Starting off with a flash and a bang – 55 days to go to #NAF18

This month certainly started with a bang – we had a spectacular storm last night that’s given me another picture for #NAF18.

Grahamstown, Lightning, #NAF18, Metamorphosis, Night Photography

Autumn Storm over Grahamstown

I shall add it to the three night pictures in the Grahamstown Series I’ve already printed for Metamorphosis. You get such cool colours and effects in night photographs whether it’s a moon rise, car headlights or lightning. But they’re quite tricky to take. Then there’s problem of just how to print them. This time I’ve selected something a little different – Ilford Metallic Gloss.

The prints have a slight metallic sheen with rich contrasts and plenty of detail. They’ll be on sale at the exhibition and there’s a nice selection of my Grahamstown pictures over at my online portal roddythefox.co.za.

The Face of the Exhibition

You must find a dramatic image to publicise your exhibition – that’s what the #NAF18 organisers tell you. This year it was easy because Meagen gave me a photo shoot and we got some really striking images. For the photo shoot I made a set of motifs from tree ferns, branches and lightning that I projected on to her. Meagen struck some amazing poses for me: strong, beautiful and challenging all at once.

Metamorphosis #NAF18 Johan Carinus Art Centre Grahamstown

Meagen Photo Shoot for Metamorphosis

I re-inserted these new images back into the originals I’d worked from. There’s two pictures from the shoot at #NAF18. They’re called The High Priestess and Justice.  Somehow they fitted into the themes of the two Tarot cards.  The High Priestess gazes out from deep within your subconscious, rooted in the natural world.  Justice looks at the past and the present and her many faces reflect all of your past decisions. They’re  new additions to the Symmetry series I showed at last years Arts Festival.

I was extremely fortunate to have a second photo shoot – this time with Natalie who featured in last year’s exhibition – but that must wait for a another post.

 

 

More metal – 71 days to #NAF18

We collected another eight metal prints from Orms Print Room in Cape Town last week. They’re going to be showcased in Metamorphosis, my fringe exhibition at the Johan Carinus Art Centre during the National Arts Festival 2018. The four monochrome prints are pictured here. They’re unusual because they don’t have any white. Instead the brushed aluminium shines through and the grain from the metal gives a great texture.

 

Metamorphosis – 81 days until exhibition opening

Metamorphosis is my theme for this years’s exhibition on the Arts Festival Fringe at the Johan Carinus Art Centre. I’ve got 50+ images and more than 40 are new so with less than three months before opening I’m in constant communication with printers in Cape Town (Orms Print Room) and Port Elizabeth (Walker Digital).

I’m  also really excited about my online store for digital downloads. All of the images from Metamorphosis will be there in low resolution (suitable for web sites) and high resolution (suitable for print) versions. There’ll be an announcement here once it opens for business.

My popular series of Grahamstown landscapes will be a feature in the exhibition and the first batch of these prints have just arrived. I’m using different photographic paper this year:  Hahnemühle German Etching.  I really like the texture and print quality that the paper gives.  You can’t really see that in this slideshow so you’ll just have to come along to the Johan Carinus Art Centre for the full experience!  The exhibition’s open from 9am to 5pm for the duration of the Festival from 28 June to 8 July.

 

 

 

Faces at the exhibition

Now the Arts Festival is all over and the dust has settled it’s time to share a few of my faces from the exhibition.

My former student, Meagen, was a welcome visitor towards the end of the 11 day run.  The eyes in the frame behind give a fun effect to her picture. The young woman with the tree earring came in one day and kindly agreed to pose in front of the Green Men pictures – Harry Owen pointed out that the Green Man appears to be looking back out at her!  Outside every day was Desmond, , our friendly car guard, ready to greet you, help out and very much part of the scene.  One morning I experimented with some new effects and did an overlay of two festinos studying my pictures as the light angled across them from the window.  Then, in the last picture, I had a chance to photograph one of the Rhodes’ Fine Art students (I’m afraid I don’t know her name), she is the red head who is posing in front of the aloes.

It was opportunistic but I think I’ve got some nice pictures and they bring out the memories of #NAF17.

Catalogue: Symmetry Exhibition, National Arts Festival 2017

Here’s the complete catalogue of the photographic artworks for my Symmetry exhibition. Click on the images for a full-sized view.  If you want to purchase, or would like further information, please use the contact me form and I’ll respond to your request.  Print orders take 24 hours and will then be couriered to your address: the price includes courier charges.

I’m looking forward to seeing you at the Johan Carinus Art Centre.  The exhibition runs daily throughout the National Arts Festival from 29 June to 9 July: 9am to 5pm.

The Grahamstown Winter Series

I thought it was fitting to have six pictures from my Grahamstown Winter Series in the exhibition. They are all taken looking north, into the low angle winter light, through the mist and smoke so typical of this time of year.