Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day was celebrated on Sunday 29th April 2018, and photographers across the globe took the opportunity to get out and about with their pinhole cameras. Lens-less photography comes in all varieties from analogue homemade tins or boxes, bespoke wooden pinhole cameras, to digital conversions. My favourite choice of camera for the day was my old Polaroid Pinhole 100 camera. The real joy of experimenting with this camera is that it uses an analogue Type 100 instant peel-apart film, so for creative exposures the print can be viewed following just 60 seconds development. Negative and print sheets are sandwiched together in the film pack, exposed in camera before being pulled out through rollers, which spreads a pod of chemical gel between the two sheets, developing the image. The sandwich is then pulled apart to reveal a processed print and negative sheet.

Sadly Polaroid instant Type 100 film has not been in production for some years now, and Fuji have just recently discontinued manufacture of their last film in this format. Once my refrigerated expired stock of these films is finally used up, this little camera will become redundant, without some engineered structural modification to use an alternative film format. One slight positive will be that I will then be able fit some food back in my fridge, but that is only if I do not manage to locate a further source of film stock to fill it with!

For the past few years here in the UK it seems to have been grey and wet weather for Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, and this year was no different, but shooting beneath a tree canopy helped to shelter camera and instant prints from the worst of the rainfall. Despite the overcast skies, I was still achieving 6-8 minute exposures on the Fuji made film. Multiple exposures under the trees created an ethereal image with subtle layers and an impression of movement from the passage of a breeze through the leaves.

Direct scans from the Fuji fp-100c type 100 instant print images shot on 29th April for Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day. One image will soon be uploaded to the WPPD gallery: http://pinholeday.org/

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La Montagne travels to Brooklyn

There is a tangible sense of achievement once a sketchbook project is concluded, a process has taken place from start to finish; from cover to cover. In reality however, it is never really completed, as there will always be ‘that’ little detail or textual element to enhance or embellish.

‘La Montagne’ is my most recent sketchbook, exploring geometric mountain-like forms, collaged onto a pre-defined booklet supplied by The Sketchbook Project in Brooklyn NY. With paper cut-outs assembled and mounted into position, my sketchbook was registered onto the project website to obtain its unique searchable barcode, before being placed in the post to commence its transatlantic voyage to the real-life library in New York.

This is quite an emotional feeling, a parting in as much as I will never see the sketchbook in its physical form again – or be able to add anything further to the ideas / collages mounted within. It will now reside on a different continent, catalogued and viewable within the offline library there, before being scanned into the projects’ online library and finally viewable worldwide across the web. Although never to return home to its studio of origin, I will see updates from time to time about its interactions and the places it visits, so we will never really lose touch.

East Kent Artists’ Open Houses

Now in its 17th year, EKOH has gone from strength to strength with more artists than ever, over 200 spread over 67 houses and studios. We are also delighted to include Margate, Cliftonville and Deal and hope to extend our range around Kent’s Creative Coast.

All houses are open weekends during the festival:
20th/21st, 27th/28th October & 3rd/4th November 2018 11am – 5pm (unless stated)

For more information about the event see: https://ekoh.org.uk/

If you are interested in participating in East Kent Artists’ Open Houses 2018, then please contact one of the area organiser for more information. Or alternatively download the entry forms below for all the information about taking part.
https://ekoh.org.uk/take-part/

Deadline For Entries is 30th April

Please get in touch with Kate if you would like to be an artist exhibiting during East Kent Open Houses in the Deal Trail. Last year – our first year for Deal – we had 21 artists and some shared homes and some opened their studios

Kate Baker: Deal
katebakermosaicmuse@icloud.com

DC Postcard Show – Eastbourne

Lovely bright morning to start the 2nd weekend of the Devonshire Collective inaugural DC Postcard Show in Eastbourne today.


DC Postcard Show

This vibrant exhibition shows original postcard artworks in a range of media by artists from across the UK and beyond. The show is displayed at the DC3 Project Space, at 1-5 Seaside, Eastbourne BN22 7NA during Eastbourne Artists Open Houses 2018
(7/8 April and 14/15 April).
All postcards will be on sale during the exhibition priced at £20 each.
The exhibition will be open 10am-5pm on Saturday & Sunday. Payment can be made with cash, card, cheque or Paypal.

5 new postcard collages

This weekend I’ve been busy preparing 5 new collaged postcards for entry in the forthcoming DC Postcard Show in Eastbourne; and feeling excited now as these completed works are popped in the postbox, and travel along the south coast to the Devonshire Collective.

The new vibrant exhibition will show original postcard artworks in a range of media by artists from across the UK and beyond. The show will be displayed at the DC3 Project Space, at 1-5 Seaside, Eastbourne BN22 7NA during Eastbourne Artists Open Houses 2018
(7/8 April and 14/15 April).
All postcards will be on sale during the exhibition priced at £20 each.
The exhibition will be open 10am-5pm on Saturday & Sunday. Payment can be made with cash, card, cheque or Paypal.


Devonshire Collective – http://devonshirecollective.co.uk/
DC Postcard Show #DCWeAreOne
Part of the DC 1st Birthday Celebrations!
DC3 Project Space
1-5 Seaside
Eastbourne, BN227NA
#DCWeAreOne
#DCBirthday

Reflections on the Landscape: Against the Tide

24/25 February 2018 10 – 6pm
River Garage Studios, River Street, River, Kent CT17 0RB

Reflections on the Landscape: Against the tide will be the inaugural exhibition held at the recently opened River Garage Studios. The exhibition will show work from nine artists based in Dover.
Each artist voluntarily submitted work to be included in the exhibition. The only criteria for their selection was that they lived and worked in Dover and the surrounding area. As a result their work has been influenced by the unique visual and cultural history of the town.
Dover is moulded by its tide, a place always bringing in new life and ideas, as well as a place shaped and defined by its history. It is a town as relevant today as it has ever been.
Through bringing these artists together we can reflect on the influence of place and environment on their work; whether economic, cultural, visual or ecological.

Exhibiting artists:
Kate Beaugie – Joseph Black – Drew Burrett – Samuel Capell – Paul Dagys –
Benjamin Hunt – Joanna Jones – Clare Smith – Mike Tedder

Curated by Joseph Black and Louise Webb
Free entry.