>Artist of the Week: Moya Paul

>This week, our celebrated Artist of the Week is Moya Paul, artist and photographer. As well as producing traditional images, Moya experiments with the incredible scope for photographic-transfiguration she has discovered in her digital tools. In a sense, Moya paints with pixels – enabling her to make full use of the shapes, colours, and moods of her original photograph and to allow the work to move into abstract shapes and designs. One of the most exciting aspects of her work is that each photograph seems to go its own way and no two results are ever exactly the same.

We’ll be hearing from Moya herself this week, and also showcasing individual images throughout the week. In the meantime, here is a sample of what you can expect – and as ever please do visit Moya’s Shed profile to see more of her work. 

Rippled Blue, Moya Paul

Shapes and Shadows of Lyme, Moya Paul

Sun on Water, Moya Paul

Woods under Snow, Moya Paul

Feel free to respond to Moya’s work by commenting on here – it’s always great for artists to get feedback on their work, and support from their fellow Shed Creatives!

>Artist of the Week Guest-blog: by John Marriage


Many photographers, when asked to express what makes them tick, emphasise their emotional relationship with what they see around them, and the world. People, light, landscape… For me that doesn’t work. Perhaps the truth is that actually producing photographs can be a better way of communicating that talking or writing about it. Many “beautiful” photographs fail to communicate largely because they don’t say anything new. At least not to me. As well as the next person I can appreciate the light on a misty morning, a pattern of shadows, a face, a flower, a body. In external reality these have their own scale, movement, and depth. A well seen photograph may selectively capture something from this reality, and does so by editing out a lot more. The photographer’s role is to do that editing, to combine insight and craft skills to give the viewer an experience that is in some way new. Yet another “Misty Dawn” won’t do that. 

So if i tell you about how I work as a photographer, I must first recognise that most of the time I shall fail. If what seems to me to capture some new insight, just occasionally does the same for you, then I can hardly hope for more. I don’t feel equipped to describe my emotions about a picture in words, better than in the picture itself.

M practice is therefore experimental. By changing technique, trying something new, looking from a different place, I use photography as a framework to explore the visual world. I modify a camera, improvise a lens, and manipulate images chemically, optically or digitally. I am testing the world of imagery. This is all practical, but the only successful end result can be a communicating image; so there is a process of guidance and selection going on in my head, of which I have no understanding. There’s an “artist’s statement” for you!

John Marriage

>Artist of the Week: John Marriage


We are proud to present another really talented Shed Creative, John Marriage, as our Artist of the Week this week. John comes from a family of photographic professionals, and as well as being a photographer, has a keen interest is photographic history. 

His work includes optical distortion, reflections in found surfaces, architecture, macro photography of everyday items, and the results of combining multiple images to explore depth of focus, dynamic range, and spatial extension. John builds and modifies cameras to fulfil his own requirements and achieve particular effects, allowing him to stretch the limits of his equipment’s capabilities.

Please visit John’s Shed Profile to see more of his work, and do leave comments on here to give him feedback and responses to his images!
John Marriage

John Marriage

John Marriage

John Marriage

John Marriage
We’ll be showcasing more of John’s work throughout this week, and he will also be guest-blogging on here to give us more of an insight into his work.

>Christmas Card Comp

>Click on the tab on the bar above to go to the Christmas Card Comp page, where you can see the entries, and vote for your favourite! And remember to send in your images to us to enter, if you haven’t already.