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MOSAF18, Masters and everything else in between

What a summer it has been!

A wonderful mixture of teaching, training, exhibitions and getting full steam ahead once again with my Masters.

Over June and July I went along to a short course at The Photographers Gallery London (TPG – a great space if you haven’t already visited).  Part of my Masters year 1 review was that I needed to include more critical analysis in my literature review and to develop how photographic theory relates to my practice (yep I was a bit stumped too!).  What I have found studying Photography and Sociology at Masters level particularly through research is, I’ve had to develop a quick but intense way of learning.  Undertaking a Masters by Research is largely self directed learning (no lectures which is a bonus!) with some elements of knowledge sign-posted to you by your supervisors, both subjects not being my Undergrad focus has also been a nice little challenge.  The short course on ‘Photography as artistic research’ came at exactly the right time.  Led by Wiebke Leister provided weekly readings specifically on photography and the analysis and criticality to practice.  Readings focussed on such visual artists/writers as DionFlusser, Barthes, Rose, Richters.  These sessions gave me a greater understanding of the artists reasonings behind the projects, not just what they may have appeared to be on face value, using such theories from Berger and Barthes in the ways of seeing, that part of the overall understanding/appreciation of the project was mainly in the eyes of the viewer not the author, sometimes the initial intentions can be misinterpreted, not in a negative way but that ‘art’ can be a very subjective thing and varying interpretations will naturally be made by different people.  Hey but isn’t that the fun about it?

The final session provided an opportunity with the group of like minded photographers and photography enthusiasts to critique any projects we were all working on.  This is where I took along my Medway Open Studios exhibition work, which was a visual pit stop of where I was with my Masters research.

The work I presented was a mixture of archival family photographs and photographs I had taken either in response to the archive or interpretations of my need to remember my family.  These were presented in either large 16×20 black frames, or the majority in 6×4 prints in cardboard frames, assembled on a rope washing line with pegs.  I later thought of the washing line as being a private and public domestic item, where the private (items of underwear for example) become public (in the garden), this could be said for the photographs that I presented in that they are private family photographs being display in public, hanging out the laundry for all to see!

I am in the process of finalising my research title which will be on the lines of  ‘Personal Loss, Memory and the family’ this will give some context into the following feedback I received from the group:

  • they (the photos) aren’t all taken by the same person
  • it represents two sides of a family (this was the case of the Main (my maternal side) and Price (my father))
  • there are flowers at the start and end of the line (poppies)
  • the artist is remembering something
  • there are self portraits, and photos of the artist
  • there is a strong maritime link
  • there is a sequence of growing up along the photographs
  • there is a sense of growing up alone in the photographs
  • a sense of the artist being alone
  • the Facebook screen shot of the ‘missing father’ on fathers day
  • a suggestion of removing the frames, to see more of the photographs, and move from domestic to exhibition
  • a suggestion of including other members of the family to put this work together, using a red piece of string to represent the umbilical chord connecting the family
  • a suggestion of having 3 family photos within one frame to change the aesthetic (move from domestic to exhibition)

This was a great experience to have such critique from peers, especially as I was mid way through my Medway Open Studios 2018 (MOSAF18) exhibition.  For the final weekend of MOSAF18 I decided to take the suggestion of the group, and remove the photographs from the frame.  I felt a bit strange doing this as I didn’t want the photographs to become misshaped and dented by swinging freely with the peg at the top of the photo.  I know I was probably playing it too safe, protecting the photographs from damage, but I later thought this is part of the photographs journey, the photograph as a changing physical object.

