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Of the land & us Takeover

I’ve taken over the Instagram feed for of the land & us from 12th to 17th November 2018.

Each day I’ll be sharing 2-3 images or videos along with some thoughts on my work.

Here’s a sample of what I’ve shared so far:

Come and find me over on Instagram and say hello 🙂

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Shutter Hub Open!

Shutter Hub OPEN 2018
4th – 9th October
Old Truman Brewery, 11 Dray Walk, London E1 6QR

Private View: Thursday 5th October, 6-9pm

In collaboration with The Newspaper Club, Shutter Hub brings together international photographers in a selected exhibition of over 200 images. I’m very happy to have two images in the exhibition, and I’m excited to see how they’ll translate to newsprint.

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Untitled (cyanotype)

There will be an award for the ‘Best in Show’, where viewers will get to vote for their favourite photograph from the exhibition, and alongside the exhibition Shutter Hub will be hosting portfolio reviews in the gallery space.

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Glasshouse

 

Shutter Hub is a photography organisation providing opportunities, support and networking for creative photographers worldwide. They provide the chance for photographers to professionally promote their work, access high quality opportunities and make new connections within the photographic community, through their website, in-person meet ups and exhibitions.

The Newspaper Club helps you to make and print your own newspapers, giving you the tools to turn whatever you want into newsprint, quickly and easily.

The exhibition will be part of London Photomonth. Photomonth celebrates photography in galleries and venues across East London. The Festival aims to demonstrate the diversity of contemporary photography and reach the widest possible audience.

London Independent Photography Annual Exhibition

The London Independent Photography annual exhibition opens on Tuesday 2nd October!

The exhibition runs until Sunday 7th October at Espacio Gallery, 159 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 7DG; open Tuesday to Saturday from 1-7pm, and Sunday from 1-5pm.

The private view is on Thursday 5th October from 6-9pm.

I have two images from my series Flower Flower Water Light on show in the exhibition.

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Flower Flower Water Light

Throughout the exhibition there will also be a series of free evening talks, from Dafna Talmor, Peter Ainsworth, Thom Bridge and Alina Kisina.

The exhibition is part of Photomonth East London International Photography Festival so there are lots of great exhibitions to see in the area.

Because We Can! Shutter Hub at Festival Pil’Ours

The Shutter Hub exhibition Because We Can opened on 8th July at Festival Pil’ours, Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, France – it runs until 31st August 2018.

Images from my projects Chasing Shadows and Flower Flower Water Light both feature in this group exhibition by 70 artists from all over the world, curated by Karen Harvey – Creative Director at Shutter Hub and designed by Tim Jukes.

You can read more about Shutter Hub’s collaboration with Festival Pil’Ours here.

Chasing Shadows

Festival Pil’Ours is a unique annual international festival showcasing the work of female-identifying photographers, taking place outdoors for 2 months – making the photographs visible and accessible to everyone who visits the town. Works can be found by chance, or by using a detailed map available throughout the town.

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Shutter Hub is a photography organisation providing opportunities, support and networking for creative photographers worldwide. They help photographers to professionally promote their work, access high quality opportunities and make new connections within the photographic community.

I’ll be visiting Festival Pil’Ours in it’s last week of exhibition – I can’t wait to see all the amazing photographs there!

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Image courtesy of Shutter Hub.

 

Flower Flower Water Light in the Life Framer Collection

My series Flower Flower Water Light has been featured in the Life Framer Collection!

Curated by the Life Framer editors, the collection is an online art space dedicated to talented photographers from the Life Framer community, celebrating diverse photographic stories.

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Flower Flower Water Light is a travel diary of chaotic beauty and colourful abstraction, documenting a journey through the landscapes of the UK, France, and Spain. 

I began this series in a direct attempt to escape from what felt like a particularly angry and fearful time in the UK in the dual contexts of Brexit and austerity. I’d really had enough and just wanted to visually and emotionally lose myself in my connection to the land. Coincidentally though, I reached the Catalonian landscape at the height of its own independence referendum, reminiscent of what I was trying to leave behind.  

Avoiding deliberate regional classification I allowed the images to form chronologically throughout my journey, thereby unifying the three countries into one emotional state.  I used triple exposures on 35mm slide film to randomly blend and overlay flowers, plants, and the land with the ripples of sunlight on the surface of the sea, recording my experiences in a series of ethereal images that emulate memory and movement through time and place.  

I was liberated by this loss of control in giving myself over to the process and its chance elements. The individual components of the image spill out of the graphic misalignment of the frames, extending beyond the confines of the lens. The light on the water simoutlaneously  distills and obscures my memories. And water, in its component elements, its different states and as a whole, universally connects us to everything.

Cornish roads (hedges), in Flow – projection; in Traces

I’m really excited to finally have the opportunity to show Cornish roads (hedges), in Flow as a projection!

I’m taking part in the group exhibition ‘Traces’ at the Free Space Gallery, Kentish Town Health Centre, London. Featuring 17 artists the exhibition runs from 22nd June – 17th July 2017, open Monday-Friday 9am-6.30pm (5pm on Fridays).

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Traces

Our lives are the sum of millions of moments colliding to make up the past, present and the future. But what traces do these moments leave behind and how do they impact the people we are?

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Exhibiting Artists

Alessandra Rinaudo, Andy Weiner, Antonia Attwood, Cina Aissa,
Christopher Kelly, Daniel Regan, Julia Schuster, Marcus Boyle, Maria Trimikliniotis, Naomi Woddis, Nicola Jayne Maskrey, Paloma Tendero, Rebekah Dean, Silvia Gentili, Sisi Burn and Tessa Cooney.

With a special choreographed performance on the opening night by Paola Napolitano.

The artists are all members of a monthly peer group artists exploring health and wellbeing in their practice, often covering complex and emotional experiences. Find out more about the group here.

About Cornish roads (hedges), in Flow

Set in the southern tip of Cornwall, this series explores colour, time, movement and the relationship between the artist and the land. This timed projection emphasises the transient nature of the moment in which the photographs were made, and restores a sense of the movement inherent in the subject and process.

To see more from this series take a look at my website.

About the Free Space Project

The Free Space Project is an arts and well-being charity providing arts activities, therapies, exhibitions and residencies across two NHS sites in north London. Established in 2010, our aim is to relieve mental and physical suffering through the use of the arts.

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.

 

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

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!

Good news from LensCulture

I recently received a very pleasantly surprising email from LensCulture…

LensCulture told me that they complete an annual review each year of all submissions to all their competitions – this is thousands of submissions from 145 countries.  In the review they look at the ratings of all the submissions to find out which entries were highly-rated.

My series, ‘Cornish Roads (hedges), in Flow‘ was among the highly-rated entries for the whole year – thank you LensCulture for the encouragement!

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I entered this series into their Earth Awards 2015 competition – showcasing photography inspired by our planet. This image (above) was also featured in their Competition Gallery.

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.

For almost 10 years, LensCulture has become one of the most authoritative resources for contemporary photography, committed to discovering and promoting the best of the global photography community. They look for exciting work from every continent, and from diverse points of view: documentary, fine art, nature, photojournalism, activism, street photography, sports, fashion, poetic, personal, abstract and human.