Cardiff photo workshop

Cardiff-Bay-107-years-difference

The Wales Millennium Centre, opened in 2004 and the Pierhead building, completed in 1897, Cardiff Bay.

A very short-notice photography opportunity turned up for me out of the blue a couple of weekends ago – a sequence of phone calls on Saturday evening led me the next morning to Cardiff Bay to stand in for a workshop leader from Photography Made Simple who’d been taken ill.

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Letter to an Unknown Soldier

Over the summer I worked on a WW1 Centenary Art Commission project called ‘Letter to an Unknown Soldier’ . It’s part of the 14-18-NOW  programme of activities and events and was inspired by the Charles Jagger statue at Paddington station of an unknown soldier reading a letter. The project was produced in association with Free Word and from June to August this year the writers/artists who had originated the project, Kate Pullinger and Neil Bartlett, were inviting everyone across the UK to write letters to the Unknown Soldier to create a new kind of war memorial – made only of words. Continue reading

Oporto photo shuffling

Porto montage 1Ten years ago, I was commissioned to create a poster to help mark the 20th anniversary of Bristol’s twinning with Oporto/Porto in Portugal – one of the nicest commissions I’ve ever been asked to do! I had proposed the idea to the Twinning Association way back in the 1980s and it lay dormant for a long time, but the anniversary provided an opportunity that I jumped at. Continue reading

Encounters Festival 2013 – Film Journalism Workshop

Just spent an intensely productive workshop week with a lovely team of aspiring young film journalists, photographers and filmmakers from Estonia, France and the UK at the wonderful Encounters Film Festival at Watershed and Arnolfini.

This was the second time this workshop has run at Encounters and I was involved last year too, but on this occasion we had added Europeans – thanks to a Youth in Action grant! Their mission was to cover all aspects of the Festival, from their own perspectives, through the production of 3 ‘dailies’ and a blog, all in English – I have huge admiration for Continue reading

Industrial photo excursions

I’ve always been drawn to industrial processes, if only visually – I’m partial to cogs and gearwheels, cranes and grids! (Margaret Bourke-White was an early influence.) So I’ve enjoyed a couple of visits with a camera recently to some gritty, grainy, slimy and atmospheric locations – a tannery using traditional methods to convert animal hides to leather, and Bristol Foundry where some plaster hands were transformed into aluminium sculptures to be inserted into decorative railings in Weston-super-Mare (the first stage of this process can be seen on this post). There are further photographs from both venues over on flickr (tannery and the foundry) but my relationship with this type of work goes back Continue reading

Wildlife Safari 2 – into the night

Local Journeys’ second Wildlife Safari (see previous post on the first one) took place in the Ham Green area on 31st August and proved to be very popular with families. As part of the Local Journeys team I’d helped with organising and documenting the event, as well as preparing some moths – they had to be warned that Continue reading

World of Small – Portishead

On a sweltering hot day in mid July, Local Journeys, with support from Avon Wildlife Trust, took 60 children plus teachers and helpers from Portishead Primary School on a visit of investigation and imagination to Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve. This was part of another World of Small project – a complete contrast to the first one in Pill during the November 2012 flooding! The bird hide made a pleasantly shady temporary sculpture studio, while pond-dipping and explorations around Continue reading

A return to the origins of photography

Cyanotypes and ‘plant diary’ on display at the Lamplighter’s Marsh Riverside Festival

Although I’ve been aware of the cyanotype process since college days I’d never actually made any work in this way until last month when, working as part of Local Journeys, we were asked to produce an intergenerational project in Shirehampton that related to the riverside nature reserve Lamplighter’s Marsh. The area is one of several that have been included in Bristol City Council’s Wild City project – encouraging local communities to Continue reading

Wildlife Safari 1

A Local Journeys bid to get kids involved and engaged with the great play and wildlife resource on their doorsteps – the fields, ponds and copses that surround our village. Understandably parents have concerns about their children being exposed to dangers but we’ve been hearing first hand from teachers and adults that many children have a real anxiety about ‘failing’, taking risks, getting dirty; all things that can help you learn how to become a fully functioning adult. Continue reading

Bristol Mayorwatch – part 2

A follow-on from the previous citizen journalism project covering the election process for Bristol’s new Mayor. This time we (myself working freelance for Watershed, and Ujima Radio) were working with a new team of young people who were enthusiastic about using radio and citizen journalism techniques to track developments in the City’s transport and economic development since George Ferguson won the election in November. The workshop programme also included coverage of the local elections. For more details see my ‘News from Elsewhere’ blog documenting the project. Continue reading