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New Work – Out of the Shadows

July 12, 2015

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I have been developing an idea for new work which follows on from ‘Lifting the Curtain’. The project is code-named ‘Out of the Shadows’. The idea is to continue to explore how East London is changing through demographic shifts, its relationship with the rest of London and recent redevelopment (in term of both the physical infrastructure and its […]

What next…

May 15, 2015

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The dust has settled and the assessment submission is now in Barnsley. I have plenty to do over the next few months in preparing for my exhibition. It promises to keep me busy! But I have been turning my mind to what I might do next and in particular what I might focus on if […]

Northumberland

April 25, 2015

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I have just returned from a few days photographing the landscape of Northumberland. The focus was on its coast line. I must say I enjoyed the place a great deal. Northumberland’s coast line is steeped in the history of the many conflicts which have been enacted there. The many castles were defences against invading Vikings and […]

Oxford OCA Student Exhibition

February 9, 2015

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I heard from John Umney and Penny Watson that they have decided to include some work from Lifting the Curtain  in their forthcoming exhibition to take place in Oxford in May/June of this year. This is great news and my thanks to them both for their generosity. As I am away a lot over the coming […]

Document, Publicity, Commentary, Art

February 7, 2015

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This post presents my thoughts on the recent CONSTRUCTING WORLDS Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age Exhibition at the Barbican London. This exhibition closed in early January 2015. I visited twice. There was much to take in at this blockbuster exhibition, which presented work by 18 photographers. I have struggled to get my mind around it all and […]

Tate Modern – Conflict-Time-Photography

February 6, 2015

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I have been looking forward to this exhibition for some time. The concept of the exhibition has quite an overlap with my own work in East London. My own work does not deal with conflict, but does pose questions about what a photograph of a present day place can say, if anything, about what happened […]

Hiroshi Sugimoto – Still Life @ Pace Gallery, London

January 6, 2015

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I had a chance to make a brief visit to the Sugimoto ‘Still Life’ exhibition at the Pace Gallery in London today. It was most impressive. I have seen three Sugimoto exhibitions now—his landscapes/seascapes in Arles last year, his Architecture photographs at the recent ‘Constructing Worlds’ exhibition at the Barbican and now his Dioramas at […]

Photo Competition: Visual artist Lucia Pizzani and filmmaker David Jackson win Hotshoe Photofusion Award 2014

December 19, 2014

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Now in its fifth year, I was delighted to announce the winners of the Hotshoe Photofusion Award 2014 at the gallery last week (11 December) with a short comment on the work, which I have reproduced below. The winners are: Lucia Pizzani for her Impronta series 2013 of ink-jet prints derived from the wet-plate collodion…

Quo Vadis — germ of an idea for life after YOP

December 17, 2014

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I am getting close to the end of my degree course at the Open College of the Arts. One more assignment to submit and preparation for assessment and it is all over. It has been a hugely enjoyable and enlightening experience and I must admit I will be quite lost when it is all over. […]

Back from my travels

December 15, 2014

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I am now back in the UK after my trip to Australia and Hong Kong. The Australia piece was very much about racing triathlons with not so much time for photography. In Hong Kong however I managed to put my Leica rangefinder to use. During our stay in Hong Kong we spent a lot of […]

OCA Thames Valley Meeting 22nd November

November 23, 2014

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Yesterday I attended an OCA Thames Valley meeting. It was a very worthwhile event. Sharon Boothroyd, my tutor, was there providing help and advice. The meeting largely concentrated on reviewing work by the students present – a  form of critique. This is extremely useful and motivational as it can be very lonely on a distance learning […]

Elina Brotherus

November 23, 2014

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On the 12th of November I attended a Study Group meeting in London to listen to an artist’s talk by Elina Brotherus. The talk was held at a gallery in Mayfair – quite a prestigious location! The group was quite small around 20 and in giving her talk Elina moved around the gallery space talking […]

PhotoMonth Open – private view

November 7, 2014

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  Last night was the opening of the PhotoMonth Open. I spent a couple of hours their, looking at the work and looking and talking with people looking at my work. The image/text panels were all printed by the organisers. This was the same for everyone and created a level playing field for all exhibitors. It helped […]

Study Visit – Brighton Biennial

November 5, 2014

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I attended an OCA Study Visit to the Brighton Biennial Festival recently. Other priorities meant that I could only attend for one day, but it was a full and excellent day. It is difficult with events such as this festival to get one’s mind around the sheer volume of work on show. I have therefore been […]

Photograph selected for Photofusion Salon/14

October 31, 2014

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I am really pleased that one of my photographs has been selected to be shown in the print show at Photofusion Salon/14. The exhibition will run from 12 December 2014 – 30 January 2015, with the Private View taking place on Thursday 11 December, 18.30 – 21.00. I was lucky enough last year to have my […]

Nadav Kander – Dust

October 3, 2014

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Yesterday I went along to Flowers Gallery on the Kingsland Road in Hackney to see an exhibition of Nadav Kander’s latest work, Dust. The title of the work comes from a T S Eliot quotation ‘I will show you fear in a handful of Dust’. Fear in this case relates to the nature of the places represented – three […]

More [(6)] Publicity and OCA video

August 27, 2014

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This post is a catch up to document some publicity I received for the [(6)] exhibition. First of all, I had an article about my Ironman Family series published on the blog of the main UK bases triathlon magazine. It can be viewed here: http://www.220triathlon.com/news/photographer-takes-an-unusual-look-at-ironman-athletes/8993.html Second, the OCA released a video of the exhibition featuring […]

[(6)] Publicity

July 19, 2014

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I have managed to gain some publicity for the [(6)] exhibition. So far this has included: Big Issue of the North photo and mention of the exhibition: The Photofusion Blog: Printspace Blog:   I am also hoping for an article to be published on the blog of 220 Triathlon magazine….watch this space.    

