It has now been just over twelve months since I completed my Diploma of Photography.
In my final exhibition I received two silver awards, one for this image (pictured directly behind me) in the 'breathing dreams' series and (surprisingly) one for my visual arts diary, my 'experimental work' in the darkroom over the second half of the year! Filled to the brim with cyanotypes, salt prints and chemical painting!
And also received a 'Creative Arts Showcase Award' which has so many adjectives in its title, I don't actually know what I did to win it, but hey, I got a pin hole camera out of it so no complaints.
I am missing being in the darkroom! And hence, am strongly considering going back, to do my bachelor's. Just for darkroom access?! ;) that's a lot of theory to sign up for, for use of a little darkened room right :D
And the pin hold camera sits in my campervan, itching to still to be experimented with!
Yet, I DO waste a lot of it! I am surprisingly good at being a productive procrastinator.
The actual exhibition though: I have been fortunate that in the past twelve months three of the five images have won many awards, and continue to do so. I have also added many new pieces to the 'breathing dreams' curation overall, the goal to create 24.
I mentioned a few days ago the first book.
The second book I am currently working on will then be using these images - and simply titled 'breathing dreams'. A book I want to have the feel of a William Turner stunner. It's a big ask. But I think he would have to be one of my favourite artists of all time, painting emotionally charged works.
The book; a coffee table extension of the curation - with the previous year's work and including others from new fresh shoots.
So different shooting to fit to a curation, over just heading out and shooting off single images, but a creative challenge I continue to love.
A slow road as these do take a lot of time - planning and shooting to create, but look forward to the book coming together.