Well it's been lovely seeing spring really starting to break through this month! March was another month filled with a mix of things, so here are a few highlights:
I've had a bit of a re-jig of the website: updated my portfolio, changed how things are organised etc. I'd be interested to know your thoughts on this and if there's anything you'd like to see more/less of.
I also set up my new monthly newsletter. I am aiming to share some useful information as well as letting people know what I'm up to, so I hope you might like to sign up, and again if you have any feedback on what you like/aren't so keen on it would be great to hear it!
I photographed one of the Chelmsford Breakfast Business Club's meetings for our promotional material. CBBC is a networking group I've been a member of for a while - a great group of people from a range of different industries. If you're interested in coming along you can find out more on the website: www.chelmsfordnetworking.co.uk
It was the Business Woman's Network's 8th birthday this month so there was a very busy meeting with speaker Annabel Kaye from KoffeeKlatch, which I photographed for them. There was also cake, which was delicious!
It was wonderful to see one of my shots from the session with The Bra Consultancy featured in the Chelmsford Weekly News. Check out the article here to learn more about the fantastic work they do with women looking for specialist bras following surgery.
I had a haircut so it seemed like a good time to take a more recent self portrait:
I continued my work helping a client digitise slides for lectures. I came away inspired yet again and determined to study art history a bit more. I'll let you know how that goes... I have an idea...
It was great to get fully involved in work with Shutter Hub this month. I visited the University of Northampton for a day of portfolio reviews with the second year students. It was a really interesting day seeing a wide range of work and I hope that I was able to provide useful advice for refining their selections.
Then later that week the Shutter Hub team all visited the Photographers' Gallery working with Accumul8 to help with portfolio reviews. Accumul8 is a social enterprise project that helps young, homeless people explore their creativity through a range of creative workshops, including photography, film making, creative writing and illustration, and it was great to be involved in helping the participants select which images to put into their upcoming exhibition at The Guardian in Kings Cross, and to enter for the opportunity to be awarded one of three scholarships to pay for opportunity to study on the one year creative and digital media course at Ravensbourne. Find out about the exhibition here: http://accumulate.org.uk/the-accumulate-exhibition/ and check out shutterhub.org.uk to see more of what we're up to - lots of exciting things to come!
I did a shoot for the Home/Work project with an artist I have known for a few years. Another very inspiring morning and what an incredible workspace! Really looking forward to sharing that on the blog soon.
The journal-of-sorts is continuing, though all the things I've stuck in mean it's become massive already and there's no way it's going to hold together for the whole year!
I finally managed to get to Tate Modern to see The Radical Eye and Wolfgang Tillmans 2017. I was nearby for a client meeting so thought I'd make good use of the rest of Saturday and see them both. I must get a National Art Pass, but as I hadn't at the time I took advantage of the combined ticket with free drink (I thought I'd add cake to really make it an extra big treat) - what a lovely idea!
The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection is a great opportunity to see photographs from the first half of the twentieth century in Sir Elton John's impressive collection. Seeing prints the of such iconic images as Man Ray's Glass Tears and Dorothea Lange's Migrant Mother is wonderful, and the way the work was grouped flowed really well. I particularly liked Irving Penn's Corner Portraits, and some of the collage pieces, and the video showing Sir Elton John in his apartment where the photographs are displayed was really lovely - it's great to see the joy that they bring him, and that they are looked at every day with real attention.
It's on until 21 May so visit if you can!
Wolfgang Tillmans 2017 was also excellent, and I enjoyed the way the work was presented, 'specially configured by Tillmans as a personal response to the present moment' - we had to look up, down, flick through books. Prints were many different sizes and on a variety of papers. Instead of having captions on the walls, each visitor was given a booklet, which I really enjoyed. Instead of doing the polite shuffling around the text we normally have to do you could read at your own pace. To be honest I looked a bit at the time but read it properly on the train home, when I could think a little more about it.
This runs until 11 June so do go see it!
In my notebook I wrote EXPERIMENT MORE! In big bold letters - both exhibitions made me feel this way. Check back next month to see if I acted on it.
I think that will do for now, but I am posting more regularly now, and you can join me on Twitter or Instagram if you'd like to see snippets of my view of the world - I'm still a bit obsessed with noticeboards that are no longer in use and walls being used as places people wipe their hands...