THE ACT OF TAKING A PHOTOGRAPH IS AN ACT OF LOVE

In 2005 the artist Phil Collins spoke at a conference at Bristol Zoo, run by Claire Doherty of Situations. He said that historically some believed a camera could take the steal of a person, but he, personally, felt the act of taking a photograph is an act of love. That comment is core to thisContinue reading “THE ACT OF TAKING A PHOTOGRAPH IS AN ACT OF LOVE”

Swings and Films – exhibitions

Recently I have spotted swings being hung from trees around the local area, the Forest of Dean. They have signs near them encouraging users to enjoy themselves, it appears to be a guerrilla-style action with no name. I love it. Prior to their arrival, I too had developed a relationship with a swing next toContinue reading “Swings and Films – exhibitions”

Attention series no.5 – 16th May 2020 – studio notes

Having gone to my studio notes document today, an ongoing, live working document, I realise I have not entered anything since 16th May. I am updating it but also enjoyed reading it and seeing how important that time was for my practice. A lot has happened since then, I’ll write about that next week, butContinue reading “Attention series no.5 – 16th May 2020 – studio notes”

Attention series No. 3: walking with wandering body & mind

Set off walking, active body Quite quickly a rhythm settled in, a steady, fairly fast pace I heard cars close-by to my left, on the A48 To my right the River Severn, and from a distance of around 10 miles, a rumbling noise, from the M5 The terrain underfoot level and there are no obstacles,Continue reading “Attention series No. 3: walking with wandering body & mind”

Attention Series No.2 : Thinking Practice

In recent years I have become increasingly aware of attention. During the pandemic my inability to focus has become even worse. For some time now, I have found reading a book very challenging. Part of the difficulty is that my curiosity is distracted by something I read – such as the name of  a place,Continue reading “Attention Series No.2 : Thinking Practice”

Covid-time keeps me in a semi-liquid state, which is rapidly becoming my normal.

Set off for my daily exercise feeling a bit low. Walked about 2 miles but when I got to my destination, a swing next to the Severn, it was broken. I wandered along taking photos of other broken things, there were so many. My heart sank even further, like a boulder in the Severn mud.Continue reading “Covid-time keeps me in a semi-liquid state, which is rapidly becoming my normal.”

Letting Go, Refusal and the third space during Lockdown – a time when you have nothing to do and everything to do

Letting Go, Refusal and the third space Lockdown – a time when you have nothing to do and everything to do – both at once. Do you feel hypersensitive at the moment? Does your brain seem to be like a colander today, yet memories of significant things in your past float up constantly? Do theyContinue reading “Letting Go, Refusal and the third space during Lockdown – a time when you have nothing to do and everything to do”

capturing a river is one thing….

trying to capture the experience of viewing wildlife on the river is another…. I used to create video installations and have recently started to dabble with film again. Inspired by the wonderful William Kentridge, I decided to try working with animated drawing. Of course, I returned to the river as my muse. This is myContinue reading “capturing a river is one thing….”

free-writing from May 2018 about the Severn Bore

  Arrival Standing, I take one panning video of the river, left to right Then sit at eye level with brambles, restricting my view Like being in a cheap seat At the theatre Listening Sounds of the Severn, small dancing waves Running, apparently  towards the sea But not for long Pigeons coo, sparrows twitter theirContinue reading “free-writing from May 2018 about the Severn Bore”