U Dance 2012 – Screening at Southbank Centre London

‘already you’ from laura gwynne on Vimeo


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.

‘Six Feet From the Edge’ at East End Film Festival

photomonth presents
for the CINE-EAST programme
Sunday 1 July 2012
Protein Gallery
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.

Exhibition: Germany

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.

Tri-pod Workshop @ Photofusion, Brixton

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.

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.

Beachy Head

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

Gillian Wearing at The Whitechapel Gallery

Self Portraits - Gillian Wearing, Whitechapel Gallery April 2012

I enjoyed seeing the Gillian Wearing retrospective at The Whitechapel on Friday afternoon. I knew Gillian in the early 90’s, pre Turner Prize and she casually asked me and some other female friends to take part in a staged video piece ‘I’d like to teach the world to sing'(95) that involved me being filmed wearing a flowery dress and blowing in to a coke bottle filled with water, all in the name of art! I haven’t actually seen the final piece and been curious over the years to see what she ended up doing with the footage & whether the musical note I produced blowing across the top of the bottle ever made the final cut! I was hoping it may have been included in this show but the curation excellently focuses on her most well-known video and photographic works. It’s an emotionally charged and some times challenging exhibition and the intensity may take its toll but I was inspired by the balance she creates in her work being both political and poetic, focusing on the traumatised but also having the ability to find the ironic and extraordinary in us all.

I also got to see Gillians first full length documentary feature ‘Self Made’, that was exclusively screened at the gallery on Friday evening. Gillian chose a handful of individuals who responded to an ad to take part in a method acting workshop to explore their lives in a series of tableau’s. Watching it feels a bit like group therapy, with the characters breaking down and talking about their troubles. But this is done in a creative and thought-provoking way, that on top of being a totally frank and honest look at their lives, it becomes constructive and compelling to watch. One of the participants, Lian for instance, sets up her “end scene” as Act 1 from Shakespeare’s King Lear. Her performance as Cordelia, who will not pander to an attention-seeking father but remains honest and true. Considering Lian had never acted before, I thought it was a commendable theatre performance. I think the film is worthy of a cinema release which would be quite a move for a genre which has its comfort zone so firmly rooted in television. Michael Moore and a few others have made the leap into ‘reality cinema’ but I don’t think anybody has taken it as far as Wearing has in this film.


Behind the Image: Research in Photography

I was invited to contribute to this recently published book ‘Behind the Image:Research in Photography’ that focuses on how to undertake photographic research. Written by Natasha Caruana & Anna Fox, it features one of my images from The Beachy Head Project.

Here’s a photo of the book sitting proudly in the Tate Modern bookshop!
You can also buy it via Amazon

© Natasha Caruana

© Natasha Caruana