When I go to a place I love finding the thread that unites the places, the details that asks more questions. The spaces in between the experience. What was I doing here, what was the meaning of this trip.
WOW group have their Family Exhibition on at the Kingfisher Cafe in Bristol till end April 2017. I selected my sisters print, one of my favorite images from 2016.
B+W photographic sketch images of friends who live in an old school. As rent costs rise in Bristol more and more people are looking for alternatives. They act as guardians for empty properties in exchange for cheap rent, all the bills are included. The conditions are that they are in employment, no children and look after the property.
How do you survive economic collapse? A question you have never asked yourself? Not even a Zombie apocalypse? It's a question that is on my fathers mind and has been for quite some time.
While my Dad is in hospital with a suspicious lump in his lung. I'm left in his house sorting out things and general tasks, it is the hottest day this year so far and I'm sat in the house waiting for Birmingham Council to come and fix the toilet (another no show). What better time to to make photography project.
I was awoken during the night with some small visitors, squeaky ones....Mice. On inspecting under the bed I discovered my Dads stash of food and half eaten bag of porridge oats. My brother and I often joke that it is his stash for the ice age- "the last mellon". For my Dad the threat of economic meltdown is a real fear and I don't think he is alone. Doom and gloom with bust and boom is a staple part of news fodder theses days and I think there is some bias for the human brain to me more focused on the negative.
Our family lost our house in the 86-87 recession and for somebody to loose everything, must leave it's mark. Our Grandmother stored lard in the pantry since rationing in WWII, two full shelves where discovered after her funeral. Storing food in times of plenty is a very natural phenomena, and occurs throughout the natural world, we are animals too. It is a practice we humans used to do, only until recently, now a convenience store on most corners.
Perhaps there is some solid reasoning behind this, if something did happen and the bank stopped working and the stores ran out of supplies, how long would you last? My Dad has enough food for a month, now a little less, now I have catalogued the out of date tins for future posterity, perhaps a shopping trip tomorrow...
I have seen Serrano's work a few times in many galleries around the world, but this time was some how very different, there where only a few people as I caught the last few hours of opening (rather a late night sampling the delights of Brussels), that many made a difference. Being alone at times in the rooms gave a real sense of scale and play, rather than shuffling along at another pace or having to navigate the human condition.
I became fascinated with the refections on the floors and how at points they intersected with the simple chairs and spaces, as I was listening to the audio guide where Andres was talking about the abstract nature of some of his work and also how some of the work was vandalized due to the explicit nature and felt compelled to re-photograph the work in an abstract way. Showing work within work and reflections. Creatively censoring it to the point of abstraction from the original.
Having a bit of fun with the titles.....
Then I had fun with photographing the gallery with in the refections of the abstractions and the black of the images to create new images.
When Serrano talked about the vandalism about his art, he said that he would prefer that his work caused reaction in people rather than none. So the next few pictures are for that, my reaction.
Processed one of the 120 films I shot a few weeks ago, I was having problems with the film back and it turns out that the back is faulty, but apparently parts for the Bronica are not made anymore. The spacing was all over the place and there are some interesting double exposures. Could not resist doing a couple quick scans, but these negatives where taken for hand printing in a few weeks.
Can't wait to pick up the rest next week and I will share some more if any of the images come out.
My favourite double exposure, to me it looks like an opposite American Flag with the stars fallen off. I like the way the flowers flow with her arm and on to the table.
Summer is such a busy time and I would love to post more, as at the moment, it looks like I'm not doing much. Last week was a fantastic week for portraits and I was shooting with a Bronica, not got the results back yet, but I will share with you a couple of my favorite digital pictures.
First this picture is two sisters by the fire. Max the sister on the right is one of my regular people to photograph and can be seen in many of my projects. My best friends mother, who is a friend in her own right has been a great artistic mentor. When going through an artists block with my work, she gave me a copy of 'The Artists Way' and although I'm still on chapter two has been a great tool and I recommend it to anyone.
The next picture is my friend Neil who was visiting from Eugene.
Thought it was nice to put a snap of the view he was looking at.
