Monday, 30 November 2009
I was really pleased with the way A Feast for the Eyes turned out. My piece was positioned behind the display table decorated with selling pieces and other items usually found in a Dutch 17th Century Still Life. I was so happy to see my piece taking centre stage as it was visible as soon as your entered the gallery, I also loved the way it seemed to be part of the still life set up on the table. There were some beautiful pieces especially the pewter dishes and the textile birds. Go on and gorge yourself.....
Thursday, 26 November 2009
Tonight is the Private View for an exhibition called 'A Feast for the Eyes' at Gallery II in Bradford University. It starts at 4' O clock! I have a piece from my degree show exhibited called 'Bud" 2007. It is a selling exhibition with inspiration from the Dutch Still life paintings of the 17th Century. I think it will be a very luxurious and opulent themed show with stunning photography, embroidery, prints, jewelry and glass.
Thursday, 5 November 2009
At the moment I am experimenting with star wars figurines....I want to submit some images for the Leeds based Zine 'Feral'. The theme is Sci-Fi. I was thinking of places them around the house in mundane areas where they are secretly battling unnoticed by the people living there...hmmm I will post my results soon....
Sunday, 1 November 2009
Travelling was really a life changing experience for me.....I plane-ed, bus-ed and tuk tuk-ed my way around Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, East Australia, New Zealand and South America. I cant comprehend some of the things I've seen. I have tried to do justice to the sights and cultures ive experinced through my photography. All in all an amazing trip.
Saturday, 17 October 2009
In August 2007 I approached The West Yorkshire Playhouse to display some of my images, in the end i was asked to curate an exhibition of my work to run along side the Play 'A Brief Encounter'. I watched and loved the film the play is based on, and the theme of tea came to mind. Tea and solitude became the themes of my photographs....
Monday, 5 October 2009
In june 2007, I was invited to collaborate with some final year students from the Leeds Contemporary School of Dance. The theme was movement and space. I took some photographs on Scarborough beach of the girls improvising through contemporary dance, using the space of the beach and the confinement of the beach's bunker. The work was used in an installation for their degree show and also the dance school bought 5 of my images. One of which was features in the Guardian Newspaper.
Saturday, 3 October 2009
One of my Final Pieces for my degree show I wanted to show the contracting themes of Gardens which can also be interpreted as nature itself. I love the irony of gardens acting as a metaphor of nature, they are spaces that are meant to heighten your experience in the natural world, however they are man-made. Gardens are spaces shaped by man. I started taking medium format photographs in stately home gardens. I love the severe lines and grandeur of them. I played around with scale when pairing them with macro photographs of anemone flowers.
Wednesday, 30 September 2009
My friend Ian and I took part in this years' Shoot Liverpool. An event where all levels of Photographers get together and make a visual story board. This year's theme was The Pied Piper with a twist from the Bluecoat's Phil Olsen. The rats were hilariously substituted with pigeons. Our team....'Crazy Diamond' had three hours to snap a photo for our given phrases. Each phrase and matching image were compiled and exhibited in the Openeye gallery on Wood St. Some of our phrases were....'Little Lame Boy' and 'The Pied Piper.'
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
My degree work and I think all my other work includes condradicting themes, I love contrasting elements within my pieces as I think my personality reflects this. I am very analytical and indecisive!! I started working with dyptichs and multiple imagery in 'Bud' 'window' and 'Eden' on my last post. Such themes are life and death, beauty and decay, and also the contradiction between time and scale. Also from my degree work, I experimented with contrasting objects in the still lifes......flowers and meat.
Wednesday, 2 September 2009
Since finishing my BA Hons Fine Art degree in 2007, I decided that i wanted to go travelling. I saved and jetted off in October 2008 - May 2009. This was an amazing experience and allowed me to constantly take photographs for six months. Since my return in may I'm finding my feet financially and also rediscovering my creative practice......I thought it would make sense to show you all some of my previous work and travelling images.....i hope you like.