Happy New Year!

The Shed team wish you all a Happy New Year as we get back into a daily routine after the Christmas break.

Now is a good time to add new work and move around your portfolios. Think about the motivation the public will have in buying a print. As decorations come down people think about redecorating and filling those spaces on the wall with something new and fresh.

There are a few apps in Instagram that help place your image in a room such as artroomsapp – this helps buyers visualise the image in situ. Think about creating portfolios that are focused on macro, monochrome, colour, abstract not simply landscape or of places. Look around you at restaurants, hotels and public spaces and see what they have on the wall to guide you. Also please remember to only put 15 images in each portfolio.

If you are happy to work on commission then push this side of your work. Nina Tinson is now in discussion with a client to photograph her Highland Cattle! Sounds like a fun project and we’ll let you know how it goes!

Shropshire ponies by Nina TinsonShropshire ponies by Nina Tinson

We can’t wait to see your new work from the holidays, if you would like us to share it on social media or the blog then write an email (once the images are in the gallery) send the links and we’ll help you promote your work to our followers and clients.

Chelsea and Ben

Shed photographer Caroline Collett has two images about to reach a wider audience.

‘Meadowsweet Husks’ has been selected to be the cover image of a new book of Urdu Short Stories, published this autumn by Kitaab Publishers in Singapore.  The book, ‘Nameless Lanes’ is an anthology of short stories, selected and translated into English by Syed Sarwar Hussain. ‘It came about because I met a Singapore-based writer called Zafar Anjum on an Arvon Foundation writing course in Devon in 2014’, Caroline explained. ‘When he set up his own publishing house, Kitaab, he asked if he might use some of my images and this is the first to be selected. It’s quite a thrill to see an image taken on my Devon lane transported to the other side of the world and used in this way.’

The image is available from Caroline’s ‘Plants and Flowers’ collection on The Shed Gallery:

Meadowsweet Husks by Caroline Collett

Meadowsweet Husks by Caroline Collett

A second image, ‘No Standing’, has been chosen by The London Photo Gallery to be part of an exhibition called ‘Youth Revisited’, to accompany a musical concert by the Ensemble Perpetuo in London’s Little Venice on October 8th.

The image can be purchased from The Shed here:

No Standing by Caroline Collett

No Standing by Caroline Collett

Caroline Collett nominated for leading South-West of England Arts prize.

Shed member Caroline Collett is celebrating being nominated for the 5th time for the leading South-West of England arts prize, The Evolver Prize.

Her shortlisted entry, called Canal Impression(ism), was shot as a small gust of wind rippled the reflection of a tall building alongside a canal in Hackney where she was photographing. ‘The still water reflections were lovely’, Caroline said, ‘but the rippled reflection, which came about by chance, turned out to be so much better!’.

Canal Impression (ism) by Caroline Collett

Canal Impression (ism) by Caroline Collett

 BUY IMAGE

Caroline’s work will be exhibited alongside the other artist and photographer finalist works at Black Swan Arts in Frome from July 2nd to August 27th.

Caroline’s image and others are available to buy from her Shed Gallery profile.

Talking Waves – Sam Rose Exhibition

A collaborative exhibition in The Bomb Shelter in Beer, East Devon, 30/04 – 02/05 2016.

When my good friend Nikki Taylor finished her fine art Masters degree and suggested that we collaborated on a project I honestly thought we would never get around to it.  I mean, life is busy and collaborations need time, don’t they?  Well, a year or so on, here  we are, a small but perfectly formed collaborative exhibition called Talking Waves, popping up in Beer over the forthcoming bank holiday weekend.

Looming cliffs by Sam Rose

Looming cliffs by Sam Rose

It all started because I was talking to Nikki about my photos and her Masters at AUB, and we agreed that we liked each others work and it might be fun to do something together.  I find  her work fascinating; very, intricate and peaceful, and demonstrating a huge amount of skill and patience.  I like the simplicity very much and the tendency towards minimalism is something I try to reach in my photographs.  You can see more of her work here:

Chesil and the Fleet v3 by Sam Rose

Chesil and the Fleet v3 by Sam Rose

So we thought about what was possible, as I had never done this before, and I decided to take a photo specifically for her to reflect on, and that drew on my emotions rather than ‘just’ a landscape. The result was Angry skies, below, taken at East  Beach at West Bay (‘my’ beach) and it has become the source image for the collaboration.

Angry skies by Sam Rose

Angry skies by Sam Rose

Nikki then took this away, along with some others from my portfolio, and thought about how to respond.  The results, which you can see at the exhibition, are sculptural hanging pieces that involve stitched fishing line and very high quality handmade paper.   The inspiration is drawn particularly from a small part of the source photo, and the work deconstructs the image down to a very raw form.

Dusk by Sam Rose

Dusk by Sam Rose

Artist of the Week – Sam Rose.

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.

Brooding sky over East Cliff by Sam Rose

Brooding sky over East Cliff by Sam Rose

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.

Cobb waves by Sam Rose

Cobb waves by Sam Rose

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.

Seascape by Sam Rose

Seascape by Sam Rose

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.

Portland and the fleet by Sam Rose

Portland and the fleet by Sam Rose

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 (!).