the contemplative stillness of the night, the only movement in the wind blowing through leaves. I hand printed the images with lith developer on old fibre based paper to create single edition prints with a tactile quality and degraded aesthetic reminiscent of illustrative drawing or etching.

Winning a 2013 Islington Exhibits Artists Award, I was commissioned to rework the images into a large-scale projection installation for solo exhibition, which I have since further refined using multiple exposure layering of the images. The projection paradoxically represents the frozen moments as transitory echoes of the original, each dissolving into the next in a slow, rhythmic loop.

Here is some documentation of the original projection installation:

Chasing Shadows - time based projection installation

Chasing Shadows – projection

Click here to see the film

Click here to see more of the series

Lensculture Emerging Talent 2014 – early favourites

Posted in LensCulture, Ophelia #1-6 by npicola on July 30, 2014

I’ve just stumbled across this and leapt out of my seat!

Ophelia’s in the middle of the second row

This is an album of editors favourite entries to their 2014 Emerging Talent competition (when you’re scrolling through I’m at 149).

Here’s a link to the album: https://www.lensculture.com/articles/jim-casper-collection-test-jc-1-july-2014

Ophelia #1

Ophelia #1

Although I didn’t make it to the top 50, there were thousands of entries from 94 countries so I’m really happy to have had my work showcased in this album and on their facebook page as part of the competition.  Congratulations to the winners!

Too see more from my Ophelia series take a look at my website

…late additions (Alma Street Fair today!)

Today!!   Sunday 27th July, from 12-7pm at Alma Street and Inkerman Road, NW5, London

As well as 5 complete sets (and a handful of single images) of the Ophelia series, I’ve some teeny tiny prints of other photographic works – some new, some not so new, and a couple of my old favourites too.

The Gloucester and Sharpness Canal

The Gloucester and Sharpness Canal

Perfect for small budgets, prints include a selection of interesting trees and plants, a striking section of rock (which reminds me of the Boyle family), and an impressive bird – a new image from the series Heralds (faded glory).

Heralds (faded glory)

Heralds (faded glory)

Regents Park, spring 2014

Regents Park, spring 2014

There’ll also be 6 prints from my new series Cornish Roads (hedges) – more information on this work later but here’s an image from the series:

Cornish B Roads (hedgerows)

Cornish B Roads (hedgerows)

There are two stages, and lots of lovely food and goodies for sale on Alma Street.

Inkerman Road is also transformed into an outdoor art gallery filled with exhibitions, print sales and art workshops.  This is where you’ll find me from 12-7pm.


You can follow this year’s festival on twitter: @AlmaStreetFair

Or you can read more about it here: http://www.kentishtowner.co.uk/2014/07/23/alma-street-fair-back-back-back-plus-two-check/


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