Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Marvels & intrigues!

The third picture was a prior intrigue: of a lady who sat outside to work on her laptop in Paris in the apartments opposite the one we stayed in. What was great, was that she would change her beret throughout the day sporting different colours. Maybe she had to change hats depending on who she was writing about. I'd like to think she is the next great French novelist & we saw her first.

Well, another week of ups & ups. First came the double lecture up North at Leeds college followed by a lecture at Impressions Gallery in Bradford. Each lecture delivered a few home truths about the industry from a collectors perspective, giving students a shock as to the realities of life as a photographer post-uni then more truths about the nature of collecting to a broad audience in the evening. Amongst the audience was a curator from Bradford Media Museumwho kindly invited me to visit the archive. I was keen to enter the depths of their collection with a specific interest in their contemporary collection. Low & behold entering the room with contemporary works the image dead-centre was a huge framed work by none other than John Kippin of the first print I ever bought. It is from the series 'Nostalgia for the Future' & the first of my many photos of aeroplanes titled 'Hidden' & still holds pride of place in my house. I was also thrilled to see the new series 'Flora' by Neeta Madaharwhich depicts women in a glamorous yet honest manner. I of course used one of her images on the cover of my own book. It is a wonderful exhibition & well worth the trip to Bradford to see it.

The Photovoice auction was a great way to spend last Wednesday evening with a Sarah Moon print selling for a mere £3,000! I implore you to come to the next one in a years time or better yet donate a fantastic print to help their wonderful work all over the world. Marvel at the world more, make it your New Year's resolution.

The book launch at Diemar/Noble was a roaring success & today we had a double page feature in the Metro on the George Rodger exhibition. Reuters will be filming at the gallery on Thursday to cover the show & they even want to interview me. I am slightly nervous about this as I do not film well. Like a great work of art I am much better in the flesh, not however very photogenic. Trust me, I know plenty of photographers' & none have as yet produced a great picture of me. The dust jacket image was 1 of 500 shots taken (with only 5 of which were usable) so I am dreaming of a Neeta Madahar style portrait that would make me look both realistic & glam. Any takers? You know where to find me. If you would like to be part of the vox-pops on the day please let me know as they need 3 people to interview with their reactions to the show.

Today was also great due to a gathering organised byEC1 Publishing who all you freelancers out there should know about. F2 magazine is full of wonderful advice & insights into the world of freelance photography, with news, reviews & technical advice, not to mention great features on photographers' with top tips on best practice. An afternoon complete with game stew & Christmas pud is all good for the soul.

Last night was spent with the cast & crew of Diemar/Noble Photography at my place for a thank you dinner for all their hard work this year both installing, promoting & helping in any way they could throughout our first 6 months. None of our successes could have been possible without their genorous help & know-how. Amongst the esteemed guests were the one & only Colin Coutts whose work is both beautiful & thought provoking.

I'm now settled in with a nice glass of wine & still shaking my head at the video posted on Marcus Doyle's blog. I insist that you watch it!

The gallery is open this week & is closed from next week. We re-open on January 5th, but do still keep your enquiries coming as I know that the show is a must-see. Our next exhibition is with Yvonne De Rosa, so watch this space for more come January. I will post more over Christmas & remind you that with only a few days left to shop at the gallery it's time to put on your skates & drop by to see us. And so to bed... watch where you drop off!

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