'Gap in the hedge' : Dan Wood

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'Gap in the hedge' : Dan Wood

Derek the Horseman from 'Gap in the Hedge'. © Dan Wood

Photographer Dan Wood describes the background, process and challenges behind the 2 year project 'Gap in the Hedge' which is about to be launched as his first hardback book.

Ffoton sat down with Dan to hear more about this large body of work and why the ’Bwlch-y-Clawdd’ (Gap in the Hedge) mountain pass connecting the Rhondda Valley to his birth town of Bridgend was something he needed to get out of his system.

 
 

Gap in the Hedge by Dan Wood

132 pp / 250 x 200mm
Hardback, natural cloth cover
Litho, 4-colour process
200gsm Satin paper
Edition of 500

Visit his website www.danwoodphoto.com
Follow Dan on Twitter @danwoodphoto and Instagram @danwoodphoto

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BILL JAY & BRITISH PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE 1970's Event

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BILL JAY & BRITISH PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE 1970's Event

We went along this weekend to The Martin Parr Foundation in Bristol for the premiere screening of the new Do Not Bend film on the life and influence of photography writer, educator and maverick Bill Jay - and a full day of fantastic talks from influential photographers making work in the UK during the 1970's.

The premiere screening last night (Friday 20th April) at The Martin Parr Foundation had a packed house and those attending weren't disappointed. Co-producers Grant Scott and Tim Pellatt created a very informative and touching tribute to Bill Jay - respected by many photographers and students in the UK where he was first editor of the influential Creative Camera magazine which ran from 1968–1969 before founding and editing twelve issues of the equally respected Album magazine from 1970-1971. Jay then moved to America in 1972 and founded the Photographic Studies program at Arizona State University, where he was professor of art history and taught photography history and criticism for 25 years.

To a wider community of photography enthusiasts, Bill Jay will be remembered as co-author with long-time close friend David Hurn on their popular book On Being a Photographer, first published in 1997 and still in print.

Ffoton's Brian Carroll caught up with Grant Scott to hear about the inspiration for making the film and his response to the audience reaction at the Premiere screening. Listen below...  

Conversations between presentation sessions at The Martin Parr Foundation. © Brian Carroll

A lovely moment of mutual respect: photographers and old friends Markéta Luskačová and David Hurn catch up after many years. © Brian Carroll

The following day (Saturday 22nd April) was packed with talks from influential photographers working in the UK during the 1970's; with the programme consisting of...

John Myers
Myers was shooting a mixture of portraits and urban landscapes in the Birmingham area in the 1970s in a project called ‘Middle England.’ He is currently working with RRB Photobooks to publish his full archive and their first book together, titled ‘The Portraits’,  will be launched on the 21st April to coincide with Myers’ talk.

Markéta Luskačová in conversation with Ken Grant
Luskačová has lived in London for almost 45 years and photographed in the East End in the 1970s. This work culminated in a show at the Whitechapel Gallery.

Peter Mitchell
Mitchell’s landmark colour exhibition ‘A New Refutation of the Viking 4 Mission’ was shown in 1979 at the Impressions Gallery, York. Peter will discuss the ideas and concepts behind this and his other bodies of work.

Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen
Finnish photographer Konttinen has lived and worked in the Newcastle area for nearly 50 years and is a co-founder of the Amber collective. She will talk about her Byker work from the 1970s which was recently acquired and shown by the Tate Modern. More recently Sirkka returned to Byker and photographed the new estate and it’s inhabitants that replaced the original community for her project Byker Revisited.

David Hurn in conversation with Martin Parr
Hurn was a pivotal figure of this decade, working both as a fashion photographer and  photojournalist.  At the time, his London flat was almost regarded as the creative hub of British photography. He will be in conversation with Martin Parr.

 David Hurn in conversation with Martin Parr in the final session. Hurn had the audience entranced (and often in stitched with laughter) with his anecdotes, views and trademark frankness. © Brian Carroll

David Hurn in conversation with Martin Parr in the final session. Hurn had the audience entranced (and often in stitched with laughter) with his anecdotes, views and trademark frankness. © Brian Carroll

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Mobile Cameras - a little experiment

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Mobile Cameras - a little experiment

We'll keep this brief - we'd like to pull together a variety of sample images from modern smartphones for a little experiment on print quality.

Ideally, we'd like you to send us one or two photographs that impressed you on your current mobile phone (or a previous handset you enjoyed using). The images should be well exposed, colour (although we'd also welcome some mono) and ideally RAW/DNG from the phone, or high quality JPegs.
Here's a useful article on shooting RAW on mobile and suggested Apps that support it.

