so, as we start to say farewell to 2018 we are planning to move to our new home, a rather cute cottage with an adjoining studio and gallery space nesting in a stunning corner of Perthshire.
Glen Lyon was described by Sir Walter Scott as the “…longest, loneliest and loveliest glen in Scotland…”
the longest ?, well at 32 miles it may be. the loneliest ?, maybe once but there is quite a community settled along the river. as for the loveliest, definitely.
we plan to move down the Glen in early jan so once settled in we will be working on new projects and plan to open the gallery very soon. we will be found not far from the cafe and post office in Bridge of Balgie, a very popular rest stop for walkers and tourists and we are so thrilled to be joining this small community.
more news as plans come together but it’s looking quite exciting …..
winter is now very much here and with all this years exhibitions out of the way its time to work on personal work for next year, apart from taking part in a pop-up shop in crieff and the small matter of getting ready to move house and home. Looks like i will be busy.
the seasonal shop in crieff is a share with fellow photographers Jo and Karin, its a chance to offer existing works in an end of year sale so a few bargains to be found.
Karin being a rather fine animal photographer will be offering pet portraits at the shop whilst i will be offering some wet plate portrait sessions. details to follow. the event will run from sat 17th nov thru to sat 15th dec, open tues to sat each week.
.. and the house move, well a lot more to come on that when plans are finalised but its looking rather exciting. watch this space.
now in its 11th year Perthshire Open Studios continues to attract visitors from across Scotland. this year we are focussing on demonstrations and portraits in the wet plate collodion process. POS runs from 1st to 9th sept – www.perthshireopenstudios.com
… starts with the Fortingall Art summer exhibition, an annual showing of over 30 local artists.
this month i am working on a new series of wet plate works for fortingall art in july, more details published soon.
last month saw me working with Jo Cound and Jamie Grant to kick start The Silver Alchemy Collective with our first exhibition event, ‘A Portrait of an Artist’ project for Platform 18. the event ran from 24th to 31st March to showcase creativity across Perthshire and Kinross. silveralchemycollective.co.uk
‘The Art of Photography’ exhibition at Frames Gallery in Perth was open until early march. Primarily an exhibition of the work of Perthshire Photographic Society with guest photographers Simon Jauncey and myself. framesgallery.co.uk
my own works exhibited were a collection of framed wet plate negatives plus some Platinum/Palladium and VanDyke Brown prints.
january 2018 : work in progress this month for exhibitions in feb – Frames Gallery in Perth and march – Platform 18 so my current focus is new wet plates and alternative prints for sale.
new post – experiencing the rising of dawn of a new year at rannoch moor –
a new day to a new day to a new year
december 2017 :
In late November I had some wet plate negatives included in the magnus jackson exhibition in the perth museum and art gallery. since then i been fortunate to have worked with britonnie fletcher, one of the fellow ‘collodionists’ exhibiting work the same event (pure co incidence). i attended a platinum/palladium printing workshop at stills in edinburgh which was excellent so platinum/palladium printing will be my next main project, as soon as funds allow.
alongside fellow analogue photographers jo cound and jamie grant we have successfully reserved a place in next years platform event that showcases creativity across Perthshire. this is a 1 week event in march so we will all be working away in creating works for this event. details to follow soon..
this is traditionally a quiet time of year for paying work and our customer framing so a time to kick back and do some personal work alongside doing a few 1-2-1 training workshops.
we are blessed to live in a stunning part of the world with areas such as rannoch moor and glen coe in easy reach so i am currently planning some wet plate work in a few remote locations – working title is ‘the highlands’ which is awaiting cash, weather and time, same old story !!
and if that is not enough there is always some spare time to take advantage of the scottish highlands scenery and weather for some less alternative photography.
i will be sharing some of this work over the coming months.