MOSAF18 was very similar to that final session at TPG, in that it is always a great experience for visitors to share their thoughts and ideas on your work.  Throughout my exhibition I was pleased to see how open visitors were about sharing their experiences of family photography and artefacts following a bereavement.   I also appreciated having a small dialogue to accompany the photographs (even if it was just my oral story), the photographs became a platform that opened up that conversation.  I was conscious however to not offer up too much information about the photographs when they first arrived as I wanted to get their immediate raw responses.  To include some theory here, many of my visitors showed responses to my photograph to that of the ‘Punctum’ (as coined by Barthes), something within the photo that pierced or connected to them and evoked a memory, for example on seeing the photograph of my Grandad, one visitor commented on how the photo ‘reminded her of her father, in that he always wore shirts with high collars and a tie’.  I was quite taken in that visitors weren’t afraid to have an emotional response to my work, was this something to do with my home environment,  and I wondered would the photographs have evoked a different reaction if I had displayed them in a gallery?

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Some visitors searched for something of a ‘Familial Gaze’ (Hirsch), that familiarity in how families are represented within photographs (in contrast to the idealised portrayal of family) for example many could identify with the ‘father and new born’s home coming’ photograph (below) as typical of a familiar scene within a family album.  The same visitor appeared to combine both Hirsch and Barthes theories in connecting to the photograph and remarking how her family ‘used to have that fireplace’.  Are we automatically making connections (through links to memory) and generate understandings of our life within the act of looking at photographs?

MOSAF18 was a great experience for me, although daunting at the start, and probably was the most nervous I have been for any of my exhibitions, it has been a reaffirming experience.  I am proud that private (family) photographs help stimulate conversation about others individual experiences following a bereavement.  It is about the stories and the memories of and about those who have died, which can be an emotive subject, but my hope is that it is more about us thinking about our legacy,  the symbols, icons, objects and good memories we make now, to be left for others and cherished when we are no longer here.  I am also so thankful for those visitors who are interested in being interviewed as part of my research studies next year.

Over a few months before the summer I had the opportunity to do some informal photography teaching within a school.  It was such a privilege to share my knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm for photography with young people.  It was also a good opportunity to try out ideas for workshops with adults that I am developing this year.  The young people loved Sun printing, comic book writing and then acting out their ‘scenes’ with each other then photographing them, chalk drawing scenes and photographing themselves, making a face mosaic’s similar to the Queen project, macro photography,  ways of seeing nature (bit of a nod to Berger’s Ways of seeing there!),  and working with them to develop their own styles and thoughts about photography.  I had many thank you’s from the young people as well as some incredibly sweet conversations with some who ‘really appreciated learning about photography and will carry on taking photo’s’, this really hit home to me as my interest in photography started when I was around 7 or 8 years old.

It was so heart warming to know that my interests have gone full circle this summer in where I am now with my family photography research and leaving legacies, it starts with young people (and adults) having an interest in and being enthused by the possibilities that photography gives us for recording, making memories, remembering stories, rethinking our approach to the world.

 

 

 

Since last summer……..

Fellow artist Tracie Peisley who heads up Pandora’s other Box womens artist group in Whitstable, dropped me a line recently to ask if I would like to give an update on my work since Exhibiting for the Skin project at the Horsebridge Centre in August 2016 to the group.

I had a think and decided to write a blog as I haven’t for a while, regular blog followers will know I usually do an end of year wrap up blog.  The Skin project/exhibition was a pivotal moment in my confidence in displaying work in a larger gallery, of course I have always been involved in Medway Open Studios, and submitted work for galleries before with other artists, but this point really gave me a thought of well, yep I think I can do this by myself.

I’ve had a number of commissions over the past year, and at the beginning of the year I started my research for my Masters application, which I am delighted to say I have had my interview, and been offered a place to study an MA by Research in October this year!  Exciting and scary in equal measures,  I haven’t undertaken any Higher Ed studies since my BA in 2001. Naturally I wanted to ensure a large element of the MA would include visual research, so photography, my passion, will form a large part of that.  My last MA Blog, was great to get my thoughts rolling and will be concentrating on elements of Identity through photography, including affirmations through (or not) sharing of photos on social media platforms, decisions of parents to (or not) share photographs of their children also on social media, and what (if any) effect this has on their identity.  I will be looking for individuals, and families to be involved, so if you would like to be then please drop me a line on my contact me page. Needless to say the MA will take a large proportion of my time over the next 2 years, but Nikki Price Photography will be running as usual.

