Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Shadows ...

I have noticed shadows creeping into a lot of my recent images...here are a few of them!

Monday, 30 January 2012

Shadows and Light

Taking inspiration from the amazing light that filters through the windows on the balcony at The Lawrence Batley Theatre I have become fascinated by shadows and beams of light which create ever changing patterns on the walls. Here are some experimental works in progress...

Looking Out The Window

Here is an image I captured of the Cellotape Babies looking out of the window at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, next to my studio space on the Balcony!

Sunday, 29 January 2012

The Lawrence Batley Theatre

As part of my artist residency at the Lawrence Batley Theatre I am currently exploring the Theatre through photography. Starting from the outside of the building, over the next few months I will be looking at structure, texture, shape, lighting, perspective, heritage, atmosphere and personality.... Here are a few images to begin with...

Sunrise and sunset...

Recently I have been capturing images first thing on a morning and last thing at night and have loved experimenting in the ever changing winter weather. Here are some of my favourtites!

Morning rainbow at Sheffield
A rainy start at Shepley
Sunset at Farnley Tyas
Sunset across Farnley Tyas

Beautiful Bunnies!

Here are my two beautiful house rabbits - Tiger and Dumpling. They are so adorable!


Monday, 23 January 2012

154 Documentary Shoot

I have been in Hoyland Library this afternoon photographing a workshop delivered by Anna Connor as part of the 154 project. During the workshop Anna Connor, Illustrator and Storyteller, was working with children from St Helen's Primary School to devise and illustrate their own short story book. The workshop was great fun and the children seemed to be really enjoying themselves. Here are some images I captured during the workshop, with more on the 154 Collective Blog.

Illustrating and discussing characters

Illustrating story ideas

Beyond the book shelves
It's great to see the children enjoying themselves!

Sunday, 22 January 2012

154 Concepts in Development

Here is a quick image created during a recent planning meeting for the 154 Project to test out some ideas. After having developed the concept further I am keen to produce many more in collaboration with artists from the 154 Collective, as we progress through the project...

154 Concept in Development

Barnsley In The Rain!

I have been exploring photographing with my iPhone in the rain and have discovered some intriguing results. Here are a few images I have captured in Barnsley as part of the 154 Collective.

Barnsley In The Rain
Caught in the rain
A Rainy Afternoon

Animation Project - Stocksbridge

I am thoroughly enjoying my time at Stocksbridge Nursery Infants School. The animation project is now well underway and the children are a joy to work with. Over the past few weeks, the children have been working extremely hard to build the sets, models and props. Here are some images of their progess plus more information here

The Set in the making!
The Spaghetti Van on Set!
Making the replacement scarecrows
Designing the Hills
Making The Trees
Replacement Hopping Rabbits!

Not long left ...

There is not long left until the end of the START! Exhibition at the Revive Gallery and Tapas Bar in Heckmondwike. I currently have four photographic works in the exhibition plus there are original works by other local artists. Pop along to the exhibition if you get a chance before the 10th February!

Open Gate - Photographic Composite Print, Open Edition

Ropes - Photographic Print, Open Edition

Shipley Swan - Photographic Print, Open Edition

Twist - Photographic Composite Print, Open Edition

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

The 154 Collective - exciting new work!

I have recently embarked on a new and very exciting project as part of the 154 Collective which will see me producing photographic and film based work to form part of the 154 Collective Exhibition starting in June 2012, at the Cooper Gallery in Barnsley, which will run for 3 months - very exciting!!  I have already begun capturing images throughout Barnsley Town Centre as a starting point for my ideas. Here are some images I have captured along with some inital composite designs... many more to follow!!

Empty Streets - iPhone Composite

Barnsley Indoor Market - iPhone Composite

Barnsley Market Montage - Captured and processed on the iPhone
Pigeons in the Market - captured on the iPhone
Beyond The Market - iPhone Image: Test frame for a time lapse sequence

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

The Spaghetti Tree

I have just begun delivering a very exciting animation project at Stocksbridge Nursery and Infants School in Sheffield where myself and a team of artists from Big Voice Media are supporting children produce a short animated film called " The Spaghetti Tree". The project is funded by First Light Movies and has been designed to give children leading roles in the production of their own film. Follow their progress on their blog, Stocksbridge Filmmakers to see their film unfold. Here are a few images of the children creating their storyboard.

Initial planning and ideas
Storyboard sketches
Designing the huge storyboard
Adding in the detail
Planning and drawing the factory scene

A visit to my workspace at the LBT

Last week I had the pleasure of being visited by a very enthusiastic photography student from Kirklees College who had asked if she could visit me at my workspace at the Lawrence Batley Theatre. Leanne is very enthusiastic about photography and came armed with questions about my experience as a professional photographer. I shared some insights into how I have created some of my recent pieces along with showing Leanne some of the more sophisticated functions on her camera. It was a real pleasure to meet such an enthusiastic student. Good luck with your course Leanne, and thanks for taking an interest in my work! Keep photographing at every opportunity!

Thanks to Anna Connor for capturing this image ...
Exploring the camera settings on Leanne's Camera

Plus here are two of Leanne's favourite images from my recent work.

"Huddersfield Town" - Limited Edition Giclee Print

"Station Art" - Limited Edition Photographic Print