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Landscape Collective UK Exhibition
Art at the Heart in the Royal United Hospitals Bath from 24th April to 10th July
David Baker is a seascape and forest photographer based in Southampton. In January 2013 he was named Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2012 and became part of the competition judging panel in 2014. David's work is showcased on his long established photoblog at milouvision.com. He is a member of the collaborative landscape group Landscape Collective UK.
The Landscape Collective UK consists of 14 landscape photographers and we meet every two months in a meeting room at the end of the Cobb at Lyme Regis in Dorset. We're quite a diverse group and we show printed work and discuss landscape photography and catch up on projects, experiments, and locations.
The group's work has appeared in UK and international publications, in books and has featured in various awards including the Landscape Photographer of the Year, the International Garden Photographer of the Year and the Outdoor Photographer of the Year. The photographers also include Fellows of the Royal Photographic Society and exhibition selectors.
There's no 'formality' in the group. We generally have a discussion, and then it's onto showing printed work. The meeting space has all the usual facilities plus a decent size room with tables to lay out work.
From my perspective, one aspect of the group is that I've been introduced to the Cibachrome work of Rodger Longdin, the Sea Pool series from Susan Brown, the North American work of Eva and Tony Worobiec and Paul Mitchell's Polaroid transfer prints and his pinhole work. Printed work usually provides a good robust discussion about what works, what doesn't work. Personally I find it very good to track the progress of a project and also to experiment a little and to see what flows within a project from another's perspective.
If you know like-minded photographers, why not start your own collective group. All that's need is to fix a regular meeting place (every couple of months seems to work very well), and after that maybe consider a book, or an exhibition or whatever you agree to.
A recent group decision was to hold an exhibition to show our range of work and accordingly we secured a space at the Art at the Heart in the Royal United Hospitals Bath from 24th April to the 10th July.
For the past decade or so, the Art at the Heart has provided a wonderful space for its arts programme. The aim is to stimulate healing and wellbeing and create an uplifting environment for all who visit the hospital or work in it. Any sales benefit the Art at the Heart Charity by way of commission.
One aspect of this ethos is that work we intended to be shown had to be in colour and of a content that would fit into the uplifting aspect of the programme. For more details about the exhibition please visit the website http://www.lcuk.photo and The Royal United Hospitals.