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Flower Flower Water Light in BORDERS

My image from my series Flower Flower Water Light will be part of the SHUTTERHUB BORDERS exhibition, part of the MARCHLAND season of performances and talks.

The exhibition runs from 15th January – 16th April 2018 at The Bridewell Theatre, St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 8EQ.

The Private View is on 12th January from 6.30-9.30pm – everyone is welcome; RSVP to info@shutterhub.org.uk

The exhibition also extends online, more details to follow…

Flower Flower Water Light is a travel diary of chaotic beauty and colourful abstraction, documenting a road trip through the landscapes of the UK, France, and Spain. Avoiding any deliberate regional classification, I allowed the images to form chronologically throughout my own journey and experiences, unifying the three countries into one emotional state.  Using triple exposures on 35mm slide film I chose to blend and to overlay flowers, plants, the land, and ripples of sunlight on the surface of the sea, thereby recording my journey in a series of ethereal images that emulate memory and movement through time and place.

You can see more images from this series on my website.

 

I’m also very excited to have been chosen to feature on the exhibition flyer:

SHUTTERHUB – BORDERS

 

Shutter Hub is a collective and online resource for photographers, created and maintained by photographers across the UK.

The purpose of Shutter Hub is to provide information, advice, networking and opportunities for all photographers; whether your interest is in fashion or forensics, PR or pinhole, landscape or lomography, Shutter Hub will have something for you.

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Ophelia Under the Bed

Single images from my Ophelia series are on sale for the next month at the Cupola Gallery, Sheffield as part of their annual Under the Bed sale.

The sale runs from 10th January to 4th February 2018 at the Cupola Gallery, 174-178 Middlewood Road, Sheffield, S6 1TD.

Opening times are Monday to Saturday, 10am-6pm.

Ophelia #3

Ophelia #3

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 artistic representations of the story of Ophelia, 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. 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.

Ophelia #2

Ophelia #2 – polaroid emulsion lift

Each emulsion lift is handmade by me and completely unique. The mounted, unframed  original prints are on sale at £44 each.  If you don’t mind mixing and matching edition numbers you can collect the full set of 6 in the sale.

Established in 1991, and hosting a wonderfully eclectic collection of beautiful work, Cupola remains one of the most respected contemporary galleries for the sale and exhibition of fine art & fine craft in the north of England.

 

Ophelia in Rebel Daughters

My Ophelia series has been selected for the Rebel Daughters exhibition, marking the 100th anniversary of the first votes for women, and launching a year-long programme of activity in partnership with Doncaster Museums. Just under 60 women artists based locally, nationally and internationally have been selected to show work that celebrates the passions and interests of women artists today.

Ophelia 4 

The exhibition runs from 18th January – 7th April 2018 at The Point, 16 South Parade, Doncaster, DN1 2DR

Open weekdays from 10am-4pm and Saturdays from 10am-1.30pm. The Point is closed on all Bank Holiday Mondays and during Easter weekend.

Ophelia #1 – Polaroid emulsion lift

 

I was blown away when I discovered my work was being used for the promotion of the exhibition; a huge THANKS to DARTS for supporting my work.  Here’s a shot of my image as a huge banner in the reception.

Ophelia #3 in Rebel Daughters

Ophelia #3 in Rebel Daughters

Here’s also a copy of the December 2017 issue of Doncopolitan, promoting the exhibition and featuring one of my images.

Ophelia #3

The Point hosts a team of artists, makers, musicians, performers and support staff who collaborate to design and deliver creative programmes which inspire learning, build good emotional health and strengthen professional practice for people of all ages who live, work or learn in Doncaster.

Ophelia in fLIP #37

My Ophelia series has been selected for the Summer 2017 issue of fLIP. Issue 37 features work on the themes of storytelling.

Ophelia #3

Ophelia #3

Ophelia is featured in the My Way section of the magazine where photographers talk in depth about their motivation and approach.

fLIP is published 3 times a year by London Independent Photography. The magazine aims to showcase photography and engage readers in a wider dialogue about diverse approaches.

Copies cost £4 and are available directly from the London Independent Photography website, or from the Photographers Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery bookshops in London.

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 in the Polaroid Show

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.