This was the first time that I had exhibited at Art in the Gardens. I was in the Northern Potters tent with seven other potters. Small items went well like the pebbles and spoons and I sold my favourite round platter. Enjoyed the weekend very much. It was a relaxed and friendly event with people happy to be outside.
The last two images in the series Train Train. The final picture County Line Special has its title in homage to the great British harmonica player of the 1960’s, Cyril Davies, who enjoyed a top twenty hit of that title.
Over the lockdown we have published a small book for our extended family. It’s called George and Margaret Hagan – a brief account of their lives and tells the story of them meeting in the war and their life together in Sheffield. Sorting out the family photos was the stimulus for writing it.
‘The Flourish of Liberty’ was the title of an exhibition organised by Patrick Wildgust, the curator of Shandy Hall in Coxwold, North Yorkshire. Shandy Hall is the home of Laurence Sterne, famous as the author of The Life and Opinions ofTristram Shandy. This exhibition was the fourth in a series that explored responses by artists, writers and composers to certain pages of the novel.
‘The Flourish of Liberty’ refers to the image of a looping line made by the character Corporal Trim who flourished his stick to illustrate the notion of freedom.
102 exhibitors took part and each produced a page representing their idea of freedom on a blank page the same size of the original printed page in the book. The catalogue includes reproductions of all these images in postcard format nicely presented in a black box. Our contribution was ‘A Pigs Tale’ shown below. The tail copies Trims flourish.
Have a look at the website to find out more about Shandy Hall. Well worth a visit at any time. https://www.laurencesternetrut.org.uk
Cooling towers towering above like monuments to giant industrial power. The shot seemed to call for a back and white treatment with its old ‘wet process’ associations – anybody remember Ilford FP4?
By way of contrast a dramatic distance shot with end of day sunset colours. This time reflections are of the train carriage interior making a sharp modern design contrast to the billowing clouds of steam.
The title of this set of seven photographs derives from a composition for two pianos called ‘Seven Amens’ by Olivier Messiaen. We were fortunate to attend a performance of this piece whilst on holiday in Lucca, Italy. Coincidentally we were looking for ‘modest’ but intriguing imagery that might speak of the ambience of a town of religion and music. The photographs have a mood of quiet contemplation and hope to give a sort of ‘palimpsest’ effect regarding centuries of faith.