White Wall @ Llawn01 2013


My response to the empty space that was Dolgarrog Aluminium works and the pride of the people who worked there. The work was part of Haus of Helfa for Llawn01. Taken from an 8mm cine film projection found at a car boot sale and over 3 hrs of conversation with John ‘Brickie’ Roberts. Then projected on the old Canteen wall at Dolgarrog Aluminium works.

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A Short film of memories and dreams


I manged to get into my old junior school before it was knocked down. In the short film there is footage from the production we did of ‘Joseph and his amazing Technicolor dream coat’. Looking back this was a massive effort from the community. While musicals not been something im interested in this feet still makes me smile. Please enjoy The last days of school

North and South of Keith Arnatt


So in the last few weeks I have been lucky enough to see two Keith Arnatt exhibitions. One at Oriel Mostyn…

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and the other at Tate Britain.

A.O.N.B. (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) 1982-4 by Keith Arnatt 1930-2008

As you can imagine both at different ends of the spectrum on scale, yet punching at the same weight. The North end of Arnatt’s work is some 10 to 12 images of post-market and typically British rubbish in the Mostyn. The South (Tate Britain) represents a retrospective of Keith Arnatt’s work, not only this but it is placed in the context of the History of British Art show that the gallery is running.

Keith Arnatt quote

 

The above statement taken from the Tate Britain highlights our constant obsession to document everything on a phone rather than enjoy the moment for yourself. I recently saw on T.V someone on the West Holts Stage at Glastonbury with Nile Rodgers with is face stuck in his i-pad filming. What would Keith have done? Enjoy the moment look around, that is why we are fitted with memories!

I was introduced to Arnatt at an early age in my creative journey. It was like the fear going to High School then finding out your older second cousin went there to protect and everything would be ok. I think I am like Arnatt, inspired by the Mundane, feelings of ‘the big tourist attraction is on the right, what happens if I take a picture to the left?’ The scale of both shows is inconsequential, they both deliver a Heinrich Manoeuvre to the senses.

Arnatt’s place in the Tate is along with Richard Long is a tip of the hat to arts based photographers, from Arnatt’s images of dogs, decaying food produce or post it notes. His process was a struggle but the continued commitment to art gave it foundation and strength. The boxes work in Oriel Mostyn is refined in scale but still solid in impact, touched again with Arnatts melancholic chic. For me the sadness created by the boxes is metaphorical in maybe what he was trying to the say. What are we like?

Keith Arnatt; the thinking mans photo documentarist…

 

 

Alan in Sicily Day #7


Well i did it

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Top night

My work here is done…

Ciao

 

Alan in Sicily Day#5


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Busy day yesterday above and below are pictures of where I will be putting on my exhibition on friday night of photos and projection

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This gallery in milazzo castle will take some beating.

I went to the library its was very different to england it was almost like a museum I didn’t see the new Mills and Boon by the front door. Beautiful marble staircase

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I walked to the store yesterday done the back lane totally out in the fields and every so often there would be a strong smell of cannabis like its growing wild. There missing a trick if it is 🙂

Got a good solid collection of pil boxes i think ive got 12 or 13 images to project in the vault of the castle.

We are told we will get a tour of parts of the castle not open to the public. Watch out tony Robinson and time team

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This morning I met Rossi the beetle

 

The night Black & White Met.


The night Black & White Met.

Monochrome,

On distant hills.

Sheep look dirty,

on white rutted fields.

7 lines,

Follow our track,

Sending information,

To the world,

And back.

Wind swept.

Remote.

These commuters,

Hardened folk.

Platform pulls in,

Foot prints in snow.

Well trodden greats,

Return from departure hrs ago.

Black Barisal bushes.

Break up the white.

Darkness grows stronger,

Retracting the light.

 

Paris and The Sickness


Salon de locomotion aerienne 1909 Grand Palais...
Salon de locomotion aerienne 1909 Grand Palais Paris. Exhibits include: Monoplan Hanriot; Louis Blériot; Delahaye; Fiat; Gnome; Darracq (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Saint Germain
Saint Germain (Photo credit: Chad and Steph)

I for the last years have been in Paris at this time of the year for Paris photo which was  in the carousel below Louvre. It has now moved over to the Grand Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill in West Paris. I’ve spent so much time walking around paris I can find my way around it pretty much without a map. It’s such a beautiful place. I’ve only been there in the autumn I kind of worry what it will look like in the summer. I Love the place

Grand Palais a Paris
Grand Palais a Paris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I miss you

I’m dull because where i am is dull

Too which a sort out was on and all inspiration gone

No seine left me sad

Toffee Eclairs beige pants and hat

only in Saint Germain can you do that

the tower base, leave me happiest were its flat

inspiration flows creativity

Take time to shoot the right line

The winter leaves make my heart wane

Self certification it wont happen again

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