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

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

BUY IMAGE – Brooding sky over east cliff

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

 

BUY IMAGE – Stepping stones to Lyme Bay

 

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.

Locally Sourced - Sam Rose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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