Wynwood art district, Miami.

In a derelict part of Miami sandwiched between the Design District and Midtown neighborhood Miami is the Wynwood Art District. The buildings range from small shops and large nondescript warehouses that have been populated by artists and emerging galleries. Art Basel one of the most prestigious Art Fairs of the year decamps here in late December bringing the wealth, fabulous and just plain ridiculous to this city that is not scared of colour.

Graffiti in Wynwood, Miami

Graffiti in Wynwood, Miami

Driving through Miami Beach, South Beach and beyond, the small townhouses nestle amongst the skyscrapers and Art Deco fakes and originals, one thing they all have in common is a love of graphics, fonts and bold, brilliant colour. Walking through the soupy, thick heat is rewarded by street art on every building. Its a stroke of genius as it defines the area with public art, and jumps on the bandwagon of the hype surrounding youth driven, graffiti, tagging art on the street most notable exponent being Banksy (who much to Miami’s chagrin is not ‘here’ but I proudly said he was in Lyme Regis). It is then ‘brought back in’ or ‘appropriated’ by the galleries and sells for millions and so a new genre is born and the money machine cranks into overdrive. For now the exuberance and undeniable guerrilla marketing tactic is a force to be reckoned with and a few dreary corners of large cities could take their lead and not only embrace, but encourage the artistic underbelly free rein to be creative and put their stamp on their surroundings and make the city come alive.

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Wynwood 1

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Wynwood 4

 

Jennifer’s favourites from her fellow Shed creatives…

Jennifer has kindly taken the time to choose and comment upon her favourite pieces of work from her fellow photographers and artists on the website, please read on…!!

Moya Paul

Lyme Lamps by Moya Paul

Lyme Lamps by Moya Paul

I’ve known Moya for a while now and have enjoyed her photo art work considerably.  In fact, it inspired me to experiment with my own work and convert it into photo art.  Moya is constantly adding to her portfolio with striking and dramatic ideas.  The striking colours in this particular image appeals to me in its simplicity.

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Hilary Buckley

Patterns of Colmer's Hill by Hilary Buckley

Patterns of Colmer's Hill by Hilary Buckley

Hilary’s work, especially her work which feature Colmer Hill, Bridport, gives me a real sense of perspective even though her work is 2-dimensional.  The gentle colours compliment each other in each of her featured seasons and I could spend a long time just looking at all the interesting detail they contain.

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Lynn Hughes

Cobb through the railings by Lynn Hughes

Cobb through the railings by Lynn Hughes

Lynn’s work is new to me and I’m very interested in how she manipulates her images.

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Maisie Hill

Jellies by Maisie Hill

Jellies by Maisie Hill

Maisie has an exciting vision of the simple things of life.  Her brilliant portrayal of something so simple as children’s jelly shoes, and in such vivid colours, draws the eye and keeps you looking at it.  Maisie likes to feature strong colours with a very significant preference for pink which I can wholly appreciate.

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Mark Thomas

New York 2 by Mark Thomas

New York 2 by Mark Thomas

I’ve visited New York several times and really enjoy the hustle and bustle that accompanies me everywhere I go in the city. The most significant icon I feel is the yellow cab and I find Mark’s image exciting where it shows the cabs in their iconic yellow colour and reduces the buildings behind them to black and white which also reduces them in significance.  I have manipulated my images in this way and find it difficult to achieve a seamless effect so all the more praise to Mark for his excellent work.

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A great and varied selection from our gallery, thanks Jennifer!!  You can buy or comment on any of the above images and others by visiting our gallery!!

Albion 17th August – 3rd September, The Malthouse, Lyme Regis

Albion

17 Aug 2012 to 3 Sep 2012
Morning Mist over Colmer's Hill

Morning Mist over Colmer's Hill by Graham Wiffen

The Shed team is in full swing planning our annual Summer Show. The show is titled ‘Albion’ with all welcome to the Private View 17th August, at the wonderful Malthouse venue in Lyme Regis. Once again we return to a theme involving our Artists and Photographers closer to our spiritual home in Lyme. Our previous exhibitions have explored the act of viewing in ‘Looking Out, Looking In’,.’the simple act of taking our cameras far and wide in ‘Travel’ in our gallery in Barcelona followed by our hugely well attended ‘Coast’ exhibition at New Year exploring the Jurassic Coastline and our most recent show again back in Barcelona at the flagship Coco-Mat store ‘Through their Eyes’ concentrating on detail and trying to imagine ourselves looking through our artists eyes and seeing their view of the World.

