Featured at the Shed Summer Show.

Maisie Hill

Julia by Maisie Hill

Julia by Maisie Hill

Having been a professional photographer for over 10 years Maisie works instinctively with an awareness of where a strong image will present itself. Her favourite work is when she is concentrating fully on events, how the light falls and the movements that people are making. We have chosen to highlight in this exhibition a recent set of images commissioned by Dorset County hospital to hang in the Alzheimers ward. They are an evocative insight into the personalities and the people these intimate spaces belong to. ‘Brian’ has been sold at both our most recent shows in London and Bristol and seems to capture a gentle side of English life most of us would recognise.

All images are limited edition. Maisie lives and works in Lyme Regis.

 

Andy White

Mist in the vales by Andy White

Mist in the vales by Andy White

Andy’s images are some of the most popular in our gallery, with good reason. His two feature images are of the nearby coastline and countryside. ‘Mist in the Vales’ from Quarr Hill shows the sun’s rays colouring the mist formed in the vales with a flock of sheep resting in a field on top of a hill, and is indeed ‘magical’. In his words ‘photographing our coast and countryside in all sorts of weather conditions entails many early morning starts and endless waiting for the correct light’. Andy’s portfolio online is carefully judged to display just the most perfect shots.

Waves under East Cliff West Bay by Andy White

Waves under East Cliff West Bay by Andy White

The Shed Summer Show.

Anne Reynolds on her Photography.

Since memory began my Dad was forever grabbing his light meter, pointing it at us, and peering down into his Rolleiflex. We’d usually be in the middle of some important playing activity so the interruptions were endlessly annoying. The bathroom would be draped with rows and rows of negatives strung any which way across the room. As kids we paid little heed but we’d get very short shrift if we interrupted him trying to work in the dark. I don’t know how he managed with us swarming around but he produced a lot of photos.

The calls of ‘Hurry up Dad’ must have led to my preference for a rapid and un-technical approach to photography. I was about nine when I first used a camera. It was on a school outing from Broadstone Primary to a farm in Kingston near Corfe Castle in Dorset. Showing Dad my blurred images of cows and fuzzy groups of friends taught me something that has hovered over every photo ever since. These were so-what photos. I knew exactly what he meant.

What is a photo that’s not so-what? Probably something more than visual, more than words, more than technique. It must sing to me, maybe a brief whisper, maybe an almighty chorus. Always something heard within.

My younger sister and I learning how to share, or not - Sandbanks 1957

My younger sister and I learning how to share, or not - Sandbanks 1957

I’ve taken a mass of so-what photos. But I’ve also taken ones that do sing to me and maybe only I can hear the tune, but for me that’s all that matters.

I moved to Bridport three years ago after caring for both parents in East Dorset until their deaths in the family home. I’d lost spirit in the relentlessly disheartening freelance textile design work in which I’d been striving. In 2012 I decided to set up a Greetings Card company, TangoMang, developing the designs I’d done for Harvey Nichols windows back in 2006. Some of the designs are on the Shed Gallery website but I still haven’t got round to doing my own website. I’ve sold them locally but was delighted when a selection of them were licensed in Finland, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. I love the idea of my designs flying around countries I’ve never been to.

In January this year, after an unsuccessful sales trip to Liberty in London, I asked myself what I really enjoyed doing, because it certainly wasn’t that. The very easy answer was walking and photographing. So the next day I went to one of my favourite local places, Powerstock Common, and photographed the whole of my walk. I could do this every month for a year, I decided, just for fun. The intention had been to blog my monthly record, but so far it hasn’t happened. I’ve got an awful lot of photos of Powerstock though.

Powerstock Common in May by Anne Reynolds

Powerstock Common in May by Anne Reynolds

I decided I’d just take more photos for the pleasure of it, which is why when I bought a beautiful bunch of flowers from The Flower Field in Bridport Market a few months back, I was so entranced by them I spent the rest of the day photographing them all. Those flower photos gave me the impetus to join The Shed.

Since then I’ve done a few random photographic sessions for various friends needing publicity shots. One was for Linda Tazzyman and her beautiful new B&B at No.9 in Wimborne.

Bed and Breakfast at No.9 in Wimborne

Bed and Breakfast at No.9 in Wimborne

Recently I had two glorious days taking photos for Guy Mallinson at his woodland glamping venture near Axminster. I stayed in the most amazingly comfortable and wonderful tipi and spent every hour relishing photographing this magical place.

Guy Mallinson's Woodwork by Anne Reynolds

Guy Mallinson's Woodwork by Anne Reynolds

Who is my favourite photographer? My Dad of course. But recently I came across the work of Vivian Maier. She was an unknown street photographer from the 1950s whose work was discovered at an auction in Chicago. There are no so-what photos in her collection. Each one touches my heart, you can almost hear them breathing, feel the air around them.

