Tree Spirits, Caroline Collett, Shed Artist of the Week.

 

Trees really speak to me. 

Well, obviously, not literally – I’m not quite that crazy yet – but I do find their presence compelling; sometimes brooding, sometimes imposing – as if pregnant with some ancient wisdom or ominous portent.

They feel like keepers of secrets we’ve long since forgotten.

Visually, as totems of the natural world, they’re also incredibly eloquent articulators of seasonal change, from the vivid green of a spring beech to the nakedness of a winter tree, revealed at its sculptural best.

Here are some attempts to capture that eloquence.

Out of Season by Caroline Collett

Out of Season by Caroline Collett

Taken in Hayle, in Cornwall, these palms blowing in a gust of wind, together with the switched-off promenade lights, embody all the wonderful pathos of a seaside resort out of season. Black-and-white was the only way to go to exaggerate the sensation.

Devon Dawn by Caroline Collett

Devon Dawn by Caroline Collett

This was taken in deepest Devon whilst I was on a writing course with the Arvon Foundation. One morning, I woke up early with my brain fizzing with writing ideas and couldn’t get back to sleep. Outside, dawn was breaking so I just got up instead and grabbed my camera. On the horizon, a magnificent mist was turning a yellowy-orange with the rising sun. These tree silhouettes were emerging from it, other-worldly and strange.

Ancient Tree, Abbotsbury by Caroline Collett

Ancient Tree, Abbotsbury by Caroline Collett

This image, exhibited and sold in The Shed’s ‘Albion’ exhibition in Lyme, London and Bristol, was taken at Abbotsbury on the Dorset coast. I loved the shape of the sky between the boughs; the absence as interesting as the presence.

Spring Beech by Caroline Collett

Spring Beech by Caroline Collett

There’s little to say about this image beyond the joy I felt taking it. I still remember the vividness of the green, the tallness of the trees and the brilliant blue of the sky.

Trees in the Mist, Long Bredy by Caroline Collett

Trees in the Mist, Long Bredy by Caroline Collett

I was driving through intense fog when the sight of these trees made me stop the car. Luckily I had my camera with me. I love how they loom in a row out of the fog with no sense of what lies beyond.

All these images can be purchased from The Shed Gallery.

The holy grail by Sam Rose, Shed AOTW.

 

What is it that makes people like certain photos?  How can those of us who take photos allow for different tastes? And should we?

For example, I have shown three different images to three different people and each has preferred a different one.  Kind of makes it difficult to know what to put up for a selling exhibition! It is very rare to see that really winning formula, the image that make everyone go wow – the holy grail!

Field and sky by Sam Rose

Field and sky by Sam Rose

For example, take the photo above that the Shed chose as image of the week.  It is a straight shot, taken using  an 0.9 ND Grad filter with no post processing. It was taken off the side of the A35 on the way to Dorchester on a beautiful day.  I love the photo – the colour, the track through the crop, the clouds and the way in which the wheat seems to move a little as you look at it.  Intriguingly, I wouldn’t have chosen it myself as image of the week, as I tend to like the more textural mono shots more at the moment… but as I looked at it again, I noticed that it shared many similar features to my other favourite images – strong lines, high contrast, pattern and symmetry, and relatively minimalist.  The contrast and interplay between sky and land / sea is also always important for me – as you can see with the image below, which is also a wheat field, taken not far away from the other, but on first glance a very different animal.

Wheat mono by Sam Rose

Wheat mono by Sam Rose

To be honest, I don’t think there is a holy grail, but there are a hell of a lot of great photos out there, many of which I find inspiring, beautiful and fascinating, and often make me green with envy.  For the rest of this blog I have looked through the Shed exhibitors for inspiration and to do a bit of admiration, and given a perspective on a few.  It always amazes me that even with the very popular locations, such as Durdle door, you will never see the same photo taken by two different people.  I have listed a few below,

 

Robin Goodlad

Inverted lightning tree 2 by Robin Goodlad

Inverted lightning tree 2 by Robin Goodlad

Robin is a good friend I met in Chile more than 15 years ago, and is someone I look up to in the photography world (he’s also a better cook than me, darn it!). Robin has the knack of producing really stunning landscapes wherever he goes, and has been recognised for this with various awards and commendations.  He has only recently joined the Shed and I hope that he helps to build our community with more of his fantastic images.  He also has two friendly Herdwick Sheep!  I just love the tree in this photo and the very simple composition – nice one.

 

Paula Youens

The old boy and the car by Paula Youens

The old boy and the car by Paula Youens

I love Paula’s approach to art – to me it is full of humour fun and style and is all based on really good observation.  I have met Paula through the Shed – she often helps out at the exhibitions – and is a really great person to talk to about my photos.  I also love the fact that with her photography she is not afraid to do a mixture of landscape, people, situation and quirky stuff. I chose this photo because of the fabulous colours, expression on the old boy’s face, and particularly the reflection in the car door. Go look Paula up!

