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

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We caught up with Joshua Morris, our Artist of the Week, to find out a bit more about what brought him to photography, and what he thinks makes a great shot. Enjoy!

Classic Iceland
Joshua Morris
1. What first drew you to photography?
Honestly, I haven’t been doing this for that long, and Chelsea is the main reason that I started to take photos for reasons other than to put in my holiday album.  Ive long followed her work and although I probably can’t dedicate enough time to reach her level of expertise I hope to improve in my own way.


2. What is your favourite photographic memory, and why?
I suppose it would be not a picture but a camera.  As far back as I can remember my father owned this fancy Olympus camera.  This was back in the 70s and I dont remember other cameras, but this one was cool!  Many years later I found it in a box and cleaned it up.  Now its a cherished memory for me. Here’s a picture of it:
  
Joshua Morris
3. Who is your favourite photographer, and why?
Well, I cant say Chelsea again, can I?  I would actually keep it close to home again and say its a tie between two of my friends (one of which is on the Shed)…Marisa Lopez and Aitor Rubio.  They both take amazing photos with vivid colours.


4. What would be your ideal camera, and where would you take it?
If we are being ideal, then its going to be the camera on my phone so I would have it with me all the time!  
The Face
Joshua Morris
5. Tell us what you enjoy most about your own work, and what has inspired you recently.
What I most like about my own stuff is that they are completely natural.  I dont use any filters or alter them in any way.  This can be a disadvantage sometimes because sometimes there is only a small flaw which turn a good photo into a great photo.  The biggest inspiration that I got was travelling through Iceland.  You can pretty much just take out your camera, point, shoot and come out with an award winning photo.  This is what inspired me to lean more about nature pictures and still life (although having said that my favourite picture has people in it).  


6. Do you have bursts of creativity – and when/where are you most creative?
Absolutely, but I know when they come since it is when I’m travelling and in the mindset.  


7. What are the most important elements of a successful photo?
There are so many things that can make or break a photo. But all successful photos will make people do a double take.  If someone looks at your photo, looks away and then feels compelled to look again, you’re doing something right.

8. Tell us about your favourite photograph, either your own or someone else’s, and please send us a copy if you have one!
My favorite photo is indeed my own, and one of the first that I took which I knew was a good one. This was just in front of one of the thousands of waterfalls in Iceland and this guy was taking close ups of his son.  The lush green grass and the water spray highlighted by an almost perfect lighting came together in this one.  If you look towards the left side of the water spray you can see the green reflected.  The area behind the fall is rock, so it wasn’t coming from there.  


Joshua Morris
To see more of Josh’s work, please visit his Shed Profile. And to buy prints of images by any of our Shed Creatives, feel free to visit our online Shed Shop!

>New exhibition in Barcelona – a Shed Collaboration

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A collaborative exhibition between the Shed Photography and independent artists in Barcelona. Including work by Tim Edwards (cover image), Alfredo Lietor, Paula Youens, Andy White, and many other Shed Creatives, the show opens on the 7th June and runs until 6th July. 

Coco-Mat are hosting the exhibition in their beautiful store in the centre of Barcelona. Don’t miss it if you are in town! And we’ll have some pics of the show to show those of you in the UK how it’s looking when the set-up is complete.

For those of you near enough to come along to the exhibition, here is a link to a map of the venue. 

>Artist of the Week: Joshua Morris

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Our Artist of the week this week is Joshua Morris – a Barcelona-based photographer, who really enjoys his new found passion. We’ll be hearing from Josh throughout this week, so to get you started, here is an introduction from the man himself, and a selection of his portfolio images. Enjoy, and happy Monday!
Abandoned House
Joshua Morris

I am far from a professional photographer as I dont look to make a living from taking pictures.  What I feel is special about photography is that more often than not its luck to get that special shot.  You can go out and search for beauty or something interesting, but you need a coming together of different elements to get the best shots.

If you know what you are looking for, then you can get it. 

– Josh Morris

Icelandic Street Artist
Joshua Morris 
Lisboa Textures
Joshua Morris
Formentera Sunset
Joshua Morris

To see more of Josh’s work, please visit his Shed Profile, where all the images are for sale!

>Reflections on the work of other Shed Creatives, by Ian Dicks, Artist of the Week

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Here are some Shed images I like. I avoid pretentious analysis; there is basically good, bad and indifferent; these are all good!

– Ian

Thanks Ian, for this and for all your contributions as Artist of the Week! It’s been great to see more of your work and get to know your process. 


To see Ian’s work, please visit his Shed Profile, where all the images are for sale, and also take a look at his own website