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White Cloth Gallery: Bowie Lyrical Artwork competition

The white cloth gallery are currently holding an exhibition to coincide with their current Duffy David Bowie exhibition.
The exhibition itself is an amazing collection of work. I’m a huge Bowie fan so having this work available to us in Leeds is exciting!


These images are a few of my favourites from the exhibition. I would definitely recommend checking it out!

Going back to the competition, the White Cloth Gallery have given a selection of Bowie lyrics for prospective artists to choose one of and create a piece of work to reflect it.

I have chosen: “Drifting into my solitude, over my head” Sound And Vision

I have a few ideas but nothing too constructed yet. Ill keep you posted…


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Contact Photo Festival goings on…

The organisation for the festival requires quite a bit of attention, naturally. The members of the course have been taking on various tasks to make sure the whole thing comes together successfully. With various social media platforms being ran, promotional material to be designed, media to contact and maps to be drawn out, everybody is busy.



This map for the locations was created by course member, Lucy Newman. She also created the whole brochure and a couple of posters which will be displayed around Leeds and it’s Universities. 


I had some information from Scott, the creative director for Arts@Trinity, that there was a Leeds University Union Music Society concert on the same night as my opening night in the next room so I got in touch.

I spoke with Anna, the Chamber Music manager, and we decided to forge an alliance to promote one another around the city and in Universities. I sent her my own personal exhibition poster and the Contact Photo Festival poster. Image

To increase promotion of the festival I have also arranged for a A0 poster, both my own and the festival poster, to be displayed outside the Holy Trinity Church right next to an entrance/exit to the new Trinity shopping centre. Hopefully this helps to draw in more of a crowd! 

My own images have come together nicely. They will be displayed accompanied by the conversation had with each individual subject on the topic of death and grief. Headphones will be provided with each image so to allow the viewer feel a stronger, more personal connection with each subject. 

I will update again soon with further updates on exhibition preparations!

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FORMAT international photography festival, Derby. 8th March – 7th April 2013

The FORMAT festival, Derby is a bianual event. Work is spread throughout the city and can be enjoyed for a month. All sorts of talks and various events are held  but we were only there for a few hours so had to rush around to see what took our fancy.

We began at the QUAD to see the exhibition by Erik Kessels, Album Beauty. The work consisted of an enormous collection of found family album images. This is the description of the work as found on the FORMAT website:

“Album Beauty, an exhibition of found photographs curated by Erik Kessels, is an ode to the vanishing era of the photo album. Once commonplace in every home, the photo-album has been replaced by the digital age where images are now jpegs and live online and in hard drives. These visual narratives are testament to the once universal appeal to document and display the mundane. Often a repository for family history, they usually represent a manufactured family as edited for display. The albums speak of birth, death, beauty, sexuality, pride, happiness, youth, competition, exploration, complicity and friendship.”


ImageI enjoyed how the work was exhibited. It was almost as if you had stepped into a giant album. The whole thing was very interesting. I particularly liked the blown up prints of which you could sift through at your own leisure.

We then moved on to The Chocolate Factory. Janet Delaney’s work was the first to grab my attention.

“I Am Your Address Of Happiness is a project which investigates the place where the past meets the future in India. 90% of India’s economy is built on independent workers. As Wal-Mart and globalised commerce enters the economy, a long established workforce will be dismantled. The guards of Delhi represent a sector of that vulnerable workforce.”

ImageThe image above was my favourite, though I enjoyed the whole series. her images speak volumes of the current issues surrounding jobs under pressure in a growing country.

The artist I was hoping to see was also situated at The Chocolate Factory, Edward Burtynsky and his series, China. Unfortunately only one image was on display but the large print captured me enough to be satisfied.

“In Deda Chicken Processing Plant, Burtynsky focuses his camera and artist’s eye on the human servitude and control needed to produce food on a factory basis, in which cost is the defining factor.”


The work looks at the manufacturing industry in china, focusing on the vastness of the industry, its cheap labour and costs. Burtynsky captures the industrial landscapes of the world in his visually time consuming (in the best possible way) images. I could stare at any of Burtynsky’s work for hours.

There was much other work but nothing that really grabbed my attention. though a lot of the work was displayed in some interesting ways. Overall a great variety of work on show across the city and well worth the trip down.

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Exhibition space confirmed!

After thinking that I might end up with nowhere to display at all, I luckily ended up securing a spot at Leeds Holy Trinity Church. A beautiful building now run by Arts @ Trinity, providing leeds with various creative displays and events. Unfortunately the main room was already booked but the cafe at the back was free. Such a building seems to bare quite a bit of relevance to my somewhat morbid topic of death and grief so I snapped up the opportunity. It has great promotional opportunities for me and the festival due to its location, right next to an entrance/exit to the new Trinity shopping center so with a bit of luck, a few people may wander in to see my work. 

The work is designed to raise awareness of a subject I feel we all need to consider more openly and hopefully some people will benefit from the work positively and come to realisations of inevitability and be more at one with this matter.

The team from arts@trinity have been amazingly helpful, great bunch of people and very kindly asked me to exhibit the work for 3 weeks.


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London Exhibition Trip Part 3 (Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize)

Sorry it’s taken me a while to get back to this, but here we go…

So the next day (Friday 30th November) we began our day with the National Portrait Gallery. We heading straight for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. A very interesting collection of images some beautiful, some average. I thought that the nude child images that were presented by various artists were kind of a “been done” thing. I believe sally man did a beautiful job documenting her own children in the vast spaces of her ranch in the US but the deliberately staged shot on offer her just felt… well…. wrong!