I am currently in middle of Medway Open Studios #MOSAF2017 and my studio (the front room of my Victorian terrace) will be open for the final weekend 22-23rd July 11-3.  This year as with every year I try something completely new, and I have made 10 pieces exploring double or triple exposures both in camera and in Photoshop.  Many of the photographs include water, and reflections, and are quite peaceful contemplative pieces. A couple of wonderful visitors have compared one piece in particular to being like the work of Paul Nash or Peter Lanyonwhat a great compliment!  I saw Paul Nash’s work last year at the Tate, so this may have had some kind of subconscious influence.

I have also been concentrating on my ‘Altogether’ exhibition at Sun Pier House Tea Room 3-28th September 2017.  This is a collection of pieces of positive body image, using everyday (non model) nude subjects, photographed in non-traditional places.  Like my MA, this exhibition seems a natural progression for work that I have been producing since 2013, the pieces for ‘Altogether’ have been taken over the past year, and include locations such as derelict buildings, marsh land, nature reserves, and in the studio.  I want to portray an image that individuals could relate to, ‘real’ bodies without the furnishings of Photoshop or designer clothing, taking it right back to the basics of who we are fundamentally underneath, Human.  I have found this series of photographs a real balance, of ensuring the importance of the message, affirmation of my own skills, sympathetic to my subjects and the audience eye.

A great round off to this week has been shooting for Last British Dragon UK Film Company headed up by fantastic film maker James Crow.  James invited me to take photographs of the band formerly known as Bucks Fizz, The Fizz during filming their video for their come back single.  What a great day and a nice bunch.

 

Think that’s plenty to keep me busy for the moment.

Nikki

2016 What a Year for Nikki Price Photography

Those of you who caught my round up of 2015, will know how pleased I was to see that year grow for Nikki Price Photography, and have been so delighted that my business has once again gone from strength to strength in 2016.  A sincere and heartfelt thanks to all my clients, models, and everyone who has supported Nikki Price Photography. Testimonials from client shoots have reaffirmed that you love my informal style of photography too!  So once again thank you.

2017 is bringing some fantastic opportunities for me (watch this space!) and I’m already being booked throughout next year for your gorgeous events, and family shoots.   If you need a photographer for your product, portrait, event, or other shoot, drop me a line on my contact me page or via nikkipricephotography@gmail.com .

I have loved looking over the past years photoshoots, commissions and projects, here are some of my favourites:

Cafe Sunlight – Food Photography

I am immensely proud to have worked with so many fantastic creative and charitable organisations this year such as Cafe Sunlight

Cafe Sunlight is based in the Sunlight Centre Gillingham, and the team invited me to take photographs of their hot food offer for parties and conferences; as they wanted to refresh their website for their London events.  The food produced by Chef Dave was fantastic as you can see below, and the team were a delight to work with.

Top tip for indoor food photography using flash: have some white card or white fabric handy to make the most of the flash, bouncing the light back onto your gorgeous food, avoids harsh shadows.

Exhibitions

Exhibiting more of my work this year, has been a thrilling but scary experience!  I took part in Medway Open Studios with my ‘Hidden forms in nature theme’, which sparked lots of interesting chats with visitors.  I was also proud to have interpreted work by Poet Dan Simpson in the Wordsmithery Heretics exhibition/performance.  I produced a layered photograph which contained a self portrait, woodland and a glacier, it was good to pushed my boundaries.  I was also involved  ‘In the footsteps of the Pilgrims’ exhibition at St Mary’s Church Burham, one of my favourite churches near my home town. I exhibited 2 photos, both taken at night of the Church, I was extra pleased about this as one of the pieces sold and is now winging its way to America to a family who emigrated there from Burham over 20 years ago.  The exhibition that had most impact on me was the Pandora’s Other Box ‘Skin’ exhibition at the Horsebridge Centre.

