BRIGHT – flower meets fence

Two images from my sketchbook project #flowermeetsfence have been chosen to be part of a lovely exhibition in the Atrium Gallery at St James’s Insitute of Oncology, Leeds.


Organised by Shutter Hub, the exhibition opens on Friday 5th August and runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, until October 26th 2016. 

The full address is St James’s Institute of Oncology, Bexley Wing, St James’s University Hospital, Beckett Street, Leeds, LS9 7TF.

Featuring a wide range of photographers, the exhibition is described as a colourful, inspiring and intriguing body of work. 25% of all sales from the exhibition will go to the Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal.

Here’s a link to more information about the exhibition: http://shutterhub.org.uk/blog/bright-a-shutter-hub-exhibition-in-leeds

Shutter Hub provides opportunities, support and networking for creative photographers worldwide.

One of the largest in the UK and treating 2000 patients each day, St James’s offers integrated cancer services for the people of Leeds and is a specialist centre for patients with cancer in Leeds, Yorkshire and across the North of England.

The Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal is the fundraising arm of the centre, and provides specialist medical equipment, research and development and patient ‘home comforts’.

Shutterhub Open

I’m very happy to be taking part in this year’s Shutter Hub Open – a month of photography exhibitions and events across Cambridge from 24th June until 24th July 2016.

Shutter Hub is an organisation providing opportunities, support and networking for creative photographers worldwide.

My photograph – North London street, reflected – will be on display in STIR coffee shop as part of an exhibition spanning three Cambridge venues.

The full programme for the Shutter Hub Open 2016 can be found at http://shutterhub.org.uk/blog/OPEN2016, including talks, workshops and a portfolio review.

North London street, reflected

North London street, reflected

 

STIR is at 253 Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4 1BG.  www.stircambridge.co.uk

You can see the exhibition  from 24th June:

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat – 8AM – 6PM

or Sun – 9AM – 5PM

Private View: 24 June 2016, 6PM to 8PM* 

The other two exhibition venues are:

HOT NUMBERS COFFEE, Gwydir St, Cambridge, CB1 2LJ 

Private View: 22 June 2016, 7PM to 9.30PM*

Mon, Tue, Wed, Sat – 7.15AM to 6PM
Thurs, Fri – 7.15AM to 10.30PM
Sun – 8AM to 8PM

www.hotnumberscoffee.co.uk

 

NOVI, 12 Regent Street, Cambridge, CB2 1DB

Private View: 23 June 2016, 7PM to 9.30PM*

Open Mon, Tue, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat – 9AM – 3 AM,
Sun – 9AM – 11PM

www.novicambridge.co.uk

 

*Private Views are free to attend, please RSVP to info@shutterhub.org.uk

 

The 2016 Shutter Hub Open is sponsored by Metro Imaging and supported by Anglia Ruskin University, PhotoVoice, Novi, Hot Numbers Coffee, Stir, Cambridge School of Art, Art at the Alison Richard Building

Obsolete and Discontinued

I’ve recently been darkroom printing again in my bathroom, the first time in about 8 years.

London based photographer, printer, and alternative processes expert Mike Crawford put out a call to photographic artists interested in alternative processes to take part in a group project: Obsolete and Discontinued.

Mike had been given a lot of out of date paper by a customer – it had belonged to his late uncle – some of the papers were 20-30 years old.  Mike distributed the papers to about 50 photographic artists all over the world, including members of the London Alternative Photography Collective.

For this project I took an image that I shot on my Iphone5s – Dennis’s Greenhouse.

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Then following excellent advice from Mike I made a black and white negative onto inkjet acetate, from which I made contact prints onto out of date Agfa Brovira paper, and developed using out of date lith developer, and out of date stop and fix.  Here’s what I ended up with:

 

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Obsolete and Discontinued is premiered at the Revela T analogue photography festival at Vilassar de Dalt near Barcelona, from 20th May to 5th June.

 

Update – added 19th June 2016:

Here is a great video of the festival from photographer Borut Peterlin:

https://borutpeterlin.wordpress.com/2016/06/03/from-revela-t-the-festival-of-analogue-photography/

 

Here’s also some photographs from the Obsolete and Discontinued exhibition:

Left: Bret Sampson self portrait. Right; David Yates pinhole portrait by Andy Atkinson and Mike Crawford.

