Personal Practice

A selection of work from my Personal Practice –

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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.

 

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Gather in the Tower,

As I collapse into silver

Sonic Vigil: Breathing Space and e5process Collective.

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.

 

 


Obsolete and Discontinued

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

“Transformation”
Lith print from collodion glass plate.

 

 

 

 

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SURFACE AND LIGHT

An exhibition by E5 Process Collective

Archive Gallery, London.

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

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

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

 

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WET PLATE

The Eloquent Eye
The Eloquent Eye

 

Skate Park, Hackney, London
Skate Park, Hackney, London

 

Hand Tinted Tintype
Hand Tinted Tintype

 

Mermaid - Tintype
Mermaid – Tintype

 

Trees, Lower Clapton by the River Lea.
Trees, Lower Clapton by the River Lea.

 

Portrait - Tintype
Portrait – Tintype

 

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.

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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.

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PINHOLE PHOTOGRAPHY

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

 


Fragments from the Lake of Dreams

Showing at KULUNGWANA gallery, Maputo, Mozambique. 9 – 24 June.

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
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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)
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Natural History Museum, Maputo, Mocambique.

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Migration

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.

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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

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From the sky

From the sky
From the sky

 

South Africa-2

South Africa-4

South Africa-7

South Africa-12

South Africa-18

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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
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Traces

Spa Valley train, Tunbridge Wells, England

 

Avesbury tree, England

 

Goldsmith University, London

 

Central London bus stop

 

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

Link to traces book

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Whisper

 

Video projection.
2000

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Stills from video of self projection back into slide-show of images from childhood.
2000

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