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Opening the other box……part 2

Those of you who read my previous blog on the beginnings of getting my ideas together for the Exhibition of Skin for Pandora’s Other Box, at the Horsebridge Centre Whitstable, will note that the development of my ideas has been an interesting journey.

I had still been skirting around what I had wanted to produce therefore I took some of my previous work to the second Pandoras other box enrichment meeting, particularly ‘The Nude’ work.  This is ongoing work from 2013, at that stage I was looking for technically perfect photos and poses of the models, and being work I had completed 3 years prior wasn’t sure how I felt about them now, as both my skills and creative thoughts have moved on so much since then.

I was a little apprehensive to start as other than the feedback I received from my visitors at my open studios, I hadn’t really had much direct critique of my work.  It was great however, to have the constructive feedback from the ladies at the Pandoras other box meeting.  At this stage I hadn’t fully set what my focus was for the Skin competition. Various feedback included that ‘the photos were technically excellent, some didn’t like the way the nude models were looking directly into the camera, some loved the openness and relaxed nature of the models (which I think in part is down to my ability to put people at ease), and some suggested that I find the meaning for me in the photos that I produce’. This was perhaps the best bit of advice, as I had concentrated so much into the technical side before, that I hadn’t reflected on what message I want to convey.

With that in mind I went off once again to explore another technique of using the body again but focussing on hands……..they can often give us so much information about a person, even if we do not know them very well. I played with ‘in camera’ double exposure, similar effects can also be gained from overlaying photos in photoshop.

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Opening the Other Box………

Through a friend of mine, I noticed a post on Facebook inviting women to an informal talk about Whitstable Womens Art group Pandora’s Other Box.

A little apprehensive to start I drove to my favourite sea side place, I was’t sure really what to expect but I suppose that is the great thing of going slightly out of your comfort zone to learn about something new.  I’ve wanted to expand my art based photography more along side the commercial side and felt that this would be great opportunity to do it!

The women at the meeting were very welcoming and the wide scope of the exhibition title ‘Skin’ was the focus, explained that there will be a series of meet ups, and enrichment workshops to lead to exhibition at the Horsebridge Centre Whitstable what a great focus.

Feeling totally inspired from the session, I hurried away making notes and sketching ideas on what I wanted to focus on, my initial thoughts were around Macro Photography, focussing literally on the skin capturing all its wonderful blemishes.  I’d focussed on The Nude in a previous project so feel quite comfortable around this subject.  Another thought is around tattoo’s and piercings as a form of body armour/expression, another part of me wants to run off and make something in clay!

A visit to the British Museum was great to bring my focus back and great to go as a group as well helped the sharing of ideas over cake!  I’ve only ever been to the British Museum once before, and how many of us can say we have been inspired by Japanese, Egyptian and Mexican art in one day!

The second meet up was a great leveller, I was very conscious that I hadn’t ‘played’ enough with my project ideas and getting into a bit of a spiral of lots of thought and no action.  It was reassuring to hear that many women in the group felt the same.

My conclusion to this part of the process is that I need to play more and be confident that the outcome may not be the final piece, its more the journey we take sometimes.

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Pandora’s other box visit to the British Museum

Brownie 127 Project…..so far!

The start to my Brownie 127 project (Medway in the 1950’s) has been amazing.  I’ve made such a connection with the people I interviewed, don’t get me wrong it has been amazing visiting the Medway archives searching through resources and reading books about local history, but it something entirely different talking to people, and listening to their stories.  Here’s a taster of some of the people I have interviewed so far for the project (Don’t want to give any spoilers!), want to be involved? see here.

Barry E: a great visit to the former Horsted Farm site in Chatham where Barry’s family worked, it is now an open space with some housing, skirting the edge of Fort Horsted.  Barry remembers when they planted the trees for the Orchard.

Richard B: we visited numerous places Luton arches area of Chatham. I loved hearing Richards stories especially that the proximity to living so close to the railway had inspired him to become an engineer!  Richards enthusiasm for the local area and supporting its heritage hasn’t faltered as he is the Chairman of a charity working to establish a 1939 Chatham bus as an educational resource, the Medway Heritage Bus.

Brownie 127 – A review and next Project

I must admit I haven’t played around with film photography for a while, my last project of film photos was for my modern day fairytale exhibition for Medway Open Studios.

I was delighted to be asked to have a play with a Kodak Brownie 127, something of a staple camera from the 1950’s.

