After a quiet winter the feel of spring is around the corner and the hibernational times are ending. The skies have felt never ending greys but not the sort that excite me visually, I prefer white diffused skies but still, creativity is key, whatever the weather, whenever the time permits
Title - Beyond Ilusion
Taken in Derbyshire Feb 2020
I have recently been thinking a lot about Illusions, in life, in nature, in meditations which are leading me to create some new lens based work and have been recently looking at the work of Nayoa Hatekeyama as recommended to me by a good photographer friend.
On the exhibition side of things, I will be taking part in the following future exhibitions with some new work to be created and a few more applications to be made towards other exhibitions, watch this space.
Creative Reactions 8th - 17th May at Broadway Gallery Nottingham.
Lady Bay - 16th May - to be confirmed
Kith Artist Collective Exhibition - May - Broadway Gallery Nottingham
ABC Art Trail at Beeston Dental Practice - First weekend of June.
I have also been thinking a lot about how nature is changing, the strong winds, the melting glaciers and permafrost that we have known about for so many years but have failed to act upon on an indivdiual and policy driven level, I find it hugely depressing and at times feel there is no respite from the issues humans have caused. On a lighter note there are many great people out there doing fantastic individual actions and in my heart, I feel that nature will always rule.. nature will recover - see Photograph Nature's Portrait below.
I am also hugely looking forward to some art and journey based happenings, notably the Matt Collishaw Exhibition opening in March at Nottingham Lakeside and am very excited to be attending his talk on March 13th. I am a keen lover of his work and proud to know he's a Nottingham born artist. I am also taking a trip over to Copenhagen to visit friends, family and to photograph! There are some new place that I want to experience south of Sjaelland. I am also spending some time during the summer 'off grid' once again at my friends campo in Spain, which I am always excited to just 'be'
Until then, let's welcome the longer days ahead...
As the year and nature moves towards its sleeping time, a little bit of of an update about what I'm up to. I've been spending a lot of time walking in the north west and Derbyshire photographing new work towards the Last Bastion of Refuge Series, the work is ongoing and the spaces I'm discovering are wonderful in their own beautiful ways.
I have recently been working with a client towards her new business and look forward to edit and complete the final photographs for this. More info to follow as and when.
November, the collective I set up and teach - Beeston Snappers Collective are holding our Beyond Borders Exhibition at Cafe Roya, Private View Sunday 24th Nov - 6pm - 8.30pm. Saturday. November 30th I have a stall at Celebrating Cromford Christmas & Winter Fair at the Cromford Community Centre, in the main area of Cromford, next to Cromford Art Gallery 10am - 4pm. All welcome.
I am also currently in discussion with a collective of artists whom I hope to join. Again more information to follow as and when..
Autumn and winter are truly my favourite seasons for photographing, the light is diffused, the inner character of trees reveal themselves and nature is beautifully fascinating!
The Global Village exhibition's home at Backlit Gallery has now moved to City Arts, Hockley, Nottm for the Markmaking Exhibition as part of Nottingham Refugee Week during June 15th to 22nd. Private view takes place on 15th June 7 -9pm,. I'm looking forward to see all the other artists work involved in this exhibition. I do hope folk can come along and support the hard work that has been happening towards Refugee Week.
Huge thank you to all those who came along and supported my photography during the ABC Art Trail weekend.. the event was fantastic and it was great to get feedback from visitors and supporters alike.
I'm looking very forward to create new work in collaboration with Elena Boto from Nottingham University for the annual Creative Reactions SciArt event, in Nottingham
More information about the event here and I'll update more about the creative process as it happens, I'm looking very forward to meet the Scientist ...
It is always wonderful to feel the world wake up after the long winter season, as much as I adore the bleak grey days and dark nights of winter, I love to see the waking of spring. It's been an interesting 3 months to start the year.. much of which has been taken up developing, creating and photographing the Global Sistaz United project for the Global Village Exhibition. Ive throughly enjoyed creating new work using memory as a theme to trigger ideas for photographing and for final exhibition. The feedback has been great and our exhibition private view was a fabulous night. I am so pleased with the final photographs that we decided to exhibit, representing women refugee memories of home from Nigeria, Eritrea and Malawi.
On a commercial level, in March - it's been great working with the excellent streetfood business DosaLove photographing their new line of food that is to be added to an already amazing menu! I and DosaLove are really pleased with what has been created.
From April through to end May, I will be concentrating on two events - the build up to the ABC Art Trail which takes place June 1st 2nd, I will be hosting visitors once again at Beeston Dental Practice, selling a range of cards, prints, mini prints and exhibition prints. I'm lucky to have the sole use of the reception and hall area and look forward to greet old and new visitors alike!. Put the date in your diary.
I will also be collaborating with the scientist Elena Bot for the Creative Reactions sci/art event in Nottingham on May 23rd. More information to follow.
As a nudge to spring and the transience of life, the passing seasons, past happenings and the thought that we are here for just a moment in time in the grand scheme of things..
Title - Memories of spring
A great night at ACT event Art Culture Crossing whereby I was asked to give a brief presentation about my creative process, which I think was well received. Lovely to get asked a range of questions about my photography and share thoughts with the audience. Below is a small slideshow of the presentation.
Friday 8th March, our exhibition Global Village private view opens 6pm amongst open studios and Familiar Machines Exhibition.. it's going to be an awesome night of art!
Tuesday was another Global Sistaz United photo shoot in the projection space at Backlit.. Nigerian customs, food, traditions were today's focus. It's been amazing creating work around these themes from all of the countries involved, so far Malawi, Sudan, Eritrea, Nigeria, Sri Lanka.. I can't wait to share the images eventually at our exhibition.. I'm very pleased with the work this far for now, a little sample of specific objects. from Nigeria - the colours, objects, clothing, vitality and inspiration the women have brought to the shoots has been fantastic.
We will be bringing all of the work together for our exhibition open and celebration on International Women's Day - Friday 8th March 6pm - 9pm at Backlit Gallery, all welcome.. I look forward to our selection day next week when all have an input into which images we will exhibit, film footage from the different project activities and archival material - I'm excited to see all of the work together in the gallery space.
Do check out the line up for the UKYA Exhibitions around Nottingham and at Backlit,,, it looks to be an exciting lineup of work...
I also want to share this inspirational short film from Terry Waite about the importance of art in our life and the elusivity of happiness....
It's been a fair while since I updated my blog, lots has been happening since my last post including the fabulous Tim Andrews Exhibition - Over Hills and Seas in Brighton and the fabulous December news of being selected as the photographer for the Global Sistaz United Project for Backlit Gallery. I am currently creating a body and documentation of work towards this fantastic project, working alongside Asylum seeker/Refugee women from Nottingham.. We are having an open event to coincide with International Women's Day which I will post more info as and when the finer details are available. Thus far, I have completed the first photo shoot towards this project which went brilliantly. and look forward to create more work for exhibition, watch this space but for now, keep warm and cosy in this lovely winter weather
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….