Thursday, 27 January 2011

Over and Out

This is definitively the last time I shall post to this blog...the MA is now firmly part of the past and in my revised web presence (about to go live) this blog will be part of the archive section. My photography at the moment is being restricted to the role it has always played in my work viz. a supporting part of the creation of paintings and latterly (for the past decade or so) in digital collage. If you are so inclined the archive will give you plenty of stuff to look at!

For now if you are interested my latest blog, established a few months back, preparatory to my forthcoming exhibition at the Tarpey Gallery - opening on 16th July 2011 - can be found @

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

At the End of It All...

It's habit forming this blogging lark...though pretty much the whole shebang is over now...I recently wound up the bank account set up to support the still seems as if the group has a life beyond the course. Is this true of all cohorts of students? Somehow I doubt it. Whether we really have staying power is yet to be proven but I am optimistic. The image above I took at the last gathering of the group...

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

A Few More Images

from the show... the opening party, the work of David Manley and Kate Luck.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Exhibition Postscript

Our exhibition went extremely well...both PV's were well attended and the work looked sharp and professional. Everyone had taken care to present enough work without overcrowding the (relatively) small space. The rooms evened out nicely with conventionally framed work mixed with other styles of presentation. All in all an excellent show that attracted good comment. Shown here is (from top to bottom) Ian Fletcher, Adela Miencelova, David Singh and David Atterbury/Daisy Fawcett.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Huzza! the Show opens!

This coming Sunday @ 2pm our MA show finally runs for a week at Pedestrian Arts, on Rutland Street in Leicester. It's opposite the LCB Depot (a well known local Managed Art workspace organisation) and just up and around the corner from The Curve (the new Arts Centre) - so in the heart of Leicester's Cultural Quarter. There's another View on Thursday the 15th at 6pm. Everybody is welcome to either of these - and if you can't make either drop in from 9 till 5 weekdays and 11 till 4 on Saturday 17th or 1 till 4 Sunday 18th.

It's been a slog getting it to this point but - hopefully - it will turn out well and attract a deal of attention!

Friday, 20 August 2010

Graduation and beyond

The reason behind this blog is now well in the past - the course finished back in May - our results were posted in June (I passed with a fair mark) and we graduated in July. I have no intention of posting any of the very twee graduation pictures here. What next - well I have been actively involved in the establishment of a Royal Photographic Society Contemporary Group in the East Midlands and have entered a number of competitions (to date unsuccessfully...) and there is still our graduation exhibition to come. This opens on the 10th October - yes 10/10/10 (though at 2pm rather than 10 am!) at Pedestrian Arts in the centre of Leicester (just around the corner from The Curve and opposite the LCB Depot in what is known as the 'Cultural Quarter'. We hope to be a significant contribution to cultural life in the city over that period!

After a fair gap I have been taking pictures again. At the moment there is no substantive theme at work...other than one or two ongoing obsessions that I have had for some time. One of these is a long term study of the Ligurian Apennines shot from a friend's terrace and inspired by a quote from Lina Waterfield's book Castle In Italy - “a superb view of the Apennines on every side while to the east were the serrated marble mountains of Carrara. There is a local legend that Dante conceived the idea of the circles of Hell and Pergatory while wandering as an exile in the Lunigiana for wheresoever he stood he saw ranges of mountains around him.”

Monday, 7 June 2010

Post Hoc Rations and relations

So it's well past the event now - indeed we have been marked - are indeed marked men and women now. I have debated whether I should have now left this behind me. There's a strong case for doing so. But the trouble is that one becomes addicted to the steady flow of useless (and even occasionally useful) information that comes through the electronic pipes. For example the last time I read Greg Lucas's blog he was on the lookout for corduroyed gentlemen on old record sleeves. Now for reasons too foolish to recount I have a huge collection of dodgy vinyl. So I rooted through it to see what cheesy geezers I could find...but like Greg I simply couldn't find much (despite imagining that I'd have quite a few). But I did find a few (see above) that I considered he'd find of imagine my surprise when one of mine turned out to be one of his. Now though there are mitigating circumstances (after all we were on the look out for Corduroy or as it turned out Corduroy sub) but the chances of the same two albums coming out of the cloud given the many many millions in the world - slim I'd say.