Notes at the beginning of the year

January 06, 2019  •  2 Comments

Happy New Year! I hope that you had a lovely Christmas break! I know I'm a bit behind everyone else with my review of the year but I thought I'd give it a go anyway. 2018 marked 5 years since I went freelance full-time and I feel like I turned a bit of a corner, so it makes sense to take a moment to look back. Rather than month by month I'll group things together so you can scroll down to the bits that interest you most!

Commissions

I worked on some really interesting commissions this year, including photographing events and scenes at the newly refurbished Gunnersbury Park Museum, working with Kids in Museums on their annual Takeover Day, capturing services of businesses such as ICEX and Snap Dragon, continuing to work with Contemporary Applied Arts gallery, the Garden Media Guild and The English Garden Magazine at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. It was quite a busy year for 'shoots that are restricted or I can't share yet', which made blogging difficult (or provided convenient excuses for when I fell behind in blogging, depending on how you look at it).

Gunnersbury Park and MuseumGunnersbury Park and MuseumGunnersbury Park in autumn. Gunnersbury Park and MuseumGunnersbury Park and MuseumGunnersbury Park and Museum Winter Fair

Gunnersbury Park Museum

 

Takeover DayTakeover DayKids in Museums Takeover Day at Burgh House and Hampstead Museum, 23 November 2018

Kids in Museums Takeover Day at Burgh House and Hampstead Museum

 

Still Lifes at CAAStill Lifes at CAAStill Lifes at CAA Adi Toch's lamp with Edges for CAAAdi Toch's lamp with Edges for CAAAdi Toch's lamp with Edges, in her studio. Photo by Jayne Lloyd for Contemporary Applied Arts as part of the Echoes of Process exhibition, 2018. Julian Stair speaks at the Matthew Warner: Social Objects Private ViewJulian Stair speaks at the Matthew Warner: Social Objects Private ViewMatthew Warner: Social Objects Private View at Contemporary Applied Arts, London, 7 February 2018.

Contemporary Applied Arts gallery

 

The Garden Media Guild Awards 2018The Garden Media Guild Awards 2018Reportage photography of the Garden Media Guild Awards at the Savoy Hotel, London, photography by Jayne Lloyd. Alan Titchmarsh, Sophie Raworth and Tamsin Westhorpe at The Garden Media Guild Awards 2018Alan Titchmarsh, Sophie Raworth and Tamsin Westhorpe at The Garden Media Guild Awards 2018Reportage photography of the Garden Media Guild Awards at the Savoy Hotel, London, photography by Jayne Lloyd.

Garden Media Guild Awards

 

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for The English Garden magazine. RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for The English Garden magazine.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show for The English Garden Magazine

Projects

I continued to photograph strange things I see as I'm walking around and launched Issue 02 of Amass Zine at the Chelmsford Arts Trail. Copies of Amass were bought by people all around the world (Australia, America, the UK, Spain, New Zealand, Canada, Thailand), so that's pretty exciting. Issue 01 and 02 are both still available on Etsy if you'd like one. I also exhibited images from 'Home/Work', my project about people who work from home, in the Chelmsford Arts Trail, which was great. 

I started photographing things outside my house from within my house and had fun doing it.

I took a disposable camera to Walton-on-the-Naze for a day trip.

I shot a little series of images on my cups and mugs, and what each one is used for.

Incongruous. Amass zine 02Incongruous. Amass zine 02Incongruous. Amass zine 02 - foldy zine by Jayne Lloyd Jayne Lloyd at Chelmsford Art TrailJayne Lloyd at Chelmsford Art TrailHome/Work displayed in Pitman Training Chelmsford for the Chelmsford Art Trail 2018 View from the window as seasons changeView from the window as seasons change Falling SnowFalling SnowFalling snow in front of trees

Kino AmusementsKino AmusementsFrom a day out with a disposable camera My weekend coffee cupMy weekend coffee cup

 

Shutter Hub

As you probably know, I'm a project manager at Shutter Hub, and 2018 was a brilliant year for us - I recommend reading all about the incredible things we got up to on the blog here, but briefly, we exhibited in Cambridge, London (3 times), Tel Aviv, Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie in France and Amsterdam. We launched a new website (which I helped project manage) and I was lucky to travel to France and Amsterdam to help with the openings and take pictures. There are loads of exciting things coming up so make sure you are signed up to the newsletter (or better yet, become a member) to get involved.

Shutter Hub OPEN 2018 PVShutter Hub OPEN 2018 PVThe Shutter Hub OPEN 2018 Private View, 11 Dray Walk, The Old Truman Brewery, London. Supported by The Newspaper Club, Dalstons, Struo Studios and Dorsett City London. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd. Shutter Hub OPEN 2018 PVShutter Hub OPEN 2018 PVThe Shutter Hub OPEN 2018 Private View, 11 Dray Walk, The Old Truman Brewery, London. Supported by The Newspaper Club, Dalstons, Struo Studios and Dorsett City London. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd.

