A reasonably pleasing image here and there could not hide the fact that I have been incredibly frustrated those last few months with my photography. So what better way to get out of the rut than to try something completely new? Inspiration came from Steve Gosling, whose workshops I used to attend regularly, many years ago. Olympus lent the camera and Steve set the task - shooting urban scenes in London. I expected nothing, and perhaps that was the key. It allowed me to look around with fresh eyes, explore and play. 3 hours - and that was all that was needed to invigorate my mind, to re-ignite the passion.
Finally, I made it to Dungeness for some photography, together with my friend Sarah Medway. Although it is a well-photographed location, I had to see it for myself, and it did not disappoint. The eerie atmosphere is captivating, and despite rather uncooperative weather I came away with a couple of photographs, which, for me, capture the spirit of the place. Dungeness was also the last location I used my trusty Canon camera, though I didn't know it then...
I have just returned from a successful 3-day residential workshop I ran in the Lake District, together with Huw Alban. Although during a workshop most of the time is spent helping our participants, I managed to grab a couple of shots myself. This one was taken at Blea Tarn, pointing the camera away from the Lake and towards the sun.
I am privileged to have been asked to curate ELMBRIDGE: MOVING ART, an arts exhibition, which includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography and other art works made by artists, who live or work in the Borough of Elmbridge. The exhibition will show at the Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre in Walton-on-Thames before travelling to other locations in the borough. ELMBRIDGE: MOVING ART is being supported by Elmbridge Borough Council and the RC Sherriff Trust.
I spent a few days in Bruges, Belgium and something happened I thought was impossible: I came back with some urban photographs. Bruges is a fascinating city and well worth exploring with the camera.
DRAWN BY LIGHT was a wonderful exhibition at the Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre. Huw Alban, David Neve, Jenifer Bunnett, Rachael Talibart and myself showed a great variety of landscape work. Below is a short video of the event.
I have just returned from a trip to the Isle of Skye with photographer friends Beata Moore, Sue Bishop and Linda Wevill. It was a rather wet week, but I enjoyed every minute of it. Highlight was the beach at Talisker Bay with its white and black sand. The outgoing tide created the most beautiful patterns in the sand and we spent hours photographing there. See the gallery for more images.
"Photography and Sculpture" took place during the last weekend in February. I was invited to show my work at the new Gateway of St Andrew's United Reformed Church in Walton-on-Thames. At the same time the Gateway hosted a display of unique sculptures made by members of Zimbabwean art cooperative "Artpeace". You can find a short video about the event by clicking here.
The spring term Photography Club for Beginners is already underway at the Riverhouse Barn in Walton-on-Thames. Between January and March students on the fully booked course learn how to move away from the Auto Mode on their cameras. We talk about aperture and shutter speed, about composition and light, and many other things that will improve the photographs the students take. If you are interested in booking onto the next course, please get in touch with me via the contact page or contact the Riverhouse Barn directly.
Contributors of 'Landscapes by Women' put on a great photographic show at the OXO Gallery in London last week. Hereyou can see a short video I produced, which gives a glimpse of what the exhibition was about.
At the same time as the Mall Galleries show, I was invited to exhibit a selection of photographs from my book "The Elmbridge Hundred - A Visual Journey" in the atrium of the Dittons Library in Thames Ditton for two weeks. Very pleased that several visitors recognised the photographs, of which several sold.
I was fortunate to be able to show work at the Mall Galleries, London as part of the 'Light and Land on the Mall' exhibition in August 2015. Around 70 exhibitors participated, displaying several hundred landscape photographs. I am pleased that my framed print "Seven Sisters" sold twice.
Students of the summer term Photography Club for Beginners at the Riverhouse Barn in Walton-on-Thames had the opportunity to show a selection of photographs they produced during the course at the Robert-Phillips-Gallery in the Barn. A lot of thought went into selecting the images to be shown, which I then prepared for the gallery. This was part of an exhibition organised by the Riverhouse Barn to show the variety of activities on offer at the Barn.
After weeks of being tied to the office chair, preparing lessons for the Beginners Photography Club I am currently teaching at the Riverhouse Barn in Walton-on-Thames, and some commissioned work, I finally managed to get out with the camera again last Friday!
The day started well - some poppies alongside the A303 at Stonehenge were still in a reasonable condition to be photographed. The skies duly obliged and the thick clouds moved on to make way for the blues and whites of a nice summer’s day. The trickiest part was getting a shot without cars in it – the A303 around Stonehenge is a very busy road.
Along the way to my final destination I spotted a little lay-by with a ‘Public Footpath’ sign, inviting a short exploratory ramble. I only had to step through the hedge by the side of the road and there it was – a barley field with a few poppies dotted in its midst!
By lunchtime the blue skies had gone and, for the next 7 hours or so, drizzle and non-descript featureless skies took turns to dampen my spirits. I had followed another footpath and discovered a view, which, so I believed, would make a great photograph, if the light was right. For the next few hours I waited, waited and waited. I Twice I started the journey home, only to turn back after a few miles because the weather looked as if it could still improve. Eventually, an hour before sunset, the clouds parted and the rolling hills before me were bathed in the most beautiful golden light. I can hardly describe the elation I felt, but some words came to my mind shortly afterwards that seemed to describe those few minutes perfectly: “I often think of that rare fulfilling joy when I am in the presence of some wonderful alignment of events, where the light, the colour, the shapes and the balance all interlock so beautifully that I feel truly overwhelmed by the wonder of it.” (Charlie Waite)
I have just returned from a week's photography in Wales. Although it rained frequently, photographic opportunities presented themselves each day, ranging from coastal views (including a solar halo) and great panoramic views of the Brecon Beacons to bluebells and waterfalls.