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Thanks – Medway open studios 2015

Been a while since the Medway open studios 2015 exhibition ‘It is what it is’

Thank you to everyone who came and guessed the film quote from many of my favourite 80’s and 90’s movies. It was great to see different interpretations of my photos.

Bigger thanks go out to all the wonderful people who took away with them lollies (for all correct guesses) and Nikki Price photography prints!

My favourite photo’s have to be these:

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‘If I’m not me, then who the hell am I’ -Arnie in Total Recall

Big thanks to my good friend Riven for the make up!

Although there was also room for something a bit silly:

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‘You should see the toast I couldn’t even get it through the door’ – John Candy as Uncle Buck

Again, we see her frustration with the system. The fetishism of everyday living is symbolised by another reoccurring theme, that is breakfast, which serves as a duel reminder of new beginnings and our constant struggle with power and authority. She has given up hope and the crisp bread is discarded before it can fulfil its potential.

I’ve already got my thinking cap on for the 2016 theme………hope to catch you there.

Medway Open Studios 2015!

Its nearly upon us Medway Open Studios 2015, anyone see my article in WOW! (page 19!)

I’ve had a bit of creative block for this MOSAF, don’t get me wrong I’m busy busy and loving it, but have a lacked a bit of oomph for my own work. That’s when dear Mr Nikki Price Photography came to the rescue with his quotes from 80’s and 90’s movies.

This open studios has been perhaps the least prepared I’d have liked to have been, but hey some of my best work has been in the moment! This exhibition is also slightly different in that there is a mixture of both portrait, self portraits, still life and landscape, so hopefully something for everyone!

Hope you will all pop along and see me (Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th July 11-3 further details here) and see if you can match up the quotes with the photos (possible prizes available -lollies!). I’ll also be displaying some photos from the last year which I think you’ll enjoy.

Till then x

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Art, Activism and the Community

I’m taking part in a short course called The Body Electric. I wanted to undertake something purely for my own development, I’m aware that it has been some time since my last blog, but hey ho, I Love to be busy!

Starting The Body Electric course has proved a very valuable time to me as a community activist and photographer, giving me wider thought about my community; the role I play within it; how my photography reflects my passion for the Medway area, and to also open my mind to new creative ways of thinking.

The breadth of experience within the room, and willingness of sharing skills and ideas, is wonderful. Some areas of the Medway Towns are sometimes put down in the media, over the recent years I’ve only felt a real ‘can do/will do’ attitude through the people I meet. Don’t get me wrong there are improvements that can be made anywhere and no place is ever really ‘perfect’, but feel that your little slice can be made great and have a knock on effect to the wider area.

We shared lunch today, thinking about our environmental community, many people chose to bring along food to share that they had made themselves, I bought along a vegetarian pasta with pesto made from the spinach in my garden. The visit to the Sunlight Centres Community Garden, and Mens Shed project was inspirational.

I have definately got out of my comfort zone at our full day session today; I just went for a wander with my camera (those of you who know me well, know I like to have a plan of action!) to explore lower Gillingham, a place I hadn’t really visited before. Rambling over the old port train track, to Hillyfields. Amongst the rows of Victorian terraces I stopped at the Orchard on Hillyfields pondering over a cut tree and wrote this:

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Your roots are still there
And part of you to see
An illusion of a grand tree
That you once were, to me

I don’t know what happened
Or how it came to be
That you are there
with your bare bones to see

Amongst this concrete jungle
You are in an oasis of calm
The birds continue their tweeting
As the sun beats down on my arm

There are so many places in Medway
I have yet to see
But for now thanks Hillyfields
Thanks for having me.

Just loving documenting things

It has been a while since my last blog back in July. I thoroughly enjoyed the Medway Open Studios and the feedback from my Mindfulness exhibition was fantastic, some more filming to come I think.

As well as being busy with commissions, event photography, workshops, photography courses and personal projects, I wanted to share with you that as a photographer I just can’t resist the urge to document things!

Everything I see and experience I want to capture in my memory as well as my camera, seeing everything from a pleasing angle. It is very easy these days to capture anything at any time (if you have a smart phone on you). Some of my most wonderful moments have been on a relaxed woodland walk with my Woof, taking the odd photo on my I-phone, which I would urge you to do as well.