 

Stephen Banks

Cobb Lake of Mist by Stephen Banks

Cobb Lake of Mist by Stephen Banks

Well known for his dramatic nightscapes, I have known Stephen for a while now and am constantly impressed with the sheer quality and technical skill of what he produces – and his ability to get up in the middle of the night!  Rather than a Milky Way shot, I have chosen this lovely, but very understated shot taken at the Cobb in Lyme Regis, which is calming, fascinating and simple.  Lets have more of these please Stephen (even if they don’t sell as well).

 

The next few are from artists I don’t know personally, but I have picked out a few wonderful images:

 

Rory Garforth

Whitby Abbey by Rory Garforth

Whitby Abbey by Rory Garforth

This is a really special shot, everything about it screams ‘I wish I had taken that’, the foreground, the focus, the clouds, the lighting – love it, and will be visiting Whitby Abbey!

 

Matthew Wardle

The Final Rest by Matthew Wardle

The Final Rest by Matthew Wardle

Matthew has caught a view that I know well – I walk up it, I run up it, I stare at it – and captured it on film beautifully. Thanks!

 

Astrid McGechan

Sea #1 by Astrid McGechan

Sea #1 by Astrid McGechan

I love this photo by Astrid – the composition, the shapes, the texture and the feeling of movement.  It also proves to me that you can take a beautiful photo anywhere, anytime if you have the imagination and creativity.

 

Asmita Kapadia

COOL BLUE, France by Asmita Kapadia

COOL BLUE, France by Asmita Kapadia

I love Asmita’s work, but this one stands out to me – stunning colours, clean lines, beautiful composition. Fabulous.

 

Odile Moreno

Chelsea Boots by Odile Moreno

Chelsea Boots by Odile Moreno

Just to show that I am not landscape obsessed, I thought that I would include this beautifully composed photo of a pair of boots.  The simplicity is superb – to me this is a classic photo and would grace any wall.

To see more of my work, please go to my Shed Profile or any of the links below.

Thanks, Sam.

 

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Exhibition time, Sam Rose, Shed Artist of the Week.

 

Over the summer I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to put on a solo photography exhibition in the small gallery in Lyme Regis Museum. Quite unusually, I had the space for a full three months, the opportunity for a lot of tourist throughput.

To be honest, when I was offered the chance a year ago, I had no idea what was involved, being naïve in the world of exhibitions…. I mean, Chelsea and Ben make it all look so easy!  As the date got closer, I started to think about it more and work out what was needed.

First step, choosing the photos. The title I had been asked to work to was Coast Cliff and Crashing waves. Sounds easy enough, but I had to consider the audience, which I figured was mainly tourists staying in Lyme Regis, but with some people staying elsewhere along the coast.  So, I needed a good number of Lyme photos (which led to several enjoyable trips over there) and then a good range from the rest of the coast, including a bunch from West Bay, on my doorstep.

Brooding sky over East Cliff by Sam Rose

Brooding sky over East Cliff by Sam Rose

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Also, I felt that because it was a primarily a tourist market, I wouldn’t put up too many of my more textural black and white images, but a mixture, including crowd pleasers, like the rainbow with Beach Huts from Lyme Regis.  Chelsea assured me that curating my own exhibition would not be easy, and she was right, but I enjoyed it!

Stepping Stones to Lyme Bay by Sam Rose

Stepping Stones to Lyme Bay by Sam Rose

 

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Ok, so the next stage – the printing – was easy, I put my order in to Ben, and he printed them all on finest Shed aluminium. Surely that was it. But no, I then needed a poster to publicise it, and a flyer to put around town to promote it.  That took a bit of  time (and money). In retrospect I think a colour image would have been better for the poster, but it looked ok.

Private view invitation Sam Rose exhibition

After the poster I produced some flyers, business cards and hand-outs, and bought a visitors book.  I also had to think about how people could buy the prints, as the exhibition had to last the full three months, this was again made easy by using the Shed to fulfil any orders.  In fact, I didn’t sell that many, but had a lot of positive comments in person, and in the guest book.

So, all that remained was to get the drill out and fix the images to the wall, put up the labels, print some greetings cards, and create a mini-installation of some rocks, shells, fossils and a old camera or two. Job done.  Oh and the private view was important too, not just for the wine, but for a couple of sales.

You can see the photos I chose for the exhibition if you go to my shed profile and scroll down to near the bottom.