Fall 1953 by Vivian Maier

Fall 1953 by Vivian Maier

What would be my ideal camera? David Duchemin’s blog says it better than I could. But this little extract also makes me think perhaps it’s time I started taking the technicalities a little more seriously …

My criticism of the photography industry is in the way gear has been sold as a substitute of vision. It’s about the addiction to gear and the belief that it will make us better photographers. It won’t. However, gear is important.

This quote from another post of his sums up how I feel about photographs in general, about finding your own way …

We need boldness, authenticity, and the kind of imperfect, flawed, honest art that can only be made when you listen to one voice alone: yours.

Finally this is one of my favourite photographs. It’s of my grandmother and one of her many sisters. She was born in 1902 so this was probably taken sometime during WW1. It was taken in the early morning somewhere in Sandbanks. Apart from the fact that it’s my family, that it’s joyous, and slightly mystical, I’m brought up short by the lightness of the moment in that extraordinarily painful era.

Lola and Wyn Salomon, Sandbanks early 1900s

Lola and Wyn Salomon, Sandbanks early 1900s

Dorset Independent Photographers Exhibition

Monday 19th – 26th August  opening 10 – 5. at the Gardens House, Borough Gardens, Dorchester.
Seasonal basketball by Andy White

Seasonal basketball by Andy White

DIP, as the group is more informally known, has been meeting for over 25 years to informally discuss all things photographic. Meetings are held at regular intervals throughout the year at individuals houses so the group has to stay small – currently it is nine strong.   DIP is completely independent of any umbrella organisation and so are able to explore the boundaries of photography without constraints.  They will show projects they are undertaking to the group for their opinions and advice. Many of the members still use film and print in a traditional darkroom although they do admit to having and using a digital camera as well.
Redundant Icelandic fish factory by Andy White

Redundant Icelandic fish factory by Andy White

The range of work undertaken in the past few years has been exciting. One member achieved an ARPS from the Royal Photographic Society without even using a traditional camera.  All her remarkable images of flowers were ‘taken’ using a flatbed scanner.  Another is pursuing the more intellectual side of photography following up her MA at The Arts University College Bournemouth. The newest member is renowned for his portraits many of which are used as the cover for the Marshwood Vale magazine.
Light in a blizzard 1 by Andy White

Light in a blizzard 1 by Andy White

The DIP aim to have an exhibition once a year and are fortunate to receive financial support from Nantes Solicitors of Bridport, Dorchester and Weymouth.
Please do find the time to come along and see examples of their current work. One of the members will be stewarding the Exhibition at all times.
Our Shed creative Andy White is featured in the exhibition.

The Shed Summer Show.

As you know we are busy planning our next event at the Malthouse, Lyme Regis to combine with the Lyme Folk Weekend over the August Bank holiday.

The show will run from Saturday the 24th of August through to the 5th of September.

Colmers Cumulus by Kris Dutson

Colmers Cumulus by Kris Dutson

It is a group show of limited edition prints, original artwork and will also highlight the work of several photographers and artists in the Shed gallery. We are also hoping to include demonstrations and talks by several of our community on their working practice, techniques and inspiration over the exhibition.

Please take a look at the Lyme Folk Weekend’s website to see what a great weekend it is going to be!

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!

Waves Under East Cliff by Andy White

Waves Under East Cliff by Andy White

Our summer shows are eagerly anticipated and are usually good selling shows. We will endeavour to include as much work as possible by our community to help give coverage to your portfolios. Please make sure your profiles are up to date and any interesting events you may be involved in please let us know. 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 in exhibitions. The website provides a way to talk to each other, giving encouragement, support and help and a way to publicise your own websites and events. It is a platform for sharing your work and meeting like-minded people.

This is an important 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. We often have requests for work long after a show has finished. Here is a typical enquiry we deal with:

Message

Hi,

I am hoping you can help me, I am trying to find a picture named Boats of Beer Devon .My husband & I visited an exhibition in Lyme Regis & you had it on display.

It’s my husbands 40th in a few weeks time & I would like to buy an aluminium print. Do you still stock this print?

I look forward to hearing from you

Sian

 

The Cobb at Lyme by Rachael Talibart

The Cobb at Lyme by Rachael Talibart

Over the next week we will be releasing details of the photographers and the work to be included in the show. Remember to keep up to date with what we are doing please follow us on the Blog, Twitter and Facebook or the News/Events section of the gallery website. I’d also like to take this opportunity to welcome our most recent sign up Richard F Taylor and if you could please support Anne Reynolds as her tenure of AOTW began this week.