My photography is such a mindfulness act, being right in the moment with my clients, friends, loved ones, continuing to see things in the best way possible, capturing that smile, the laugh of the audience, seeing the confidence grow in people who have never really done any photography before.

Documenting things has become such a part of me through my love of photography, helping me to capture those wonderful moments in life.

I just wanted to share that with you. Happy Snapping x

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Nikki Price Photography MOSAF 2014

What a scorcher of a July 14 Medway Open Studios!

For the first time this year I produced an article about the launch of the Medway Open Studios, including my photos, for online magazine the Medway Broadside.  This received some good feedback from its reader base.

With around 80 visitors to my exhibition it would seem that Medway is very interested in the practice of mindfulness (and of course my fabulous photos and documentary video).

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As well as the focus on mindfulness, taking portraits of people, I included a number of calming/mindful images, it’s always a tricky one knowing which photos to print.  However I went with my instinct of those photos that I particularly liked, and it would seem you did too! The project theme is a passion of mine to assist my own mental health, but has come out of conversation at the Time to Talk events I run locally.

The documentary short film with music by 3D, received some wonderful feedback:

‘such a peaceful and calming documentary’

‘I feel so relaxed now…..can I stay?’

‘I wasn’t quite sure what mindfulness was, but now I know a bit more I’m going to start practicing!’

‘I share to many things (on social media) about what I’m up to, I going to try and be in the moment and not worry about sharing it with the world!’

‘feeling so relaxed now’

And on my accompanying written piece for the exhibition:

‘this is a wonderful piece, your description of your mindfulness moment, is written like we are breathing with you, experiencing that moment with you’

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Medway Open Studios continues to be a big passion of mine allowing me to totally focus on my own project.  I’ll leave you will a quote from my written piece, until next year.

Breathing in the warm spring air, feet flat on the floor I shut my eyes in the middle of the pavement, listening to the cars going by, then listening deeper to the birds and natural sounds, another deep breath, with the sun beating down on my face, I opened my hands facing them to the warmth, feeling the gentle breeze pass through my fingers like water. It was an amazing feeling, having chosen a time to stop and be mindful had been so precious to me.” – Nikki P 14.03.14

 

Mindfulness for Medway Open Studios

Wow – its been busy busy at Nikki Price Photography HQ since February, Band shoots, Event photography, Graduations, Head shots, and preparation for my exhibition for this Julys Medway open Studios.

This year I’m focussing on Mindfulness, a particularly poignant theme for me this year since starting the Time to Talk events in which chatters come together to discuss Mental Health issues they may have experienced, in a supportive environment, both chatters and I have been interested in Mindfulness to help with Mental Health issues they maybe facing.   I find the act of simply being focussed on one thing so beneficial and calming, Photography for me is a Mindful practice, I wondered what other people did and benefitted from being ‘Mindful’.

So here I go camera in hand, having a dialogue with my models, as well as stills there will be a short documentary about each models thoughts and experiences of Mindfulness.

There have been some wonderful examples of people being Mindful so far in my shoots, being by the river, yoga practice, walking, drawing, reading, I don’t think I’ve been more attentive and peaceful watching someone shine their shoes in my life, truly amazing.

I’m also working with a superb musicians to get the music to accompany the documentary, a new venture for me.

Hope to see you at the Medway Open Studios 12th-21st July.

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Rochester Flea

On late winters sunny day I popped into the Rochester Flea, located in the Gordon Hotel on Rochester High Street.

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A bustle of people popping in and out of the doors, with their recycled bags full of individual treats and goodies from the stall holders inside.

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The Rochester Flea for me (like the Farmers Market) is a fantastic opportunity to source something individual and chat with local people who are passionate about their trades.

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This feeling was so abundant especially when chatting with Ron from Papa’s Yankee Workshop.  Ron’s passion for his carpentry is infectious.  I was fascinated when he was telling me that all his items were made in his own workshop from reclaimed/found wood.  I loved the lines in the tulip wood, and enjoyed looking at each of his gorgeous bespoke pieces.

