It’s always a treat when I can be involved in a body of work over a long period of time, seeing its progression and printing the resulting exhibition.
I’ve worked with Damien Wootten for many years now — nine, in fact. During that time, he’s visited several North East locations repeatedly for the last eight years to form the series, Coastal Retreats.
Mainly working in and around Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Damien’s immersion in the area really shines through.
As he describes:
“At times everyone needs somewhere to retreat to, and I’m sure — like many — my destination seems to be the coast, and being a photographer it seems inevitable that I take my camera with me. I’m very familiar with the North East coast of England and parts of it are deserted, wild and beautiful — but it is the more ordinary, everyday and less attractive areas that interest me more photographically.”
“I have never questioned too deeply why I have chosen these locations to work in and accepted it as an impulse and a need. Hopefully these images have something more to give than just to show the surface of things and offer something worthwhile and contemplative to say about our place within our landscape. These coastal areas seem to symbolise that – where the man-made reaches the edge of things. This is where the natural environment takes over, restraining human encroachment.”
I love the Northernness of ‘Coastal Retreats’, a feeling that I’m sure prevails as a result of Damien living in the area along with his seemingly unconditional persistence!
Anyone who lives in the wild and woolly North East will know exactly what it feels like to stand in many of the scenes Damien’s captured, not least a biting one such as this:
Printing this series has been a true pleasure — I hope all those who manage to see the show between 12th October and 2nd February at the Woodhorn Museum in Northumberland enjoy it as much as I have.
The photographs are all 40x40cm Archival Pigment Prints on 60x60cm Museo Silver Rag 300gsm using HP Vivera Pigment Ink.
This year, the Bupa Great North Run was a two-pronged affair for me…
Best known for her eye-catching designs for the likes of the V&A, Nike, Moët & Chandon and Topshop, Daisy created a series of portraits in her distinctive colourful style for the commission, entitled Run Colour Run.
“What I saw when I went to the Great North Run was there were a lot of people, it was very visual. I went around with my camera and I took photos of anyone I thought looked interesting. So, I’ve taken pictures of a whole range of people – not just the athletes and participants, but the hospitality staff, security, the Red Arrows, event organisers, people with their families, kids cheering on their dads, people in costumes, different characters that stood out to me. A lot of these will show up in my portraits.”
From her Paris studio, Daisy discusses the project further:
Recently, top international athletes Ryan Bailey and Josh Cassidy came face-to-face with their portraits, now showing at the Laing Art Gallery here in Newcastle upon Tyne:
Once again, I’m proud to have made the high resolution scan in preparation for the production of the latest twenty metre banner adorning BALTIC’s quayside wall.
As you will see, this is a particularly satisfying outcome when seeing the tiny size of the original artwork…!
I can thoroughly recommend making the time to see George Shaw’s The Sly and Unseen Day exhibition at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.
Stunning paintings made with good ol’ Humbrol (yes, Humbrol!). Over to the man himself…
George Shaw’s exhibition opens this week as part of the Spring 2011 programme at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.
The show, entitled “The Sly and Unseen Day”, runs until 15th May.
I’m proud to have worked on another of the huge 20 metre banners hanging on the wall of this vast building. As before, I made a high resolution scan of the 5×4″ transparency documenting the original painting and optimised the file ready for output at such a size…