Degree Show

UOGShow2017Invitation

If you would like to see my images of Birnbeck Pier, the Preview for the Univerisity of Gloucestershire Degree Show is on Friday 2Nd June, 6 – 9pm at the Hardwick Campus, St Pauls Road, Cheltenham, GL50 4BS.

The Degree Show will be open daily from the 3rd – 16th June 2017, 10 -4pm/

Advertisements

Dean Lane

Shooting with my fav Black and White film, Graff and writings at the Deaner. So first you need a brief bit of history.

Dame Emily Park aka Dean Lane Skatepark was a place no sane person would enter unless you were skateboarding, sniffing glue or writing your name on one of the walls, back in the 1980’s. The Deaner is/was a ‘Hall of Fame‘, where many of the Bristol & Kingswood Graffiti Crew’s would produce productions, taking out whole walls, the rules were simple if you couldn’t better or burn a piece, don’t bother painting over it…

..by any means necessary (Stole the photo from Lokey, see more on his Flickr) painted by Pert, Kato, Shok1, Kilo, Skore, Daz, Infoe (R.I.P.), Verse, Tes

2057441087_8f89655d5c_b

Its also the place where Banksy first met the Dry Bred’z Crew or DBZ (and Yes its BRED’Z not Breadz as some may suggest)  The members were (I know I’m going to a miss a few people out, so will amend once I speak to Lokey) Vers, Tez, Lokey, Justa, Kato, Pert, Nach, Soker, Sorse, Shimz, Bush and Banksy

Now the deaner doesn’t get any huge productions anymore since the factory walls came down, and the Skate area of the park has been updated and modernised, so the wall space has changed a fair amount over the years.  My reasons for choosing Black and White film are simple, sometimes Graffiti, when it’s photographed in monochrome, can give a different feeling and change how the piece appears. I hope these images give you a sense of 1980’s Dean Lane…

Kineta Hill

Kineta Hill

Kineta Hill

Kineta Hill

Kineta Hill

 

 

 

Romany WG – Jeremy Gibbs

First and foremost Mr Gibbs is a Film Editor, he worked on one of my favourite films, Dune(1984), as well as Enemy at the Gates(2001) and Property of the State (2016) to name a few.

Gibbs’ is known throughout the world for his photography and has six photo books to his name, the latest being ‘ALL IS NOT LOST‘ which feature’s Models in abandoned buildings.

His underground legendary Urbex status was confirmed when he published a collective book, ‘Beauty in Decay’, in which 49 international Urbex photographers show the best of their work. He followed this with ‘Out of Sight’ which displays a collection of his most beautiful images of street art found in abandoned places across Europe. ‘Altered Images’ focuses on emerging contemporary artists working at the cutting edge of post-production image creativity today and ‘Burn After Reading’ showcases the very best street art and graffiti. His latest book was “Beauty in Decay ll’ a follow up to the first volume with 192 pages of his own photographs.

ALL IS NOT LOST has been five years in the making and elevates Romany WG’s work to a new level.

book-cover-19mm-170gsm-3-600x600-1

dsc_3137-best-10

g-10mm-all-is-not-lost-26042016-single-pages_page_17

xxxxxxxxxxx-1

To purchase photo books by Romany WG click here. To see more of  Romany WG’s work see Facebook and Flickr.

Britain in Focus: A Photographic History – Exhibition

Britain in Focus: A Photographic History, in partnership with BBC Four, explores the changing ways we share and consume photographs, from the rapid technological progress of the 19th century to today’s selfies on social media.

millgirlsincurlerselland1965johnbulmer

The exhibition opens on 17th March 2017 at The National Media Museum, Bradford, Yorkshire and runs until 25 June. There is also a special free event on the 16th March called ‘The Representation of Photography on Television‘ In conversation with Anne McNeill, director of Bradford’s Impressions Gallery, photographers Eamonn McCabe and John Bulmer will discuss the challenges of representing photography on television.

