Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Matisse_Cut Outs at the Tate July 2014 (19 photos)

This show is genuinely incredible, I thoroughly recommend you to take the time to go and see it.
When I go and see big exhibitions like this I often take notes, they are hurried and scratchy by nature, but they help me to focus on what I am
 seeing and to remember the nature of the work afterwards, these shows usually have a lot of material in them, I could buy the books that accompany the show but it is my response that is important.

For some reason when was driving back home I had the idea to just photograph my notes and publish them, This may or may not be a good idea but I am following my instinct, so in the process of doing that I then had the idea to pay homage to the works and create some of the iconic shapes from the notes I have taken, just as a little bit of fun.

You are not allowed to take photos of the exhibition but I cheekily and discretely managed to get a couple of photos which I have included here. I have admired and been inspired by Matisse for a long time and there is something especially beguiling about his cut outs, seeing them up close has allowed me to make much more sense of why they are so effective.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Wardrobes 'n' Clothes

A series of work that will explore the clothes hanging in our wardrobes, full of colour and texture and so much character..

The Lords Swimming Pool

Fish enjoying the Lords Swimming Pool, at The Lodge in Potton, near Sandy…we visited the RSPB site in Potton, called "The Lodge", the main building, a stately home type building, had a swimming pool in the gardens, The Lord wanted it for swimming in, the Lady wanted it for ducks, now it is used by these rather lovely fish, and the large one you see here was certainly the Lord of the fish, a big beauty, I have added a very small amount of processing to make it look something like a watercolour or porcelain image, maybe, 

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Decade Decay_ Old Film Filming Film Experiments

I have a draw full of old 35mm films that I have not processed yet, today I had a sudden flash decision to go and get three of them processed. One came back mostly ok, one has lost it's integrity and came back nearly all red, and the third had no film in it, well a couple of inches that had been torn off, so don't know what happened there. The other film isn't particularly interesting, but this one that is red has got some real gems! From about 2002, so the film is over ten years old, when I lived with my brother Stuart in a village called Usk in South Wales. 
Stuart was studying Animation & Film at Uni. Here you can see Stuart working on a project to film from a push-bike, we had some fun going around the local area filming in different places with this helmet mounted camera, and I do remember at least one incident when I was cycling with it on, it slipped and I crashed into a very old Welsh wall, result-incredible pain in my knee.

Having seen these photos I am now going to try and get as many of them processed as soon as I can, stay tuned!

 These 2 images below are of a Hanimax slide projector that I have taken to pieces,  to generally see how it works, and to experiment with the lens etc. loads of fun.

 Standard burnt out car shots, but this one with the colour fades looks great, they look much more apt with the dramatic red.

 Not sure which I like more, the full red version, or the colour creeping through, the vague rainbow-ness of the second one gives it a slightly psychedelic feel.

 I prefer this in the red, you can see below where theactual colours are coming through.

Friday, 11 October 2013

An ongoing series of  work, quick simple images, always completely abstract, made from the everyday environment. They are made on a HTC and usually just have a couple of filters etc. Keeps me eagle eyed for colours and textures around me, and I really enjoy the rapidity the decision making process.