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Chasing Shadows and Ophelia in the LensCulture Explore pages

LensCulture have included my projects Chasing Shadows, and Ophelia, along with lots of other great work in their Explore pages under Black & White, and Alternative Processes, respectively.

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Chasing Shadows (steps) – silver gelatin lith print

 

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LensCulture Explore – black and white

 

Ophelia #1 - Polaroid emulsion lift

Ophelia #1 – Polaroid emulsion lift

 

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LensCulture Explore – alternative processes

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Thank you LensCulture for supporting my work!

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

Ophelia #3

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.

 

Ophelia in Do You Like Love? (Shutter Hub / Photomonth)

I’m happy to say that this print from my Ophelia series is in the group exhibition Do You Like Love? from Shutter Hub, hosted by Salt and Pegram.

The exhibition challenges photographers to present an original response to the theme. The show will test the traditional clichés and show you something new.

The exhibition runs from 2nd October to 26 November

Address: 63-65 Princelet Street, Spitalfields , E1 5LP

Opening times: Monday-Thursday 9am-5.30pm, Friday 9am-4.30pm. Closed on Saturdays and Sundays

The private view is on 15th October, from 6-9pm – click here for the invite

Ophelia 4

Ophelia #4

This image is part of a series that explores the story of Shakespeare’s Ophelia, made in response to studying previous artistic interpretations of the text. Combining underwater digital photography with alternative printing methods, 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 simultaneously intensify and degrade the images. Whilst the title image is a composite of two photographs, the remainder are all single full frame images. In the final stage I used out-of-date Polaroid 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.

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

Do You Like Love? is showing as part of the Photomonth East London Photography Festival.

Finalist in 7th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards!

I’m quite astonished and really happy to say that my photographs have achieved Finalist in 4 categories of the 7th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards for Women Photographers!

The selected photographs are each from 4 different projects (click on the links to find out about each series):

London Project/Traces (work in progress)

Ophelia

Adventures in a Suburban Garden

Cornish Roads (hedges), in Flow

Ophelia 4

Ophelia 4

 

Part of the Worldwide Photography Gala Awards, the Julia Margaret Cameron Award is addressed to professional and non professional women photographers worldwide. With 17 categories, Photographers are invited to submit work in all mediums, styles, and schools of thought.

This year 1203 photographers from 51 countries submitted 6804 images. Congratulations to all the other winning entries!

 

I was Finalist in the following categories; click on the links to see the whole selection:

Winners gallery – People, Culture and Daily Life

7th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards - People Culture and Daily Life

No48 nightbus, London (from London Project/Traces) – Finalist – People Culture and Daily Life

 

Winners gallery – Alternative Processes

7th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards - Finalist - Alternative Processes

Ophelia 4 (from Ophelia) – Finalist – Alternative Processes

 

Winners gallery – Digital Manipulation

7th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards - Finalist - Digital Manipulation

Untitled (from Adventures in a Suburban Garden) – Finalist – Digital Manipulation

 

Winners gallery – Still Life and Abstractions

7th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards - Finalist - Still Life and Abstractions

Cornish Roads (hedges), in Flow (B3306-1) – Finalist – Still Life and Abstractions

 

 

Ophelia in Aura

Today I was really pleased to find out that Ophelia #3 from my Ophelia series was selected for the group show ‘Aura’ at LightBox Photographic Gallery in Astoria, Oregon, USA.

Featuring 50 ethereal images from all over the world, the show ran from October 11th to November 4th 2014.  It’s a lovely space and I’m thrilled to be part of this exhibition.

Ophelia #3

Ophelia #3

LightBox Photographic Gallery was established in June 2009 to provide a center for the promotion of creative and alternative photography on the North Coast of Oregon. LightBox provides a venue where photographic artists may exhibit their work, share their vision, and inspire other photographers and individuals, and strives to exhibit a diversity of photographic styles and processes, to educate in these techniques and methods, and to influence the community in the recognition of photography as fine art.

 

extended run – Ophelia still on show at Shape Arts Gallery!

I’ve just heard that Ophelia #1 and #2 are continuing their stay at the Shape Gallery in Westfield Stratford City, as part of a diverse range of work for exhibition and sale.

Ophelia #1 - Polaroid emulsion lift

Ophelia #1 – Polaroid emulsion lift

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)

Click here for more information and a map

Ophelia #2 - polaroid emulsion lift

Ophelia #2 – polaroid emulsion lift

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 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.

I repeatedly printed and re-photographed the images using lo-fi techniques to intensify and degrade them, and then 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 and ensuring that each print is completely unique in its appearance.

This is a limited edition run of  a total 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 1-2 of Edition 7 are on display at the Shape Gallery, you can request to purchase the full set of 6.

The Shape Gallery showcases some of the UK’s most exciting disabled artists, featuring works by both well-known names and new talent. 

Until 17th January the gallery is also showing [In]Visible – this year’s Shape Open.

 

 

Ophelia at Shape Arts Gallery, Westfield Stratford – 2 weeks left!

The current group show at the Shape Arts Gallery, featuring Ophelia #1-4, has just 2 weeks left.

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

Ophelia #2

Ophelia #2

The Shape Arts 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)

Ophelia #1-4 at Shape Gallery until 18th October 2014

Ophelia #1-4 at Shape Gallery until 18th October 2014

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.

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