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
After a very productive meeting last week with the very helpful and down to earth Professor of Biosciences Matt Dickinson
I look forward to receive some scientific petri dishes later this week. Matt's research looks into diseases of certain plant species including leaf legged hoppers who thrive on phytoplasms which in turn is a vicious cycle of host and replication, ie the flowering leaves of plants such as the Ponsietta, coconut and other plants, turning green rather than flowering
My initial worry from an environmental point of view is a lack of flowering means no pollination and thus, issues with seeds which got me very interested with climate change and the bee problem and a whole range of other issues re. food production for different countries around the world..
As I write these thoughts, listening to hugely inspirational music from the Cinematic Orchestra
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2rIm_Td2Mkwww.youtube.com/watch?v=r2rIm_Td2Mk my first port of experimentation for my photography images and the creative reactions event, involves petri dishes which, although my experimentation is not directly related to the above research, it is for me, a starting point - looking at certain bacteria and microbes but many ideas are floating, entering, re-entering my head for further experimentation. I love collaborative working like this and although I'm not very scientifically minded, I am hugely interested in using science as a conduit to focus my photography experimentation and imagery on environmental issues.
Momentary essences of winter
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Winter's remaining essence harshly but briefly visiting before spring returns to replenish and refresh nature, wildlife and all that is sacred on earth….
March is almost here and it seems ages since I updated my blog on here, although I have been updating my Twitter, Instagram, Facebook. Lots has been happening over the past few months and many exciting times ahead.
Backlit, the gallery I'm an associate member with, has recently been at Tate Modern in London for their partnership exchange of which I helped observe Bethlem Museum of the Mind's art activity whilst there, for more information about the fabulous work being done, see Bethlem Museum of the Mind.
I had a fabulous time in London also visiting the Nature Morte exhibition at Guildhall Art Gallery, walking along the Thames from St Paul's and visiting an amazing oasis churchyard ruin in the east for some inspirational photographing.
I am currently thinking about new ideas and experimentation towards this year's collaboration for Creative Reactions where I have been paired up with a Professor of Bioscience - Plant Pathology, the work will be exhibited in Nottingham mid May.
June 2nd and 3rd is the ABC Art Trail 2018, again, I will be exhibiting and selling work in the beautfiul newly refurbished reception at Beeston Dental Practice.
Ongoing, I am working on a collective project with Beeston Snappers - a local group of women I teach, whereby we are photographing traditional artisans in their settings - I will be photographing a glass artist/blower, a permaculturist - artist and a ceramicist. Collectively we are photographing Violin Makers, a Shoemaker and Beekeepers. We will be exhibiting the work towards the end of summer - Autumn /September. Watch this space!
November 25th i will be at Cromford Xmas Market from 10 til 4pm with a range of cards and prints from different series of works but many reflecting Spirit if Winter Series. The market is a gentle welcome to the winter festive season with a range of stalls selling different wares.
December 8th in the evening i also have a stall at Backlit Gallery and Studios where im an associate member, more into to follow but this should also be a good and fun event.
For anyone wanting to purchase cards or prints you can also contact me via my facebook page or mobile number.
I had a great time meeting students from the Nottm Trent MFA course at Backlit a few weeks ago, where i talked about my practice and the positives and challenges of being a self employed artist. It was lovely to meet everyone who attended.
My journey of discovery through photography is in continuation with some great ideas for our next project.
Until next, heres to preparation towards the festive season
I was talking to a colleague in my 2 days employed work the other day about holidays. I said that i always feel fitter, healthier and better when I travel to Spain because I do so much, walking, swimming, photography. Maybe this is just it, some of us go on holiday to really relax, some of us want to be active and create. I am definitely the latter. I also took some sage advice, from a dear friend who lives in the andalucian mountains, when she reached her late 50s she decided to slow down, stopped stress, stopped her usual way of life.