Top tip for exhibition photographs: have a plan for your final pieces but don’t be afraid to change it! Playing through your plan; will often bring forward ideas you may never have thought of.

Event Photography

I have loved working with local youth groups, artists, and Rochester Literature Festival this year.  A highlight was working at Woodlands Youth Centre MC and DJ workshop for young people, lead by MC artist Harry Shotta.  The young people loved the opportunity to try out their MC skills and my only regret is that I didn’t have time to try DJ’ing! A poignant event for young people I had the privilege of photographing was the Tryangle awards at the Central Theatre Chatham, the first time I had been on that stage!

Towards the end of 2016 I was pleased to photograph the See and Create launch, headed up by Artist Chris Sacre.  The launch, at Nucleus Arts Chatham, was a great opportunity to learn about his Arts Council funded project aimed at Deaf families providing accessible workshops and other events in 2017.

Top tip for photographing events: sturdy shoes with no heels! and a wide angle (F1.4) lens make for a good shot particularly in low light situations and shoes with no heels make for quiet movement over wooden floors, nothing worse than a photographer with squeaky shoes!

Family Photography

Family photography is one of my favourites, meeting new people and providing some gorgeous informal photos for you is a pleasure. It is a delight to be invited into someones home to capture moments at a party, outdoors with mum (and dads) bump shoot, or in the studio with you and your little ones; I received some great feedback on your shoots.  I also ran a competition for a family shoot this Autumn as I had missed out on taking some great photos in the autumnal leaves last year.

Top tip for photographing families: particularly those with small children/babies; ensure you have a rough plan in your head about the shots you want to achieve, and take your time, feeding and changing stops need to be factored in!

Everything else!

I have put this section to wrap up the year for all those things that would seem a little lonesome on their own, but gives you a flavour of everything else I get up too!

I’ve started my series of skills sharing blogs, and ran nature photography workshops with young people in Grain.  My business is also now live on Gravesend.co.uk business listing pages, a particularly significant direction taking Nikki Price Photography into North Kent.

Although I am not a wedding photographer, I do make exceptions for very small number of intimate weddings each year; Garry and Vicky’s was just that, a lovely family and friends relaxed wedding, in such a beautiful setting, it was a pleasure to be part of their day.

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This years short documentary/business info films include The Right Step Dance Company and my own personal short about Time which had its launch at Seasonally Effected a cultural open mic night back in November.

Personal Projects

Being a photographer I don’t ever really stop taking photographs, after all its what I love the most.  I’ve usually always got my i-phone on me to take snaps or love to take the 6D out for a spin when I feel the urge.

Since 2013 I have been thinking about and producing photographs for a body image project, celebrating the nude without over processing in photoshop. The bulk of work is growing, with more shoots to take place in the new year (when the weather warms up a bit!); this (or some elements of it) will form part of my solo exhibition (so sorry no sneak peeks here!), more news to come on that one throughout 2017.

Last on the list -but not least! some photos of my Christmas day morning stroll around the West End of London, with my partner and pooch.

Thanks for reading my blog, and your support throughout this year.  Here’s to another great year of photography.

Nikki x

Nikki Price Photography 2015 -another great year

Thank you to each and everyone who has supported Nikki Price Photography in 2015.  Although my time during the last year has involved in a number of other projects,  I have still had the pleasure of photographing some really bespoke and varied events, as well as portraits of families, bumps, products, and even ventured out into my second short documentary video.

I always try to have a ‘top ten’ of my favourite shoots of the year (but there are more!), and my customers have even put forward their favourite photo suggestions.

