Deptford X & other buses

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Since Lockdown work has been like buses, nothing for ages and then 3 projects at once. I always love Deptford X Festival as it interacts with my local community, but it was a lot of work this year because all work had to be outdoors. Artists had to find their own outdoor spaces, and I was walking down Deptford High Street in the pouring rain one day, and knocked on the door of a new bar (many places were still closed at this stage of lockdown). The venue (Badger Badger) were very hospitable and have allowed me to hang my work outside , and in the windows, and on the roof !

Now more than ever I see the value of physical art in a physical space like a street, and one that isn’t just a ticketed ‘art prison’.

My “Day 59” exhibition includes images from my Lockdown Diary in Cyanotype (book still in production!) and more responses to my thoughts on historic plagues. My work will come down at about 10pm on Sunday 18th July.

The opening event I held was online due to restrictions but it was quite a happening ! I gave a talk and demo but I then wanted to discuss pandemics in general , and we looked at the historic Plague Doctor. Having engaged the services of actor Ian Crosson, I was able to get a real Plague Doctor to join the Zoom and read my script that was based on my historic and scientific research.

I have my 1st in-person Cyanotype Workshop of the year planned on Friday 23rd July in Woolwich. Only £15 and a great opportunity to make some lovely blueprints in the midday sunlight. I am also planning a Process-A-Film Workshop for Fri 13 August – I am not sure if there will be interest in that but it can certainly save you a lot of money in the lab !

The other new project I am working on involves more mermaids – watch this space !

Stuck at Home

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Lockdown is rubbish for us photographers, we can’t go out and take photographs. We can play with what we’ve already got.

As part of our Juggernauts “The Diary is empty” Instagram project, I revisited these test strips (well squares) that I made for my liquid emulsion piece “Invisible Walls”. We are trapped behind more than just ‘invisible’ walls right now, it feels poignant. I started playing with these test pieces and with sunlight, sunlight is a great resource that comes free! I wrote and recorded the soundtrack on my iPhone. It expresses the unreal atmosphere of the new world we find ourselves in.

Let me know what you think. I’ve had good feedback from this little video, surprisingly. I think moving images is a great medium for the current time, it’s a longer format for those moments of boredom. Plus film can be immersive and escapist. Its comes easy to me as I began life working in film & TV, I might do some more experimenting.