Rediscovering unused images

For my current work I am using constructed image, and I am in the process of exploring ideas.  Today, I stumbled upon some old images in a file on my computer marked ‘do not use‘.  They were from a constructed image project called ‘Rooms’ (2013) in which I had used cutouts from my family album to create scenes, adding personal symbols and ideas from childhood dreams, fears and nightmares.  The project had been intentionally dark, and I had discarded the more colourful images at that time. Continue reading

“A palette made of diamonds and precious stones”

Not photography, but such a wonderful way of describing the frustrations of conveying the colours of nature in an image ….

“I’m living in a wonderland. I don’t know which way to turn: everything is superb and I want to do everything […] It’s terribly difficult, you need a palette made of diamonds and precious stones …”

Claude Monet to Theodore Duret 1884


p98, Monet: Light, Shadow and Reflection, 2017 Exhibition Catalogue, Ulf Koster (ed.)

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Haystacks (Effect of Snow and Sun) (1891), Claude Monet
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In and out of of a ray of light

There is something quite mystical about watching human figures pass in and out of of a ray of light; like fleeting ghosts they appear, then disappear into the shadows.  The ones who stay, those who reach out their arms or spread wide their fingers, appear as partially present.  One can pass a limb into the fine mist and block the passage of light, causing far reaching bars of blackness that themselves appear solid.

All the while, the area of light changes shape, its crisp white outline bending and moving on the wall, like a gradual dance.

Solid Light Works is the perfect title.

It pulls you in. You cannot help but wade into the mists and become a part of it. You meet other shadows, too: “people talk to each other in the darkness – strangers” the invigilator comments.

Then, from the black room into the glare of white gallery space, insight can be found into the processes the artist went through to create this work; notebooks, sketchpads, drawings, models. It is truly fascinating.

“McCall describes his practice as existing in the space where cinema, sculpture and drawing overlap. He is best known for his large-scale, immersive sculptural light installations that incorporate the visitor and invite them to become active participants in the work.”

Anthony McCall’s ‘Solid Light Works’ continues until 3rd June at The Hepworth, Wakefield.



Petrifying objects

The waterfall at Mother Shipton’s Cave beside the River Nidd is a natural feature which was first opened to paying visitors in the 1600s, and is believed to be the oldest entrance-paying tourist attraction in England. For centuries this and other ‘petrifiying wells’ have been an attraction Continue reading

Art and the origins of life

Artists considering the origins of life on Earth have addressed the subject in many different ways, using visual methods to represent a variety of theories.  From representations of DNA – the blueprint for life – to oversized sculptures of microscopic organisms, here art and science work together to consider how life on earth began more than 3 billion years ago. Continue reading

Kurt Schwitters – Merz Barn

“The word ‘Merz’ was used in the sense of a bringing together of discarded or broken fragments to make a new whole, and also of signifying the inherent one-ness of a creation that could be shattered by war or circumstance, but could be re-combined by the healing genius of the artist.”
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Walking, ambling, taking my time

I was not sure what to expect when I bought a copy of the book ‘A philosophy of walking’ by Frederic Gros, but the title led me to pick it off the shelf and then I wanted to read it – perhaps to see what could be deduced from my own walking habits. Continue reading

Looking for clues: A Hayman Seleg Mendelssohn portrait

When visiting my parents in Cornwall recently I found a Victorian ‘cabinet card’ for sale for a few pence in amongst the bric-a-brac of a second hand shop. Coming from Cumbria, my first though was that it looked very much like a young Beatrix Potter and I brought it home to the Lakes to have a closer look.  Online, my search engine led me straight to the National Portrait Gallery where 69 portraits by Mendelssohn are kept.  Continue reading

Lost and found

A day or two ago I lost a camera. A tiny, battered old film camera with little value.  I think it slipped out of my pocket while I was walking through a muddy field.  Luckily I had taken only a few frames on a roll of 35mm film.  Not much of a loss, really.

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Strangers ‘outside the white cube’

from the series Peripheral Strangers
from the series Peripheral Strangers


Images from Peripheral Strangers are part of ‘Outside the White Cube’ an international exhibition in the Phillipines created by The Multiple eXposure Project. The exhibition is to be projected across public spaces in Manila, 1-30 December 2015.

About The Multiple eXposure Project:

” … an inter-disciplinary artistic practice and research-based initiative that explores the many layers of image-making, participatory photography, visual ethnography, and performative encounter(s) between the image and the spectator; the subject and the viewer. As what the name of the project implies, this endeavor is profoundly interested in the notions of the “multiple” and the “exposure” both in their literal and symbolic sense.

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