The Shutter Hub OPEN at the Old Truman Brewery, London

 

Shutter Hub OPEN 2018 AmsterdamShutter Hub OPEN 2018 AmsterdamShutter Hub OPEN 2018 Amsterdam at 5&33 Gallery. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd Shutter Hub OPEN 2018 AmsterdamShutter Hub OPEN 2018 AmsterdamShutter Hub OPEN 2018 Amsterdam at 5&33 Gallery. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd

The Shutter Hub OPEN encore at 5&33 Gallery, Amsterdam

BORDERS Private ViewBORDERS Private ViewShutter Hub BORDERS exhibition private view at the Bridewell Theatre Bar Gallery. BORDERS Private ViewBORDERS Private ViewShutter Hub BORDERS exhibition private view at the Bridewell Theatre Bar Gallery.

Borders at Bridewell Theatre

Shutter Hub at Festival Pil'oursShutter Hub at Festival Pil'oursShutter Hub at Festival Pil'ours, Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, France Shutter Hub at Festival Pil'oursShutter Hub at Festival Pil'oursShutter Hub at Festival Pil'ours, Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, France Because We Can at Festival Pil'Ours, Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie

Teaching

I was part of the 2018 teaching team at Accumulate, where I worked with homeless young people learning photography - you can read all about my experience here.

A rare photo of me, by Nico Froehlich 

 

Travel

I had a brilliant year of travel in 2018. As well as the Shutter Hub work trips Tim and I went on some really great holidays. I started blogging about them in case the info was useful for anyone thinking of doing similar trips, but as that was for my own interest and I got really busy at work they've taken a while to go live. You can read about Dubrovnik, Mostar and Sarajevo, and the rest will follow. In the meantime here's a visual list of where we went:

Off Thistle Street, EdinburghOff Thistle Street, EdinburghPink paint splashed over a wall and two dining chairs, in a backstreet off Thistle Street, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Edinburgh

View across the Old Town, DubrovnikView across the Old Town, DubrovnikView across the Old Town from the City Walls, Dubrovnik Old Town, Croatia Hotel viewHotel viewHotel window view with mop and dishcloths on clothesline, Prijeko Palace Dubrovnik Palace Dubrovnik

 

Don't ForgetDon't ForgetOld Town, Mostar, with Stari Most in the background Mostar

 

View across the Miljacka riverView across the Miljacka riverSarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina Trebević Cable CarTrebević Cable CarSarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina Sarajevo Olympic Bobsleigh and Luge TrackSarajevo Olympic Bobsleigh and Luge TrackTrebević mountain, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina Sarajevo

 

ZagrebZagreb

Zagreb

TriesteTrieste

Trieste

WarsawWarsaw WarsawWarsaw WarsawWarsaw

Warsaw

Malbork CastleMalbork Castle SopotSopot

Gdansk (though these shots are of Malbork and Sopot)

 

KrakowKrakow

Krakow

 

PraguePrague

Prague

 

Český KrumlovČeský Krumlov

Český KrumlovČeský Krumlov

Český Krumlov

 

Gigs

I didn't go to as many gigs as I would have liked in 2018, mainly because I'm terrible at listening to new music and most of the bands I listen to are from the 90s, however, I had one of the best weeks ever when I managed to see A Perfect Circle at Brixton and Nine Inch Nails at both Festival Hall and the Royal Albert Hall within about 8 days. If you ever get chance to see a band you like at Festival Hall do it - the sound is incredible! I wasn't sure about having to sit (and being on the balcony - tickets were pretty limited) but everyone ended up standing anyway, we could see really well and the sound really was the best I've experienced. 

Ghostwood Shanks, the band Tim is a member of, had a great year too, with some excellent gigs and a new EP. Looking forward to seeing what 2019 brings for them. 

A Perfect Circle at the Brixton AcademyA Perfect Circle at the Brixton Academy Ghostwood ShanksGhostwood ShanksGhostwood Shanks' EP Launch at Bassment Bar, Chelmsford, 21 September 2018

Things I found useful/inspiring

I need to read more this year, but I enjoyed:

For fun: The Summer Book by Tove Jansson, which was really nice to read on train/bus journeys, when I wasn't staring out of the window

For business: Profit First by Mike Michaelowick - I wish I'd read this when I first went freelance, it would have made things a lot easier. It's a really simple but super-effective system for managing your money when your work means that you get paid in quite a random and varied way. I started doing it in October and it's made me feel much more in control. Even if you're not freelance it's a great system for managing your bill payments and putting money aside properly.

