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Small scents

October 24, 2011 Leave a comment

I’ve just closed a small photo exhibition comprising five of my images.

The exhibition was called Small Scents, and the images were from a set of perfume miniatures that had been part of the collection of my late mother, Peggy. Read more…

Print sale: pictures are an education

November 18, 2009 Leave a comment

 
Katie Cooke, an Edinburgh-based photographer who specialises in the more difficult aspects of the art, is selling a series of her prints to fund the next stage of her education.

These were poppies, and will be again
© Katie Cooke

Katie renounced digital photography some time ago, preferring the more contemplative process of making images using a tripod-mounted large-format film camera – with or without a lens. And over the past year she has been concentrating on the wet-plate collodion process, which involves adding egg-white, collodion and silver salts, layer by layer, to a sheet of glass, and using this to make her negative instead of conventional, ‘modern’ film. When such care and effort goes into the preparation, no wonder the actual taking of the image is not that far from an act of meditation.

The prints which form the set in question have originated either from this traditional process, or from one of Katie’s pinhole cameras (she makes them herself, out of wooden or cardboard boxes). There are thirteen images in total, and believe me, they are each and every one of them gorgeous, deep and rich and soft in texture with patches of creamy luminescence, and each one reflecting the intensity of thought that has gone into its composition. Read more…

Jane Bown’s “Exposures”

November 12, 2009 3 comments

 
I had to go to London earlier this week. It’s not a journey I make often; I had my fill of commuting in the 90s and prefer to do things the easy way now – by phone.

There was an hour to kill before my appointment, so I decided to walk up York Way past Kings Cross station and visit the exhibition of Jane Bown’s photos at the Guardian office. Other British photographers – Patrick Lichfield and David Bailey, for instance – have portrayed the famous and the infamous, but none with the simplicity and lack of intrusion that Jane Bown brought, and still brings, to her work.

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Faded glory, or a bright future?

February 14, 2008 Leave a comment

 
What is it that epitomises the traditional British seaside holiday? Buckets and spades? Shrimping nets? Ice-cream cornets? Beach huts? For photographer Andrew Wing, beach huts represent far more than August Fortnight at Mablethorpe. Here he talks to Martyn Oliver (with diary notes by Wivi-Ann Wells).

© Andrew Wing

For most of us, mention of any one of these will bring back a wave of nostalgia. But for one man, whose shadow you see in the inset, beach huts represent far more than memories of August Fortnight at Mablethorpe. Andrew Wing and his partner, Norwegian photographer Wivi-Ann Wells, spent their holidays for the best part of five years in pursuit of every beach hut in Britain. The results are due to be published later this year.

Why beach huts, I asked Andrew. What is so special about them for you to make them the subject of such a comprehensive study?

‘Why not beach huts?’, he responded. ‘In fact, I’ve been fascinated by them ever since I was a kid and spent the summer holidays at the seaside with my family.’ Andrew comes from Nottingham in the English Midlands, a place about as far Read more…