The prospect of using another film camera was exciting. I’m at the start of prepping for a blurred / imperfect / destructive digital photography project, and the imperfections and a ‘hope and a prayer kind of photo’ that film gives you, has fuelled my fire of producing more film photography.

As I had come to the Brownie 127 Project quite late, it seemed the perfect time to have my 9 exposures entitled ‘The Last Day of Summer’. So on the sunniest and warmest day of August 2015, I loaded up the Brownie 127 and spent some quality time in my garden.

I was fortunate enough to have ben lent a Brownie camera with a film by a fellow artist who is also submitting work for the Brownie 127 project. This and the advice via email from the project lead made this start very easy.

I was however a little apprehensive to start…..with my staple 35mm Canon Film camera, (make sure its loaded in a dark room, automatic wind on, be careful when handling the film, make sure its in a dark room etc etc), the ease and simplicity of the Brownie camera seemed a little too good to be true! but it was! Loading the film in the shade was a breeze, it was quite difficult to work out if it had caught on the spool, but after a few turns it was. The number of exposures from the rear of the camera, didn’t appear as easily I’d hoped from the instructions with ‘2 or 3 turns would suffice’, however the roll needed to be turned at least 6 to see the exposure numbers. The Brownie seemed pretty hardy and robust.

I had posted a photo of the camera on my Instagram and my Facebook business page, and quite a number of family members and friends were posting that they too had a Brownie camera exactly the same back in the day. This was also great way of getting any further tips on using it!

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I really wasn’t too sure if any of my photos would come out, however as the day was bright and all photos were taken in the garden, so thought at least they would be well lit!

Due to the timescale to the project submission deadline, I sent the film away for developing, and within a week they had been returned, I think the price was reasonable for the developing. I will in the future have an experiement and develop my own.

When I had received the photos and the film back, it was evident that stillness when taking the photo was key (a skill to perfect on especially without the stabiliser function on digital cameras!), and to keep the subject wide in the view finder. I had perhaps been a little too close in shots of my dog (and that he was very energetic!). It was great to see however the contrasts in the photos were good (which I love high contrast photos), and some ‘happy mistakes’ were made when I didn’t turn the film on enough and got a double exposure on part of the film. This double exposure reminded me of when I went back to the very basics and made a camera obscura out of a shoe box. These ‘imperfections’ of slightly blurred, out of focus, and contrasty photos, I absolutely love. This camera is definitely one for more abstract photography (and great for quick holiday snaps).

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I also couldn’t resist taking a photo of my digital camera, as homage to the film!

Nikki Price, The Last Day of Summer (2015) 127 Film

For those of you who would like to be involved in a Nikki Price Photography project then carry on reading:

I’m revisiting a significant/memorable place for those of you who were children/young people growing up in the Medway Towns (or near) in the 1950’s, to have your photo taken at that place today, and to give this a short paragraph of why it is memorable/significant.

If you are interested in volunteering for this next project then drop me a line through the contact me link here:

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.

2014 Wow what a year !

Thank you to each and everyone who has supported Nikki Price Photography in 2014. I am so pleased that my little business is growing year on year.

2014 was no exception to having a real eclectic bunch of shoots, I was going to pick my top 10, however as you can probably imagine, there are far more than 10, that I have loved!

I had the pleasure of:

working with the very talented The Right Step Dance company with their Sirens of Cheetham for this years Fuse Festival

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having exclusive entry to Canterbury Prison (abandoned) before it is refurbished by Canterbury Christ Church University.

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taking photos of family Pets, lets face it everyone loves our furry friends!

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working with some wonderful Families

growing my portfolio of events photography at such events as; Rochester Literature Festivals; cafe crawl, garden party, Talesman, poetry day at the Guildhall

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The cabaret club

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Bredhurst St Peters Project, Canterbury Christ Church University Graduation.

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participating once again in the fabulous MOSAF (Medway Open Studios) with a focus on Mindfulness

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Rochester Literature Festivals October Exhibitions, interpreting pieces of writing into photos, and taking portraits of much loved Medway artists Thomas and Clair

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my photos being included in an article about Rochester Farmers Market in ‘Medway one’ magazine

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ending the year on a high with a boggy woodland walk with Stuart Turner and the Flat Earth Society, during which I’m glad to say we found the log!

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I undertake many personal projects throughout the year that have given me great pleasure:

Mel and Julie, as well as Sam and Rachael got hitched. Little Louis’s has his naming day. My Partner Graduated, my puppy continues to amaze me with his learning and becoming the confident little woof that I know he can be, and photos for a calendar through the seasons with my niece.

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Here’s to a fabulous 2015 x

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