I’m entering a competition at lensculture and I’m thinking of entering a series rather than just a single picture.
So far I’ve got nine from various visits to the Sage, Gateshead. Another significant architectural and cultural landmark in the North East commissioned by Gateshead Council in their bid to use the arts as a regenerative force.
Internally there are areas that hark to the shape of ships and link with the use of Newcastle/Gateshead as an important port and ship building area.
I’ll be adding more to these as I decide which ones I want to use.
I’ve realised that it has been almost a year since I have been out with any camera other than the one on my phone.
It has also been a while, almost six months, since I seriously worked on any of my projects.
There have been personal reasons for this but I feel that I’m now on the other side of the worst of these problems and I’m now able to invest time back into my art/photography and other projects.
I’ve started having ideas for new projects whilst having thoughts of improving/advancing existing projects.
With this in mind I’m going to work through my image archive with a far more critical eye than previously, if an image doesn’t fit an idea either aesthetically of lyrically it will be archived on another storage device for future though/use (unless it is a complete bag of then it’s binned).
Projects I’m working on at the moment are:
Prayers of Steel
A collection of found photographs of The Angel of the North, with the words of the original posts on various social media sites included.
These are then transformed into various objects to showcase the position that the statue has gained in the psychogeography of the North of England.
In 2018 it is the 20th anniversary of the sculptures completion and I will be producing a book of these images to coincide with that anniversary.
This is a working title at the moment, the images are images of hot house plants in various botanical gardens in the temperate North struggling to escape their confinement with no consequence to their ultimate demise if they left that protected area.
Again another working title, looking at desire lines/paths in urban and rural areas, marked paths by humans and animals