Deep snow , minus 20 temperatures, walking on frozen lakes. Moving to a studio with great view of lakes and forests and people passing down below. Daily log started.
July is Finland's holiday month. The weather was unusually hot. The lakes and forests were a joy to experience.
A series of work from this period to be exhibited locally soon.
Hoping to return to Finland soon to continue working on various series for exhibition there 2021.
Having visited several times during 2020, I was able to observe the admirable way Finland has been coping with the pandemic.
Unfortunately due to the current heath risk, we decided to postpone the exhibition.
The workshop(s) will be planned for a later date and will be designed to be outside most or all of the time.
We hope to see you when the show re-opens with various events included.
Please take care, be well and thank you for your understanding and continued interest!
Open House Afternoon 12-5pm. Here you will be able to see a selection of my work taken from a large on-going personal project observing nature in the city environments of Cambridge gardens and London’s Hampstead Heath.
Gallery 11 is on popular Norfolk Street, CB1 and due to the generosity of the owner the resident artists of Gallery 9 studios (right next door) were invited to curate regular exhibitions here too .
This is a perfect venue for my work.
"Being In Urban Nature" section of the show is a series of large colour landscape views of the Heath inspired by the paintings of Turner, Constable and 20thC American Pictorialism.
The Heath, one of the oldest areas of common landm has never been built on and is essentially a wild and untamed (until recent times) area including a deep forest of ancient trees, open meadows and ponds. The space draws people to it for many reasons. The work serves to illustrate the long standing English tradition of nurturing, protecting and enjoying these urban nature areas. London's particularly green city has many parks and squares especially designed to recreate the delights and qualities of the rural countryside 'rus in urbe' bringing enjoyment and health benefit to city dwellers.
In the "Mindful of Urban Nature" section there will free hanging prints and a zine/ artist's booklet to buy. This is a new series entitled "Rus in Urbe"
There will also be a set of small jewel-like colour framed prints and "polaroids" showing detailed examples, found around Cambridge, of nature’s courageous struggle to adapt and survive in our man made environments.
The show's poster shows a magnificent silver birch tree in my Cambridge garden that is a host for all sorts of wildlife and which features in a new series entitled " After Tom's Midnight Garden" included in the exhibition.
On 24 March the closing day, I invite folks with or without cameras to join me on a local walk where I will be sharing my urban nature discoveries, encouraging yours and chatting about all things photography along the way. All ages welcome. Begining and ending at the gallery 11 Norfolk Street 2-4pm. This is a free taster workshop. All ages welcome.
Similar Easter photowalk workshops tbc, pending venue confirmation which will include project discussions and instruction, portfolio review and all sorts of other fun and useful things. Full time students free, others £5. Please register interest here on contacts page or send me an email directly email@example.com.
I look forward to seeing you!
Nice support from friends and collectors of my work has encouraged me to find a far better venue and unusual new ways to share my work.
Details of this positive progress will be posted in the new year!
Best wishes for the season!
Image to left is from my recent series "Let there be light" Abstract documentary, captured light from firework display.
"Seeing the Light - From Darkness to Eunoia"
Solo Exhibition - Avivson Gallery Highgate, London
December 8-15 2019
Private View Thursday 12 Dec 6pm onwards ( R.S.V.P. firstname.lastname@example.org)
Artist's talk Saturday 14 December 3pm -free
(Heath walking photography workshops planned for Spring 2020 t.b.c )
An exhibition of landscape and abstract photographs examining the phenomenon of light and dark and its physical, spiritual and metaphorical effect.
Channelled through a series of dark and brooding wooded landscapes lit only by the bright light of the resident genius loci, Selbourne suggests this otherwise un-seeable "Spirit of the Heath" offers visitors solace, company and relief in anxious and troubled times.
Referencing personal experiences we follow her journey from dark thoughts to the discovered benefits to mental health and wellbeing found while walking and photographing the Heath. The exhibition narrative ends with a range of postive, colourful and inspirational abstract images captured from the euphoric explosions of a November 5th firework display.
Large framed Ltd Edition archival prints, miniature back lit box frames and a tabloid limited editon zine are just some of the ways these ideas are presented.
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