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Brighton photo fringe 2018

I have the great pleasure of being included as one of the exhibited photographers in Tim Andrews new exhibition called “Over Hills and Seas”, and is part of this year’s Brighton photo fringe.

The exhibition is being held at Regency Town House, 13, Brunswick Square, Hove, East Sussex BN3 1EH
The exhibition will run from Saturday 29th September to Sunday 28th October 2018 and is open from 12 noon to 6pm Thursday to Sunday only.

The exhibition supports Parkinson’s UK (Registered Charity No.258197) and any donations will be most gratefully received.

Also, I will be invigilating the exhibition on Sunday 7th and 14th October, so please do come along and say hello.
Tim has produced a brochure/zine which features all of the displayed photographs along with some accompanying text and are priced at just £5 each (cash only), available at the exhibition.

Participating photographers
 
Samin Ahmadzadeh (http://www.samin-ahmadzadeh.com/)

Joan Alexander (https://joanalexander.net)
Julia Horbaschk (https://juliahorbaschk.com/)
Brian David Stevens (http://briandavidstevens.com/)
David Wares (https://davewares.co.uk/) (me)
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Events

In Pictures; The Cyril and Lilian Bishop lifeboat

Today saw the finale of Dee-Day White and Tush Hamilton’s restoration project to bring the Cyril & Lilian Bishop (aka, The Ghost of Dunkirk) lifeboat back to Hastings.
The challenge today was to bring the boat from The Stade on the seafront, up All Saints street to its final resting place opposite All Saints church.

Congratulations to Dee-day and Tush, it really was a tremendous effort by everyone involved.

Here is my record of the event in pictures.

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Over the Hill at Montefiore

I am very pleased to announce that a selection of 40 photographs from Tim Andrews project ‘Over the Hill’, will be on display at the Montefiore hospital in Hove this coming May.  The exhibition runs from the 5th to 26th May, located in the ground floor reception area. Tim recommends that visitors please view between the hours of 10am to 5PM as it is a working hospital. Most of the photographs will be on show for the first time but I am chuffed for this to be the second appearance of my picture ‘Journeyman’, (the first showing was at Goldsmiths college).

The address is; The Montefiore Hospital, 2 Montefiore Road, Hove, BN3 1RD.

For more information about Tim’s project, please click here.

Here is a link to a BBC culture show feature from 2011, about the project.  https://youtu.be/hd4jOWzMyx8

I very much hope to get over and see all the great work, I hope you can too.

‘Journeyman’

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Anthrax @Concorde2

My wife and I went to see thrash metal legends Anthrax, at the Concorde 2 in Brighton last night. They ripped it! We were there purely as audience members and I went armed with only a premium compact. Got some half decent shots nonetheless.

No need for me to do a review, suffice to say that if you love Anthrax, they still got it!

Quite fancy having a go at event photography one day.

 

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Journeyman

Journeyman

‘Journeyman’

ND4 grad filter, processed in Lightroom 5.7

So, a little while back I received an e-mail out of the blue from a chap named Tim Andrews. Having found me through Twitter and liking what he saw, he went on to tell me about his project “Over the Hill” and asked if I’d be interested in taking his picture. Tim was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease a few years back and as a result took early retirement, he has since embarked on this rather fascinating artistic endeavour of being photographed by numerous people as his Parkinson’s progresses.  But, rather than me doing a bad job of telling his story here, I encourage you to follow the link above to read all about it.

As I write this, Tim has now been photographed by over 360 photographers. I am number 366.

After reading about this project and seeing such great images on his blog, I just knew I wanted to be involved. We agreed on a time and place and kept my fingers crossed for some good weather on the day.

The weather turned out to be fabulous and I had purposely chosen the date to co-inside with a low tide. In fact the weather was a bit too good and there was barely a cloud to be seen. Boring blue I thought.  Had I been photographing by myself I don’t think I would’ve come away with shots half as good as I did. On this occasion having Tim there as a subject really added a much needed interest to the pictures, changing the dynamics totally.

I had various ideas for posing Tim leading up to the shoot and the shot above, which Tim finally chose as his fave,  was the first to be tried. I provided the case as a prop with the idea of having someone looking out to sea, contemplating life, both past and present. Tim got this totally and was pretty much his main reason for choosing it to become part of his project.

Other ideas included using a flash umbrella as a visual prop, with the flash being taped up inside to illuminate him in an unusual way. Also we tried some shots of Tim dancing and jumping (both Tim’s suggestions) as the sun went down. I was pretty happy with the majority of shots but I narrowed it down to a final seven before sending them to Tim to make the final choice.

You can read Tim’s fantastic blog about our day here.

I have also put up a page here showcasing all of the images I sent Tim to choose from.

After a really enjoyable shoot we headed off to a local pub for a well deserved beer and some food.

I’m so happy Tim asked me to become part of his journey, it was a very memorable day.

 Thanks Tim!

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Growing a Mo for Movember

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That’s right, I’ve decided to sign up for this years Movember to help raise money and awareness for men health.

The challenge is to start on the 1st November (tomorrow) with a clean shaven face and then simply grow a moustache for the rest of the month. I can’t remember the last time I had a wet shave but I reckon it could be getting close to 20yrs! I’ll also be taking a photo of the bottom part of my face each day to record my progress. I’ll post them to Twitter to save you all the trauma of having to view them here!

To find out more about this great cause then please visit my Mospace (clicking on the image above will also take you there). Donating is easy and can even be made anonymously if you so wish. Any contribution you wish to make no matter how big or small will make all the difference.

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(Me before tomorrows shave).

Thanks for reading,

Dave.

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Red Fantastic

The star of the show.

Of all the Morgans that I saw during my visit to Bodiam Castle, it has to be this gorgeous fiery red beast that won the day. Red is just a fantastic colour, especially when applied to sports cars as they just pop out at you exclaiming, ‘here I am, come look at me’.

There’s so much detail on older cars that it sometimes can be difficult to know where to start. You could spend ages concentrating on the headlights or a spoked wheel, let alone getting the car as a whole.

I suppose when you own such a vehicle it would be very hard, if not impossible, not to be a member of some kind of club. This person certainly seems to be a loyal member, and gives folks like us even more great details to hone in on. The shot above is in fact a different car, sporting a slightly darker, metallic finish.

I was rather pleased how this shot of the rear came out, with so much vibrancy and detail it almost leaps off the screen.

The only thing that was slightly disappointing yet unavoidable, was the run of the mill family cars that were park all around them, meaning that there was virtually no angle that could be taken where you eliminate them from the frame.  Still, I was pretty happy with what I got all the same.