 

Installation

Installation photograph by Daniel Berrangé‎, my image is the second print from the right.

Another juxtaposition

A few of my photographs have been included in the tumblr blog: black mountain mass.  The blog presents passages of text alongside photographs and other artists images found on the internet. It’s a great site to lose yourself in.

My images, from ‘this table is sad…‘ and ‘I Keep Diamonds…‘, have been placed with lines from John Tyndall’s ‘The Glaciers of the Alps’.

Here are the posts (click through them to get to the blog):

Ophelia’s travels

I found one of my Ophelia photographs on a blog.  I think it is a Portuguese writer, mixing images and text – here’s the link: casaetextodaana

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Ophelia #3

My photograph was accompanied by a long passage; the translation, although clumsy (I just pasted the original text into Google translate), is still beautiful and sad:

“I dreamed of you tonight. You who have the eye color of honey and when exposed to the sun shines.

Clarissa had the kindness of a few, a respect for life. He told me he felt a huge void, and the rebates he passed went back and forth, made her tremble and spend hours in bed. I never understood why she, so beautiful and intelligent could not ignore the ugly.

From an early age, even if not old enough to read, insisted that teach. Connecting the dots of the letters, united the words, pretending to read the comic books. As a teenager, wrote poetry … if locked-hours in the room with Clarice in hand. I read several times the same lines. He copied in the diary that he thought more beautiful. That was all for her. I want to remind you, but sometimes I forget your face shape.

There was a time in which succumbed. Not left, not studying, not read, did not eat. Doctors indicated drugs she took not. Smell your journal. Spend my finger that lock of hair you gave me.

Clarissa spent the days without knowing why he lived. And I, who both loved her, did not understand why she feel that way. Like everything else in his life, it was determined in ending with his grief. His decision kills me. In the dream I had today you turned a water bubble and dissolved.

I wonder what was the last thing you thought. They want me to forget you. No longer meet with Clarissa nor I will see her beautiful eyes and shiny hair. Still, constantly I think about what I would say to her. I would say that sadly nearly over. I think her so much. I try to believe in something since gone.”

Ophelia is a series of Polaroid Emulsion Lifts onto water colour paper made in response to studying previous artistic interpretations of Shakespeare’s text. The 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.

This photograph was also used previously for the cover of River Wolton’s anthology of poems: Leap.

 

Life Framer Edition II Annual

The Life Framer Edition II Annual is out now and selling like hot cakes!  From a limited edition run of 300, I think there’s now about 30 copies left for sale.

Featuring images from 100 photographers, the annual includes my photograph from Cornish Roads (hedges), in Flow, one of the shortlisted winners for the theme Colours.

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Life Framer is an award designed to source and showcase outstanding photography from amateur, emerging and established photographers, aiming to bring exposure to talented photographers from all over the world.

Cornish Roads in Life Framer London Exhibition

‘Cornish Roads (hedges), in Flow – B3306’ is part of the Life Framer Awards London Exhibition, at the Menier Gallery.

  • The exhibition runs from 7th to 16th January 2016
  • Address: Menier Gallery // 51 Southwark St, London SE1 1RU
  • Opening times: 11:00 to 18:00 (closed Sunday)
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Cornish Roads (hedges) – in Flow, B3306

The exhibition features winners and selected shortlisted photographers. from the 2015 Life Framer Awards.  My image was awarded one of the Honourable Mentions in the Colours category.

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Life Framer Awards London Exhibition – January 2016

The above image, from Life Framer, shows a section of the exhibition with my image in it. Below you can see the really clever presentation – using a section of the photograph to frame it.

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Innovative presentation

Cornish Roads (hedges), in Flow‘ is an abstract study of time, colour and movement in the vibrant hedges of Cornwall’s ancient, winding roads. The series also explores the Flow State – where your attention is so focused that existence is temporarily suspended as you become one with an activity.

Life Framer is a photography award designed to source and showcase beautiful and honest photography from amateur, emerging and established photographers all over the world. Thank you for the chance to be part of this great exhibition!