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The idea of abstract photography can sometimes challenge people a little too much. It’s often difficult for people who have a passion for the representative photograph to truly enjoy something which is completely disconnected from it. However, sometimes a photographer can keep a connection with reality and yet still create something that has abstract qualities that transform the subject. David Ward’s work is on the edges of reality and the abstract; Valda Bailey uses multiple exposure to create abstraction but still includes shape and form that retain that connection. Both David and Valda came to the Joe Cornish gallery to join Mark Littlejohn and Doug Chinnery in giving talks in support of Graham Cook’s exhibition.
If you’ve not seen Graham’s work (and he’s hardly the egotistical instagramming auteur), he works with small textural details of the outside world (and sometimes indoor kitchen world) to create images that are recognisably of the world in terms of texture but shrug off attempts at identification. We highly recommend viewing the video of the talks given at Joe’s gallery in this issue and also to take a look through Graham’s images, at the gallery if possible but if not we’ve included them herein.
On a less happy note, the final three hydro schemes in Glen Etive were approved this week. Despite this, I intend to continue trying to get them moderated or withdrawn and I’ll be writing up a little about my efforts in the next issue.
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Nicholas will discuss how he undertakes such projects and how he communicates narrative through a combination of landscape and portrait elements. more
Stephen McNally chooses one of his favourite images, a classic photograph from Michael Kenna more
This issue our 4x4 landscape photography portfolio feature is from subscribers: Daniel Wheeler, David Ashcroft, David Cole & Harvey Lloyd-Thomas. more
What would it have felt like to know that someday I’ll explore, photograph, and write about this vast and magnificent, and largely unexplored, desert, thousands of miles away from my birthplace, as my full-time job? more
Graham Cook's exhibition launched on 9th March with talks by Doug Chinnery, Mark Littlejohn, Valda Bailey, David Ward and Joe Cornish interviewing Graham Cook. For those who could not join, we recorded the talks so everyone could watch and immerse themselves in hearing these spellbinding talks. more
I spent a while recently enjoying the colours of New England on a dark winter’s morning courtesy of Cheryl Rose’s photostream. Each time we look at another photographer’s work we open a window on their world, and the way that they see it. more
Each one of us possesses an abundance of creative thought and insight. Each of us sees the world in a completely unique way and nobody can say that the way we see the world is wrong. more