After a fabulous time in Spain, resting, walking , swimming and of course photographing, I'm now prepping for my autumn events. September 28th to October 30th I will have work exhibited as part a group exhibition 'Over Land and Seas' at the Regency Rooms,Brighton, via the Tim Andrews Art Project, as wider part of the Brighton Photo Fringe. I head down to stay over in Brighton for the Private view on 4th October until the 5th. I'm looking forward to seeing other photographers' work towards this exhibition and also enjoy some time in Brighton.. it's been a few years since my last visit there. I also look forward to catch up with Tim again since our last photo shoot in Autumn 2016.
Link to the event http://photofringe.org/
I will also be selling a range of cards and prints, including my spirit of winter series of works at the Bartons, Not The Camden Market NG9 on Nov 4th and Dec 2nd - All welcome.
Im also looking forward to a new project that I can't talk about just yet as I need to finalise the details, but more info will follow shortly. Until then, enjoy the autumnal weather and fee of nature right now l!
There is a place I love to return to, to photograph the trees, the lush trees and the more dense area of trees. I haven't been to the denser part of the forest for a while because it's not been the chosen path as such, but this weekend it was. This is a space where you never really see anyone and because in the past, I've spent lots of time exploring the area, I know my way around the uniformal trees of darkness, no paths as such exist but you weave your own path in and out the endless trees. As i wandered through, deeper and deeper into the forest, heading to the clearing of an area that forces light to beam down onto the trees surrounding, I was struck by the absolute parched appearance of this area, tinder dry, bone dry. I was compelled to photograph this area, i was drawn to the beauty here, the spindly, dry. cracking branches, the haze forming from the thin branches..they are most definitely in need of water.. For me, the forest is the place to be to cool down under the awe inspiring canopies.
There are those who deny climate change but the science is proving opposite, there are those who have been fighting it since the 60s and beyond, My own campaigning started in the 80s, after watching a play about Nuclear War. Since then, I have tried to limit my own carbon consumption, my own footprint. It isn't easy in a country that isn't wholly committed to lowering its carbon footprint, finding new ways of becoming carbon neutral. The latest heatwaves, tragic loss of wildlife, moorland and forests , glaciers melting is a reminder about the heating up of our planet.. These thoughts reminded me about an article I read recently
Following the nordic countries especially Sweden and Denmark would be a turn in the right direction, I hope sometime soon, governments see sense. in the true sense of the word. I hope we really begin to appreciate the finite resources we have on the planet and work towards saving and maintaining these….
I have been a fan of film director Lynne Ramsay for a long time with favourites being 'Morvern Callar' and her black and white short film 'Swimmer'. Absolutely stunningly shot under water bringing myth, legend, courage, narrative to the subject. I love water, I love immersing myself in water, fresh water is preferable to the senses.. As a lover of outdoor swimming, the weather has recently opened more chances to swim in fresh water and this has meant more experimenting with photography, for me, technically everything has to be right, the lighting - sun direction, colours, movement of water, mood, atmosphere. Chancing on a new, private and secret space to swim in Derbyshire, quiet, calm and in the early evening, 'Fluildity i' was born, of which since, I have had a request to repeat a similar photograph toward the Tim Andrews Project.
This brings me to my next exhibition, after my travel and holiday in Spain... as part of Brighton Photo Fringe Festival, Sept/Oct, I will be part of a group exhibition, exhibiting work from the Tim Andrews Project. I'm really looking forward to spending time in Brighton around other photographers and a creative vibe. Hopefully I can also spend some time at the South Downs photographing in the fabulous space..
Space. I love space. I crave space; wide open space, mental space, physical space, vast forest wilderness space. Peace calm. There is so much human made 'noise' around us now, mobile phones, traffic, shouting in streets. One thing is for sure, since having my natural setting studio space in 2 different spaces, I have most definitely become very aware of noise and of space. I remember when the shops on Sundays first opened all day, I was a teen but very much against it for the reasons of solitude and slowing down. Yes, Sundays back then, in my teen mind were boring, Sundays now in urban spaces and rural are full of noise, traffic. We are losing something very important to us as humans, the birdsong, the nothingness. The only day a year that here in the UK we don't have much noise is Xmas Day, unless of course, you live in the middle of nowhere Imagine every week,a day with quiet, calm,solitude?
