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!
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).
Still Lifes at CAAStill Lifes at CAA Adi 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 ViewMatthew Warner: Social Objects Private View at Contemporary Applied Arts, London, 7 February 2018.
Contemporary Applied Arts gallery
The 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 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 2018. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for The English Garden magazine. RHS 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
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 02 - foldy zine by Jayne Lloyd Jayne Lloyd at Chelmsford Art TrailHome/Work displayed in Pitman Training Chelmsford for the Chelmsford Art Trail 2018 View from the window as seasons change Falling SnowFalling snow in front of trees
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 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 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 AmsterdamShutter Hub OPEN 2018 Amsterdam at 5&33 Gallery. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd Shutter Hub OPEN 2018 AmsterdamShutter Hub OPEN 2018 Amsterdam at 5&33 Gallery. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd
BORDERS Private ViewShutter Hub BORDERS exhibition private view at the Bridewell Theatre Bar Gallery. BORDERS Private ViewShutter Hub BORDERS exhibition private view at the Bridewell Theatre Bar Gallery.
Because We Can at Festival Pil'Ours, Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie
A rare photo of me, by Nico Froehlich
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:
View across the Old Town, DubrovnikView across the Old Town from the City Walls, Dubrovnik Old Town, Croatia Hotel viewHotel window view with mop and dishcloths on clothesline, Prijeko Palace Dubrovnik Palace Dubrovnik
View across the Miljacka riverSarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina Trebević Cable CarSarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina Sarajevo Olympic Bobsleigh and Luge TrackTrebević mountain, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina Sarajevo
Gdansk (though these shots are of Malbork and Sopot)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Have a great January - I won't make any promises, but I'll try to be a better blogger!
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