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Photographs of Hot Potato Records pop up shop in North Road, Durham City organised by Empty Shop as part of the Durham Streets Summer Festival.

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I like to keep a sketchbook/scrap book where I store un finished ideas and pieces of work so I can refer back to them. Below are some photos showing a sketch book that has mostly ideas for artists books projects in.

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I have just spent 2 fabulous days at the Baltic, exhibiting as part of the Baltic Artist’s Book Fair. The fair consisted of a wonderfully diverse collection of book artist’s and their work all of whom were generous and happy to discuss their practices and ideas.

Below gives just a small snippet of some of the artists who were taking part to give a tiny taste of the event.

 Lucy May Schofield:

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Lucy was hosting the wonderful Biblotherapy Artist’s Book Library, a collection of artist’s books which Lucy will personally prescribe for each visitor.

Hugh Brydon, Roncadora Press:

Printmaker and publisher from from Dumfries, Scotland.

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Sarah Morpeth, an artist working mainly on paper:

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Malcom Gibson and Rachel Gibson:

It was the invitation to contribute to ‘Real Art’ (Andy Law, Elspeth Law, Malcolm Gibson and Rachel Gibson’s) artist’s book which provided my introduction and ongoing involvement with creating and contributing to artist’s books.

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Photographer Joshua Cobbin  from Preston just completed his degree in photography through Nothumbria University was showing a selection of his photographic books.

Artists Sara Wicks was showing her beautiful paper based works.

Miami based artist Marie Marcono‘s calligrapic based work:

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Photographs taken while taking part in the Baltic Artist’s Book Fair Friday 14th-Saturday 15th June.

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This 120 medium format contact print shot back in 1998 and forms one of a series of b/w photographs I took documenting street dancers and DJ s from several London clubs.

The portrait is of C.J. who along with Stevie C were the DJ s of the Sunday Soul Affair held upstairs at the Blue Note Hoxton Square, London, while DJ’s Snowboy and Phil Levene held the HiHat jazz session downstairs. (Goldie’s Metalheads session followed Snowboy’s HiHat on a Sunday.)

I photographed C.J. outside of the Blue Note one Sunday afternoon as he arrived for the session. This small image holds a poignancy as C.J. had only recently lost his wife to a very aggressive form of cancer.

The negative was professionally developed at a lab in Soho, London as at that time I did not have a universal enlarger.

The photo was taken with a 1950’s Delmonta 120 camera which was erratic but which took some intriguing images.

Collages and prints  taken from a series of collages and small prints dating from 2012.

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Its been a few years ago now since  I first came across the work of photographer Francesca Woodman.

Her work haunts me so this Easter I brought the Kindle edition of Isabella Pendicini’s Francesca Woodman: The Roman years: between flesh and film.

I have always been drawn to Woodman’s compositions and the sense of surface in her photographs and was interested to read that alongside the surrealists and Man Ray Pendicini states that the 14 th century Italian art including those of the painter Giotto’s were a major influence on Woodman. Pendicini continues that Woodman made drawings studying spatial organization of the Italian painters which were a part of her careful preparations for her photographs.

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Another aspect of  Woodman’s work that has interested me has been her use of cyanotype printing.

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Researching to find out more about the cyanotype process I came across the Alternative Photography site here on WordPress.

This wonderful site has an amazing plethora of information on many photographic processes as well as much useful information on cyanotype printing methods.






Through out October 2012 and March 2013 I have been documenting the now disused offices of Durham county council at 17 Claypath, Durhamm City along side documenting the shows organized in the pop up gallery space by Empty Shop.

Some of the photographs from the project documenting the offices are now available as a Blurb photo book which can be previewed here:


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Visited James Watt’s installation Colony at 17 Calypath gallery today and it is well worth a visit. It runs until Wednesday 27th March.

It is the final show organized by Empty Shop to be held at 17 Claypath. The gallery has been host to a run of fabulous exhibitions organized by Empty Shop since Autumn 2012.

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