I rarely explain the inspiration for an image as I prefer the viewer to give an image their own meaning, but since I had to give explaination for the final round of judging for Landscape photographter of the year 2011, here goes. The title of this image (Don’t Tell The Tree’s) refers to a song (Whispering Grass) covered by Don Estelle and Windsor Davies back in 75. I was 7 at the time and can remember sitting on my Dads Knee watching It Aint Half Hot Mum, which is where this song version came from. 37 years on it inspired this image. For the younger spectators who don’t know the song, you can watch the video below. In this instance it is the blabbering camera not the trees.
Good news today, I was informed I had been short listed for Landscape Photographer of the Year 2011. Nice title and a nice £10,000 to go with it, here’s hoping. Living the view was the title of the brief. Two of my images short listed certainly show life in the landscape, in fact they could be showing life being created in the landscape.
I have just added a new ltd edition print to Sheridan Gallery. The new print is entitled Hang On. I have noticed that a lot of my work has evoked thoughts of ageing, mortality and just how tenuous life really is. At 43 I hope I have a good few years left in me yet. I have produced work concerned with ageing for the past 10 years, again not deliberately, but the images jump out at me (I hope its not the grim reaper telling me something). This image tells me that everyone the apple grew up with has gone, but still it hangs on, cold, lonely and out of place. This could lead me to deliberate whether we can live too long, but not on this occasion. Twenty minutes after photographing the apple it had fallen from the tree, had its purpose not been to be eaten like all the rest, but to create a piece of art, to be immortalised in print. Is it strange to feel for a single piece of fruit.
My work was lucky enough to be chosen for the 2011 Royal Photographic Societies International touring exhibition and published in the February RPS journal. The first showing of the Exhibition is from the 3rd-27th of Feb, at the Smethwick Photographic Society, Oldbury, W Mids B69 2AS. The exhibition will be opened by the RPS President Rosemary Wilman Hon FRPS. on the 10th Feb. My image is the bottom left.
A little over a year ago, soon after moving to North Wales, a number of artists, myself included, formed a co-operative and opened a gallery in Prestatyn.The gallery (Oriel Scala) is attached to the Scala cinema and art centre, all twenty odd artists man the gallery on a rota basis. Today is my turn hence this blog. If your ever in the North Wales vicinity pop in and say hello the artist who is manning. The artist range from potters to photographers and are all extremely talented. Picture taken with iphone.