There is a massive difference between your friends, family or a bunch of people on Flickr liking your photos, and somebody actually shelling out their hard earned cash on one and putting it on their wall. I want to thanks Chelsea and Ben, and the whole Shed community (for we are greater than the sum of our parts!!) for helping that happen for me at the recent Broadchurch exhibition.
I have always taken photos, and always had an aspiration to ‘do it for a living’ in some form. However, life – you know, mortgages, kids, eating, stuff like that – has always seemed to get in the way. Seeing the Shed Exhibition in Lyme a few years ago, I talked to Chelsea, she suggested that I can do both; life, and showing / selling photos. Of course she was right, and I have loved being part of the Shed community since then.
Not only are the website and the exhibitions fantastic platforms for my work, but they have helped my photography develop. Now that I am taking photos for a wider audience, I realise that they need to be better, both artistically, and in terms of responding to market demands. I look back at the first few I put on the website, and can see how I have developed since then.
Being involved in the Broadchurch and Jurassic Coast exhibition at West Bay gave me some good insight into what is needed to put on a show, and thanks to that, and the generosity of a good friend, I now have the opportunity to put on an exhibition in Lyme Regis Museum (in the tiny top floor gallery) from June 28th to October 3rd.
The exhibition is entitled Coast Cliff and Crashing Waves and contains photos that I have taken between Abbotsbury and Beer along the spectacular Jurassic Coast, with a focus on the West Bay area. The majority of images are very textural monochromes, showing the power of the sea, the weather and the majesty of the cliffs, but I have included others, including the image chosen to be on the front of the Shed website this week. Please do come along, entrance to the Museum is very cheap and it is a fascinating place even without my photos (!).