The last forest walk I did recently, I saw not a soul for 3 hours, given that this was an area where many folk walk, this was refreshingly liberating! It was raining, it wasn't a weekend. The only company was cows, sheep in an access field and the sound of birds in the forest - the only sign of human presence? a wheel barrow waiting to be moved in readiness for its master. A forester somewhere doing their work, ensuring we, the people, benefit from these fantastic natural spaces. The lungs of our planet.
It's been a fabulous few weeks in the UK with the sort of weather that we seldom are subject to, I love the long summer days in all their glory but for photography, I prefer autumn and the bleak winter time of the year, with this in mind, it's no surprise that I am enjoying creating some further still life photographs from wildflowers and different plants in their state of decay. The colours speak to me more as they lose their vibrancy, the changes in structure, form, and texture interest greatly.
ABC Art Trail Thanks
I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all who attended and or bought photographs at the ABC Art Trail event, it was a fabulous weekend with many visitors and supporters returning from last year, some as far as Scotland and newcomers recently moved to the area. It was lovely to talk about photography and the fine art experimental aspect of my work.
For the next few months, things are quiet on the exhibiting front but I am awaiting confirmation about a possible exhibition in Brighton, October, as part of the Tim Andrews Project, as and when I know I will post up here.
Mid August I am taking a complete 'work' break and heading south to the mountains of south Spain, staying a night at the Cuava del Gato
http://www.andalucia.com/adventure/cuevadelgato.htm to photograph in the evening and early morning when all is quiet, I then head to one of my small favourite villages in Andalusia for rest, respite and of course some more photography. Next year I am looking forward to house sitting for a friend in the very same village for 2 - 3 weeks, a mountainside eco structure surrounded by olive trees. This will be a great opportunity for some documentation photography but also still life, experimentation and many other artistic endeavours. It will also give me the chance to live out my dream of heading south to experience certain areas of Morrocco.. More about that nearer the time and for now, enjoy the long days of summer and the wild nature all around...
A fantastic and busy last week for the Creative Reactions Pint of Science events in Nottingham, my exhibition pieces were well received and the National Videogames Arcade were great hosts for this event. I love working with scientists and a brief to create new and interesting imagery, I think as artists, we have to push the boundaries of our normal practices and seek new ways of creating. Thanks to all of the visitors to the NVA exhibition, the Nottingham Creative Reactions Team and the Nottingham University science departments.
I am now starting to prep for the ABC Art Trail Open Studios @ABCAT on the weekend of 2nd and 3rd June 11a.m - 6pm, where many artists will be exhibiting their work along this annual event trail. The venues spread across Beeston, Attenborough, Chilwell. I shall be exhibiting my work at Beeston Dental Practice reception on Devonshire Ave Beeston. I will be exhibiting a range of work, old and new, nature based, conceptual and work from my science collaboration photographs, but also look forward to showpiece my new photogramic series of work. Please do come along and say hello, I look forward to welcoming all to this creative annual event. Check out ABC art trail on Facebook
So I've been busy experimenting in readiness for Creative Reactions exhibition in May and have been very pleased with the work in finalisation stages..
Mortality and Pathology of Flower
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I have also been busy creating a new series of cards/prints incorporating alternative and scientific processes in photography - My PhotogramicScience series of cards and prints can be viewed and purchased at my open studios event in June 2nd 3rd at the ABC art Trail - Beeston Dental Practice
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Plant Pathology is defined as the study of the organisms and environmental conditions that cause disease in plants, the mechanisms by which this occurs, the interactions between these causal agents and the plant (effects on plant growth, yield and quality), and the methods of managing or controlling plant disease. It also interfaces knowledge from other scientific fields such as mycology, microbiology, virology, biochemistry, bio-informatics.
Experimenting with exposure
So a week since I started to experiment and imagery is starting to form.. I am enjoying experimenting so much and look forward to more creations.. thus far, I am pleased with these images
The petri dishes have arrived and around 6 have been set up, which I hope, in the future to share but as yet, are a guarded secret, like a precious jewel locked away in it's box.. left for time and reactions to work magic. There are huge connections between science and photographic processes which interests me extremely and indeed, inspires me greatly.
My sketch notes and experimentation with petri dishes got me thinking about both exposure in the 'light' sense and 'pathological' sense, hence the path of experimentation leading to dig out my old light sensitive photographic paper to experiment but, without the use of heavy and nasty photographic developing chemicals. Revisiting my earlier days of alternative processes of photography, in a sense, photography's essence of earlier scientific discovery and simplicity, inspired by the likes of Fox Talbot and Man Ray with the juxtaposition of the digital age