The Exhibitionists present Photosoirée No. 4

Tonight we have a clash of Private Views, and we need to be in two places at once – the Garden Museum for the Curiosity Project and also the Shortwave Cafe at the Biscuit factory in Bermondsey, where I am exhibiting some of my photographs and cyanotypes (a moderneccentrics collaboration). We will be starting off at…

Show 2017: The RCA Graduate Exhibition

Yesterday, I headed down to the RCA’s Battersea campus, to catch the second part of this year’s graduate Degree Show. A huge show spread over 4 buildings, I started in the sculpture hall. Unlike the exhibition in Kensington, the departments are loosely combined in the hanging, with Print, Photography, Painting and Sculpture, all shown together….

Poppies (for Henry)

On the 22nd of May, Henry Wilson, the partner of my good friend Andy, was killed by a lorry minutes from his house whilst cycling to get a haircut. Henry was a photographer and textile designer, and such a kind soul. The reason I mention this tragic accident is that one example of his kindness…

Bouziès to Saint Cirq Lapopie

I am very lucky to have two dear friends, Penny and Annie, who live in the Lot. I try to visit at least once a year, if I can, as I am always made to feel so welcome and it is such a beautiful area of France. Last year I wrote about Scott Thornley’s exhibition of…

The Woods of Cawdor

These finished images are from a walk around the woods of Cawdor Castle with my friend James. It was a beautiful sunny Sunday morning at the end of March, you can see read and see more images from the whole trip here. The work continue my fascination with trees, woodlands and forests. There is a wonderful constantly changing…

Scotland in Spring

When the sun is out, which does happen occasionally, usually at the most unexpected times, nowhere is more beautiful than Scotland. The one thing you can really count on is the complete unpredictability of the weather. I have just returned from 6 days at home, and I was assured by my Mum that the weather…

Walhalla, Anselm Keifer at White Cube

Walhalla, Anselm Keifer at White Cube Sometimes trying to describe art is a self-defeating exercise, as it is the atmosphere and emotions created by experiencing the work that are key. If you are in London this weekend try and get to see this Anselm Keifer exhibition at the White Cube, Bermondsey. ‘Walhalla’, as the title suggests,…

Christmas Cards

For nearly a decade I’ve made my own Christmas cards. In this digital age, the act of actually printing an image and attaching it to a handmade card and then writing it and putting it in a post box may seem archaic, but I still think it is a great way to show that you…

The Daily Portrait

Back at the tail end of 2012, I decided to start a project with my new iPhone 5 (!) to test the camera. With the majority of us having smartphones, I felt there was no excuse not to utilise the cameras in our pockets, and the myriad of image apps available. I managed 142 portraits…

Speed of Light – Terence Donovan

Beginnings and endings, it’s funny how often they affect the way we think about what goes on in the middle. Very often though they have little relevance to what goes in-between. ‘Speed of Light’ is the first major retrospective of the work of Terence Donovan (though there was a show of his work ‘The Eye…

The Trip (A Collaboration and a Dream)

I’m not sure how this started, and yet here we are, already there. The beautiful scenery and the idyllic peacefulness. And yet… That state of relaxed contemplation remains just out of reach; something is out of kilter. I can feel it, unsettling the mood and putting us all on edge. None of us can put…

The Protea – beauty in death

We tend to keep flowers long after they’ve been at their best. I much prefer blooms when they are fading and loosing their petals, they’re far more interesting to photograph. The last time we bought Proteas, we kept them long after their prime and I’m so glad we did. The shell and seeds of this plant…