Bank Street Arts Installation

July 6, 2014

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We spent a full day yesterday in Sheffield installing the [(6)] exhibition. I’ve learned a lot from this experience about setting up an exhibition (methods of fixing photographs and their relative cost and ease of installation), laying out an exhibition space (no substitute for visiting the location, aligning the midpoints of the pictures – 157 cm […]

[(6)] Exhibition dates extended….

July 4, 2014

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Don’t forget to come along to the [(6)] exhibition in Sheffield, if you can. The exhibition is now running from 9th July until 1st August 2014. My I am an Ironman  and Ironman Family photographs will be on show along with excellent work from five other photographers.

Le Mans Diversion

June 17, 2014

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Just got back from my holidays…first Hawaii and then the Le Mans 24 Hours race. Neither was a photo trip but took along my Leica M with a 50 mm lens. Travelling light. Le Mans could not have been more of a contrast with the earlier Silverstone trip (see here). Darkness and crowds are my […]

Deutsche Borse Prize and Exhibition

May 13, 2014

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I went along to the Photographers’ Gallery for the announcement  of the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize (a perk of being an Associate Member of the Gallery). I also had the time to have a good look around the exhibition before it got too busy. Before going along I had looked at the PG website and […]

Anna Fox – OCA Study Group

May 8, 2014

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Yesterday I attended an OCA Study Group in the OCA Farnham, where Anna Fox gave a presentation about her photography. Prior to the event, we had been advised to review Anna’s website here and a recent interview she gave published on American Suburb X here. These also serve as a reference point for my thoughts on […]

A diversion…

April 21, 2014

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I spent yesterday watching the World Endurance Car Championships at Silverstone. I a fan of this kind of sports car racing and yesterday’s event was very significant as it signalled a return to the top flight of this form of car racing by Porsche in the form of a prototype racing car (the top class). […]

David George – Shadows of Doubt

April 3, 2014

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At the Uncertain States exhibition back in November  (see here) I learned about another exhibition of photographs of London’s East End, Archive Imagined East End, which was due to take place at Hoxton Hall in November. The exhibition featured photographs by Don McCullin, Ian Farrant, Spencer Rowell, David George, Mick Williamson, Tom Hunter and Stephen […]

Bank Street Arts Exhibition

April 2, 2014

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Things have progressed on the exhibition at Bank Street Arts and it looks like it is going to go ahead from the 9th – 19th July 2014 (and possibly longer until the end of July). We have  a name for the exhibition [(6)] and a website – click on photo below to visit.     We […]

Eigenzeit

March 21, 2014

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Whilst my mind is still turning on landscape photography I thought I would document here some recent investigations I’ve made into the question of why some ‘romantic’ landscape photography has been well received by the art community, whereas most have been dismissed as needless idealisations. For the purposes of this analysis I have focused on […]

Back to Work

March 20, 2014

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I have been absent from this blog and productive work on my degree course for around five weeks. My time has been spent on other pursuits – three weeks training hard in Lanzarote for upcoming triathlon races, a few days at home catching up on life, a week in Scotland walking and photographing the landscape […]

Student Exhibition

February 11, 2014

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I have joined a group of level 3 students at the OCA who are planning to stage an exhibition in June this year at the Bank Street Arts Gallery in Sheffield. At this stage the venue is not confirmed but as I am going to be tied up for a few weeks I thought I […]

Cornwall sojourn…picturesque, sublime, beautiful or just plain idealised…

December 14, 2013

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I have been in Cornwall for a few days with a group of landscape photographers lead by Joe Cornish and David Ward. It was great to get out into the landscape and meet some passionate landscape photographers…. a refreshing change from my lonely London perambulations… I had the opportunity to work with my Phase One […]

‘Commercial’ or rather ‘Charity’ portraiture

November 24, 2013

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Lately I have been asked by many friends to ‘do’ some portraits for them. I always look upon these situations as an opportunity to practice my skills as a portrait photographer. Although I have to admit it has become pretty time consuming lately. I have decided to post a couple of photographs to this blog […]

Photograph selected for Photofusion Salon 2013

November 6, 2013

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I entered a few photographs from my portrait work for the Photofusion members Salon 2013. I am a member there as I use the darkrooms and scanner. One of my entries has been selected and will be on show there from mid-December for a month along with work by around 90 other photographers. Interestingly the […]

Place of Memories…video version with ambient sound

October 8, 2013

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I have made a second version of this video with ambient sound from a jungle location…better still would have been to record the sounds at the place itself but I did not have the time nor the equipment to do this well. I think I prefer this version. Click on the photograph below to see […]

Place of Memories

October 8, 2013

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I have been having fun with my photography whilst I have been on holiday in Hawaii. For the most part I have been working on a short series of images around Waimea in the North of Hawaii where I have been staying. I plan a separate post on this series later. I also made a […]