Photobooks

I need to read more PhotoBooks this year too, but last year I read and enjoyed:

Merrie Albion by Simon Roberts (published by Dewi Lewis) - read my review here.

ObjectImage by Sarah Tulloch (published by Daylight Books) - read my review here.

The Portraits by John Myers (published by RRB PhotoBooks) - read my review here.
 

Exhibitions

In many ways sharing these is a bit pointless, because they are finished now and you can't go and see them, but you can read about them online if they're of interest!

Instant Stories. Wim Wenders Polaroids at The Photographers’ Gallery in London

Andreas Gursky exhibition at the Hayward Gallery

Frida Kahlo: Making Herself up at the V&A (and the new Photography Centre, with which I'm looking forward to seeing how things progress)

And of course, all the Shutter Hub exhibitions.

Instant Stories. Wim Wenders Polaroids at The Photographers’ Gallery in LondonInstant Stories. Wim Wenders Polaroids at The Photographers’ Gallery in London Andreas Gursky exhibition at the Hayward GalleryAndreas Gursky exhibition at the Hayward Gallery

TV shows/Movies

I'm going to log these better this year because I love when people recommend good shows/films and I'm having trouble remembering the best things we watched last year. All I can remember right now is:

I loved Mozart in the Jungle on Amazon Prime and was sad that last year's series was the last one.

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency on Netflix, 

The End of the F***ing World on Netflix

Killing Eve on BBC iPlayer

The series of The Young Offenders was brilliant, and the Christmas special too. I think I mentioned previously on the blog that I wasn't sure about watching the film because I was worried from the cover that it would be a series making fun of people, but it's not at all - it is really funny but kind and thoughtful.

Tim discovered Man V Film on You Tube and we've had some really great recommendations for movies from that - each month Graham does a video of his top ten movies on Amazon and Netflix (there are UK and US versions) and we've watched a lot of really good films we might not otherwise have known about thanks to this.
 

Sounds

I got a bit more into podcasts last year after listening to Jessica McDermott's excellent Scenario at the end of 2017. In 2018 my favourite was The Adam Buxton Podcast (I now can't see any reference to the Economist without bursting into song though).

A Perfect Circle released Eat the Elephant, which was great.

Nine Inch Nails released Bad Witch, which was a grower (as intended) and was even better after seeing live.

I also enjoyed wandering around London with the Killing Eve soundtrack in my ears - seemed to add a touch of glamour and mystery to the journey in some way (thankfully without the assassinations, though).

 

Resolutions

As always, I made vague resolutions that I knew I wouldn't keep but making them made me more likely to at least try doing them for a bit, which is better than nothing. How did I get on with them?

Be more focused, more organised: I was really organised in getting the actual work done, but as things got really busy at the end of the year I lost track of all the other things that go along with that - blogging, stopping my inbox from getting so full it gets confusing, marketing myself, tidying my office. I'll have another crack at this one this year.

Be a bit better: Read more, see more, learn more started well but drifted off a bit as things got busy. I saw a lot more of the world, which was brilliant, so I feel very happy about that. I started well with Duolingo French but had to delete the app to make more room for photos of my phone and that was the end of that. Again, this is one I'll carry on with.

Some sort of journal: The 'visual journal' went completely out of the window (not literally), which I feel a bit disappointed by. Another year another attempt in a different way though - let's see what happens with a weekly sketchbook approach instead.

My 'visual journal' before I gave upMy 'visual journal' before I gave up

 

So that was a brief run-through of last year, and there's loads of stuff I missed but it gives you an overview! You can join me on Twitter or Instagram if you'd like to see snippets of my view of the world. I'm also trying to share a few Instagram Stories to show what I'm up to on a day-to-day basis. I've also got a newsletter you can sign up for - I'm trying to share useful tips and things in that so let me know if there's anything you'd like me to look at.

My Instagram grid - Jan 2018.My Instagram grid - Jan 2018.My Instagram grid - Jan 2018.

Have a great January - I won't make any promises, but I'll try to be a better blogger!


Hi, I'm Jayne Lloyd, a professional photographer based in Essex. If you would like to speak to me about working together please don't hesitate to get in touch.


Comments

Jayne Lloyd
Thanks Karen! Onwards!
Karen Harvey(non-registered)
Hooray for end of year round ups, and double points for revisiting last years resolutions! Now, if you had only shown me your Christmas presents it would have been a hat-trick! Lovely to see all the brilliant work you've done this year, and the travel, and of course Shutter Hub. Onwards into 2019... towards the fondue yacht (cheese ferry)!
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