I will have some artwork at the Guerrilla Gallery event in Dundee on Friday the 29th April. I am exhibiting the photos I took on my ‘More than a Snapshot’ photography class. Read about this here. The work will be protected on a wall in the Tayside Recyclers building. I have had photos, illustrations and 3D artwork exhibited at the previous two Guerrilla Gallery events. One in the Hannah Maclure Centre Café at Abertay University and also a bigger event at a multi-storey car park in Dundee. The events always have lots on with music, dance and performances. Should be fun.
Today I am one of the featured artists on the Polkadot Punks Twitter and Facebook pages. They’ve edited the biography I sent them – I’m not on a photographic adventure. Having said that a photographic adventure does sound fun.
I’ve recently had my work accepted to the OurPlace@Streetland Exhibition as part of the Streetland Festival in Glasgow. The exhibition is organised by Polkadot Punks and I will be exhibiting 7 photographic prints of my 3D Graffiti. Other artist will also be exhibiting work based on the theme of Community, Place and Street. The festival runs from the 29 – 30th April in various venues in Glasgow with lots of events going on. More info here. A preview of one of the photographs is below.
A couple of weeks ago I took part in a photography class at the DCA in Dundee. The class was called ‘More Than a Snap Shot’. I took a black and white disposable camera and went around Dundee taking snaps. The goal of the class was to think about each shot you take and make the most of the disposable camera.
Following a specific route I was encouraged to look at the world differently and find things that you would normally walk by. It was a bright sunny day with brilliant shadows being cast. I saw this as a chance to take some abstract shots. Most of the class was spent in the dark room developing the photographs. This was my first formal photography lesson and working with the disposable certainly helped my understanding. The dark room, although complicated at first, was a great way to see your photos come to life. The processes took a while getting used to, but It was an enjoyable way to develop photos. Having used Photoshop and a digital camera for so long I decided that I needed some proper instruction and a chance to formally learn the craft of photography. Working in the dark room certainly gave me this opportunity. Having a digital camera and a copy of Photoshop makes it too easy just to point and click. Although time intensive, knowing that you have a limited amount of film and a limited amount of time to process the images certainly makes you think before you just start snapping. I expect to see a massive improvement in my photographs from now on as I will take the approach of thinking about the shot and taking ‘More Than a Snap Shot’. Yes the title of the class was well names.
Soon I will have some more photos developed that I’ve taken with my lomography camera. They’ll be posted up here as soon as they’re ready. Until then a selection of the photos I had developed from the class are below.
The Forest cafe in Edinburgh is in threat of closure and having a series of gigs to raise some funds. The event is called Roofraiser and 10 posters designs were chosen to promote the gigs. An image of mine has been chosen and is currently posted around the Forest Cafe. There has also been a small magazine created by Dundee based art collective Yuk n Yum to promote the event. The gigs are being curated with mp3 download site tentracks. They have chosen my image for their blog post on Roofraiser. Cool!!!!
Last week I received some excellent news. I have been selected to exhibit some work inthe Without Boarders Exhibition at The Point in Eastleigh this summer. The exhibition is from May 6th to July 28th. I am exhibiting some Prints of 3D Graffiti and a trio of custom made toys. More info on The Point here.