New Collective endeavour- “Merge” emerges!

In May, a photographer whose work I have a lot of respect for, Paul Daly, approached me to set up a collective of artists. We are in the early stages of growth, and will be seeking artists who have a similar mindset to grow the group, slowly, slowly.

In the meantime Brighton Photo Fringe invited Collectives in the UK and beyond to submit a body of work for their Collectives Hub, as part of BPF14. We were ecstatic they selected our submission “Sea of Plastic” an environment-focused project. I offer sincere gratitude for this opportunity.

http://www.photofringe.org/bpf14/vantage-point-collectives-hub

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Email us: info@merge-collective.com

Website on its way…

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“salt”- on motherhood/daughterhood

This is a project I am working on with the TriPod project development group led by Miranda Gavin and Wendy Pye. I am exploring my experience as a mother of a teenage girl embarking on young womanhood, and how to reflect this shared journey visually; feelings of loss/transition/gains. This project will include some poems. Using analogue, digital and scanned photographs.

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Haikus for Salt Project

Three years of lunar cycles
Five hearts fluttered into ink
Each a breath of hope.

You grow, taking paths
They divide loop and detour
I know how to wait.

My eyes leech salt as
I surge the sea, horizon
drifts me back to calm

Then you need my arms
Your hair waterfalls softly
Eroding edges.

Push/Pull

You are restless, cannot sleep

Draw against me, and soon your breath deepens into a rhythm

I have felt and heard all your life.

Your eyes are busy,

Scan up and down the backlit

Determinations

That defeat me.

I am still

Still here

You retreat from me

Alone and not

I remain still

Sometimes desolate.

I see you as I felt long ago

I know.

It is all so new and fast for you

The internal and the world as it is.

I will be here

Still

When you need to be.

Brighton Wasted contd

Continuing my project on the waste of Brighton beach. Items in pairs- man-made with natural, and groupings. Having started with more meditative single item scans, the pairings underline the clash of trash with nature, and the groupings reflect my sense of beauty in nature, and the overwhelming amount of trash.

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City to Sea 2013 with Magnum/Goldsmiths

I was fortunate enough to be able attend part of this workshop led by Magnum’s Peter Marlowe, and assisted by Rebecca Locke and David Kendall (Goldsmiths Uni London).

” The City to Sea project brings together artists, photographers and urbanists to present visual projects and sociological research exploring how regeneration and planning processes, tourism, migration, collective memory, visual archives and arts interventions can transform social perceptions and geographical links between cities, coastal towns and surrounding regions worldwide.”

I worked on an idea which came out of listening to a talk about the history of Bognor; specifically about how during the period of Bognor developing into a seaside resort, piers were an opportunity to look back at the land from the sea. When I was on the beach and walked to the waters edge, I was struck by the contrast of being surrounded by the beach yet the view ahead was urban, controlled, restricted.

This lead to a series of shots about the urban butting up against the wild- how we try to control the environment, yet our worst excesses exceed the boundaries in the form of waste into the sea. This manifested in a series of photos of ‘barriers’. It then occurred to me that the sea was expelling some of the waste, which I collected and grouped into colour themed still-lifes photographed in my Butlins hotel room.

 

 

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“The City to Sea project developed from the artistic practice of Rebecca Locke whose recent work (Brooklyn / Bognor, Gold junk) explores her relationship with her hometown, Bognor Regis — a seaside resort of faded glory in South East England. Interest at Goldsmiths, University of London in this project developed into the concept of City to Sea, culminating with the 2011 symposium, curated by Rebecca Locke and David Kendall. In summer 2011 a series of visual arts workshops exploring the themes outlined above were held across South East England in Bognor Regis, Margate, Hastings and Southend.

 

Locke and Kendall continue to generate new creative partnerships including a series of photographic workshops led by experienced photographers from Magnum Photos, in conjunction with practitioners affiliated with the City to Sea project.

In 2013 the City to Sea project will be extended to include site-specific projects, film screenings, presentations and workshops exploring self-identity, memory, place making and regeneration processes within coastal towns.”

http://www.citytosea.org/index.php?/news/news/

http://www.urbanphotofest.org/symposia

Thank you Peter, Rebecca and David for facilitating my learning and boosting my confidence; to my peers on the workshop too.

I will be developing my work on Bognor.