Robin from Scorpio Gallery was another interesting person to chat to, it was good to have contact with a local Picture Framing service, since the sad closure of Langley Galleries on the High Street.

Now as you may know from my last post of Rochester Farmers Market, I love food! The Rochester Flea doesn’t disappoint on this front, as well as having some wonderful crafts, vintage clothing, house hold materials, reclaimed and reloved items, and even a Disco, there is Fikabrod.

Headed up by Rikard, Fikabrod is a Swedish bakery selling all kinds of original Swedish treats.  I particularly love the cinnamon buns and  the chocolate coconut balls! The photos probably don’t do it justice you have to sample the delights for yourself!

The next Flea is on 29th March 12-4 why not pop down and enjoy.

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Rochester Farmers Market

I love being involved in anything to do with my home town and I really love food. One of best combinations of home town and food currently takes place in the Corporation Street Car Park in Rochester, yes you’ve guessed it, Rochester’s Farmers Market -Yay!

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I loved wandering down today in this chilly January morning, a bit overcast but the sun finally put in an appearance.

It was good to meet some of the stall holders and supporters. The market has recently been voted by the Taste of Kent Awards one of the top three in Kent. With a some support via lots of twitter action!

Fellow twitterer Steve the Fish had a good selection of fresh fish and sea food and I took home some scallops and Whelks.

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I bought a nice Cheese and Tomato focaccia and a Rosemary and sea salt Ciabatta, and some Goats Cheese.

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There were crepes, from Crepe in my Face, (I recommend the Brie, Mushroom and Garlic Savory -Yum) Samosas and Chutneys from Baljinder at Cinnamon Girl, and a great demonstration of cooking crushed potatos, with Goats Cheese, greens and onions, by Sparky from Source2Sauce, with all produce sourced from the stalls at the market today. It was very yummy and I’ll definitely be making that at home!

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There was also a variety of stalls selling Meats, cakes, ales, ciders, jewellery, candles, preserves, sweet things, plants and flowers, and a Gardeners tips corner.

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I was intending to just pop down, take a few photos and go home and enjoy my food, but I found the atmosphere so warm and welcoming, with real community spirit, I stayed for a couple of hours chatting and sampling the food!

I have fond memories of the original flea/Farmers market at Corporation street when I was a little girl. I’m so pleased that the Farmers Market appears to be growing, and along with the revival of the Flea Market at the Gordon Hotel, it is good to see the Rochester community supporting local businesses.

Really looking forward to the next one:

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Medway Little Theatres Calendar Girls Production May 2013

I have been so proud to have been the photographer for the cast of Medway Little Theatres production of ‘Calendar Girls’. In the true spirit of the story, the ladies wanted to produce a calendar in aid of charity, many of their lives (as I am sure many of us) have been touched by Cancer.

The first shoot took place at my home studio, with the ladies very enthusiastic about the props they would be using for their scene, a wonderful mixture of knitting, Jam, Tea pots, cakes, and buns. There was indeed some liquid refreshment to overcome and initial nerves, but the ladies soon settled into the shoot, with one letting me know that if they couldn’t do the nude shots for the calendar, then they wouldn’t have been able to get on stage and do it! I felt very privileged to have undertaken the shots making the ladies feel at ease.

The Second (and final) shoot took place in the Theatre -wonderful to work with the Theatre lights. The mixture this time was a piano, broccoli, some fabulous little black dresses and Christmas decorations.

I was in awe of the ladies enthusiasm for producing a Calendar to support charities close to their hearts, I have enjoyed every stage of this shoot, and ecstatic about the outcome, all the ladies look amazing.

The cast were also very keen to have me included on the Calendar, which I was happy to oblige:

“the last phase of the flower is the most glorious”

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The Calendars were sold throughout the production (which I also went to see cried and laughed!) which ended on 19th May 2013, and they still can be purchased for £7.50, collection only from Nikki Price Photography HQ (please use my contact me page if you wish to purchase one).

To date the Calendars have raised over £1,500 for Marie Curie, Cancer Research, and Macmillan Nurses, well on the way to the Casts target of £3,000.

The Calendar has received some wonderful feedback from visitors to the Theatre, as well as having a fantastic write up in the Local Kent Messenger.

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