Massimiliano Maddalena our Artist of the Week

Massimiliano Maddalena

Massimiliano Maddalena

Massimiliano has taken the time to be our AOTW he is originally from Italy but now works in Barcelona. Here are his answers in Spanish to our interview.

¡Massimiliano es nuestro artista de la semana! Massimilano ahora vive en Barcelona pero es Italiano ¡Gracies Masi nos encanta tu obra! 

De la fotografÌa, lo que mas me llamo la atencion fue que me ofrecía la posibilidad de
expresarme, rapidamente, sin necesidad de tener dominada la tecnica, luego si, fue aprendiendo
pero fue el medio que me hizo falta en aquel momento.
El recuerdo mas bonito sin duda fue encontrarme a los veinte y pocos años en calles
desconocidas de la periferia de Amstredam, sin miedo y sin necesidades de nada, yo mi c·mara
y el paisaje urbano. De aÌ saliÛ la imagen “Orderly Chaos” unas de las imagenes ganadora
del concurso “Una ciudad tu mirada” de Odiasea TV, Madrid.
Porque…probablemente deberÌa de citar Susan Sontag, que en su ensayo “Sobre la fotografÌa”
analizando el acto escribe: “FotografÌar es apropiarse de lo fotografÌado”
Hay varios que admiro, me dejo llevar por los inovadores, mas artista que puros fotografos,
y ahora mismo les dirÌa David Hockney, por brindarnos a una “Vision mas amplia” del espacio,
“Cubista”, por asÌ decirlo.
Al ser fotografo de arquitectura y de los espacios en gener·l mi c·mara ide·l es una de banco optico
con dorso y optica descentrables, para corregir perspectivas.Lo ide·l serÌa que tuviera tambiÈn un respaldo digital, pero eso
ya es pedir demasiado. Donde lo encontrarÈ? estoy en ello, llevo dos aÒos comprando piezas
para un dÌa sacarla de paseo…falta poco.
En mis trabajos lo que mas me gusta es la ironia, posiblemente critica, aunqué no las hay en todos.
En los que se pueden ver en “The Shed” no hay casi, hay m·s bien composiciÛn aspecto que tambiÈn me gusta
Estallos de creatividad, tuve de vez en cuando, debido a los porros supongo…
pero ya no tomo, los que hacÌa era apuntar para luego reflexionar sobre ellos con la cabeza “fria”;
se me d·n mejores los proceso creativos.Que nunca se pare un proceso creativo, que nunca se fuerce un proceso creativo.
Donde soy mas creativo? En el lavabo, jajaja es broma.
En el Caixa Forum me siento muy a gusto.
Los elementos mas importantes en una foto son la idea, la composicion,la tecnica, el sentimiento.
Mi fotografÌa favorita es de Hiroshi Sugimoto hay que tener una buena pantalla para apreciarla.
Es una de mis favoritas porque el autor con un simple recurso (que haya sido por necesidad o intencional) nos lleva mas alla de la realidad.

Chelsea Davine on the lead up to Christmas…

The shed team can finally draw breath after our hugely successful show, Albion. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome David Walker, Gail Budd, Joseph Oughton, John Hunt, Pete Mitchell, Suzanne Macleod, Lois Wakeman, Emma Burton and Tricia Scott to our ranks.  To those of you who came to the show, it was lovely to catch up or get to know you.

We are now planning, writing, creating and above all promoting your work. Our focus in the coming months will be capitalising on the superb publicity we received in the local press and beyond. Our short term goal is building up to a Christmas campaign where we will promote your work as exceptional gifts either as prints sent through the post, commissions of an individual artwork or a bespoke portrait service by one of our photographers or anything else creative you are involved in.

We are also delighted to tell you we now have our 2 website online and working in tandem. The serve the same end, to promote and sell your work but are structured in slightly different ways.

The community site is where we upload our images, write comments on other creative’s profiles, share them on Facebook or twitter with just a click of a button, free publicity and PR. Get involved in the blog and forum and build a friendly likeminded community of supportive artists and photographers.

The shed shop is now located at All images/items can be bought from both sites but the marketing and focus in the shop side is much more direct. If you are a photographer but make jewellery too please upload and keep up to date your profile of what you have in stock, prices so we can help you sell your pieces in the run up to (and beyond!) Christmas.

As always we need you our community to help us help you. The more involved you are the more promotion we can help you with. Let us know about events you are involved in, exhibitions however big or small, projects with other artists/photographers. We are only a phone call or email away, we try and reply as quickly as possible and each month we learn more, evolve and do things better and we appreciate your patience and support.

We began the shed with a passion to discover and nurture hidden talent and promote and help those who were unsure or unaware of how good their work is as well as provide an e-commerce site for the professionals among you.

Share your profiles with friends and family and keep creating!

Pete Hackett on his inspirations.

