Wow! Being artist of the week is such an amazing thing. Having that small amount of creative recognition does wonders for the artistic ego.
That is what I find so important about the Shed Gallery – being given the opportunity for people to see and hopefully appreciate what has been created. In the year I’ve been with the Shed, my confidence in my photographic ability has grown and my drive to produce more stimulating images has increased, all because of the reception my images have received from other members.
My photographic journey began in my teens when I diligently took a 35mm Olympus trip camera everywhere I went, much to the annoyance of my friends and family. Especially when I would spend ages looking at a particular shadow across a wall, or an incredibly interesting crack in the pavement. I then discovered the mystical arts of film processing and turned an old cupboard at home into a darkroom, and this was where the magic was created. The desire to capture and develop an interesting image became addictive and, although I pursued a career in Graphic Design, I always had photography bubbling away in the background.
My photography can be fairly abstract and is always of the moment. I try to capture unusual images and draw the viewer in with long perspectives or just jaunty angles and extreme close ups. I feel more at home with black and white, but find vivid colour visually very exciting. I spend my time working in London and living in East Devon – the contrast in subject matter couldn’t be more varied, but it means I have no time to plan when or where I’m going to shoot next. I wander and keep my eyes open and grab an image whenever it presents itself. To me photography is exactly that, a one-time opportunity, a meeting of photographer and a moment in time, never to be recreated or revisited.
Photography is a very solitary activity for me, which is probably why I like it so much. Just following a path through the woods or along a beach, or exploring the city streets with a camera by my side is quite cathartic for the soul.
With the advent of the digital age it is now easier than ever to process and create a stunning image. Although I do believe that a good photographer has a different way of seeing the world. They can anticipate the right moment, the movement of their subject or changing light, and that is what sets them apart from just another person with a camera. There are many great photographers that have inspired me, but my true heroes are Henri Cartier-Bresson, Edward Weston and Ansel Adams. I also love the work of young photographers like Olivia Bee and Pip.
Inspiration can come from the most innocuous sources and I am constantly in awe of images taken by ordinary people using just their mobile phones, but also The Shed Gallery has been and continues to be a great source of inspiration. As the gallery grows with new exhibitors, so there is a new and constant source of art to be inspired by and it feels good to be a part of that.
We have been gearing up the gallery in Barcelona to look inviting for the run up to the festive season.
We have our affordable art wall full of small sized prints starting from €20.
We have original artwork by Kirsty Fenton, Michelle Frederick, Odile Moreno and Manu Palo and some large format prints in the shop window by Fiona Roberts which we rotate with other work on a weekly basis.
Over the past few weeks many of you have been in touch offering help to steward the exhibition in Lyme Regis, thank you so much and we’ll be in touch nearer the time when we have confirmation of dates.
You have also been updating your profiles with new work and leaving comments on other creative’s walls. This is hugely encouraging as we all like to receive feedback.
Remember we also have a Forum where you can freely begin a discussion on any topic related to our creative process or just speak about an event or something that is close to your heart. Please get in touch and we can post it in our News/Events section, however big or small the Shed is here to help promote your work and reach a wider audience.
Some of our most recent sign ups have been selling work solidly through the Shed website, this is at least partly because they are very active on social media. We all hope to achieve sales but it is a patient long process translating interest/likes in an image and someone buying it. One of the reasons we hold our exhibitions is to show people what a terrific product your images are printed ready to hang on aluminium. Most sales begin with friends and family, so bear in mind promoting your work as Christmas gifts that are unusual, individual and easy to buy online. Be bold and nudge those that have shown an interest in your work as they may just have forgotten how great your work is and didn’t know how easy it is to buy through the Shed website. Why not send them an email with a link to your profile….
John Hunt is our AOTW so please have a look at his work and if any of you have an event coming up where you’d like to coincide being AOTW then just let us know.
Finally, those of you who wish to include original or framed artwork for the show then please make sure the images are uploaded to you profile and then send to firstname.lastname@example.org with the links included by the 1st of December so we can start planning and writing the accompanying texts and name tags for those chosen.
We’ve been very excited by the most recent sign ups to the Shed family and I’d like to take a few minutes to introduce them to you all.
