A week ago I returned from both leisure yet at times, photographic work in Andalucia, Spain. A fabulous place visually and in May, the colours of the wildlife and nature there are truly amazing! I manage, amongst other places, to visit and photograph the wonderful El Chorro, a mighty sight to be reckoned with on approach - a magnificent and mystical place. At the side of the dam, dying trees adorn the water which made me think about Dali and where he may've got some of his inspirations from.
FrackFree Future - The Collective Spirit and Documentation.
Ansel Adams, one of the true environmentalists with regards to conserving and recording the natural environments I feel, would not be happy with the fracking situation in the world. I have started to document the FrackFree Nottingham's collectivism and held a mini pop up exhibition is support of the good work that is being done out there in the name of environmentalism and preservation of a diminishing natural world. For me, the natural world is key to our very core and being, without this, or with risk to this, what then do we have left? It is a sacred part of our very existence.
Carsington Water Web Of Water Exhibition Preview Launch 31st May 12 noon.
The touring exhibition of Web of Water and my piece 'Source of Emotion' opens in Carsington Water, Derbyshire. I look forward to the preview and am very glad to be part of this touring exhibition, reminding us all how very important water is on earth.. I hope some people can make the launch, it would be lovely to meet/see you..
What a truly wonderful day yesterday photographing Tim for his art project. Although our change of plan meant I scrapped my original photography ideas, I had a good amount of time on the train to make some last minute sketches and notes about how I would direct and photograph Tim.
I t was very insightful listening to Tim's experience of Parkinson's Disease and how he has turned this into making positive actions occur through his art project. In many ways, this undoubtedly informed how I wanted the shoot to work.. I wanted to use the idea of Metamorphosis and Rebirth.. rather than focussing on dis-ease, I wanted to portray the metamorphosis of Tim's new creative life..We spent a good hour and half on a small beach near Brighton but I was aware that the sea wasn't very warm and didn't want Tim to get too cold.. We managed to capture some shots that I am more than happy with and hopefully we will do some more shoots in the future.
Tim also had time to show me some films he has made, brilliantly good and funny - a talented film maker for sure. I was also impressed by his wife's art work - a very talented artist whose work is the style of art that I really do love.. Maybe one day I might get to purchase a painting from her..
A week now to reflect, sift through the photos, edit a little and send forward to Tim towards choosing one for his art project. A very special time indeed and very touched to be able to have been involved with one man's creative vision and rebirth.
Tomorrow I head down to Brighton to photograph Tim Andrews. We originally planned to meet in London, Highgate.. but with the tube strikes and all, Tim suggested we meet in Brighton which I am more than happy about given the lovely weather right now and also, we will be next to water to photograph. Tim did say he would be happy to go into the sea which makes me very happy with regards the photos I would like to try and create.. A always, I have ideas but these can often change with the time, moment and feeling.
I have alway wanted to visit Brighton but never got there so tomorrow is my chance at long last. Although it will be a fleeting visit, I know I will be able to experience at least some of the vibe of the place but of course get more familiar with Tim and his ongoing project. I feel very honoured to be involved with this and I hope I manage to capture the images that are starting to appear in my mind and I hope Tim will like what