Young Photographers 2014, Austria Exhibition

On the 21st November, my Fragments work will be a part of a group exhibition of ten photographers in a gallery in Traismauer, Austria. It is the first time any of my work will be exhibited outside of the UK, and I am very excited for it. You can see more information on the gallery website here. There will be a program and some images from me nearer to the time.


Week 3 and 4, Wakefield Residency

Week 3 was productive for me in terms of development of a professional outlook on photography. I managed to secure a piece of regular (paid) freelance work, and I had the opportunity to shadow photographer Andy Lord for two days on a locational shoot. The thing I really enjoy about Andy’s work is that he retains a natural aesthetic in everything that he does. Using a minimal lighting set up and using obstacles in his frame, they have a documentary/street photography style to them despite being for commercial use. Being put into contact with Andy through The Art House has been one of the most useful outcomes of the month.
The final week was more like 3 days, as I wrapped things up quite quickly to go home and get started with working. I made a few prints, and some physical copies of my Instagram photographs. Instagram is so useful to me as an artist and a photographer. It is where the common popular experience with photography tends to exist now. Additionally, it is relevant and useful for self promotion.

This was my first ever residency. I found it so useful and different in comparison to my recent University environment, mostly because there was no set goal or end product required. The residency offered me a meditative time/space, to figure out a plan, be in a creative environment, and receive useful catered support (whether that be a discussion or training on equipment). Although I do value my time at University, the residency has been more directly focussed on my own development, and in that respect, I have really valued my time with The Art House in Wakefield.

Would I do a residency again? As a photo artist, certainly yes. As a freelance photographer, perhaps not.

For more information about The Art House and it’s residencies, visit their website here.


Week 2/4, Wakefield Residency

The week started for me with posting the films which I used last week to be developed. Sending the film to a lab gives me the confidence that they will be done to a professional standard, but the price makes me miss using the facilities at my University.

I explored Wakefield a little more this week. Every town/city has its good and bad areas, but I genuinely feel that Wakefield is increasing its amount of good areas. There’s plenty of new buildings going up, and old buildings being renovated, which is a really positive sight. And with its proximity to Leeds, perhaps it could attract a decent cultural crowd (if there isn’t one already).

The Art House put me in contact with a photographer named Andy Lord, who is a freelance commercial photographer. I met him at the White Cloth Gallery in Leeds. It was the first time that I had independently met with a professional photographer outside of the University environment. At first I was awkward, but the meeting was really positive, and I took a lot from Andy sharing his expertise and experiences with me. David Gilbert is the person at the Art House who has coordinated this residency, and has been an infinite source of knowledge. Meeting with him this week, we discussed the areas of funding and approaching galleries with work. I won’t go into specifics, but the key points were to research and prepare thoroughly before approaching specific people and galleries with ideas and reasons for work. I’m pretty excited to write some proposals for funding in the near future.

Towards the end of the week, I visited my old college to do some negative scanning. I adore film, but 35mm isn’t offering me much besides accessibility and convenience. I need to stick to 5x4inch for it’s superiority in quality and technical movements. For accessibility and convenience, digital photography is best. Even after University, I am always learning and developing (no pun).

I also took a day to visit exhibitions in Birmingham. Contact Light at the Article Gallery, Metabolic Landscapes at the Parkside Gallery, and Martin Parr at the New Art Gallery (Walsall). All were excellent and exhibited in sophisticated manners despite the variety of locations.

Finally, I have rebranded my social media accounts. You will now be able to follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest at itslangham.


Week 1/4, Wakefield Residency

I am currently one of 3 artists in residency at The Art House,Wakefield. The 4-week residency is in place to offer new and emerging talent the support and facilities to develop their practice. It’s very self-orientated; I don’t necessarily have to produce an end product after 4 weeks, but it will be a bonus. I feel that the residency is really useful for my peers, who are sculptural and 3d artists, who actually require a studio space to make works. I can sit and make work anywhere on my computer.

This week specifically, I have been visiting the nearby northern areas of the peak district. I have worked in the peak district national park many times in the more southern areas, and the north is as ,if not, more spectacular. I have been making photographs with the intention to dissect and isolate certain elements of the landscape in the style of fragments 2013.The first day I went out was incredibly wet and cloudy. It wasn’t useful for that line of work, but the landscape looked incredible, shrouded in cloud and mystery. Driving through clouds, listening to Sigur Ros, then dropping downhills hidden valleys and reservoirs revealed themselves to me. Epic.

In the coming weeks, I shall be printing my work on to some new materials such as Acetate and Kraft paper, and I will be considering some less common ways of presenting. Additionally, I will be meeting with some professional and freelance photographers to discuss how to actually make a career from art and/or photography. University taught me a lot, but not how to actually make money. To follow me more, I post a lot of my progress almost daily to my Instagram page at itslangham

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