The subject matter of the photographs can be anything you like but we'd like to explore quality of textures, detail and/or graduation of colour and shades if more abstract.

For test purposes, the mobile phone should be a model circa Apple iPhone 4 onwards - up to and including current handsets e.g. iPhone X, Samsung S9 etc. 

Since the focus of this little experiment is quality when printed (we aim to do this at a couple of sizes), by submitting your images you will be granting Ffoton permission to print them for the purposes of this test and a subsequent talk we will be arranging. That means we'll do a couple of test prints from selected submissions, showing them here on our website and at the event talk. Photographers whose images are selected will be notified and credited.

That's it! 

If you'd like to submit an image or two (be picky), just upload them to www.mailbigfile.com with a note of the following:

  • your name
  • phone model (and any App) used
  • if you have used the Jpeg or native RAW file (if available)

 and email them to ffotonwales@gmail.com

BIG THANKS IN ADVANCE!
And if you'd like to leave a comment or question below - feel free and we'll share the clean/sensible ones! :)


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Creating Sanctuary

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Creating Sanctuary

Collaborating with the Welsh Refugee Council - Cardiff-based Social Documentary photographer Nigel Pugh formulated his ‘Creating Sanctuary’ project to enable six volunteers from across Wales to share their story and experience of working with refugees in Wales.

Image © Nigel Pugh
Image © Nigel Pugh
Creating Sanctuary looked to identify fundamental human commonalities based around the loose theme of home, work and community, what they mean to us and bring to our lives. Beneath that lay the common thread of purpose, security, family, friends, creativity, camaraderie, healing, sharing loss and grief. In an ‘ideal’ society the ability to access these components is essential when required. The project aimed to illustrate and share those core human requirements, that are being created by those who have volunteered in Wales to assist refugees. Refugees whoever they are, regardless of where they are from, have had those basic human requirements wholly or partly removed. ‘Creating Sanctuary’ also sought to propagate the aspiration that Wales becomes the first ‘Nation of Sanctuary’.
— Nigel Pugh

The resulting exhibition opened in the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay on Wednesday 31 May 2017 and included the presentation of photographic portraits and quotes extracted from the volunteers text contributions in response to a set of questions. The exhibition coincided with 2017's volunteer week and refugee week.

Having contacted Ffoton early on to let us know the project had been awarded Arts Council of Wales funding, we asked Nigel if he'd be agreeable to recording his thoughts and approach prior to starting photography and again on completion of the work. The audio clips below offer some insight to his enthusiasm, thoughts and intended approach before commencing the work; followed by his reflection on the final process and results.

View more of Nigel's work on his website www.nigelpugh.co.uk
Follow him on Twitter @nspugh

Gallery images © Nigel Pugh. Used with permission of the photographer. Podcast images © Brian Carroll

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The Photo Essay in Wales

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The Photo Essay in Wales

Today (16th November 2017) wraps up a fascinating 7 month collaboration between Ffoton and Cardiff University's School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC) on a series of Photo Essay's documenting 'Pilot Engagement Projects' in the Cardiff City Region.

Working with JOMEC's Director Professor Richard Sambrook (an accomplished journalist and himself a talented photographer), we teamed up four South Wales-based photographers with postgraduate journalism students and asked each team to select and collaborate on one project to produce...

  • a set of 12-15 images and written story as a record for Cardiff University
  • additional images and printed Zine with their own creative interpretation of the same photo essay

The final results were creative and diverse.

Beyond delivering the final materials, Ffoton and JOMEC were just as interested to observe the different approach and challenges faced by each of the four teams. Other than a facilitated group meeting early on where we arranged access to historical photo essay materials from the inspiring Tom Hopkinson Centre for Media History in Cardiff University, the teams were left to develop the projects in their own time.

Ffoton and JOMEC would like to say a massive thank you to all photographers and journalists who gave up the time to participate:
Photographers
Lorna Cabble, Peter Evans, Andrew Hyde and Tracey Paddison
Respective Journalists
Rimantė Bivainytė, Keith Hursthouse, Alessio Perrone and Pommy Harmar

This evening we'll be bringing the teams back together along with a small invited audience at Cardiff University to hear a brief summary on each photographer's approach illustrated by some examples of the work and their final Zine. We're also very excited to have professional photojournalists Gareth Phillips and Glenn Edwards join us for a conversation on story, the market for and collaboration on the contemporary photo essay. It'll be spicy!

And for those not with us this evening...

In the first in a series of Ffoton videos exploring the photo essay, it seems fitting we start with the wonderful Daniel Meadows - an important and still passionate photographer in social documentary and himself a former lecturer in photojournalism at Cardiff University. 

Videos © Ffoton

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