The main prizes were awarded as follows:

I came across some I absolutely loved, including the overall winner Jordi Ruiz Cirera (photograph of Margarita Teichroeb). His winning piece is in the current British Journal of Photography, where I first saw the image, I love how peaceful the subject seems yet at the same time, quite uncomfortable.Image

We can have an insight into how and why the image was shot thanks to writer and artist Katherine Tyrrell, to follow is a small segment from her interview with the photographer:

“I asked him why he chose this particular photograph of Margarita and he told me because it was his favourite photograph of all the ones he had taken (some 30 or so).  He took her picture at the home she shares with her mother and sister in the Swift Current Colony in Bolivia.As a community, the Menonites live with no cars, telephones, electricity or modern utilities and consequently photography is not a normal part of their lives, is usually forbidden and hence most were very awkward and often looked away from the camera.  In this photograph, she sits centre stage and looks directly at the camera – although her shyness comes across with the hand across her mouth and through the expression in her eyes.”

Another image that I really enjoyed was Peer Lindgreen’s Julie hill. Image

Very nicely shot and almost world war 2esque.


Here is Alex Pavesi Fiori’s Lola Smoking. The image is from the series “Off the set”. A series of beautiful traditionally shot images.


This image is one of my absolute favourites. David bailey, shot in his kitchen. In the information card below the presented image Bailey had stated that he liked Rick Morris Pushinsky because he was fast. I love this image because of the colours and the lovely depth of field used.

ImageI have included this image of Jenny by Kamil Szkopic simply because of its sheer simplistic beauty. The choice of blue background here works in pure harmony with the light skin tone and dark hair of the subject. I am unable to fins out about what lighting was used here but it seems as though natural light has played a part in the creation.

Elsewhere in the National Portrait Gallery there was a collection of Royal Family images by Testino, I wasn’t the biggest fan but one image in particular of Prince William really grabbed my attention.


really enjoyed the lighting used in this image, the richness of the blacks in the suit on printing and how Prince William exudes charm at such a young age.

My favourite image in the whole gallery is Actors Last Supper by Alistair Morrison, known for taking great celebrity portraits (The old image of Rowan Atkinson is one of my favourites from the photographer) Image

This small image in no way does it justice, it has to be viewed to gage the humour, extravagance and simplistic beauty along with the facial expressions of the perfect array of actors and actress and I just love the attention to detail here. The theme has been done before but not on this scale of perfection, in terms of replication of the original religious scene, so well.

Overall great exhibition and an interesting gallery, one I definitely need to revisit to take in the whole building.

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London Exhibition Trip part 2

The final exhibition we went to see on the Thursday was Tom Wood’s Men & Women. The exhibition consists of work collected  by recording the daily lives of people from Liverpool and the Merseyside area over several decades.

Wood mixes images of strangers with family and family friend’s portraits. His work although documentary by nature comes across much more fluid. It connects as an exploration through the mediums of photography (Wood beautifully connects Black & White imagery with colour, photographic styles with various photographic mediums) as well as celebrating the city of Liverpool and its surrounding areas.

There are also a selection of rarely seen photography book by the artist on show which was really interesting including Looking for Love (1989), All Zones off Peak (1998) and Photieman, (2005) – as well as a selection of vintage work prints, giving an overview of his important publishing output and an insight into his working methods.
Even though he has exhibited internationally a number of times, this is his first major solo UK based exhibition.

I enjoyed this exhibition and really like the space although some of the images really didn’t seem to fit and were a little out of context. 


Something I must express was the amazing Photographer’s Gallery book shop in the basement of the gallery. They have books which are now out of print in the UK at amazing prices. you can shop online here – http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/online-shop

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London Exhibition Trip Part 1

Last Thursday (29th November) we went down to London with the course to view the many exhibitions that are spread out around the capitol at the moment. We stayed over at The Generator (best breakfast in London… NOT) and managed to see nowhere near what we would of like to but had a good go at it by rushing from gallery to gallery via the tube. We made a massive mistake of trying to navigate ourselves down Oxford Street and Regent Street on the first day of late night christmas shopping. Rookie error there!

I am going to do individual posts for each exhibition visited so not to create an unbearably long post!

Anyway, the first exhibition we went to view on the Thursday was the William Klein and Daido Moriama Exhibition at the Tate Modern. The images presented by both were an exploration of modern urban life in New York, Tokyo and other various cities the photographers had visited and documented.. The two artists paired together was for the viewer to be able to recognise a distinct similarity in their visual style (blurred and grainy style of photography, which I absolutely love) and also their shared desire to photograph street life of these bustling cities and political protests that took place over the years, from the 1950’s onwards.

The variety of work on show from Klein really captured my attention and the interview video presented at the end of the exhibition was very interesting and a real insight to what he was thinking when capturing these images.


His work is spred out over 7 rooms, beginning with a short film, moving on to his fine art work which was produced for Vogue New York which documents the city as if his time there was a fleeting visit. Image

Another room contained a selection of his painted over contact sheets, the enormity of the prints made for powerful viewing but the images presented by Daido Moriyama were overwhelmingly dominant.



The scale of which his images were printed allowed you to stand in awe of their obscure subject matter. Moriyama explores the texture of his environment and expresses what he documents through heavy grain. His work varies dramatically from the sexual, obsessive, sinister and comical via a consistant aesthetic. Incredibly powerful work to view.

Another brilliant addition to the exhibition from Moriyama was the Polaroid mosaic room. A vast amount of images arranged together to give you a 360 degree view recreation of the artist’s studio. Created orrigionally in 197. Taken over the course of several days, the piece reflects on the relationship between the photographic image and the real world.

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There were also a number of beautiful colour images from Moriyama (although, it was the enormous grids of black and white imagery that I favoured) but I cannot find a single one online, if anyone does, please share a link in the comments! My absolute favorite was called Yushi (1977/2003).

Below are the videos from each artist which were presented at the end of the exhibition. Both very interesting and worth a watch.

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