Shed Summer Exhibition 13th – 16th July at the Salthouse, West Bay.

The closing date is fast approaching for our upcoming Shed Summer Exhibition 13th – 16th July at the Salthouse, West Bay.

Final selections are being made and submissions need to be finalised by Friday 16th of June and payments received by the 23rd June.

We will then send you your labels which need to be signed and returned as soon as possible.

Once chosen, please put your selection in a separate file titled Salthouse Exhibition. This way we can find the image quickly and easily if an order needs to be made from the show in a smaller or larger size or as a simple unmounted print. It is very important you start to promote the images and get your clients, friends and family along to the show or direct to the images in your profile. If you are on social media please help promote the exhibition too.

Time will fly between now and then and we are both looking forward to seeing you and your wonderful work in West Bay!

Ben and Chelsea

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Broadchurch Outdoor Exhibition – West Bay, Dorset.

We are excited to confirm details of our outdoor exhibition that will run alongside our ‘Broadchurch and its landscape’ exhibition in West Bay, Dorset over the May Day Bank Holiday.

This outdoor exhibition will be installed mid April and will run for a month in and around West Bay.

Chesil Sunset by Charles Headey

Chesil Sunset by Charles Headey

These images will create an art trail and be seen by thousands of visitors and act not only as a piece of public art but also as wonderful publicity for everyone in the Shed Gallery and also those involved in the exhibition. All the images will be titled and tagged with a QR code which leads directly back to the image on your profile for the public to be able to purchase straight away.

All submissions to the outdoor exhibition must be uploaded in the highest resolution possible, tagged JURASSIC COAST and BROADCHURCH with full descriptions of the influence and thought behind the image.

Both the outdoor art trail and Salthouse exhibition is open to everyone with a Shed Gallery profile.

The closing date for submissions is Sunday April the 12th.

As an online gallery we are always looking for ways to promote your work and help you sell and we firmly believe this is a unique opportunity we very much hope you will take advantage of.

Upcoming exhibition dates and venues featuring Stephen Banks.

What a year it has been, and it’s not even December yet!
Thank you to The Shed, who have chose me as Artist of the Week again last week. Working with them this year has been a lot of fun, especially during the Muse summer show in Lyme Regis. Not sure if Ben or Chelsea found it quite as much fun, with all the busy preparations they had to do beforehand! But I think we can all agree it was a great success, and I certainly look forward to future exhibitions with them.
Milky Way Above Portland Bill by Stephen Banks

Milky Way Above Portland Bill by Stephen Banks

Following on from Muse, I have a couple of exhibitions of my own coming up. The first is at the Cowshed, in Highland’s End Holiday Park, Eype, where there will be Christmas greeting cards, my ‘Dorset’s Dark Skies’ 2015 Calendar and, of course, The Shed prints available to purchase, for that extra special festive gift. That runs until 15th December, including Sunday (23rd November) for Eype Makers’ Market.
Illuminated Knowlton Church by Stephen Banks

Illuminated Knowlton Church by Stephen Banks

In the new year, I have a whole month occupying the walls of The Exchange’s cafe in Sturminster. It’s a substantial space, so be sure to pop in during February. The exhibition runs from 1 – 28 February.
Archway to Heaven by Stephen Banks

Archway to Heaven by Stephen Banks

I will be entering the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition in 2015, after they put the deadline back in 2014 to April. The vast majority of my astrophotography is taken during the height of summer, when the Milky Way is at its most visible. As I’d already entered my best images from Summer 2013 into the 2013 competition, I didn’t have any images in time for April 2014. So, fingers crossed for further success this coming year. Let’s hope I can once again put Dorset on the stargazers’ map!
Milky Way above West Bay by Stephen Banks

Milky Way above West Bay by Stephen Banks

Thank you to everyone reading who has purchased a print from The Shed; my images and everybody else’s. I’ve been chatting to Ben and Chelsea and they’ve got some interesting things planned for the future. Watch this space!

Muse – Stephen Banks, Photographer.

Stephen Banks

My muse is the dark skies of Dorset.

 

Archway to Heaven by Stephen Banks

Archway to Heaven by Stephen Banks

 

Observing the Milky Way here is a joy and has been a privilege of mine for the past couple of years, since I discovered I could capture its beauty through photography.

 

Winter Sunrise over West Dorset by Stephen Banks

Winter Sunrise over West Dorset by Stephen Banks

 

Dorset has no cities or motorways, and there are parts of the county with such little light pollution, you can clearly see the outer spirals of the Milky Way. When photographed with a modern dSLR camera, this effect is multiplied dramatically.

 

Milky Way Arch above Lulworth Cove by Stephen Banks

Milky Way Arch above Lulworth Cove by Stephen Banks

The last 18 months have been dedicated to capturing the absolute best images of the most iconic Dorset landmarks in the county’s darkest skies. It’s hard work, with late nights mixed in with a nine-til-five job. But it seems that every time I go out, I learn something new and, more often than not, capture something beautiful.

 

Milky Way above West Bay by Stephen Banks

Milky Way above West Bay by Stephen Banks

 

The buzz of knowing I’ve pushed captured an image I can add to my portfolio is the most exciting thing I’ve experienced in my photography career.

 

Milky Way above Durdle Door by Stephen Banks

Milky Way above Durdle Door by Stephen Banks

 

Having the quality of the dark skies here in Dorset, coupled with some of the best landscapes in the country, presents a real opportunity for capturing images which show a familiar Dorset in a completely unfamiliar light. I like to think that I’m helping promote the area to tourists looking for dark skies to observe the stars.

 

Eat Dorset!

Coast Road - Lyme Regis to Bridport

Coast Road - Lyme Regis to Bridport

If you ever want to get lost in Hardy’s beautiful countryside then head towards Beaminster from Lyme Regis. You can take the coast road which climbs and dips all the way to Portland past Colmer’s hill, that Hilary Buckley depicts so evocatively in her paintings or take the back roads towards Crewkerne and Pilsdon Pen. Stop and climb the iron age hill fort and you’ll be blessed with views across Dorset that will take your breath away whether you are blessed with glorious sunshine or the clouds go skidding by carrying rain from the West.

Last weekend I took some friends en route to the Eat Dorset Food Fair http://www.eatdorsetfoodfair.co.uk/, past Shaves Cross rolling down into Broadwindsor.

Eat Dorset

Eat Dorset

Every twist and turn revealing another view of Dorset in all its splendour; gnarled trees, ancient woodlands, hedgerows dividing the farmland into patchwork shapes, dotted with cattle. The fair celebrated the produce from all the hidden corners of the county, Black Cow vodka made from milk (!) the sweetest scallops, surf ‘n’ turf sandwiches made from lobster and local beef, smoked prawns, oysters, glorious honey, jams, chutneys to accompany the myriad cheeses (that I can’t even remember their names of after all the Kir Royals made from local blackberries), the cider, the cakes, Purbeck ice-cream…Dorset is brimming with talented, committed people, doing their own thing, be it painting, gardening, keeping bees, drawing or taking photographs. The ethos of the fair is to promote and sell the produce of the inspirationally talented folk that live and work here and around. Here in the Shed we applaud this and through our website and shows hope to do the same for all those who find inspiration in the countryside, the people and the places in this extraordinary county and beyond. Make a date for next year’s fair and buy as much as your pocket will allow, go home and EAT DORSET!

The fruits of our labour...

The fruits of our labour...