April was a pretty excellent month - I was travelling for half of it! I did do some work too (and I seemed to adopt a '4 camera minimum' whilst on my travels, which is probably a bit odd), but here are some highlights:
Contemporary Applied Arts (CAA) launched a new special exhibition in April - Bloomin' Jewels: The blossoming of the floral in contemporary jewellery, guest curated by Corinne Julius. It was wonderful to photograph some of the work featured in the exhibition, and to capture the opening night too. There are some really stunning pieces on display so highly recommend a visit - if you haven't been before it's just by Tate Modern.
(Images, L-R: Hans Stofer, Enzian; Rie Taniguchi, Pika; Sonia Cheadle, Summer brooch)
I photographed the Business Woman's Network's April meeting with speaker Keith Grinsted, who spoke about how to get the most from LinkedIn. It was very informative and full of great opportunities.
I had another session helping a client digitise slides for lectures. She is now all set up for her upcoming lectures with PowerPoints and slide lists, and I had another dose of inspiration!
Great news for Shutter Hub as we were awarded the the UK Blog Award's 'Best Photography Blog'!
I joined the Shutter Hub team on a trip to Hunstanton where we had some time to concentrate of work and planning. We squeezed in a bit of photography and some exploring too of course. Lots of exciting things on the way - check out shutterhub.org.uk to see what we're up to and join in on the current calls for entries for the OPEN and Artificial Things!
If you haven't already, you can also check out my opinion piece on the value of photography.
This month Tim and I had a sort-of belated honeymoon and went to Venice, Rome and Reykjavik (we came home in between to pack for the totally different climate!). We had an amazing time and saw some awesome things. I will do proper posts about these soon (I have a LOT of photos to process!), but here are a few shots in the meantime!
(Full disclosure - it didn't look this bright to the naked eye - it was incredible, but a lot more subtle. The long exposure needed to capture it made it a lot clearer on camera)
While we were in Reykjavik we went to the National Museum of Iceland, which was excellent and filled with lots of displays all about the history of Iceland, but there were also two photographic exhibitions which I really enjoyed.
Steinholt by Christopher Taylor explored memories connected with Steinholt (the house Taylor's wife's grandparents built in 1929) in rich, striking black-and-white images. I think it particularly appealed to me having photographed the house my own grandad designed.
Grímsey by Cole Barash captured the people, landscapes and details of the island of Grímsey in rich colour and gave a wonderful insight into the community. I particularly liked the details of everyday life as that's so often what I'm drawn to myself.
Tim and I also went to see the BP Portrait Award 2016 which is on display at Firstsite in Colchester at the moment. We enjoyed the variety of work but my favourites were Falk by David von Bassewitz and Stanley on a Painter's Rag by Keith Robinson:
The journal-of-sorts has been on a bit of a hiatus as I fell so behind while I was away. I'm catching up/starting up again from this weekend though so check back next time...
...While we're on checking back, I said last month to check back to see if I acted on my note to self to EXPERIMENT MORE - I think I've started off fairly well but there's a way to go. I mixed things up with photographs on holiday and I'm planning on doing something a bit different for the Shutter Hub exhibitions.
That should do for now, but you can join me on Twitter or Instagram if you'd like to see snippets of my view of the world - there's quite a bit of seaside at the moment. I'm also trying to share a few Instagram Stories.
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