>Artist of the Week: Charles Hallsworth

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A Corner of a Field that is England
Charles Hallsworth

We are very pleased to introduce Charles Hallsworth as our Artist of the Week this week! Currently based in Dorset, Charles is an artist and a photographer. Inspired by Landscape and Water, Charles’ work is varied and enchanting. As ever, we will be hearing from Charles himself throughout the week – although he is especially busy at the moment with a big exhibition, and preparation for Open Studios. More info on both of those ventures coming soon!


In the meantime enjoy this taster of Charles’ work…

On the Wing
Charles Hallsworth

Somewhere
Charles Hallsworth

West Bay Storm 
Charles Hallsworth

And to see more of Charles’ work, please visit his Shed Profile!

>Time out in the Shed: a cup of Tea with Marisa Lopez, our Artist of the Week

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We had a virtual cup of tea with Marisa, our Artist of the Week, and she told us a bit more about her work and her love for photography – enjoy!
Marisa Lopez

What first drew you to photography?

I think I first became interested in photography, around the time I started traveling on my own. I was about 20, studying abroad in Prague and then backpacking through Europe. It was a way for me to share what I had seen and experienced with my friends and family back home, and from that point on it became a passion. The more different the place, the more creative and interested I grew in the medium.

What is your favourite photographic memory, and why?

It’s hard to pinpoint one! During my first year or two in Barcelona, I remember being entranced with the amazing graffiti everywhere. I would venture out every Sunday with my bike and camera to explore new neighborhoods in search of great art on the streets. It was like an outdoor gallery. The process of seeking, finding, capturing and preserving these gems – which would not be there for long – was a highly memorable experience.

Marisa Lopez
Who is your favourite photographer, and why?
Another tough question! I work with some truly gifted photographers, who publish regularly in National Geographic. Among them, Frans Lanting stands out. His images are so perfect (for lack of a better word) they almost appear unreal. I also love Mattias Klum’s work – he has an artistic approach to natural history subjects that is very much his own – his images are multilayered, and display incredible depth and emotion. I’ve always liked Jodi Cobb’s work, and that of Steve McCurry – his images of India absolutely capture that place for me in a way I could never hope to achieve on my own. They are memorable, they tell a powerful story, and they display genuinely great lighting, composition and color – as well as humor.
What would be your ideal camera, and where would you take it?
I have no idea what camera would be my ideal one – I’m actually terrible when it comes to equipment or the technical side of photography. As to where I would take it – that’s easy. I would like to explore Japan, to capture the contrast between old and new, especially during the spring or fall; I’d love to document the Northern Lights; I’d go back to India in a heartbeat – it’s such a photogenic place. The list goes on and on…
Marisa Lopez
Tell us what you enjoy most about your own work, and what has inspired you recently.
Like I said, I’m not the most technically savvy when it comes to photography, but I think I have a good eye. What I like about my work, when it works for me, is the simplicity, colors, and composition usually. I am often drawn to objects or situations that may seem common or mundane, and I try to elevate their beauty or give them personality. I also like to photograph situations through a different angle or lens – for instance, through a reflection. Lately I keep certain ideas or themes in the back of my mind when I’m with my camera – like a series. For example, I might seek repetition, or photograph doors or fountainheads in many different locations. I try to say something about the place through like subjects in a subtle way. Looking forward, I’d like to improve my people photography. I’m about to have a baby, so I think my next “project” will be finding creative ways to document her first weeks, months, and years non-traditionally and in a unique style that captures her personality.
Do you have bursts of creativity – and when/where are you most creative?
I do, though I have to admit it’s been a while! I’m having a block recently. I find I’m most creative in new environments, particularly when traveling or visiting a place for the first time.
Marisa Lopez
What are the most important elements of a successful photo?
That depends. For me, I would say that the story or message is one of the most important elements – whether the photograph has the power to move me, leave a lasting impression, inspire me, or make me feel something emotionally. I appreciate photographs that avoid cliché situations and do something different or unique – or the same thing in a different way.
Lighting of course is always important, and I appreciate good color and composition. I also think there’s something to be said about a photo that works well in its original form, i.e., with minimal processing. Digital brings so many new possibilities, but when I can see there’s been a lot of post-production I start to lose the photograph and it becomes something else for me.
Tell us about your favourite photograph, either your own or someone else’s, and please send us a copy if you have one!
I don’t have one favorite photo. A couple of images that stand out to me, however, include: 
Steve McCurry

Frans Lanting
- Marisa Lopez

A big Thank You to Marisa for all her contributions this week, it’s been great hearing more about her and her work, and seeing some new images from her. You can see more of Marisa’s work by visiting her Shed Profile!

