Leeds through a lens

It’s been a busy time of late – if I haven’t been getting ready to launch LVLLDS, there’s been an activity for Exposure Leeds or activities around other initiatives I’m involved in (Loosely Bound, 3 Harbours Arts Festival or my return trip to Louisville…) – not to mention the prints arriving for Upwardly immobile and sending the print for it’s sister publication.

And breath.

But, among all this I’m overjoyed to announce that I was invited to tak part in a group photography exhibition highlighting some of the many aspects of Leeds.

When Leeds Gallery had invited me I thought long and hard about the type of imagery I wanted to share. I am aware that city centre, urban decay and portraits would be well represented. What I wanted to look at was providing a glimpse into the breadth of the city. Because of this I turned to the several photowalks from last year and the zine project (which is still being completed).

I was carefully selected to choose images with common theming – all include people and all include a ‘do’ of some description – the images represent community events, recreation, commuting and social eating. But, in addition to this they represent different areas of the city – from under the train station in the very heart of the centre to the rural market town of Otley – by way of the suburban centres of Armley and Bramley.

A selection such as this – especially when chosen from an archive – cannot hope to show a complete picture; I just hope it shows a good representation of the people and place that surrounds me.

You can see the exhibition at Leeds Gallery (Munroe House, near the Bus Station) until May 17th. Alternatively you can view the catalogue online.

The four images are also included on this page as a mini gallery.

Crossing Poland review

Being new to zine-making I’m learning the fine art of zine-marketing; and I’m starting to get a list of places to send my photo booklets to. One of these was the Tumblr blog, ‘We are lucky’.

I sent them ‘Crossing Poland‘ – and reviewer, Louis Little compared me to Trent Parke and said “This book has a light, but well constructed feel to it which lends itself well to the subject matter.”

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Upwardly Immobile

Look up.

We’re often told to change our viewpoint; this series of images captures the view of the city as the visitor cranes their neck upwards. A look around at what is above, the higher echelons. Is it attainable or is it simply a gained height?

In itself a study or the architecture of a city – showing buildings from the emergence during Victorian times to it’s post-80’s renaissance as a new home to finance and retail.

This photobook is delivered within robust frosted packaging which at one teases and maintains the way those above ground floors also tease the passer-by

Pages: 8 | Size: 12cm x 12cm (cd booklet) | full colour | View a digital preview | £2.95(+P&P)  – signed and numbered edition of 50.

This booklet is a great companion to ‘Down at Heel‘ – buy both for £4.95 (+P&P)

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UnHero

A little out of the ordinary this; no photography! 

In November last year I was invited to attend an artist’s dinner – out of this was born the Loosely Bound zine collective. As a collective we produced our first publication, ‘HEROES/TRIBUTES‘ and arranged our own zine fair – held 24th March 2012 in Bradford.

During this I took our zine and, with a pair of scissors and a glue stick, remixed the contents to create a new zine – UnHero.

I’ll avoid the complex explanation of all the deep thoguht behind it and instead leave it to you to make up your own minds.

Pages: 8 + original zine | Size: A5 | B&W | View a digital preview or a video walkthrough | £20 + P&P – one only.

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See below for the remains of the original zine…

On the reading table…

I was very honoured to find out that my zine, Crossing Poland, was selected by Impressions Gallery curators to accompany other publications on the reading table for The Sound of Two Songs by Magnum photographer, Mark Power.

This is the first time this exhibition has been shown in the UK (or indeed outside Poland, where it was shot) and I’m flattered and honoured to be in this position – especially given that mine is the only publication selected for the reading table that doesn’t include any of Mark’s work.

Copies are also on sale in the gallery’s bookshop.

24 hours on the coast | february 2012

A quick weekend jaunt to the coast, a walk on the beach and, a few shutter clicks later, my take on the fringe of the sea in Bridlington on Yorkshire’s coast.

See a series of images showing the point at which land gives way to sea in the Bridlington area at the northern extent of Yorkshire’s East Riding – looking at detail elements and broader landscape of the coast line under snow and ice.

Printed to order | $10 in print, $2.90 digital | Published: 2012

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Ice Shapes

A frozen canal. Ice ruptured and smashed – then healed. This collection of 16 photographs examines the surface of a frozen canal which has been violently broken and has since re-frozen. Like scars on a wound these blemishes demonstrate nature in action and reflect on the frailties of humanity.

Pages: 16 | Size: A5 (landscape) | B&W | View a digital preview | £3.50(+P&P)  – numbered edition of 25. SOLD OUT

Feedback…

Is lovely – so long as it’s constructive; but it’s even more lovely when someone really gets your work.

I recently sent a copy of Crossing Poland to Christophe in France and I was overjoyed when he took time to write back to me…

I received your book two days ago, thank you very much.
I have looked at it from time to time, to enter slowly in the pictures, starting to think and express what I feel.
I never read the text before the picture (same with all books, I read forewords after the books!) and what is great with your work is that I really feel what you expected – sharing the journey! From my point of view, it works because these are casual photos. Nothing remarkable, just a few views that appear when we sit, bored, in a train, looking through the window from time to time. Some pictures are out of focus, like a memory which is not sure that what we saw was real. As you can understand I really like your work, maybe also because I love travelling, as when I was young that was my only escape from a not so exciting countryside.
I wish you all the best for your photos and you can keep me posted with your future project!
Christophe

If my work excites, intrigues or otherwise draws out an emotion in you – drop me a line; I’d love to hear what you think!

Bettakultcha at the Corn Exchange

BettaKultcha is a bit of a Leeds phenomenon – from the imagination and drive of Ivor Tymchak and Richard Michie, the event doesn’t at first sounds quite so exciting. An evening of slide-show presentations? However with interesting subjects, personal passions, a limit of 20 slides and each slide automatically progressing every few seconds – it certainly keeps the speakers on their toes.

I was coerced or convinced into presenting at the first event and then invited back to record BettaKultcha when it was held at Leeds’ Corn Exchange in March and April of 2011. This small photographic ‘zine captures these two evenings, including an introduction from BettaKultcha regular presenter, Matt Edgar, insights from the presenters and an interview with Ivor and Richard.

Pages: 36 | Size: A5 | Full colour | View a digital preview | £4.50 (+P&P)

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