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Exhib in Katies 12-7-23

Journal

This is a space for me to talk about things I've been doing, my thought processes, and what I have found stimulating and inspiring.

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A new exhibition.

I've just finished putting up a set of photographs in the windows of K Teas Cakes in Wolverhampton.  This includes images of Wolverhampton, Birmingham and three from my "Industry" series.  It's great to be able to show my work in a place that is local and easily accessible.

K Teas Cakes is on the corner of St Georges Parade and Tempest Street (WV2), and is a great place for a drink, some food and a slice of delicious home made cake.  Opening times and more information here.

The picture below shows some of the pictures, complete with a reflection of the Central Library!

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(12th July 2023)

B+W photo May 2023

I've had another photograph published.

It was great to find out that Black + White Photography magazine had selected one of my images to print in issue No. 277. 

 

The image, below, was taken down a back street near Fleet Street in the Holborn area of London, in the summer of 2022.  I am drawn to the way the glass windows form a flat plane that reflects the buildings around it, that in this case are also very linear geometric shapes.  It is fascinating how architectural design decisions affect the everyday environment we live in.

Blackand white image of modern glass office blocks near Fleet Street in Holborn, London

(29th April 2023)

Finding my style 30-3-23

Finding my style.

Over time my photography has developed, no pun intended!  I started using black and white film, then moved to digital but stayed predominantly black and white.  Over time I have used more colour but I will always love black and white or at least monochrome images.  I still feel that I am searching for ‘my style’, but I guess that is a search that to some degree never ends.  It’s important to evolve and re-invent yourself over time.

 

I’ve been experimenting again with combining paper textures and using words in my images.  Sometimes I feel that an image on its own isn’t enough, that there are things I want to say that need words.  I know my handwriting is a bit scrawly, but I am trying to become more confident using it to show my words.

 

As well as that I love the way the paper texture works with some photographs.  This is partly from an aesthetic point of view, but for me paper also represents books, history and memories.  As well as this, at a time when so much of what we see is on screens, paper makes things feel more real and tangible, especially when combined with handwriting. 

 

This is just another waypoint on a journey that I will always be on, but at the moment I am excited by where I’m at.  

i9 and i10 from the ring road - Wolverhampton.jpg

(30th March 2023)

Royal Birmingham Society of Artists - Photography Prize Exhibition 2023

I entered three photographs for the exhibition this year, and was very happy and slightly taken aback that all three were selected.  These pictures are ones that I created a couple of years ago, and then re-worked a few months ago.  They are part of the Canis Lupus series, a piece of work I’m really proud of.  To see more images in the Projects section, click here.

 

Once I had printed the images I had to make a decision on how to frame them.  I really love the way they look mounted on the back of the glass rather than behind a mount board.  Thank you to the Framers Gallery in Wolverhampton for the framing.  

 

I think the three of pieces work really well hung together in the gallery.  However proud you are of an image on the computer screen, it looks so much better as a physical object on the wall.

 

The exhibition runs from the 2nd March to 9th April.

  

Click here to see the RBSA website.

Photographs in Royal Birmingham Society of Artists exhibition March 2023

(14th March 2023)

RBSA photo prize exhib 2023
Wood Saints & Shop in SQ

Wood Saints & The Shop in the Square.   

I've been taking pictures at a couple more local businesses in Wolverhampton.  The first four images are of Wood Saints, who take old timber and clean it up for sale, as well as making furniture and garden items.  The bottom four images are from the Shop in the Square which is run by a group of local artists and makers as a place to sell their work. 

Man making furniture Wood Saints Wolverhampton
Wood Saints Wolverhampton shop
Racks of wood for sale Wood Saints Wolverhampton.jpg
Bird boxes for sale Wood Saints Wolverhampton.jpg
Shop in the Square Wolverhampton  shop front
Ceramics with plant designs Shop in the Square Wolverhampton
Skulls and Roses fabric Shop in the Square Wolverhampton
Faces drawn on wood pyrography Shop in the Square Wolverhampton

(10th March 2023)

Job Done!

I’ve been taking more photographs recently of local businesses.  It’s wonderful to see the passion and sense of purpose of people doing things that are really important to them.  

 

I am particularly interested in people who are doing things that are positive for the environment.  I know that there is so much more that needs doing, but I think it’s important to celebrate what is being done, as an antidote to the seemingly endless negative news stories.

 

More images of EcoWulf and CarSeq are on the Job Done project page..

EcoWulf sustainable plasitc free shop Wolverhampton
Man by scientific experiment, carbon sequestration, sustainable CarSeq Wolverhampton

(5th February 2023)

New Year 2023

It's a New Year and I've made a book!

New year feels like an opportunity for new beginnings and new projects. 

 

I’ve been working on images of Wolverhampton for a while, and I’ve finally got a set that I’m really happy with.  I have put them together into a small hand made book that I’ve now got on sale.  See the Shop page for full details.  This feels like an exciting moment, and a really good way to start the new year.  

 

I’m looking forward to the journey that the next 12 months takes me on and really want to push my work into new areas, travel to new places and develop my creativity in new ways.

 

Happy New Year! 

Man on the Horse, Prince Albert, book cover Wonderfully Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton book pages, towerblocks, urban landscape

(12th January 2023)

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