News from the Shed!

It has been a busy month since we wrapped up our last ALBION exhibition at the pop up ‘Period of Grace’ gallery in Bristol. We have now paid all our creative’s who sold, printed and sent all the orders and followed up leads which is hugely gratifying. In amongst the sales the star was Andy White selling his ‘August Mist from Quarr Hill’ and since got another sale from a private client who saw the work in large format and fell in love with ‘Mist in the Vales’.

August Mist from Quarr Hill

August Mist from Quarr Hill

Mist in the Vales

Mist in the Vales

This is a crucial point. When the public, friends and family see the images printed they can imagine buying and hanging the work on their wall. This is why in conjunction with all our online promotion and social media presence we also hold exhibitions and encourage our creative’s to show their work and have some in stock as samples.

Philippa Gedge and Charlotte Fielding have done just this. They were so inspired by the exhibition in London that they launched their first photographic exhibition ‘ESCAPE’ on Tuesday 18th June at the Tabernacle in Notting Hill. We were delighted to both sponsor and produce all the work for them and if you are in London this week please go along to lend your support. Remember if you are included in or are planning a show, get in touch and we will do what we can to help support your endeavour however large or small, it is a key part of the Shed philosophy to not just provide a full website and online gallery but also help promote your work as part of our community.

With this in mind we are planning our next event!

We are organising a joint event at the Malthouse, Lyme Regis to combine with the Lyme Folk Festival over the August Bank holiday. The show will run from 23rd of August through to the 5th of September. It is a great opportunity to have a whole new audience through to see our work not to mention the beer festival to help whet the appetite of potential customers! We will be releasing details over the coming weeks.

Lastly I’d like to welcome back those of you who have continued to use our service and also those of you new to our community:

Keith and Jennifer Jackson, Dave Holden, Catherine Lewis, Gina Williams, Anne Reynolds, Andrew McDermott, Charlotte Fielding, Joe Clark, Megan Players, Paul Reynolds, Kris Dutson, David Jacks and Colin Tracy.

We look forward to seeing how your diverse interests and work develops as you start to upload your profiles and also meeting you in person one day if we haven’t already met!

SOME OF THE SALES FROM THE ALBION EXHIBITION, CLICK ON ANY OF THE IMAGES TO BUY!!

John Hunt – Staircase and March to work

John Hunt – Staircase

John Hunt - March to work

John Hunt - March to work

Tom Hard – Brighton Wheel

Tom Hard – Brighton Wheel

Tom Hard - Summer Comes Early

Tom Hard - Summer Comes Early

Terry Batten - Backstage At The Arts Centre

Terry Batten - Backstage At The Arts Centre

Lois Wakeman - Five trees at dawn

Lois Wakeman - Five trees at dawn

Lois Wakeman - Surf's Up

Lois Wakeman - Surf's Up

Pete Hackett - E80

Pete Hackett - E80

Graham Wiffen - Tranquility at Durdle Door

Graham Wiffen - Tranquility at Durdle Door

Maisie Hill - Brian

Maisie Hill - Brian

Emma Burton - Lavender

Emma Burton - Lavender

Kirsty Fenton - Draped cloth

Kirsty Fenton - Draped cloth

Rob Coombe - British Beach Huts

Rob Coombe - British Beach Huts

Tricia Scott - Agapantha I

Tricia Scott - Agapantha I

 

Kris Dutson – Do I love my Camera?

Er, no.

This was a question asked by a member on a photography forum I peruse occasionally. He reckoned that unless you have an intimate love for your camera – quite what that entails I don’t know, and I’m not sure I want to either – then you are not going to produce any worthwhile images. Well I beg to differ.

Kris Dutson - Pulpit Fire

Kris Dutson - Pulpit Fire

As far as I’m concerned my camera bodies and, for that matter, the rest of my gear, are just tools of the trade; a means to an end. Yes, I have an intimate knowledge of my equipment, insofar as I know which knobs to twiddle, when, how and, most importantly, why, but I can categorically state that love doesn’t come into it one iota….not even a teensy one.

Kris Dutson - Lulworth Cove Sunset

Kris Dutson - Lulworth Cove Sunset

You see love implies some give and take, sharing, acceptance of imperfection but that just isn’t the case with me and the black box. I give it nothing, I share nothing and I demand perfection.  I decide which ISO, aperture and shutter speed to use, which lens to attach, which filter(s), if any will be added. It has no say in our relationship whatsoever; I tell it what to do and it obeys.

Kris Dutson - Colmers Cumulus

Kris Dutson - Colmers Cumulus

People say I have vision, for which I thank them, and it’s putting that vision into practice, making the images that I love, not the equipment. As I’ve already stated, I have an intimate knowledge of my equipment and just as, for instance, a wood turner, knows exactly which chisel to use and how to use it to create a masterpiece, it’s this knowledge which allows me to concentrate 100% on my vision and create mine – the equipment really is just the tool to produce the end product(s) of my vision, nothing more.

Kris Dutson - North Poorton Rainbow

Kris Dutson - North Poorton Rainbow

See more from Kris Dutson’s Shed Profile.

Its time to ESCAPE

I can’t quite believe it’s finally here. The 18th of June is the opening night of the ESCAPE photography exhibition at The Tabernacle in Notting Hill. It’s been a roller-coaster of emotions, from excitement and a sense of great achievement getting the show from concept to exhibition, to the nervousness of no one showing up to the Private View!

