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Artist's Statement: Update

I got to listening to furniture maker, teacher and writer Peter Korn at The Hay Festival the other day. Lots to think about, and I might try and commit some of it to screen at some point. In the meantime, I would just say that I was inspired by his Artist's Statement which was, in essence: 

INTEGRITY
SIMPLICITY
&
GRACE

All that is needed really, isn't it? If I can bear that in mind when making photos in future I will be a happy photographer. No bigging up by neologisms or obscure academic language, no turning off the viewer with reference to arcane theoretical arguments. Integrity, simplicity and grace - done. If you have to ask, you won't understand.

Staying at Mark's Place

Last light. Not long now. Darkness coming. Onetwothreefour. Tempo increases, Then slows To a stop.

Ruby is getting old...

Black and White.
She hardly ever gets up here any more - I had to put her there, just to see if she might take an interest in what was going on outside; she didn't stay there long, jumping down and going off upstairs to sleep. Again. I don't even think she actually looked out the window whilst she was there - she sat for a moment with her eyes closed and then thought she'd be more comfortable elsewhere.
She is thin despite eating, and she has some lumps on her side - they have been there for two or three years but because she has lost weight, feel more significant now. She howls in the night until she can find us, in bed, where she sometimes comes and sleeps on our pillows, anything for contact and warmth. Sometimes, she howls and walks right past where I am sitting, oblivious to my presence and lost in her world. She is getting old. She had a turn the other day when her back legs gave out and then she wee'd on the floor (something she'd never normally do). She…

"No" means you haven't asked the right person

More wisdom from Mary Ellen Mark here, including "photography isn't about f-stops and lenses, it is about being able to talk to people". 
Talking to people. 

Linnie at Turner's House

Round at a Neighbour's House

Portrait of D

At H&M's Place this evening

Welshpool Music Festival

Bar-B-Que

In the Garden

Selfies

Riverweed

V&A, British Museum, British Museum

Lucia Pizzani - A Garden for Beatrix - Private View

The opening night of Lucia Pizzani's exhibition at the Cecilia Brunson Project in Bermondsey, London, earlier this week. Other photos were taken but, well, I was inspired to shake things up a little this time. Hands. There came a point in the (very lively and successful) evening when everyone seemed to be gesticulating, almost in concert - it was lovely, like being at a performance.













More can be found about the artist here.

Barn Owl

Sam

Siobhan

Selfie

Eden Phillpotts

"The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper."

When children run upon the Moor

"When children run upon the Moor, they seldom look much further than the ground at their feet, for there their treasures lie. When the old come hither, they gaze far off into the hills and upon the sky above them."
Eden Phillpotts.



Also:

"There are rare moments when the golden link of all matter seems visible and we forget our insignificance and feel a part appreciable of the splendid whole. The air we breathe is the same that burns in glory under the sun; the water and the lime that build us are also in the precipices and palaces of the summer clouds and the bones of the land beneath our feet. On such days we claim kinship with the elements and share their life and greatness and justification. They are festivals of all earth's thanksgiving and their lyric hymn throbs from the harp of a mighty minstrel, for it is the anthem of the rapture of life."



Lose no chance of attaining beauty - Eden Phillpotts

Orla Jackson as Lady Macbeth.

... and yet I see thee still...

Macbeth at The Rose