My thanks go to the Lyme Regis Museum staff and volunteers – it’s a great little museum, and if you haven’t been, it is worth a visit  www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk  – and to Ben from the Shed.

My next  exhibition – ‘Locally Sourced’ – is from the 4th to the 23rd December in Bridport Tourist Information Centre and I will be showing old and new work for sale just in time for that perfect Christmas present. It is open 10-3 Monday to Saturday and I will have a range of cards on sale too.

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Susan Furber, photographer inspirations.

 

When I first joined the Shed Photography over a year ago, I was impressed by the variety and range of artists and photographers who feature on the site.

My photography influences have tended to be quite varied, and also tend to change as I develop and grow.  Lately, as well, I have been searching out the work of Australian photographers as inspirations of the landscape that I will be soon immersed in.  Here are a few of my favourites, from both the Shed Creatives and a bit further afield.

Sheldon Petit

I came across Sheldon’s work recently via his stunning aerial captures featured as runner up in the AIPP landscape photographer of the year.  My experience of aerial captures has been hanging out of a helicopter a couple of times, slightly too scared to move in case I dropped my camera, so I am definitely respectful of photographers who have mastered this process.  The abstract result that shooting from above produces I find to be very interesting and often has that painterly quality that I love with abstract photographs.

With the vastness of Australia on my doorstep, the opportunity to photograph from the air is extremely tempting, I might just need to invest in some stronger camera straps!

In addition to his aerial work, the landscapes, seascapes and particularly storm captures are all my favourites from Sheldon’s website

Barn Aurora Portrait

Barn Aurora Portrait

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Joshua Holko

Despite being Australian and residing in Melbourne, Joshua Holko spends a significant amount of his time photographing in arctic climes, where he captures images and also leads workshops and teaches and guides other photographers.  It is a dream of mine to visit and photograph Antarctica which is what initially drew me to Joshua’s work which encompasses all of the arctic countries, as well as New Zealand, Australia and also some interesting work from Africa.

His wildlife work is particularly striking as well as his panoramic images of towering icebergs and ice-filled lands.  From Australia to the Artic, about as much of a contrast as you can get – the strong bold imagery captures my attention each time I see his work.

Gura Gear Bataflae 32L Camera Bag (Carry on Luggage)

Gura Gear Bataflae 32L Camera Bag (Carry on Luggage)

You can see more on his website.

 

Rory Garforth

While colours are very much a focus for most Australian photographers, my heart still lies with black and white including infrared.

The work of one of the recent Shed Photographers, Rory Garforth caught my attention with the beautiful light and amazing skies of his black and white work from North England.  Skies are my absolute favourite element of a photograph, and I think Rory does an excellent job of bringing mood and texture into his images with some lovely results.  I particularly like his image of Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey by Rory Garforth

Whitby Abbey by Rory Garforth

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Artist of the Week Blog, Susan Furber

 

I am very proud to have just opened an exhibit of 15 of my landscape images, at Brick + Mortar Creative, a gallery in the eastern suburbs of my hometown of Adelaide in South Australia.

The morning after by Susan Furber

The morning after by Susan Furber

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As I worked on developing the hanging plan and organised my images for display, the memories of fantastic trips ranging from the southern tip of Africa, to the chillier climes of Iceland and Greenland came flooding back.

Many of my black and white images were from my time in the UK developing and learning as a photographer, as well as exploring some beautiful landscapes.  From the moody, infrared inspired Yorkshire Dales to the coastal locations near my home in Dorset, this exhibition represents the life I was lucky to experience and the journeys and moments captured along the way.

Reflections of Poole by Susan Furber

Reflections of Poole by Susan Furber

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I relished the chance to connect the results of these travels, with family, friends and locals in Adelaide, many of whom had followed my experiences – and in a gallery in one of my favourite local spots, where I had, years before spent many a weekend in the local cafes dreaming about a life of travel and exploration.

A selection of these images are available on my Shed Photography profile to view or purchase.

Zen by Susan Furber

Zen by Susan Furber

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After six years of travelling, working and photographing abroad, I took the decision to return to Australia in December of 2014.

Visiting new countries and exploring new places will always be a part of who I am, but it felt like the right time to re-connect with my home country and spend some more time exploring and photographing its diverse coastline and outback terrain.

Blue by Susan Furber

Blue by Susan Furber

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Australia has a reputation as one of the most beautiful places in the world, with landscapes which are frequently complex and colourful yet often stark and minimalist.  The skills I have learnt, the advice I have in my head and heart and the strong individuality I always strive for, will be imprinted on my imagery as it takes centre stage next year.  I will be hitting the road, with a friend or two, on 7 month ½ lap around Australia, with a tent and a camera to create my next portfolio of work!

You can follow this journey at the White Coast Red Centre.