A few months ago I was contacted by Karen Irvine from Colombia College Chicago. She’d come across my project To happiness, endlessly, somewhere in the ether universe and asked if she could include it in an exhibition she was curating at the Daegu Photo Biennale in South Korea. Yes of course I said, and started planning how the work might be exhibited with the help of Karen and her assistant Allison Grant. The amazing awesome bonus is that very surprisingly then the organisers in Korea decided they could fly me, and the other people involved in the exhibition, out to Daegu to be a part of the opening week of the festival. So I am a few hours away from my flight to Seoul. Excellent! Hopefully I’ll make it really big in South Korea, thanks to Karen and Allison and the Daegu Photo Biennale! Here’s one of the pictures being exhibited.
This past little while I’ve been playing with a point and shoot camera that was £1 from Oxfam. It’s somehow crap but good. It’s proving to be a little diary of what I’ve been up to lately and who with. Here’s the link.
I’m pleased to have been selected for the photography fair at the Underground Gallery, London! Looking forward to seeing the whole exhibition and all the other photographers work. Tonight is the private view at Underground Gallery which is in the actual underground under the ground at Charing Cross tube station indeed.
I entered the portfolio competition on Jorg Colberg’s Conscientious blog a few weeks back and humbly accepted that I was not one of the winners. This was quite easy to do as the winners were excellent – I recommend a look at them all: Mirjana Vrbaski, Nigel Bennet, and Yaakov Israel. But happily, Mr Colberg did feature my work on the blog despite this, selecting the photograph below taken in Newcastle during my lonely trip around England last year as the featured image. Cheers Jorg!
My friend Hiroshi is a brilliantly talented jewellery designer and we all try to get him to ‘loan’ us jewellery and then we try and keep it FOREVER! He spends half the year in London and half in Tokyo, and is looking to develop his web shop as well as get his jewellery stocked in boutiques here in London. We did some photos for his website and promotional things with the beautiful Isla, art-directed by graphic designer Ross Clarke, and it was lots of fun. These are from Hiroshi’s new square collection – there are millions more designs to see soon on his website, http://www.hiroshikurokawa.com/
It’s exciting to have been picked out by the BBC’s picture editor Phil Coomes (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-14026759) as one of the featured images out of the 150 which will go on show from tomorrow night at Host Gallery, London. I hope people will have a look through the entire series To happiness, endlessly on my website, which the selected image is a part of.
Here’s what Phil has to say about the exhibition in general:
Eclectic mix at the Foto8 Summershow
Once again the Foto8 Summershow is upon us and with it comes a chance to view some compelling new work.
Photographs adorn the walls at Host Gallery just off Old Street in London like some weird giant 3D jigsaw.
The show comprises 150 images that have been selected by the Foto8 editorial team from more than 2,800 entries, and as you can guess by now, there’s no set theme. Photographers were invited to submit recent pictures that engage or challenger the viewer, with the resulting mix of styles and subjects all crammed onto the walls of the gallery.
Oddly enough it works very well. Though it can be overwhelming at times, it’s a treat to pick through the shots and find those that touch a nerve, raise a smile or that are harder to digest. It’s one show you really have to see up close and not just in the brochure or on the internet.
One other advantage of attending in person is that visitors to the show are able to vote for their preferred picture in the People’s Choice award. There is also a select band of judges who are also choosing their best in show, the result of which is announced at the launch party on 8 July.
Many of the pictures on show are part of larger projects. This one by Hannah Jones is part of a series titled, To Happiness, Endlessly. It was taken during a road trip without a planned route, one where the photographer recorded what she calls, “disconnected experiences”. Well worth a look.
Cheers Phil, it’s appreciated!
I’ll have one picture in Foto8’s summer show at Host Gallery, London, this year. It’s a pleasure to have been selected, and I do like the picture they’ve chosen, though which one that is will remain a mystery until the opening on July 8th – it’s important to keep people guessing! It’s from my project to happiness, endlessly.