And while your there, why not check out ‘Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography

Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography – Exhibition

Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography  Exhibition runs from 17 March – 25 June 2017 at The National Media Museum.

community-2001-linda-pearson

Poetics of Light is the European premiere of an exhibition of original prints of pinhole photography from around the world. The images were collected by Eric Renner and Nancy Spencer in San Lorenzo, USA over the last 30 years, revealing an alternate version of reality and a visual form of poetry.

BBC Four photography season

BBC Four’s Photography Season kicks off tonight with the start of a 3 part series called ‘Britain in Focus: A Photographic History‘.

Eamonn McCabe celebrates Britain’s greatest photographers, sees how science allowed their art to develop, and explores how they have captured our changing lives and country.

Throughout this three-part documentary series, Eamonn sees how the art form has developed, examining some of the unforgettable images from pioneers of British photography, including Julia Margaret Cameron, Fay Godwin, Cecil Beaton, Christina Broom, John Bulmer and Vanley Burke. From the first ‘big bangs’ of photographic development and early technology, through to the impact that captured images had on the development of journalism, photography emerged as both an art form and a tool for reflecting and recording the world around us.

Next up, we have ‘The Man Who Shot Tutankhamun‘ Margaret Mountford travels to Egypt’s Valley of the Kings to discover the story of an unsung hero of British photography – Harry Burton, the man whose images of the Tutankhamun excavation created a global sensation in the 1920s.

What Do Artists Do All Day? Photographer Dougie Wallace’s eye-catching images capture life on the streets of Knightsbridge and Chelsea in all its blinged-up glory – from women dripping in diamonds and designer shopping bags, to men cruising around in gold-plated Lamborghinis.

This film follows Wallace as he finishes Harrodsburg, an acclaimed photography series documenting the super-rich in one of the UK’s most wealthy and exclusive postcodes.

‘Smile! The Nation’s Family Album’ From the first family holidays captured on Kodachrome to fond memories of waiting for the prints to arrive, from the father who photographed his son every day to a couple’s touching love affair chronicled in pictures, the film offers a revealing portrait how of we have documented our changing lives.

‘On Camera: Photographers at the BBC’  this programme reveals the working practices, lives and opinions of some of the greatest photographers of the last 60 years. From Norman Parkinson to David Bailey, Eve Arnold to Jane Bown, Henri Cartier-Bresson to Martin Parr, for decades the BBC has drawn our attention to the creators of what has become the most ubiquitous contemporary art form. Pioneering BBC programmes like Arena, Monitor and Omnibus have given unique insights into the careers of photographies leading practitioners. Through a selection of fascinating clips, this programme brings into focus the key genres – fashion, portraiture, documentary and landscape – and the characters behind the camera who have helped defined them.

Exist To Resist: Activism, History and Having It..

Matthew Smith (Mattko) has decided it’s time he did a photo book, one of which that highlights the social history of the UK, through very turbulent times, coming out of Thatcher’s Concervatitive era to that of John Major’s Concervatitive Government, Mayday 1997 saw a change a General Election, a new Prime Minister – Tony Blair a Labour Government…

Exist to Resist is a social history book of born out of a love for UK’s rave, sound system, and festival culture. It is a photographic celebration of community gathering and grass roots democratic activism in images made between 1989 and 1997.

Mattko Kickstarter Film from Mattko on Vimeo.

4f497bea2129c82cfa044801233d2dd8_original

ClownGirl Harvest Fayre Cilgerran Wales 94

After over a decade and a half of Conservative government a great culture of resistance and opposition had arisen and become embedded within British society. Acid house and rave served as the musical soundtrack that united all of those disparate sub-cultural tribes in one mission; to gather, dance and celebrate together for free.

I grew up through the 1980’s and 90’s, time’s were tough for people, the country was in a recession in both decades, high unemployment, but the one thing we did have, were Free Parties and Raves, a huge shift in the music scene, a change in fashion, people’s attitudes, this is what Matthew Smith has captured in his book, the elements of activism, music and gatherings.

Life now is all about Social Media, the Internet, Smart Phones, CCTV Camera’s, constantly being watched by the Government, tracked where ever you go… We have less FREEDOM!

Please go and support Matt’s Kickstarter, I have 🙂