you get those jokes about the good news and the bad news. this post is one of those in relation to unlocked - the photo exhibition we are planning in ealing.
the good news is we have managed to raise over three thousand pounds towards the total of 5.5k. one member of the photo group secured two thousand pounds sponsorship from fujifilm which is amazing!
the bad news is that ealing council have not yet backed the project. this is slightly exasperating as to become a crowdfunding project they have to approve it so you jump through quite a few hoops. so you assume this means they have decided they will back it to some degree. but apparently this may not be the case. we still wait to see... and meantime we have to go ahead and arrange people to do the installation and printing so have given ourselves a deadline of the end of july which will be make or break. we have also applied to a couple of other local foundations/trusts too. but again not sure we will hear in time. so it's squeaky bum time for sure.
so send a prayer up for us! and if you want to back a local photography project of course we'd love you to - you can do so through the crowdfunding page. money will only get taken at the end if we reach our target. it's weird for me because this is not my usual thing so i have not raised for arts projects n this way.
i am part of a local photography group. as a group we have planned an exhibition as part of BEAT 2021. given all the uncertainties due to covid we had been exploring outdoor options for exhibiting and through a series of connections have ended up with ealing police station agreeing we can use the front of their building as a canvas for our next exhibition! it is huge so will have quite an impact. the exhibition is called ‘UNLOCKED – looking back, looking forward’ and is a reflection on the strange times we find ourselves in, the things we have noticed over the past year and our hopes for the future.
of course it is going to be more costly to pull off so we are in the process of raising funds for it. on contacting ealing council they now have their own crowdfunding page for community initiatives and projects and steered us in that direction. as part of that they will consider backing a project but like to see a group raising funds and demonstrating commitment themselves. so whilst we hadn't anticipated it this means we have ended up with a local crowdfunding page for unlocked. if you'd like to support the group then you can pledge here. we are 10% of the way there at the time of writing this post.
welcome to the world olivia wren baker b. june 2 2021. there were some very excited big sisters. it was a joy to be called in the middle of the night to look after flo and thea while olivia was born. she is granddaughter no 3. joy! there are a few photos here
the national trust have a blossom watch day encouraging you to find a tree (or more) and take some photos and enjoy the wonder that is blossom. And tag your photos with #blossomwatch so I thought I'd join in... a few photos here
flo, one of my granddaughters loves taking my camera and taking photos. the camera is huge and very heavy so it's quite impressive to be able to use it even. she is 5. last week we met up outside at prospect wood and she took a lot of photos which i have put into an album - flo's debut. i love the way you get a child's eye view of things - looking up. it reminded me of alec soth's exhibition at brighton biennial a few years back where he was not granted a work visa so his daughter (i think) took the photos he exhibited.
about a year ago i backed a kickstarter. it took a while due to various lockdown challenges but finally the aerial a1 tent from opeongo.camp arrived. it suspends between two trees and whilst it looks hammock like it has two straps which mean it is very stable by comparison. it happened to be the coldest night for a long time so was glad i had got the underquilt with it! it's perfect for prospect wood as we have so many straight conifers and not a lot of flat floor space that is bramble free.
congrats to stephen radley on his unsung hero award for amateur photography 2021. he runs regular workshops and retreats on the theme of contemplative photography and mindfulness which he developed since leaving the military 5 years ago. i titled the post when two worlds collide because i am a photographer and part of what i like about photography is that it helps me notice and pay attention similar to what stephen describes - that's one world. the other world is pioneering and stephen attended the make good week we run a few years back to develop his idea for what has become soulful vision. it's exciting to see how it has developed. he has written a piece about it over on the pioneer blog.
yes literally! the first day of the year was spent at the wood and the latest addition to go with the pirate ship is a swing for the grandkids (though as you can see it is adult friendly too!). it seems to have worked quite well - i decided to use hammock straps to suspend it. so far so good...
our friends have got an owl nesting box so we hope that owls like ot and come to nest there this year which would be exciting.
and latest wooodland toy is a char cloth tin which was fun to try out - it makes char cloth from cotton to use as firestarters in case you wondered.
perfect way to start the year - just hoping that we can share it with more people later this year...
jen and i cycled in on what turned out to be a wet and windy evening to go round the nine elms advent trail. it's quite a big area and due to building work not straightforward to work out where you are going so it is quite a trail. we probably managed half of it but enjoyed it and hope to go back. it's outdoors so it's socially distanced and all that. our walk was punctured by news that christmas in london is under tier 4 so it means our plans to see family and grandkids are scuppered - feels like a depressed london today. i definitely feel in need of a bit of light in the darkness. big thanks to betsy and others who put this together.
i have added a photo album here - as ever in the dark i had to work quote hard to get anything like a half decent photo but i do quite like that challenge.
i am a member of london independent photography (lip) and every year there is an exhbition. well this year unsurprisingly an actual exhibition was difficult so it was decided to curate one online lip chronicles: life under lockdown. it went live today for one month only. the more permanent record will be in a printed newspaper which is only £5 and you can order here. i am delighted to have have two photos in the exhibition in the nature section. i am sure we will look back in years to come at images like this and find it quite extraordinary.
if you are on instagram the images are gradually being posted on @lipchronicles
a friend in the local photography group i am part of, edmond terakopian is one of the organisers of an inspired project to raise funds for MSF's covid 19 relief fund. it's a a print auction of 66 prints by 42 photographers worldwide. the auction runs from now until 15 november and you can browse the catalogue and place bids here.
whilst in the COVID 19 pandemic lockdown, a concerned group of 17 photographers, members of the eyewitness collective, dispersed across several continents, came up with an idea: to collect a series of prints by members and by selected invited photographers, in order to raise funds for the battle against this awful pandemic. they have been overjoyed by the feedback and thrilled that so many photographers have donated their beautiful prints.
photo: pc mckinley by dave sinclair
over the past several months, they have secured a selection of 66 photographs. among the more notable are an image by magnum photos' legendary photographer ian berry from his iconic series the english, an image by the renowned vietnam war photographer tim page, an image by the celebrated photojournalist tom stoddart from the sudan, the fall of the berlin wall by the prominent photojournalist paul lowe, timeless fine art prints by the creative yoshie nishikawa, as well as several celebrity portraits by the likes of mark harrison, jason bell, nicky johnston and clive arrowsmith, to name just a few.
more info is on the press release which you can download here.
it amuses me looking at this that at first glance now it looks like it says "come as a stranger with fosters" - why would you do that? it's such a terrible drink! anyway that aside this week's reflection from cathy on john taylor
Don't you feel like that in these days? We are living in the world but not as we know it. What are we learning in these times? Sometimes I do feel like a stranger in these times and maybe that's good. On good days this can heighten our awareness, sharpen our senses, alert us to things we haven't noticed before, draw us into a solidarity with others. We are learning again how to live in a world where fear, inequalities and injustice have been highlighted. We are also learning that we can be good, we can practise altruism and volunteering is good for us. Taylor's insight also reminds me of some lines from the T S Eliot poem Little Gidding where we are encouraged to explore:
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
book still available with discount code:MISSION2020