Feral cats

Feral cats We have a couple of Feral cats in our neighbourhood that I have hankered over photographing for some time now. The older cat, the mother of the other, has this attitude; a certain way of saying “Yeh, what do you want?”, as she lays in the middle of the road and defies the motorists to run her over. I frequently have to get out of my car to “Shooo” her off the road. I wanted to capture herRead more

Museum of Modern Art – Wales

MOMA The modest street entrance of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in Machynlleth belies the the offering of this amazing space. In total MOMA consists of nine separate galleries and this doesn’t include the lone painting in the lift shaft – I like the total use of all available display space. MOMA Wales presents a diverse programme of modern art exhibitions throughout the year and features leading artists from across the country. At the time of my visit thereRead more

Lee John Phillips

Lee John Phillips I first met Lee on one of my frequent trips to Narberth; a town that for me has a very creative energy. The town has a buzz, a dynamism; the shop keepers’ make an effort to dress their shop windows and there’s always an exhibition in the Oriel Queen’s Hall Gallery with a craft market. There’s a particular antiques/vintage emporium at the bottom of town that’s always worth a visit and a rummage in their eclectic rangeRead more

The Photography Show

  The Photography Show, NEC, Birmingham I attended The Photography Show at the NEC, Birmingham with my fellow students from University. We all had our own objectives for visiting the show and many had booked to see Alec Soth – I had booked tickets to see Alec Soth at the Photo London show in May so decided to look-up Tom Stoddart, the Documentary Photographer, and attend his seminar. Stoddart said that he had been working as a freelance news photographerRead more

Dead Paper

  Dead Paper At last I managed to visit the Creative Bubble gallery in Swansea to see the Dead Paper exhibition curated by Mandy Lane. It took my poor old SatNav a while to fathom the one way system in Swansea but it was well worth circumnavigating the city a few times to find the gallery. I’m glad I made the effort to find the gallery which exhibited a collection of art by eight woman including Mandy. The booklet accompanyingRead more

The Workers’ Gallery

The Workers’ Gallery I ventured out into the Rhondda valley recently to visit The Workers’ Gallery in Ynyshir, which is situated about 16 miles NW of Cardiff. The charming Workers’ Gallery has been set-up in the former Ynyshir library after it was put up for auction by the local council and artists Gayle and Chris applied to ‘save’ the building by renting the space and converting it into an art gallery and studio. The gallery now hosts art and designRead more

Destruction in Art

Ifor Davies I visited the Ifor Davies Silent Explosion exhibition at the National Museum Cardiff and I was immediately disappointed to see the sign on the gallery doors prohibiting photography. I do like to take photos of exhibitions I visit and share my experiences with my fellow students at University and on my blog. I enquired at the museum front desk as to why photography was forbidden to be told that the artist; Ifor Davies had made this stipulation. IRead more

Irving Penn

Irving Penn 1917 ~ 2009 As part of my research on Irving Penn I viewed the excellent Podcast of The Art of Photography by Ted Forbes dated 4th March 2016. Forbes’ records and illustrates Penn’s work with Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue and uses the catalogue from the Beyond Beauty exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC, USA to exemplify his work with Dali, his portraits and still life. Forbes explains the development of Penn’s style, his useRead more

Pop-up Gallery

  Coleg Sir Gar I visited the Coleg Sir Gar (CSG) pop-up gallery in Carmarthen, although I am not sure if it was intended as a drive to increase student intake or a representation of the work generated by CSG students. The gallery is in a redundant Viyella shop in which maximum use has been made of the wall space and the excellent shop lighting, although the lighting played havoc with my camera’s White Balance which seemed unable to getRead more