Ley selected by Emma Bowkett and Zelda Cheatle for Salon/21 at Photofusion
3 Space International House,
6 Canterbury Crescent,
The exhibition, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Photofusion, opens on 13 July.
Force Fields shortlisted for Siena Creative Photo Awards 2021
Force Fields has been shortlisted for the Siena Creative Photo Awards 2021. Occult forces of nature are evoked in antique magic lantern slides of British landscapes. Ethereal energy fields appear to be emanating like auras from trees and rocks. These picturesque views are seemingly inhabited by psychic phenomena. The products of once frozen photographic moments are enlivened through air and moisture into a process of transformation. Decay and disintegration merge with the image on the glass, forming patterns shaped like roots, leaves and ectoplasmic fissures, reclaiming the mechanical capture to become a sensory language that is used to describe a newly imagined and haunted landscape. Some of the marks appear corrosive pointing to an intrusion or imbalance with the natural world alluding to our environmentally challenged existence.
Julia Margaret Cameron Award 2021, Culture and Daily Life Series, Honourable Mention
Natural Magic has received 2021 Pollux Awards, Still Life Series, Second Place
2021 Julia Margaret Cameron, Still Life Series, Honourable Mention
2020 International Photo Awards, Fine Art: Still Life Series, Honourable Mention
Photographing in a time of pandemic. Surrounded by uncertainty, I sought comfort from new rituals using ancient magic. In these rites of photographic evocation, I explore objects and materials attributed with the power to protect the body, the house, and the family, from invisible dangers. I decided to suspend a veil in front of the objects as a visual metaphor for the mysterious division which separates the esoteric realm beyond the actual. An ethereal impression of the objects is created as the veil moves, shields, and interacts with the light. The real and the imagined become blurred, giving a benign sense of solace.
Shutter Hub have selected my work to feature in their current exhibition POSTCARDS FROM GREAT BRITAIN The largescale project invites photographers to share their visions of British culture through photographic images and create conversations and exchange.
Pop-up exhibitions are being held in locations across Europe, showcasing thousands of postcard-sized images. In a significant time in European history this project sets out to document and share aspects of British culture, spanning all genres of photography, and collating images which include social, political, historical, traditional and observational responses.
Thanks to Shutter Hub member Orande Mensink and her neighbour Madeleine Hoogestegeer, POSTCARDS FROM GREAT BRITAIN has popped up for the second time in the Dutch city of Bergen op Zoom, and will be on display until 20 April 2021, at Bredasestraat 14.
The World Within: Photo works realised during the lockdown in Europe (March to June 2020)
The book reveals the exceptional work created by photographers confined in Europe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hangar Photo Art Center launched a photographic mission to the artists: present their vision of “the world within” through a positive lens, bursting the quarantine universe.
With nearly 600 images and some special pages dedicated to the 27 laureates, the publication reveals the different views of each of the photographers: personal and sensible approaches that show how creativity, empathy, love, reflection, sense of humour, and the inspiration of nature were part of their lives at this particular time. The World Within includes an image from my Natural Magic series, Sum of All.
This book, a visual trace of a historical moment, will be released by Hangar Photo Art Center during the PhotoBrussels Festival 05 “The World Within” in November 2020.
The International Photography Awards is delighted to announce the category winners and finalists in its 2020 Photography Competition. My series Natural Magic has been awarded an Honourable mention in the Fine Art, Still Life category.
In the series Betwixt, children interact with projected archival images, merging history with the present moment. The slides, like magic, lay claim to another reality, time and place. Here, in this liminal state, the photograph acts as a space of becoming, in which meaning can be made or explored. Through the children’s interactions once frozen moments are developed into new narratives. The work combines optical devices, analogue processes and copper toning of the fibre-based prints to enhance temporal ambiguity.
St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery
New Street, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 9BH
Starts: September 11 – 10:00am
Ends: January 9 – 4:00pm
This autumn sees the opening of a unique exhibition celebrating seasonal change as portrayed by British artists over the last 100 years. The seasonal cycle has long been a source of inspiration for artists, writers and musicians but in recent times our mainly urban and digitally-focused society has become increasingly remote from the natural rhythms of the year.
At a time when nature is threatened by climate change, pollution, development and declining fertility this exhibition serves as a timely reminder of the joys and critical importance of nature’s cycle. It will also resonate with those for whom lockdown provided an unexpected opportunity to connect once again with the onset of spring.
Drawn from private and public collections including Tate, British Council and the UK Government Art Collection the exhibition explores changes in the landscape, plants that leaf, flower and fruit at particular times, wildlife that is prominent in different seasons, customs and folklore, the farming calendar, weather and gardens. It also touches on the way changes in farming practices, urban development and climate change are affecting how we experience seasonality today.
