Just a quick heads up to say I’ve launched a new Custom ICC Colour profiling service for photographers who do their own printing. If you’d like more info please pop over to the new site for the service, http://www.customprofiles.co.uk and remember to add it to your bookmarks for whenever you need to get the best out of your printer/paper combination.
For the past 2 years I’ve been working on a new body of work about the woods next to my house. The resulting images have allowed me to explore how we relate to the abandoned rural landscape in Britain today. Formally a quarry, the woods have been left to grow unchecked for at least the past 30 years, and the result is a complicated mix of thick forest and sparse areas of quarried land. Here is a sneak preview of the work, more of which will be shown this saturday at my talk at The Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester.
For anyone in Manchester, I’m giving a talk at the Whitworth Art Gallery again this Saturday as part of their Alternative Camera Club program. For those who met me there in late January it’ll be pretty much the same run through of my work but I am in the midst of editing my latest piece on a forest, so that may make a showing…
Anyway, I think the schedule has me talking from 10.30am and if you come along please feel free to ask lots of questions, it makes the whole experience a lot more interactive!
More information can be found courtesy of the Whitworth Adult Programme
I’ve been very honoured recently to have been included in the 2nd Singapore International Photography Festival exhibiting my Thames Town work alongside the works of 47 other photographers from around the globe.
From the SIPF website: “The 2nd SIPF continues its purpose to unearth new works and talents while incorporating the theme, Human : Nature, to address the universal concerns of the world. There is a duality in this theme and it can be freely interpreted either as ‘Human Nature’ or ‘Human & Nature’; the colon representing a relationship or a balanced ratio between the words. This is an ambitious call for creative interpretation based on the theme, yet, the 550 works from 48 photographers from 23 countries selected by the four festival curators Ark Fongsmut, Bridget Tracy Tan, Chow Chee Yong and Yasufumi Nakamori, continue to inspire the photography community and elevates the understanding of photography.”
In another piece of great news my friend David Axelbank pointed out yesterday that I had won in the UK category of this year’s Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward 2010, which I’d managed to miss in my inbox! This is great news and I’m honoured to join a long list of friends from both previous years and this year who have also been winners in this great search for new talent.
Must say a congratulations to Adam Dean who is another of the ex-Dalian crowd, and Liz Hingley and Kurt Tong who I met at last year’s Rhubarb International Review and are both doing fantastic work. Also there are two photographers I know from my Newport days in the Honourable Mentions, Stephen Kelly who is an incredibly talented award winning documentary photographer and likewise Dominic Hawgood who is an amazing portrait photographer who has previously shown work in the National Portrait Gallery. Interestingly there are quite a few names familiar from last year’s Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed show at the Photographer’s Gallery that I was involved in so congratulations to all of them.
The book of all the winners and honourable mentions is available now from Magenta at their website
I’m really pleased to announce that my work has been included in the latest issue of Portfolio Catalogue. This is amazing news for me. Back in about 1999 or 2000 my then tutor Dick Brownridge held up Portfolio as where to look for what is happening in contemporary photography so to have my own work featuring a decade later is an honour indeed. If you have never come across this title before, you really need to have a look. It’s subscription and also available from exclusive bookshops and galleries in London. The Photographer’s Gallery bookshop is the place I would go for it but don’t take your credit card -their range of books is fantastic and I can’t leave without spending more than i should!
The issue features work by some really great photographers alongside myself, notably Nadav Kander, Edward Burtynsky, Ed Kashi, Guy Tillim, IIan Godfrey, Teresa Eng, Dana Popa and essays by David Bate, Simon Baker, Francis Hodgson, Michael J Watts and Kobena Mercer.
To get the issue straight from Portfolio or to subscibe, visit their website. Issue #51 with my work is listed here
I know it’s been quiet here for a while now but over the past few months I’ve had some great success with the Thames Town work starting off with Lucy Davies of the Telegraph running the work as a feature in the Sunday Telegraph magazine, Seven on 28th February. It was an interesting edit actually which included a not seen before portrait I made of one of the security guards in his Buckingham palace inspired uniform.
My Thames Town work is this week featured on the newly formed ShutterSpark website. Shutterspark was, “created to showcase the work of budding photographers to both the public and potential employers alike, shutterspark blog gives photography BA and MA graduates the best opportunity to promote their work.”
