Hello and welcome to my photography blog. I’m a documentary photographer and writer from Manchester in the UK. You can email me at: email@example.com or watch a short film or three here on vimeo and you can read my own publications here at Issuu.
My bit in the Didsbury Arts Festival, which runs at various venues until 30th June, is ‘A Proclamation’. It’s another piece about silence and is about… well, why don’t you just read the leaflet? If you want a pdf of it please message me, if you want a print copy ask me nicely.
It’s displayed in the side room at Home Community Cafe, which is part of the Emmanuel Church, 6 Barlow Moor Rd, Manchester M20 6TR (not open weekends) and is being shown alongside photographs by Sue Langford. To find out more about the festival visit: https://www.didsburyartsfestival.org
A new video which features several of my pieces about silence, including an explanation of ‘A Proclamation’, and ‘All Quiet’, which I did for the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War. It also includes some field recordings of places where it should be quiet but is fekkin’ noisy: The Whispering Gallery at St. Paul’s Cathedral, the reading room of Manchester Central Library and Tate Britain and last but by no means least, ‘100 Breaths Per Minute’.
The exhibition had its formal opening last week, thanks to everyone who made it. I was interviewed about the show in Now Then Manchester Magazine. If you’ve still not been it runs until Friday 28 June at Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery.
My new exhibition, ‘Flag of Convenience’ has opened for a preview week before its ‘proper’ opening on Saturday 1st June (tour at 2:30pm).
You couldn’t have an exhibition about flags without having some flags – Here’s the story behind a pair I’ve had made by the flagmakers to the Queen no less, in a piece called ‘£IG BANG! BOOM + BU$T’. And here are some photos of them being made…
The two flags are double-sided, and the designs are appliqued – none of your digital printed stuff here, mate – sorry – Your Majesty. Nice bit of overlocking stitching on the lettering too, you’ll note.
Anyway, if you’ve read thus far, you’re probably waiting for me to explain what it’s all about…
“No matter what political reasons are given for war, the underlying reason is always economic” – A.J.P. Taylor
National flags developed from the banners carried by armies into battle. Capitalism, deregulation and globalisation mean money and the power and influence it wields has no borders.
The phrase ‘Big Bang’, was used to describe the deregulation of the London Stock Exchange by Margaret Thatcher in 1986.
It was notable that one of the first things Thatcher did when she got in power in 1979 was to abolish limits on how much money you could stuff in a suitcase and take out of the country.
A ‘Boom and Bust’ cycle is where economic expansion is followed by a rapid contraction, leading to recessions, collapses in the market, and mass unemployment. This repeating cycle seems to be a constant feature of a capitalist economy.
My new exhibition is called ‘Flag of Convenience’ and it’s at Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery from Saturday 25th May until Friday 28th June 2019. Admission is free. Flags and what they are made to represent have been a longtime interest – The exhibition will include postcards and badges from the Dunnico eBay account to put the 40-odd photos in their social and historical context. They’ll even be a couple or more new artworks on show.
Anyway – here’s the leaflet and stay tuned for some background, outtakes and unveilings.
It may be called ‘Dull’ but hopefully this exhibition at the Brighton Fringe Festival will be anything but. For a start, I’ve got a piece in it. The exhibition has been put together by Sightlines Projects and “examines this most ordinary of words and invites the viewer to pause just a moment longer”.
I’ve droned on before about my 2011 sound installation 100 Breaths Per Minute, which has been shown a couple of times previously, but here’s what it says on the latest caption board:
“What could be duller than nothing? But of course, silence is not nothing – 100 Breaths Per Minute is a minute long and is made up of one hundred breaths. The breaths were the inhalations of announcers on BBC Radio 4, taken just before they began to introduce the next programme. There is a golden rule on the radio: The airwaves must never fall silent! This is in case someone spinning the tuning dial thinks there is nothing on – And as has already been stated, there is no such thing as nothing”.
If you can’t get down to Bath, you could always watch it on the television – Wireless radio with pictures!
Dull runs from 25 May to 9 June 2019 open daily from 10am to 6pm – Last day closing at 3pm at 8 Broad Street, Bath, BA1 5LJ.
I’m taking part in this year’s Didsbury Arts Festival, (22nd to 30 June 2019 at various venues) showing my piece ‘A Proclamation’, about the Two Minutes Silence observed during remembrance services.
I’m making a video that will be posted here during the festival and will look at my own interest in silences and how silence can say so much, much of it unintended.
I’ve got a couple of pictures in the Lyin’ Politicians Festival being held over what was supposed to be Brexit Weekend, at The Fish Factory Arts Centre in Penryn, Cornwall.