A multidisciplinary artist whose work comprises of ceramics, print-making and drawing that show a sense of humour and deftness of skill. She presented herself to me one day in the gallery and said that she would love to join the Shed and learn from me. I took her CV and looked at her blog. I didn’t know I was looking for someone to help out, but I’m glad she walked through the door that day. She is talented and charming with the customers, she helps me organise the chaos, doesn’t laugh too loudly at my singing and has already sold 3 of her hand painted plates through the gallery. Friendships are often made from fleeting moments and I hope I have been able to pass on a little of what I know without coming across as a fuddy duddy.
Sarah says she is self-taught, I immediately thought she must also be a painter as her work is gentle and has a painterly quality to it. I admire the aesthetic that runs through her portfolios as the subject matter are those passing moments of light on grass or leaves that have settled on the ground. It doesn’t shout but quietly convinces you to walk more slowly and contemplate what is around you.
Paul’s profile text exudes passion for his work:
‘I see it as a constant learning curve and my camera as an organic instrument. I, unfortunately have not the patience of a saint and find the only way to learn is trial ideas, I cannot fastidiously digest a photography manual. I am influenced by Tony Worobiec’s Low light photography and love the images he has been able to produce. I also relish photographing vintage machines, I love their soul and are a real joy to capture’
I wrote to him when he joined asking if the movement created in the low light photography which creates ribbons of the light that is there modernising the sometimes ancient architecture was important to him. He said he loved the way light can change a place, I agree and his first portfolio shows that.
When Richard joined us his first portfolio of Aston Martins showed a love of his subject matter from every angle, when the cars are at their best but also intriguingly when they were hidden behind plastic sheets waiting to be repaired like sleeping big cats. Since then Richard’s following portfolios show a wide range of subject matter and I await with interest what next he will add to the gallery!
Silvia is a photographer and print maker whose work clearly shows an influence between her image making and the way she looks through the lens. Her mixed media prints are a distillation of her photography. She says she keeps a ‘visual sketchbook’ which I can relate too, images that aren’t necessarily ‘good’ enough to be commercial but add up to a whole that creates a thread through the work that may one day materialise in a different form.
Fernando lives in Costa Rica and specialises in B/W images. His first portfolio shows his interests range from portrait photography to perfectly captured still life. His flowers are simple and elegant and can’t help but remind me of Mapplethorpe and Georgia O’Keefe.
Tony’s work landed in the gallery with burst of energy and colour. Each image has been thought about from every angle and the attention to detail is just stunning. These are images that show a level of professionalism that I wish I could achieve. Can’t wait to see more!
On behalf of all of us in the Shed we are very much looking forward to getting to know you and your work as your portfolios develop. Welcome!
As always with our group exhibitions we show a cross section of work from our gallery from the established professional photographers and artists to those who have a passion for capturing a fleeting moment in time or just have to create.
Stephen Banks’ astrophotography is not only technically stunning and shows enormous dedication and patience but also reveals what is beyond what we see with the naked eye. The colours and shapes that are formed are mesmerizing and makes you want to lie under the starlit sky and lose yourself in the enormity of the Cosmos.
Kris Dutson showed a couple of images with us in the summer and the response was overwhelming. There is a quality to his landscape photography that somehow captures how we feel about our surroundings. They evoke a feeling of warmth in the sunsets and landscapes that speak of history, peacefulness and timelessness.
Rachael Talibart writes a blog about her photography that shows inquisitiveness in everything around her, from macro shots of fungi to sweeping seascapes. The vibrancy and colour she captures makes every image sing.
Andy White has shown with us many times and his latest series of imagery from Iceland show an understanding of composition and editorial quality imagery that reads like a documentary of his visit to the frozen island.
Our artists include Fiona G Roberts whose painting has grown in stature as she explores elements of her past and resolves them on canvas. Her paintings have simplicity to them and peacefulness that strikes a chord with the public.
Paula Youens is a printmaker, photographer and illustrator. Her work is often inspired by the rugged shoreline around the Dorset coast. Her freehand drawings and prints express the energy of a rolling wave or storm approaching.
Many other creatives in our gallery will also have work represented. Details of these images will be released after the 1st of December submission deadline for inclusion in the show.