Please visit ShutterSpark now and have a look, there is some awesome work being displayed at the moment and if you graduated within the past few years, it is well worth submitting work of your own whilst the site is growing in popularity.
Came across this test for your colour vision on the X-rite site today -seen it before but thought I would post my results. Could do better but not horrible I suppose.
You can find the test on the X-rite website here
Well I have had an interesting week of it with trips back and forth to the Photographer’s Gallery in London. “The reason?”, I hear you ask… Well I have been part of a group exhibition showcasing who they deemed the most interesting graduates from the past 12 months on British photographic courses (I know, my MA was in China but it was run through the University of Bolton). 23 of us showed work and it was a varied mix of styles. It was interesting to see the work I was doing in China in the light of what other courses had been producing, including Goldsmiths, the RCA and LCC, all courses I hold in high regard. Overall I am chuffed to bits to have been included and more importantly my work held its own there. I will try and get hold of an image of the work in situ to add here when I go for the VIP reception tomorrow night.
There is also a mini site that will be up for a year promoting the work in the show so go and have a look at the variety of work for yourselves.
Deep Sleep is, in the words of it’s creators, “…a quarterly online photography magazine founded by and featuring work from a small group of contributors who share the same office space in Shoreditch, East London. Each issue (published in February, May, August and November) will be on a specific theme and guest contributors are also invited to submit a set of images based on that theme.”
Well their theme for issue two was Alien and as such they are featuring my work from Thames Town, which is jolly nice of them (too much Blackadder goes Forth means the word ‘jolly’ must make an appearence).
You can see the whole issue here: Deep Sleep
Tim Clark over at 1000 Words has featured my Thames Town work on his blog a little while back so please go over there and check out the blog. It is by far one of the more interesting blogs showcasing and reviewing contemporary photography online.
So, I know it has been soooooooo long since I posted anything at all here but this is just a note to say I am back in business, yeah baby yeah!
I feel a bit like at school having to explain why my homework is late butseeing as I am currently dogless I have little excuse, except I have not had access to a scanner and a photography blog with no photos just isn’t the same…
Anyway, I’ve been working on a few personal projects recently all concerning our relationship to the land in one form or another, details will be posted on here soon I’ll post a bit later on different developments in the past 5 months, there have been a few interesting ones! But for now I will leave you with a recent image…
Just a quick note really to make sure people are aware that I have given my website a complete overhaul. More changes are yet to come but for now have a look over on http://davewyatt.com and let me know what you think.
Well, I have been back in the UK for 2 weeks today and am finally over the jet lag and getting around to starting new projects over here. I will post a bit later about the successes and failures of the final book output of the landscape of leisure series which arrived here just before I did. The final 2 copies are long gone off to China now but I have images to post to compare the dust jacket versions to the image wrap version and have some comments to make concerning the whole process with using Blurb.com.
I have a couple of projects which I am just starting to research/shoot now. One is very simple and concerns the recession currently underway in the UK and will feature the empty shells of former high street stores. Not sure if to confine it to just Woolworths, or just one town or to make it a more general thing yet. Will have to start shooting something this week and see what comes of it.
The other project which I am researching now in order to try and get some funding is concerning light pollution. This piece will be shot on the Mendip Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK but lesser known than places such as the Lake District and Snowdonia despite having a host of attractions unique to the South West. Purely for selfish reasons i’m trying to take my time researching this because at the moment it is ridiculously cold at night up in the hills, not quite as bad as Dalian but still colder than I would like!
The light was fantastic today so I went and shot in the more open side of the zoo again to make decent images of the viewing platforms and enclosures. I am not worried about using these for my project at the moment, more just trying to get as many of the things I want shot done before I leave China in a couple of weeks.
I will post some images shortly but the biggest highlight was watching the zebra. Think I may be loosing the plot a bit cos I was stood waiting for a groundskeeper to move so I could shoot the enclosure and daydreaming of midgets riding zebras in a cavalry charge.
Oh, and I came across what I believe was some Emu. Never seen them up so close before and didn’t automatically recognise them without Rod Hull’s arm being elbow deep in one’s rear end… Weird thing that caught my attention with them though was the sound they make, much like someone banging a bongo type drum!
