“Metropolis” – pavement tiles at the edge of a Pelican crossing (pedestrian crossing controlled by traffic lights) – was awarded Special Merit in the Light Space & Time international juried art competition “Patterns” October 2018. The low sun casting shadows from the raised bumps in the tile first caught my eye, but I also enjoy the combination of lines and regular pattern of circles, with the grit and sealant adding an element of chaos.
Just received the images from the Chania International Photo (CIP) Festival which ran from August 28 – September 5 and included my submission “The Party Is Over” – a random barrel on Catlow Lane, Manchester at the end of the night.
“Chania International Photo festival has been created by Blank Wall Gallery. Its aim is to gather 350 photographers from around the world each year, turning the town of Chania into an international centre of artistic expression focusing on photography. At the same time, we aspire to make this festival the biggest photographic event, since this will be the first time that so many international artists will be exhibiting their work in Greece.”
Exhibition photo by Blank Wall Gallery and included here with their kind permission
“Ready To Rock” – at the Festwich tribute band festival in July, waiting for headliners “Guns Or Roses” – was shortlisted in The Motif Collective “Silhouettes” international juried competition August 2018
An example from my ongoing “altered images” project. Original image of light shining across a louvre door – which I took as an abstract having been struck by the interesting combination of lines, angles and shades – inverted (negative image) and colour filled to produce a striking and unusual image. I chose red, white and blue as the national flag colours of the UK and USA, the main markets I’m aiming at via my Redbubble and Society6 shops, where this design sits really well with the various print-on-demand products they offer.
Having previously limited myself to minor edits like cropping and contrast I’ve recently been experimenting with the GIMP editor to transform some of my images, particularly enjoying the effects of inversion (negative image) and posterising (reduction in number of colours).
This was prompted by an “altered images” competition which I ultimately abandoned when I realised it was more aimed at “photoshopping” random objects into scenes or making the sky green and the grass blue. I prefer more abstract images and the use of alterations to create unique and striking effects based on otherwise ordinary scenes.
I’ve also been taking the results to bring new life into my Redbubble and Society6 shops, as I find many of these images lend themselves perfectly to various print-on-demand products, alongside my other representational images.
I’m building up my portfolio on both sites before I do a marketing push to hopefully drive some significant sales…
Redbubble bravoalpha slogan T-shirts, stickers, mugs etc using my images
Society6 soitwouldseem wall art, phone cases, stickers, pillows etc (US-based site;if you’re in the UK I advise using Redbubble to avoid customs charges)
This all being a relatively new direction for me I have updated my Portfolio pages on this site accordingly, with “Abstract Images” replacing “Minimalism and Macro” (moved all the content to other portfolio pages).
Un’opera da esporre un libro da conservare (A work to exhibit a book to preserve)
My entry “Into The Dream”, based on my image “Out Of Obscurity” – I’m sure Pink Floyd fans will recognise the references 🙂 – has been selected from 213 entries in the First Arthink Book Photo Contest as one of the 60 to be included in their permanent A-Book Photo collection
A different challenge, this one – Arthink specialises in “Format innovativi per la diffusione delle arti visuali” (“Innovative formats for the dissemination of visual arts”) – what they call “picture books” or “Art Books” containing images in three sections which “can, if necessary, be closed and stored in a bookshop; when it is open it becomes a painting, a work of art.” Works can be three individual photos linked together to tell a story, or a single image which lends itself to the format; long/tall and narrow and convenient to split into three parts, either horizontally or vertically
The First Arthink Book Photo Contest ran from May 20-July 22, with “the A-Book format dedicated to photographers, conceived and produced by the same publishing house along the lines of the A-Book Image designed for Artists and illustrators. 60 works have been identified that will permanently enter the A-Book Photo collection, which will be promoted on our social networks and on the site; temporary exhibitions are also scheduled, which we will give more information soon.”
In the meantime, the Art Book featuring my image is available to purchase: https://arthink-editions.com/en/works/c172/ ; the page also includes my description of the photo in English and translated by Arthink into Italian
“Follow Me” – looking up inside the Ponce de Leon Inlet Light (at 175 feet one of the tallest lighthouses in the US) near Daytona Beach, Florida – was awarded Special Recognition in the Light Space & Time international juried art competition “Open” September 2018