The next stop off was to meet another Jen, whom I met in Mexico. She has rediscovered her love of painting and creative expression after being in the corporate world for many years. Jen commissioned me to take a portrait of a young girl on holiday with her Grandad as she felt inspired to paint her picture. Taralynn's portrait is very beautiful and Jen would like some for photos for inspiration, so I will be creating some very special images over the next few months and hopefully this weekend at the solstice, so hope to share the results with you.
Here is one of the original photographs for the shoot.
My Dad is a philosopher and he wants to leave the world with his philosophy before he dies, and I have been assigned the task of getting his words out there, but I'm a photographer so it will be a joint collabroation.Read More
Recently I took a trip to Mexico, I took my Fuji XT-1 and wanted to connect back with my B+W street photography roots and just explore with my camera, play, collect images for prosperity. The camera is great for some future projects I have got planned for 2016. Being a photographer is a very singular thing to do and it's very different than taking snaps, there are some snaps in my collection, but they seam empty. These are just a few with the most powerful memories.
Mexico is a truly fabulous country, the people so warm and welcoming. The landscape so vast and different. I only got to explore a small part, Cancun, Mexico City, Chiapas and Oaxaca and only very briefly, still Mexico did leave an indelible mark. I hope to return one day.
Issue two of Copyright magazine is now out and I'm excited to be apart of this new publication in Bristol. Copyright is a new quarterly publication intent on celebrating positive news, grass roots activism and ethical living in and around Bristol. Please check it out and pick your self of a copy! http://copyrightmagazine.uk
Over the past few weeks I have been working with 8th plate to come up with a photographic project to help rase awareness of the amount of food waste at festivals and the work they are doing to collect and distrebutute to food banks in the South West. The work is being shown on 8th plate's twitter feed and was taken at Womad and Wilderness 2015. You can see the collection from Womad on my project page or below.
It's not every day you can stay ON and island IN a boat. Great Farm have a new Glamping experience. I stayed a few weeks ago to take some pictures and took the opportunity of trying out the hot tub. Just one of the perks with staying in such a lovely location.
The cabin was specially made by a local boat builder and has a double bed and small seating area, with Modern LED lighting fitted to the roof made this a very modern cosy experience.
You don't have to be Richard Branson to stay on a private island, if you would like to stay here please see
3 weeks ago (yes I'm a little behind in blogging) I was invited to stay in a converted Wheat silo, just outside of Hay-on-Wye to update the locations profile on the Canopy and Stars website. I was blessed with great weather, perhaps a bit too good, I'm not a big big fan of the blue sky, think it renders the landscape dull. The only way to escape this it to photograph in the early evening and first thing in the morning. As I only had one night this was going to be a challenge, usualaly two days are better to scout out the great locations, and visit at different times of the day. As glamping goes, this was more of a posh English chalet, very luxury. No outside loos for me. One of the converted Silos was featured on George Clarks show on Channel four called Amazing Spaces. It was a lovely space and what I loved the most was the view of the Brecon Beacons. Under the bright blue sky the Beacons did not look as untamed and as wild as I would have like for the photographs, but would do lovely as a back drop to a very nice day and I had help from some Welsh Sheep.
It was booked to be a clear dry night and I was feeling very tired from the drive, so not to rely on a misty morning and a sunrise, I was keen to get some night shots.
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Hello, I'm taking part in a group exhibition and today we where hanging our work. I'm showing a project called Portraits of Women's Voices. This is a collaboration with the wonderful women of Bristol. The project was taken last year for International Women's day. The group is called WOW Factor Bristol, WOW is for Women of the world and we meet once a month to empower and engage. If you would like to find out more and see the exhibition WoW Creative Arts April it is on at Hamilton House from now until the 15th April 2015. If you would like to join in the group, please see the Facebook page or website.
Last week I was commissioned to document the opening to Fuego Cafe a new bar and grill on the harbour side in Bristol. My brief was to capture the colour, food and fun of the evening. I have uploaded a small selection of images, I hope you like the photos and if you like Latin American dining you can find out more www.fuegoquay.com
This is my new website a work in progress.