This week we’ve heard from Pete about his blip journey, I also asked him about another of his inspirations, the rusty groynes on the seafront. I am hugely envious of some of Pete’s photos as they are a subject matter I find fascinating here are his thoughts.



The Groynes On the East side of Lyme Regis are the remnants of another era.  I don’t know how long ago they were erected but the whole beach has been left to nature for a long time now.

What is left, and it will soon all be gone as new coastal protection works begin soon, is a beautiful collection of hardwood planks smoothed down into sculptural forms often still connected to large rusting metal structures and bolts. Often the wood has amazing elevated grain where the sea erodes the softer parts first.

Every time I head out that way there are new shots to be had. Also just further round the beach is the large landslip that exposed a Victorian landfill tip, from this are a multitude of rusting relics that end up on the beach as the sea washes the mud from around them. A constant source of great & varied images.

Images of the Groynes are also an important historical record, they used to be more on the seafront at Lyme Regis but they have now disappeared under a mountain of stones put there to hold the sea back from Lymes seafront houses.

Pete Hackett on Blip…

Self Birthday Portrait

Self Birthday Portrait

Pete Hackett has been a member of the shed for some time now and I personally really enjoy his way of seeing and capturing the world. I subscribed to his blip journal and saw his images coming up on Facebook. He recently reached the magic milestone of  years worth of ‘blipping’ so I asked him about his motivation and also the process of feeling obliged to take an image a day…here are his thoughts.

When you start out on the blip trail it’s a bit of a challenge to remember to get a daily picture,even though there are no rules as far as ‘doing’ one every day. As you progress with the ‘challenge’ it becomes easier and image opportunities seem to just appear I always carry my camera with me and continue to do so now, so I can carry on with blip and just be able to get random images.

Crazy Golf

Crazy Golf

I find that rather than seeing stuff and walking by I will get a shot.I am definitely looking out more for images and have improved my skills by doing more.  With blip not every entry is a masterpiece, it is a journal so it can be a record of something that day or something humorous anything really. I do try to get something special if I can.


In the band

In the band

It’s a great way of sharing too as you can link blip to other sites such as FB.  Of course having 365 entries is a great collection of images but there are hundreds more taken on the way.  So now I have something I would never have dreamt of a year ago.

You can see more of Pete’s work on his Shed pages.

Albion – Where does the time go?

Where does the time go?

Albion outside

Only 2 weeks ago we were well into the final week of our Albion exhibition and what a success it was! The interest generated, visits to the site and orders we’ve been following up this week has taken us aback. We are now sending off the final prints to our clients and doing the final stock check. It always surprises me the work that goes on before the show; curating it, running it and then following up all the loose ends and interest in our project and our artists and photographers work.

Albion InsideWith some time and perspective to think about the show it struck me that I’m often asked the same questions and the main one this time was; ‘Why do we exhibit our communities’ work? It’s simple, seeing artwork up close, the texture, the way the light plays on the surface, its depth and the physical reaction each individual has to it is a highly personal and rewarding experience. The photography glowed and surprised the public who, often for the first time, were seeing photography in such large format. Many went away saying they had never considered having such a large image in their home but after the exhibition had been more than persuaded to buy and live with a beautiful image that was affordable, either someone’s work they had fallen in love with or to print their own.

Some of the standout moments from the 2 weeks were when Fiona G Roberts sold 2 original paintings and to quote ‘almost passed out in the kitchen when she heard’, Graham Wiffen when he stood by his images beaming with pride, Jess Douglas’s disbelief at the interest generated by her wonderful illustrations, the hoots of laughter at Dixsy’s Corgie and Bess, both Jennifer Hollands and Bob Healeys happiness at seeing their images sold, the delight our nature photography by Timothy Foxx Neal, Philiy Page and Brian Eastmond brought to many.

The energy and feedback has been enormously encouraging. There’s something wonderful about sitting in an empty gallery in the morning waiting to see who will walk through the door and what conversations you will have. A couple of ladies spent a good 40 minutes talking about every single image in depth and said that they had not enjoyed an exhibition so much in quite a while, which is hugely satisfying as it proves the work stands alone as a considered exhibition as well as a show to promote and sell.

Graham Wiffen photosI also enjoyed spending time with some of our community. It was a great opportunity to catch up, get to know and discuss their work and the website. Paula, as always, was positivity and optimism personified. Her print demonstrations were a source of inspiration for many visitors and hopefully will act as a catalyst to get people working. For me this is the key and the real reason why we began the shed over a year ago; to help and inspire those with a hidden talent or who feel no-one would take their work seriously. To exhibit those who had always dreamt of seeing their work on the wall and to encourage those that a creative life is, yes, frustrating and hard work but ultimately rewarding in an unmeasurable way even if its part time and in the shed at the bottom of your garden.

Thank you again to everyone involved and we will be in touch soon!