Happy easter everybody! Over the last few weeks I’ve been taking photos for Wilburton Theatre Group (WTG), firstly to help raise funds for Marie Curie Daffodil Appeal, and also to document the progress of their latest theatrical offering – Big Fish The Musical.
Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed Columbia Pictures film directed by Tim Burton, BIG FISH centers on Edward Bloom, a travelling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. Overflowing with heart, humor and spectacular stagecraft, BIG FISH is an extraordinary new musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre – for an experience that’s richer, funnier and BIGGER than life itself.
It is starting to shape up into a really fun show. They have also raised money by hosting a lip-sync battle, so I’ve included photos from the rehearsal and the lip-sync battle in this post.
The show takes place on the 7th – 9th of April at 7.30pm. Tickets are available on the WTG website – get booking now!
Big Fish The Musical
The NHS letter in support of Junior Doctors has had quite a journey. Firstly it made the 10 ‘o’ clock news in February and then the local news, but now it’s headed for its biggest assignment yet. My digitised version of the banner has now been blown up to billboard size and is currently on display in Kennington, South London SE11 6QH.
Last week I went down to the billboard to photograph its launch. You can see in the pictures that the glue was still wet on the paper, but it looks like shadow so it’s not too distracting. Photographing the billboard (and the volunteers who braved the cold to come out) proved to be almost as challenging as photographing the banner itself. The main issue was the lack of light – unfortunately the billboard company neglected to repair the spot lights that should be illuminating the billboard, so instead I had to rely on ambient light, which was a distinct shade of piss-yellow that had to be drastically colour corrected to look passable.
The lovely person organising all of this – Katy Shorttle – is hoping the images will be used in the national news, so fingers crossed it gets more exposure. Unfortunately after making some positive noises, the Evening Standard have gone quiet on publishing an article about the billboard. Public apathy, and ultimately antipathy is exactly what Jeremy Hunt wants, so we all need to do our bit to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Katy has also made a flipagram post about it. I did not know what a flipagram was until she posted the link, but it seems to fill an audio-visual niche that Instagram and Vine doesn’t cover. You can keep up with the latest developments with the letter and the Junior Doctors contract in general by visiting her website.
Anyway, here are images from the event – enjoy and share!
Two years ago, I was kindly invited as a guest artist to exhibit some of my work at the Grantchester Artists show. As fun as it was to take part in something like this, I didn’t sell very much, nor did I expect to. Most of my work is documentary-based, and perhaps not the kind of stuff you want to see on a wall in a house.
However, when I was asked to return for the 2016 show, I thought I’d go for broke and put up a few of my favourite landscape photos from over the last few years. My hope was that I’d at least sell a couple of prints and have the satisfaction of having my pictures adorning someone’s living room or bathroom (in my opinion, the bathroom is the best place to put art!). When I came to pick up the work earlier today I was gobsmacked to see that I’d sold all of my work, several times over! I’m pretty sure this is down to the rock bottom price of £60 for a 24” x 24” framed print, but a very pleasant surprise nevertheless.
So while I will hike up the prices next time, I thought I would extend the offer to the interwebs on the off chance anyone else fancied a bargain. The images below are the ones I sold, and if you fancy one for yourself or as a present to someone else, email me and I’ll do it for the same price.
24″ x 24″ Digital C-Print. Holme Fen, Cambridgeshire. £60 inc. frame. Postage not included.
A2 Giclée Print. Copenhagen, Denmark. £40 inc. frame. Postage not included.
A2 Giclée Print. Paris, France. £40 inc. frame. Postage not included.
There are many more fen landscapes from the same series – I can email a contact sheet of images to anyone that’s interested.
Grantchester Artists 2016