Personal Practice

A selection of work from my Personal Practice –

 


 

GRANNY’S NEG

Before my granny passed away she gave me an old roll of colour film from her sideboard drawer to see if I could get it developed. It had expired in the 1970’s and was meant to be developed in an obsolete development process (C-22). I returned to the film after my granny had passed away and after some research attempted to develop it in black and white developer. It was a slightly involved process as it needed to be developed and bleached back before fixing. Guessing the timings I chopped the film into sections. One strip showed an image of some people outside a house but this disappeared in the fixing process. Only one strip contained an image after final wash.

Lith print from C-22 35mm colour neg.

 

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DOCUMENTATION

Documentation of sculpture by artist Robert Worley

 

 


 

SATELLITES

Something that is separated from or on the periphery of something else but is nevertheless connected too, dependent on or controlled by it.

 

 


 

KEEPSAKES

“The sensuous, sinuous intertwining of things with memories … “
(Edmund de Waal, The Hare with Amber Eyes)

The History of the first known pieces of memoriam keepsakes can be dated back to the beginning of humankind. Everything from skin, nails, hair, tears or even droplets of blood behind a plate of glass have been used as keepsakes. Over time, these memorial keepsakes have evolved from death mask casts, taking photographs of the deceased to keeping objects that belonged to them.

Lith Prints, 2017

–           An oyster and pearl my grandfather found while diving in Japan, contained in a glass dome.

–           A music box from the home of my grandmother.  She loved neon and plastic things!

–           A bowl and cup from the home of my step-grandparents. Highland crofters with strong connections to the land.

 

 


 

SONIC VIGIL: Breathing Space and e5process Collective. 2017

Gather in the Tower,

As I collapse into silver

A 12 hour Breathing Space durational performance at Augustine’s Tower, Narrow Way, Hackney, April 2017, where E5 Process Collective collaborated to produce a body of work in response to Breathing Space’s practice and the tower itself.

 

 


 

TRANSFORMATION

Bleached wet plate enlargement produced under enlarger from 35mm negative.

 

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OBSOLETE AND DISCONTINUED

“Transformation”
Lith print from collodion glass plate.

A project that began after Mike Crawford was given a large batch of out of date photography paper. He generously gave some of it to over 50 artists.

Some more info on project here

The work was shown at-

Revela T, Barcelona, Spain.
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Schaelpic Photokunstbar, Cologne, Germany.

 

 


 

SURFACE AND LIGHT

An exhibition by E5 Process Collective

Archive Gallery, London.

 

 


 

SKIN MASK

Handmade mask, made out of pig skin by Andre McClane.

Lith print from a glass wet plate negative

 

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Lith print on Ilford warmtone from a wet plate (whole plate). 40cm lens f4.1 mounted on 10 x 8 MPP, 3 seconds

 

 


 

An INTERVIEW for the London Alternative Photography Collective Pinhole Photography Exhibition at Doomed Gallery

Pinhole - Indian Ocean, Mocambique.
Pinhole – Indian Ocean, Mocambique.

 


 

LIGHT LEAK

Lith print from a light leaked negative.

 

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WET PLATE

The Wet Plate collodion process is an early photographic process which involves the use of a glass or metal plate sensitised by placing it in a bath of Silver Nitrate and then exposing the plate while it is still wet.

Glass plates can be used to make enlargements. The prints on paper have been lith developed.

 

 


 

CYANOTYPE PRINTING

The cyanotype photographic process results in permanent photographic images in an elegant assortment of blue values.

The English scientist and astronomer Sir John Herschel discovered the process in 1842, a mere three years after the ”official” announcement of the discovery of photography. Herschel is the same gentleman who coined the words “positive and negative”, “photograph” and “snapshot”.

One of the first people to put the cyanotype process to use was Anna Atkins (1799-1871), who in October 1843 became the first person to produce a photographically illustrated book using cyanotypes.

The process was also used extensively for copying architectural plans until it was made obsolete by photocopying and computer printers. This is where we get the phrase ”Blueprint” from.

The final size of the image is dictated by the size of the negative. A print is produced by contact printing directly from an object or photographic negative.

Watercolour paper is impregnated with 2 coats of an iron based solution. Once dry the negative is placed on top and exposed to the sun or an ultraviolet light . The iron reacts and turns the paper a rich blue color. Washing the print in water fixes the image and makes it permanent.

The extent of color change is dependent on the ratios of the different chemicals used and amount of UV light passing through the object or negative. This results in every image being a unique print.

 


 

FRAGMENTS FROM THE LAKE OF DREAMS

KULUNGWANA gallery, Maputo, Mozambique. 9 – 24 June, 2011.

The work shown in “Fragments from the Lake of Dreams” was produced in ongoing experiments with pinhole and alternative photography techniques. Work shown included a selection of personal colour pinhole photographs and black and white pinhole images from workshops as part of KULUNGWANA outreach program with Escola Primária Completa 25 de Junho.

During the opening night, alongside performances by dancers/musicians/circus performers, there was a workshop where guests were invited to make a photogram of their hands and share a dream. The “Dream Hands” were left in situ as part of the exhibition.

Link to gallery from opening night

Fragmentos do Lago dos Sonhos

 

Boabab
Boabab

 

Ilha de Moçambique
Ilha de Moçambique

 

Maputo Boat
Maputo Boat

 

Ocean
Ocean

 

Wave
Wave

 

Pinhole, 35mm, Cape of Good Hope

 

 


 

IDEAL ABOVE
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Maputo Building Adverts (1 of 16)

Maputo Building Adverts (6 of 16)

Maputo Building Adverts (14 of 16)

Maputo Building Adverts (16 of 16)

 


 

FACSIMILE

Natural History Museum, Maputo, Mocambique.

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CYCLES

Documentation of the nightly migration of Long-tailed Fruit Bat, Notopteris macdonaldi in Fiji.
Exhibited in the Fiji Art Council Annual Exhibition, Suva, Viti Levu.

 

 


 

TABLES

A selection of images from a six month sharing of a visual diary of the tables two artists sat at. One Scottish one Romanian.
Link to a tables book

 


 

FROM THE SKY

South Africa-2South Africa-4South Africa-7South Africa-12South Africa-18

 


 

TRAVEL

Gatherings Pro Life Rally 7

Industrial and Commercial 6

Landscapes 6

Photo Oppertunity8

Photography 4

Public Art 2

Street Scene 9

Street Scenes 3

 


 

TRACES

A selection of images from a project documenting the traces we leave behind everyday.

Link to traces book

Spa Valley train, Tunbridge Wells, England

 

Avesbury tree, England

 

Goldsmith University, London

 

Central London bus stop

 

 


 

WHISPER

Video projection.
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Whisper

 


 

Stills from video of self-projection back into slide-show of images from childhood.

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