At the beginning of the year I was commissioned to facilitate a photography project in 2 special needs schools in Tunbridge Wells. The Project ran parallel with the production of the Dvorak opera Rusalka, a lottery commissioned project produced in the same schools by the theatrical arts organisation La Folia. Twenty students from years 12 & 13 participated in 4 weekly, 90 – minute photography workshops in January and February this year.
The watery themes dominant throughout the story of Rusalka,inspired the project and collaboratively the students created a series of photographic portraits exploring
themselves in connection to water, power, dreams and magic. The students were taught some basic photographic skills alongside experimenting with various techniques to create the
illusion of being immersed in water, resulting in a series of magical portraits and this photo film that was screened before the performance.
‘IS THAT IT’
Brighton Photo Fringe
23 Oct – 5 Nov
I have a new piece in a small exhibition at Phoenix Gallery Brighton, part of the Brighton Photo Fringe. The exhibition brings together a snapshot of work in progress by nine of the original members of the Tri-pod Network. Tri-pod is a creative initiative I set up with Miranda Gavin in 2010 to support the development of photographic and lens-based personal projects. www.tri-pod.co.uk
The exhibition has been a good opportunity to experiment with some new ideas and explore moving out of my comfort zone. I had the urge to tear the photographic print in response to the erosion of the cliff edge at Beachy Head. After a lot of experimention I am pleased with the results and plan to continue using the concept of the tear within a developing series. Here is a rough 1 minute video clip, filmed on my iphone creating the tear!
I filmed this short dance film with Laura Gwynne in May, an opportunity to practice filming on my DSLR. We shot it in a day in the countryside near Lewes & it was chosen for a screening last Saturday & Sunday, part of the U Dance 2012 event at The Southbank Centre in London.
EAST END FILM FESTIVAL
FILMS BY PHOTOGRAPHERS
for the CINE-EAST programme
Sunday 1 July 2012
18 Hewett Street EC2A 3NN
12noon – 3.30pm Admission Free
The programme starts promptly at 12noon and will run in the following order with films from:-
Joan Alexander, Suelan Allison, Pascal Bartholdi, Gregoire Bernardi, Elizabeth Blanchet, Tom Bowditch, Oliver David, Raphael Franco, Begona Garcia, Sonal Kantaria, Monika Kita & Nigel Jarvis, Victoria Kovalenko, Monika Marion, Wendy Pye, Hana Ros & Imogen Ogilvie & Peter Larkin, Marc Schlossman, Dougie Wallace, Maria Coletsis, Max Colson, Amit Lennon, Elina Monya, Rod Morris, Helen Spackman & Manuel Vason.
Each film will be shown once during the 3hr30mins programme.
The gallery has a tiny coffee shop run by Dunne Frankowski to keep you refreshed.
Thomas Kellner has selected one of my images from the ‘Luminance in Flux’ series to be included in his annual exhibition in his studio in Seigen, Germany.
Supporting jury 2012:
Thomas Gerwers, PROFIFOTO, Germany
Manfred Zollner, fotoMaGAZIN, Germany
Peggy Sue Amison, Sirius Arts Center, Cobh, Ireland
Barbara Tannenbaum, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, USA
Debra Klomp Ching, KlompChing Gallery New York, USA
The exhibition shows work by 18 photographers. Each photographer is represented by one selected picture. On Saturday 24th visiting photographers meet at the Museum’s conference room for short lectures and artist’s talks.
In the process of organising a new workshop in June at Photofusion in Brixton with Tri-pod, the creative photo project, development group that I co-founded with Miranda Gavin.
TRI-POD PHOTO PROJECT RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT WEEKEND WORKSHOP
Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 June 2012
10.00am – 5.30pm
Tri-pod is calling for applicants for its weekend Photo Project Research & Development Workshop to be held at Photofusion in Brixton.
The first Tri-pod project development group for personal projects was set up in April 2010 and has now been running for over two years.
The weekend will be based on the belief that some photographers would benefit from the support of peers and mentors whilst developing a body of work. The aim of the weekend will be to support participants who specifically have a photographic project in progress.
During the workshop, we will discuss approaches to your working practice and the various challenges that can block a project moving forward. There will also be an opportunity, all day on Sunday, to receive personal guidance and feedback from three industry professionals: Miranda Gavin, Laura Noble and Sue Steward, about your project in progress (PiP)
To find out more and apply go to: http://www.tri-pod.co.uk Deadline for applications Monday 4 June 5pm.
I was interviewed for this video last year. The film is a short response to Beachy Head made by 2nd year media students at Brighton University