>Shed Gallery Critique, by Marisa Lopez, our Artist of the Week

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Congratulations to all the Shed artists and photographers – there’s a lot of really great work out there! I’m happy to share a few images that stand out to me.

I love the abstract, linear patterns of Andy White’s Potato Field, and the contrast between the weight, color and texture of the two objects in Tim Edwards’ Driftwood and Leaf. There is something about movement and the range of grey tones in these two images that really appeals to me. Both draw the eye and make us appreciate these landscapes or objects in nature in a pure sense, with no distractions.

Potato Field
Andy White
Driftwood and Leaf, Olympic National Park, Washington State
Tim Edwards

The next two images by Ken Jenner and Maisie Hill are very fun – the colors jump out and the subject matter is unique, quirky, and full of personality. I love the repetition element as well, and the contrast between the subdued background and the vibrantly colored, clean lines of the foreground.
Beach Kites,
Ken Jenner
 
Feather Dying Factory,
Maisie Hill

I find Lauren Fox’s Antony Gormley spooky yet appealing. It drew my attention immediately. The same goes for Vibeke Nordtomme’s Days of Rain. Both images have a strong psychological or emotional element, and tell a story. They are simple yet complex. The language and gesture of the hands and feet in each picture can carry a whole conversation on their own; very little information is needed in the photograph to make it complete.
Antony Gormley, 
Days of rain 1
Vibeke Nordtomme
Anna Kindred’s Lym Water II (and many photos from this series) is quite beautiful – more like a painting than a photograph to me. I love the colors, natural patterns and wrinkled texture – it’s delicate, yet has a lot of depth and character. I also like the close-up perspective and the patterns, colors and textures of P1010237 by Matt Sowter and Sea Weathered I by Tricia Scott. Planks by Jacques Tutcher is another fun image, imbuing inanimate objects with personality.

Lym Water II,
 Anna Kindred
P1010237
Matt Sowter
Sea Weathered I,
 Tricia Scott
Planks,
Jacques Tutcher

August Mist from Quarr Hill by Andy White is a lovely and very evocative photograph. The timing and lighting are superb, and I like the “layered” effect. It makes me want to a) spend more time in the countryside and b) wake up before sunrise to experience, and if possible, capture the breaking of a new day.


August Mist from Quarr Hill,
Andy White

Finally, I like the detail and perspective of King Penguin Close Up by Philippa Gedge and Zebra Detail by Tim Edwards. These images enable us to appreciate the sophisticated, almost “designer” patterns found in nature, with no distractions. They are clean and to the point. I like the way the penguins are neither centerstage nor looking at the camera, and that one of them is out of focus. In this way, the photographer brings our attention to their elegant curves and stunning hues, rather than depicting the birds conventionally. The gaze of the zebra’s eye among all those stripes has an almost calming or hypnotic effect. Both represent an artistic approach to wildlife photography for me. I also like Unripened Oats a Cereal Crop by Michael Tuska, which accentuates the oats’ delicacy and complexity, and the depth of field works nicely.


King Penguin Close Up, Falkland Islands
Philippa Gedge

Zebra Detail
Tim Edwards
Unripened Oats a Cereal Crop
Michael Tuska

- Marisa Lopez

To see Marisa’s own work, please visit her Shed Profile! And all her work, the images you see here, and more are for sale in our online Shed Shop.

>Marisa Lopez: Artist of the Week

>Some more striking images from Marisa’s portfolio to brighten up your week! We’ll be hearing from Marisa in the next couple of days, but in the meantime do check out her Shed Profile to read more about her and see more of her work.

Rowboats in a Row, Essaouira, Morocco
Marisa Lopez
Dugout Canoe, Ramena Bay, Madagascar
Marisa Lopez

Rusty Door, Essaouira, Morocco
Marisa Lopez