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Out on the fringe ….

The Brighton Photo Fringe that is!  Concurrently with the Brighton Photo Biennial (the largest photography exhibition in the UK), the Fringe runs from 4th October – 3rd November 2014. I am very excited to share the gallery with five other local photographers, Colin Miller ARPS, Audrey Marshall ARPS, Steve Boyle ARPS, Nicola Miles and Sylwia Liszak. We will be exhibiting in the brand new Artista Gallery and Studio, right in the heart of the city.

Each of us has a different style and approach but we share commitment, a personal vision and fierce independence in what we make and show. Working as a team with gallery owner Alex, we have agreed how to share the quirky exhibition space to showcase everyone’s work to its best advantage and are working on our marketing strategy together. We will be having an open Preview Evening on October 3rd, but if you can’t come then, do pop in anytime during the month for a coffee, drink or food and see “Six Photographers Under One Roof”.

I’ll bring you more news as we fine tune our plans, suffice to say it will be worth visiting!



It’s been a while …

Life has overtaken me and I haven’t had the space or inclination to take many photographs recently. But travels with my camera continue soon; this week I fly to Cape Town to work with a nonprofit through Momenta’s “Project South Africa 2013 – Photography as a Force of Change“. At this stage I don’t know what organisation I’ll be paired with, but the purpose is two-fold: providing free photography services to a small not-for-profit for two weeks while being coached by photojournalist Jamie Rose. It’s an exciting challenge – an opportunity to help a group who would otherwise be unable to afford a photographer and a chance for me to learn more about story-telling through imagery.  More on this later …

To get my photographic motor running again, I joined a street photography workshop with Laura Pannack, a young award winning photographer whose approach to her subjects is truthful and genuine. I still balk at approaching people in the street but made an effort to spend time with the strangers I encountered. Fewer images resulted, but the experience was rewarding through the brief connections made: a couple down on the front enjoying ice-cream on a pretty chilly day, a man and his dog on a weekend away in his camper-van and a worker taking a well-earned break with an extremely large cigar!

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Life is precarious …

The tightrope walkers on Brighton beach told me that the older you are the more difficult it is to learn this balancing act. You can still do it they advised, it will simply take longer. Fortunately I have no desire to acquire this skill but watching the guys walk carefully and with immense aplomb along a tiny strip of cord made me think about how precarious life is.

This week a death in the family necessitated a house clearance. As we worked through all the belongings to sort out what to throw, keep and take to charity, it was apparent that a number of things had never been used. Lovely new things – perhaps being “kept for best” or “just in case”.  I wondered as I worked; how often do we delay doing, saying or enjoying things because we think we’ll have plenty time? Too often I suspect.

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” Buddha

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