New dates for the exhibition Postcards from Great Britain
Postcards from Great Britain is a largescale project from Shutter Hub. In a significant time in European history this project sets out to document and share aspects of British culture, spanning all genres of photography, and collating images which include social, political, historical, traditional and observational responses.
05 March – 20 May 2020 / Hotel Lion d’Or, Haarlem, The Netherlands.
Cancelled / Eurovision 2020, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Cancelled / ViZit, Ghent, Belgium.
Cancelled / DFDS Seaways, Newcastle to IJmuiden crossing, The North Sea.
06 July – 24 August 2020 / Bredasestraat 14, Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands.
01 July – 01 September 2020 / Les Alizes, St Gilles Croix de Vie, France.
Date TBC / FujiFilm HQ, Tilburg, The Netherlands
Date TBC / Copenhagen Photography Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Date TBC / 5&33 Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Rift series shortlisted for Siena Creative Photo Awards 2020
The Julia Margaret Cameron Award juried by Elizabeth Avedon has awarded Honorable Mentions for my work in two categories – Still Life Series of magical objects from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, and the Documentary and Reportage Series exploring Westminster scenes during Brexit negotiations.
F.Stop magazine are featuring two of my images from the Scry series in their online group exhibition Past/Present.
Scry is inspired by the ancient Greek and Roman practice of oomancy used to discover hidden knowledge or future events. The technique is a form of scrying, which involves pouring an egg white into a glass of water, then observing the results illuminated by candlelight. In a mild self-induced trance gazing beyond the translucent surface, recognisable shapes and forms can appear to which the scryer can ascribe meaning to the past, present or future.
Postcards from Great Britain launches in Haarlem on 05 March 2020
Postcards from Great Britain is a largescale project from Shutter Hub. In a significant time in European history this project sets out to document and share aspects of British culture, spanning all genres of photography, and collating images which include social, political, historical, traditional and observational responses. The exhibition includes three of my images including one of the ancient alligator at Crystal Palace park.
Enchanted Environments Exhibition
29 February – 11 April
The Art House, Castle Street, University of Worcester. The exhibition includes works by Clive Hicks-Jenkins, Folklore Tapes, Eleanor Mulhearn and many more… My work Numinous is projected and displayed on a banner,
14-16 Faraday St, Manchester M1 1BE
Sat, 1 Feb, 13:00 – Sun, 2 Feb, 03:30
The Manchester Folk Horror Festival returns for a third year, calling out to those brave souls blessed and able enough to know folk horror when they see it. This year, the umbrella widens into further reaches of esoterica, as we consider our ‘Invisible Neighbours’ and pay heed to hitherto ‘Hidden Devotions’. A broad animism can be observed within the boundaries of our experience—culturally, socially, biologically and imaginally.
With 2020 comes a new sensibility; the conclusion, that the super-normal is in fact entering our every day lives. From 80’s pop singers acting as the vessel for oracular wisdom, to statues of Moloch in the Vatican, to the obscure traditions of spirit propitiation on the banks of the Ribble, we now sit cheek to jowl with the liminal.
Artists have been approached who look to evoke to one degree or another, something of the incomprehensible consciousness, of that which is supposed without perception. Artists and contributors include COMMON EIDER KING, Mark Pilkington AKA THOUGHT UNIVERSE, SPIRITUALIST CHURCH///Symphony, TARAS BULBA, ROTTEN BLISS, WATERFLOWER is artist Sabine Moore’s audiovisual performance project, CHELSEA HARE, ECKA MORDECAI, THE FATES Led by Manchester punk icon Una Baines, THE BEGOTTEN, EMILY OLDFIELD, FLANGE CIRCUS, PHIL LEGARD, SARA HANNANT, CHRISTOPHER JOSIFFE and STRANGER THAN LIFE DRAWING with BECCA SMITH
5 December – 28 February 2020
Free Space Project
Kentish Town Health Centre
2 Bartholomew Road
Shutter Hub have teamed up with Free Space Project to bring EVERYDAY DELIGHT – an exhibition all about looking for the joy in the small things, finding the magic in what might at first appear mundane, and discovering the beauty in the everyday.It’s there, but you might not always be able to see it.In a world where we seem to have more to worry about every day it’s not always easy to find the positive view, but Shutter Hub are hoping that this collaboration with Free Space Project, and the collation of over 100 images, will give viewers something to think about and to focus on temporarily, and perhaps to come away seeing things differently.
Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming
Sustain advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, promote equity and enrich society and culture. The cover images were taken by Sara Hannant from her exhibitions Harvest for Health commissioned by Sustain in 2006 and Bread Street in 2004. Both exhibitions were supported by the Arts Council and Soil Association.
Limited edition prints by Sara Hannant are available at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic
Seven different photographic prints of magical objects from Of Shadows are available in limited editions of 50. The photographs are 10 x 10 inches, printed on Fuji Archive Crystal Paper and signed and numbered by the artist. Prints can be purchased at the museum and at their online shop