Charles Headey, Shed Gallery Artist of the Week.

What first drew you to photography?

When I was around 14 years of age I remember my father buying an Olympus Trip compact camera.  I was already fascinated by the mechanics of cameras as we had a number of old ones around the house and I used to take them apart to see how they worked.  Taking those first pictures with the Olympus Trip and then waiting excitedly for them to be developed gave me a great thrill and I was completely hooked.  At around 18 my father then bought a Minolta SLR which I still have.  I ended up using it more than him and would steal myself away whenever possible to take pictures.

Bales at Sunset by Charles Headey

Bales at Sunset by Charles Headey

 

What is your favourite photographic memory, and why?

Back in 2007 I was out shooting and upon return received a message from a colleague that I needed to call a chap at Alamy, who I have some images with, as apparently I’d won a competition.  This didn’t really make any sense to me as I’d only ever entered one competition and it wasn’t anything to do with Alamy.  When I called the chap he advised me that Professional Photographer magazine had for some weeks been trying in vain to contact me to advise that one of my photographers had been chosen as a winner in the Fine Art category of the Professional Photographer of the Year competition.  It was all quite surreal and very exciting as it was the first such competition I’d entered.

 

Who is your favourite photographer, and why?

I don’t particularly follow any well known photographers but if I have to think of one photographer who has inspired me it would be Emmanual Coupe, who I met on the above mentioned trip to Mull.  I took great inspiration from seeing at first hand his dedication, his eye and his love of photography.

MOUNTAINS OF ICE, GL3659, Greenland

MOUNTAINS OF ICE, GL3659, Greenland

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

If I’m honest I’m fed up of lugging around heavy DSLRs and am currently enjoying using the micro four thirds system.  I’m desperate to visit Iceland, my dream would be a couple of weeks with a 4×4 just free-wheeling around the island and shooting at will.

 

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

I’m quite a solitary person and therefore enjoy being somewhere away from the crowds, alone with just my camera, a beautiful landscape and the hope of some good light.  Joining The Shed and seeing some other the other members’ work has recently inspired me.

Mull Loch Evening by Charles Headey

Mull Loch Evening by Charles Headey

 

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

Absolutely, I’ve learnt not to fret about missing every opportunity, they always come around again.  For a period a few years back a number of things were preventing me from getting out with my camera and I let it really wind me up inside but I can now go for two or three weeks without the need to rush out every time the light looks promising.  Taking a break also helps to keep some perspective.

 

What are the most important elements of a successful photo?

Light and composition, that’s it really for me.

 

Winter Trees at Ashridge by Charles Headey

Winter Trees at Ashridge by Charles Headey

 

How do you spend a creative day? 

It depends, if I’m in a landscape mood I’ll head off to a new location in the hope of finding something interesting.  I also spend a lot of time photographing flowers at home.  Now that I’m proficient in my work flow I also enjoy processing my RAW images, something which I used to find a bit of a drag.

March exhibition – The Shed Gallery, Barcelona.

 

In March we will be holding our first event of the year in our Barcelona gallery.

It will be a group show including emerging talent from the previous ‘Young Blood’ exhibition curated by Odile Moreno last July.

The exhibition is open to everyone with a Shed profile and is a great opportunity to exhibit your work in the vibrant city of Barcelona. 

Images can be ordered in two sizes at a special rate for this exhibition: 

59,4cm x 42cm (A2) for £35 

42cm x29.7cm (A3) for £25 

These will be on sale at the exhibition for £50 (A2) and £35 (A3) respectively, 100% of this sale price will be passed back to you, the exhibitor.

We will be asking for you to pay an additional £25 carriage cost per exhibitor to ship the work to Spain, whether you order one print or multiple prints.

To order the images use the following the ‘Print my Pictures’ link .  You simply upload as many images as you wish (in their highest resolution) stating the size and that it is for the ‘Barcelona Exhibition’ in the notes.

We are happy to consider larger prints too, please contact Chelsea by email at chelsea@theshedphotography.com to discuss.

The cut off deadline for orders and payments is the end of the month – 28th February, we can supply invoices as confirmation of order which will have BACS details attached.

If you wish to submit original artwork or prints then please make sure they are uploaded to the website with the sale price clearly stated and an email sent Chelsea stating what you would like to submit. The work will need to be sent either directly to Spain or to Ben in time to be sent with the print work.

We hope as many of you will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to exhibit at a gallery abroad.  If the work doesn’t sell at this event it will be held in the gallery for further events and exhibited again at the annual Shed Summer Show in August. 

Think about what work will work in the context of a city gallery or series of images that can have greater impact then a single image. Think about grouping images together to tell a story or in large format to really show the image in all its glory.

We’ve included a powerful series of images by Ai Wei Wei as an example of how effective this can be as can a pair, simple series of three or a group of four be just as successful.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Chelsea Davine

creative director

The Shed Gallery

AOTW Matthew Wardle describes his Photography.

 

Why did you pick the Shed?

I was looking through google to see about galleries and image libraries so I could sell my photography. I normally self promote myself using my Facebook Page, Twitter and my website but with running workshops, having a full-time job with two step daughters and a fiancee I wanted things to be a little easier. I found The Shed by chance and from the reading their bio I knew they understood how it hard it can be to make it as a photographer and It felt more organic and honest. 

What first drew you to photography?

My mum and dad bought me a kodak film camera when I was 8 and I always took it with when on holiday in North Wales. I was always amazed by the landscape and wanted to try and capture it on film. I tried and failed many times. But this is what planted the bug.
What is your favourite photographic memory, and why?
I have had many over the years. My first shot which was published was a big moment for me. ‘A Shell Of A House‘ I got a lot of people saying how much they liked it.
Shell of a House by Matthew Wardle

Shell of a House by Matthew Wardle

I decided at this point to try and see how far I could get with my photography and set myself up a plan to make it as a Professional Photographer by the time I was 40.. 
What would be your ideal camera, and where would you take it?

