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
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!