Charlotte Fielding - ESCAPE plates

Charlotte Fielding - ESCAPE plates

I am lucky enough to have found a wonderful fellow photographer and artist, Philippa Gedge, with whom to share this quite extraordinary journey so that has certainly helped my sometimes wild emotions stay mainly in check!

Having worked in the art world managing galleries and exhibitions. I know that the effort that goes on behind the scenes is pretty intense. During my time at the gallery we worked with a team of people coordinating exhibitions, curating, framing, delivering, hanging, marketing, insuring – the list was endless. But this time we were to brave it alone.

Charlotte Fielding - Olympic Thief

Charlotte Fielding - Olympic Thief

Over the past six months Philippa and I have been almost permanent fixtures at The Tabernacle, meeting each other between our shoots and discussing the shows direction.

As we got into the detail of organising of the show we discovered we each played very different parts in the process. I jokingly titled Philippa Head of Operations and I was the Head of Marketing. It was amazing how our strengths complimented each other.

ESCAPE was born out of various ideas that we had and it seemed that for both of us we had struck upon a theme that we both found interesting and inspiring. It seemed that others found it a compelling theme as well as the show has been picked up by various art and London blogs, been featured on the arts and culture section of magazines as well as picked up by BBC London Radio where Philippa and I went on to discuss the exhibition and the ideas surrounding it.

Charlotte Fielding - The Brooklyn Bridge

Charlotte Fielding - The Brooklyn Bridge

The space itself is quite an integral part of the show, each of the exhibition walls or sections is themed on a subtheme of ESCAPE. For example you can ESCAPE into your dreams, ESCAPE back in time, ESCAPE the city, ESCAPE down a road less travelled. The show is designed to take you on an uplifting journey and challenge the negative connotations of escape and allow you to find your own ESCAPE within the show.

Putting on this exhibition was for both Philippa and myself has been a milestone achievement in our careers we have worked hard to bring what we hope is a solid first show and learnt a lot about ourselves, each other, and the effort that goes behind putting a show together from scratch.

Who knows what the exhibition will bring, but I hope that we can both enjoy the private view and the rest of the week as it is the pinnacle of what we have been both working tirelessly towards and recognise it for what it really means to us; a true personal achievement.

Charlotte Fielding - imagine

Charlotte Fielding - imagine

Charlotte Fielding, our Artist of the Week.

Why did you get into photography?

I have been thinking about this in depth recently. It’s a question people ask quite a lot, whether it’s when I’m taking a shot teetering over the edge of a balcony strapped on by a harness or being chased by an angry elephant (both of these have actually happened) people always want to know “How did you get into photography?”

Now I hope you’ll sympathise that in the above scenarios I wasn’t really concentrating on answering the question with the most profound insight, but answering along the lines of  “Oh, lots of things, I’ve been doing it forever and I just really love it.” Now WHY have I been doing it forever and WHY have I always had a passion for cameras.

Perhaps from now on I should answer “I think it was inevitable.”

Inevitable, I hear you cry? How can it come down to just that? To be honest the next time I am tangled in a harness or being chased by a wild beast with my camera slung round my neck I think I need to be a bit more concise. But seeing as I’m not in a life threatening or dangerous predicament now I will break it down into the elements of inevitability:

 

EARTH:

1988 my sister was born. I wasn’t terrible impressed at the time. But I was thrilled with was the Pentax compact I was given to appease me.

This was the starting of the inevitability, the ground that the roots grew from. Who knows, if I had been given a peddled racing car maybe I’d be whizzing round the tracks of formula one by now instead of getting into sticky situations with harnesses and hyenas.

Charlotte Fielding - Walk Away

Charlotte Fielding - Walk Away

 

FIRE:

My grandparents often journeyed to exotic lands and came back with reels of magical slides. There is something special about the lights in different countries, the wild locations and simply the ability to have an image tell a thousand extraordinary words.

You have to remember this was the 80’s there wasn’t the Internet to research lands afar and exotic destinations. Their images highlighted the possibility of capturing a 3D world in a 2D image and how to portray all of the five senses into just one. Sight. It lit the fire of endless photographic possibilities. And to be honest the fact that I screamed into my helmet on a go kart course was yet another signifier that Formula One probably wasn’t for me.

Charlotte Fielding - The Fire Mountains

Charlotte Fielding - The Fire Mountains

 

WIND:

The next element of inevitability. Imagine New York in the early 90’s, the power suits, shoulder pads, brick mobile phones and thousands of people on the sidewalks of Fifth Avenue. We were being swept along with the crowd when suddenly my grandfather (no spring chicken) looked up, stopped abruptly and simply lay down in the middle of the sidewalk. To take a photo.

We all thought he was mad but then I realised sometimes you have to get out of your comfort zone and go against the grain to capture something extraordinary. We were all embarrassed; people yelled at us and tripping over his feet. But the result was worth it. This slightly insane act blew my thoughts to opening yourself up to new ways of seeing the usual to make them unusual.

Charlotte Fielding - Before the Bubble Burst

Charlotte Fielding - Before the Bubble Burst

 

WATER:

The element of water is by definition fluid, and my choice of career and what now is a seemingly inevitable love of photography is in itself and ever-changing entity. By making photography a way of life I have allowed myself to be swept away on many adventures, change direction, act on evolving ideas and open the locks to new possibilities.

Charlotte Fielding - Reflecting in Manhattan

Some days are full of fire, sometimes you are struck by an unexpected wind. Just keep the water flowing and your feet on the earth.

As I said, it was pretty inevitable.