I love Nikons. I have currently got a D700 and a D7000. I would love a D4 but that can wait. I only shoot with prime lenses so to keep my kit light when traveling. I don’t think it is all about the camera. I think it is about the location and the timing. You can have a top end Nikon or Canon but you can’t always be guaranteed good results.
One of my favorite shots is ‘Sea Horses‘ which was taken on a Fujifilm S5700 bridge camera. It sits besides my other prints in my house and gets more attention than my prints shot with a DSLR.
Sea Horses by Matthew Wardle

Sea Horses by Matthew Wardle

What are the most important elements of a successful photo?

I always try to capture the feeling of the shot, the weather and the atmosphere so when people are viewing my photography it gives them the sense of being there.
I remember shooting a shot in the New Forest one summers day. I found this wood with a stream running through it and perfect light. There were no footprints and as I set up my shot two Fallow Deer ran away from me and that startled a Kingfisher which flew past me and then a Trout jumped out of the stream.. I remember thinking ‘I didn’t get this in Manchester’ It was a chain of events that I could not capture but the shot I did get makes you feel that it’s all in there. The shot I called ‘Take Me to The Other Side‘  and it won awards and has been featured in many photography magazines.
Take Me To the other Side by Matthew Wardle

Take Me To the other Side by Matthew Wardle

 

Matthew Wardle. Shed Artist of the Week.

Landscape Photography for me is a real test of patience and skill. I think it is one of the hardest genera’s in Photography. You have to take in the weather, the location and the isolation. As well as carrying all your kit with you climb to the summit of the hill at 5am in the morning to get sunrise.  But I love it!
It is something I have a real buzz for. I think most photographers know what that feeling is like when they get that image spot on. It’s like everything has fallen in to place at the right time.
Cast Your Words Away by Matthew Wardle

Cast Your Words Away by Matthew Wardle

No matter where I photograph I always try to give people a sense of being there.  I want to make it as organic as I can. I shoot with a Nikon D700 and have a backup D7000 and always use prime lenses as I love the sharpness you get from them.  Everything is shot in Manual as I like to have full control of what I am doing. My processing comes in PS6 and I only a few basics in RAW if need when editing.
Running my website takes up much of my time too. I work full time as a kitchen designer and come home and spend 3 hours a night working on self-marketing my photography and my workshops and photo tours.
Sea to Air by Matthew Wardle

Sea to Air by Matthew Wardle

I run workshops and tours every other week so I will always get one day a week to get out with my gear. As I don’t drive I have to rely on public transport and my own two feet to get anywhere but I am lucky enough to live next to the New Forest and be within easy reach of some of Dorset’s most stunning places.
My one day a week is normally spent in Dorset often leaving the house at 6am. Dorset is a dream location for me. The Purbecks, sandy beaches and its rocky hidden coves are something that every UK landscape photographer dreams about. I will often walk over 15 miles along the Coast Path or the Purbeck Way looking for something I missed last time and sometimes finding it. I always get home and check my shots. A quick edit in PS6 and I add them on my website and share them on my Facebook page.
Set to Go by Matthew Wardle

Set to Go by Matthew Wardle

My plan 3 years ago was to be a professional landscape photographer within 5 years, I set myself up a plan and so far it is on track with just 2 years to go. Will I do it?? Who knows? But I am going to work as hard as I can to try. .. And why? Because I love it!

Updates to the Shed Gallery and events for 2015

After the busy run up to Christmas with orders and enquiries January has given us some respite to catch our breath and plan for the year ahead.

We have begun our AOTW programme whereby we focus on an artist/photographer each week highlighting their work and asking them to contribute to the blog. This is a very popular way of getting people to look at your work and comment on your profiles. So far this year we have shown the work of Howard Kovach who creates really interesting digiart, his MM2 is one of our favourites.

MM 2 by Howard Kovach

MM 2 by Howard Kovach

This week is the photographer Matt Pinner. Matt has an extensive following on twitter and very cleverly takes screen shots of his images on the Homepage to show his followers with links through to the image and encouraging people to buy the image.

Sunrise over by Matt Pinner

Sunrise over by Matt Pinner

This is also a strategy Stephen Banks employs to spectacular effect which keeps our presses printing his work week on week. It cannot be understated how vital it is to add the link, key words with # tags and say clearly ‘click the link to buy’, it seems so simple but it can and does work. If you wish to be our AOTW on a specific week then please email us and we will see if we can schedule it in.

The feedback we have received from the buying public and our creatives on added functionality is now being implemented on the website. This week you may see blips and changes whilst they are being worked on and once they are completed and working we will let you know what has changed. The most important changes will be the products you can now but prints on. Whilst we firmly believe that aluminium is the future as seen in nearly all the contemporary art fairs and exhibitions from  David Hockney’s iPad drawings to Ai Wei Wei and Sebastiao Salgado there is a strong market for framed work which will be an in-house service.

Winter Skies Above East Cliff by Stephen Banks

Winter Skies Above East Cliff by Stephen Banks

Events for the coming the coming year will be a collective of Shed contributors in March in the new studio/gallery space in Barcelona, Spain. A ‘Broadchurch’ inspired exhibition in the Salthouse in West Bay itself in May and our annual Summer Exhibition in Lyme Regis over the August Bank Holiday. If you wish to be considered for any of these events then please make sure your collections are current and tagged once we announce the details over the coming weeks.

It’s going to be a busy and exciting year and both Ben and I look forward to working in partnership with you all to help promote and sell your work.

Chelsea and Ben