Shot the rest of the viewing structures including the ones I did a few weeks ago that inspired this concept, despite having to make a dash through the gates to stop a suicidal emu following me into the hyena and wolf area. One of the Hyena’s was on heat as well and so they were all very boisterous today. Made it round to the bear enclosure just as the light was disappearing and so the colours were all pastel hues but could only make some images because the main thoroughfare to the lions had been sealed off since my last visit.
I woke up this morning and it was heavy snow coming down outside. Everything was really dull out light wise so didn’t make it outside to shoot but managed a few images when the sun came out briefly around half ten. First time I have shot digital since June as well. Resorted to it cos I have a 90mm equivalent on it so it allows a bit more fun with composition from my towerblock window…
Oh god it was cold yesterday, but unfortuately I didn’t realise this until I was standing in the wind with my tripod set up in Labour Park. Well, the wind had hinted at it earlier when I was shooting some billboards with images of trees set up in front of actual trees but the realisation that a hoodie was not going to be enough to keep me from freezing was quickly setting in 30 mins later as I focused on the vents and sky lights of an underground market seen from the grounds of Labour park.
Image wise I basically spent a couple of hours wandering around the north and west sides of the park that I have not really visited before and focused on the little hints of man and the efforts at hiding the controlling elements within the park. Interestingly came across a make shift home presumably again for homeless immigrant workers built behind some bill boards but nobody was home so could not get any portraits.
Finished off by shooting a little in the now empty amusement park, specifically the rollercoaster and a tree in front of it. If I get a chance to go back here and the guy who was either the supervisor/watchman or someone trying to rob the place blind (could have gone either way to be honest) is not about I will hop the fence and shoot some more interesting images of the rollercoaster not in use.
Decided one last trip to the botanical gardens was in order after the light had gone last time before I covered the remaining exercise spaces so braved the gloomy looking sky (reminded me of English weather actually when I was actually there).
Turned out to be a wise move (isn’t being motivated to go and shoot always a good idea?) because I went to one space that had been occupied the past 2 trips and had one of the most interesting relationship between the trees and their adaption for use yet.
Made a point today to shoot images of the other parts of the park I found interesting as well including sie of the bank that supports the lake and the huge water pipes that are the output from the manholes I documented before here.
There is also an space here for an unknown game that is fenced off so managed a few frames of that although I have no idea what the game is at the moment.
Sadly I think my career as a celebrity in the park is over because bar a nod and Ni hao from the guys following me about last time as they passed me by I was left to my own devices for the afternoon. I feel strangely D-list and washed up now… !
After shooting a lot on Monday I intended to take it easy today and just shoot the wave defenses in Xinghai but the light was interesting and I felt like a hill so decided to stop putting off my Tai Shan visit. Turns out I should have come here in the summer really when there may have been a chance of getting some light on the North side but oh well, the dim light adds to the eerie feeling on the North side where I found broken down walls and buildings that are perfect fodder for me at the moment. If I get a chance with decent weather again (it is a few days later now and snowing heavily outside…) I’ll try and spend a day wandering through the woods both sides of the hill exploring whilst making new images. Near the top you get a spectacular view North over the vast identical housing blocks with the new high rise buildings to the rear. Had an interesting experience yet again when making images of this actually. Heard a rumble and the screech of brakes behind me and turned to see 2 army jeeps with soldiers pouring out. Obviously my heart sank a little and i was quickly working out what I had shot that may be deemed inappropriate that day (nothing came or comes to mind!) so thought I was all good even though I knew I didn’t have all my papers on me. Turns out they seemed to be escorting some officers who were going to watch the sunset at the top together… while the rest just stayed down with me at a lower level viewing spot. Despite us not speaking the same language they seemed nice, with some old man pointing at me and shouting various things a lot while talking with them that included the words foreigner, England and stop, but they were absolutely pissing themselves at this slightly senile old guy which was a huge relief. They even had a play with the camera while I was pointing out and trying to explain I was waiting for the tram to go through the frame…
The other interesting part of the day was on the way down the hill I found a small area set up presumably by an immigrant worker as a makeshift shelter. The light was failing fast so shot a roll or so around the scene to add to a growing collection I have of these from around the parks so will see how they turn out. Also should try to make time to go and hotograph the roads around the base of the hill because they are so very different than the more modern sanitised Dalian with overcrowding and power lines and pipes above the streets and generally looking more like most would assume China to look.