We have chosen ‘Albion’ the oldest known Ancient Greek name as our response to the spotlight that has been shone on our Island this year. Through the reminder of our Royal Heritage and the quest for greatness in the Olympic ideal, our show aims to be a celebration of our identity as a Nation through photography, print and artwork. Our coastline, ancient lands and identity defined by invasion, fortresses, battles lost and won hold constant inspiration for many of our community and we hope to explore many of their images in the exhibition.

You can search our gallery for you favourites and buy them on this site!

Time out for a cup of tea with our Artist of the Week, Jennifer Hollands

We’ve taken a moment during a beautiful summer week to chat to Jennifer Hollands about her photographic inspitions….

Blue Horizon

Blue Horizon

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What first drew you to photography?

I’ve been interested in photography since I was a teenager and bought my first 35mm film camera in the 1970s which was a Practika MTL made in East Germany.

What is your favourite photographic memory, and why?

One of my favourite photographic memories was taking pictures of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977 when I was at Admiralty Arch, in London, endeavoring to capture pictures of the Queen in her golden coach as she passed by. It was very hard as there were so many people around me so, once the Queen had passed by I concentrated on taking pictures of the crowds.

Who is your favourite photographer, and why?

My main area of interest is in portraiture and I’m looking to see how modern photographers portray their subjects, be it a simple head and shoulders shot or one encompassing their surroundings.  One of my favourite photographer is Anne Geddes who specialises in baby and child photography in the most unusual settings, see attached image. Her imagination is truly inspring.  The picture I’ve attached is a fairly simple one but you can find some very unusual, eye-catching ones on her website.

Ammonites Beach

Ammonites Beach

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What would be your ideal camera, and where would you take it?

I did a lot of work with medium format cameras in the 1980s/90s and was amazed at the quality. These days Fuji has a medium format digital camera which is much more portable but with exceptional quality and I would like to use one to experience the quality.  I would have liked to take it to Iceland, where I should be right now, but my trip was called off due to family illness but I’m hoping to resurrect the trip later in the year. The light and scenery in Iceland seems to be outstanding and I’d like to experience it for myself.

Tell us what you enjoy most about your own work, and what has inspired you recently.

I’ve been studying for a BA Honours Degree in Photography for the past couple of years and find the people and scenery around Lyme inspiring as there is so much variety.  Just lately I’ve been using my original pictures and recreating them as photo art which has allowed me to express my work in a completely different way which I find exciting and satisfying.

Do you have bursts of creativity – and when/where are you most creative?

I think everyone has bursts of creativity but in photography, to make a successful image, several elements have to happen. You have to have luck and good lighting and be able to ‘see’ an image and know that it will translate into a good picture. I like the early mornings best when that time of the golden hour before sunrise is showing the landscape at its best.

Museum Roofs

Museum Roofs

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What are the most important elements of a successful photo?

A strong focal point, interesting lighting and an arresting subject.

Anchor

Anchor

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Tell us about your favourite photograph, either your own or someone else’s, and please send us a copy if you have one!

It’s very difficult to pinpoint one particular image but I did a series of pictures of characters in Lyme Regis and worked with the late Professor Colin Dawes in his work rooms to try to capture the essence of his personality.  I was very pleased with the final effort and I know he was too. That says it all, that I was pleased with my efforts and the subject was too. It was all the more poignant that Colin died just a few months later.

Collector

Collector

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Thanks Jennifer!! More to come later in the week, in the meantime you can visit her profile and buy any of the images you’ve seen and plenty of others!!

Artist of the Week, Jennifer Hollands

Jennifer Hollands is the Shed’s artist of the week this week.

Jennifer has lived in Lyme Regis, Dorset for the last 3 years.  During this time she has been working towards achieving a BA (Hons) degree in Photography through the Open College of the Arts (OCA) and hopes to complete it within the next two years.

Beach Sillhouettes 2

Beach Sillhouettes 2

Currently her main interest in photography is in formal and informal portraits where she spends some time with her subject(s) to get the best from them.

Collector

Collector

Her photography goes back to her late teens when she was introduced to taking and printing her own pictures.  In the late 1980s/90s she spent 12 years at Heathrow Airport working for British Airways and taking photographs in and around the company and the airport.

Marine Parade in Winter

Marine Parade in Winter

She was awarded the Royal Photographic Society’s Licentiate qualification in 1995 and switched over to digital photography in 1998 although she maintained a film darkroom until 2002 when she went fully computerised.

Thanks for being our artist of the week Jennifer, and there’ll be more from her portfolio over the course of the week!!