The following is a sample of photography I love to do, and if you need a photographer to photograph your event (musical/dance/other performances, band etc), family, products, or even just a little something for you in 2016 then you can always drop me a line on my CONTACT ME  page, or if you want to see what I get up to in 2016 why note follow me on Facebook Nikki Price Photography.

Event Photography:

It was great to welcome back the Travelling Talesman to Medway for part of his tour.  A snug and welcoming evening was had at the Dot Cafe/Cafe 172 in Rochester.

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Rochester Literature Festival didn’t disappoint with it’s literary weekend, encompassing talks, debates, cafe crawls, and writing workshops.

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Urban Expressions festival delighted the people of Medway showcasing the talents of local people as well as further afield in Parkour, graffiti art, skateboarding, and music.

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Woodlands Youth centre welcomed me to their Restaurant night, providing meals to the local Elderly people. Such a great production of food, music and dancing all by the young people of Medway.

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Family photography:

It was a pleasure to photograph both the McCarthy and Everest families, both quite informal, with studio lighting in one, and around Rochester Castle in another.  Having families in a space they are familiar with or are comfortable in makes for a really enjoyable shoot on both parts!

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Featured Fan Photo:

Linda McCarthy loved this particular photo I took and was ‘one of the best photo’s taken’, definitely a beautiful candid capture.

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I had the pleasure of working with Gulay Jarvis of Satsuma Bamboo and Organic Products on two shoots for her new website.  Gulay a textile artist, has designed a range of scarves, that could be used for nursing, everyday or during a workout.  Her products are so soft, and in some gorgeous colours why not check her website out?

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WOW Magazine:

It was great to have undertaken some documentary photography to accompany a journal pieces for WOW magazine written by my partner.  One was for the Bowerhouse in Maidstone, a gorgeous building set back of the main Tunbridge Road, that houses an eclectic mix of art and folk music.  Lucy and her family were so welcoming as I settled down to watch ‘The Devils Interval’.  The second shoot was for the Kent County Show ground event, it was an interesting day for a couple of vegetarians!

Link to the (Bowerhouse).

Band photography:

It was an absolute pleasure working with Stuart, Bob, Steve, Nick, and Rob of the Stuart Turner and the Flat Earth Society band for their forthcoming album (a sample of which can tantalise your ears here).  Stuart was particularly interested in the ‘Log and bluebells’ photo I had on display at my Medway Open Studios Exhibition in 2014.  He then wanted to have a similar shot but in the Autumn with the band in shot, so after a bit of GPS I finally found the same log in the woods after many months.  So pleased that a vinyl copy was lovingly dropped off to Nikki Price Photography HQ today!

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Instagram: It was interesting to see my #2015best9 photos on Instagram, I do love a bit of bike riding and capturing those gorgeous sunsets!

Exhibitions:

Medway Open Studios 2015 was a blast with my themed 80’s Film photos, and guess the film title!    I’m also full steam ahead with my Brownie Project 127 camera project, going back to film photography, combining this with local history links with testimonials from those who grew up in the 1950’s when the Brownie 127 was manufactured (more details and how to get involved here).

Personal Photography Projects:

I love to keep myself challenged and look to developing my photography, and my personal photography projects do just that.

Earlier in the year I participated in ‘The Body electric’ group, which enabled me to see how my art (and I) interact and affect my community (more detail on this to come!).

I saw two wonderful friends get married in the South of France, 3 beautiful days in a gorgeous french cottage in the sun.

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The year rounded off nicely with an informal ‘bump’ shoot with my good friend who is due anytime now!

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Here’s to a creative and peaceful 2016 x

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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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

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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

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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Nikki Price Photography -Top Shoots from 2013

WOW!!!!  What a fantastic year for Nikki Price Photography.  I would just like to say thank you to everyone who I have had the pleasure of working with this year.

There were many shoots this year that were a fantastic giggle, shoots that reaffirmed my decision to set up a business doing something I love, and many that provided fantastic constructive feedback for me as a photographer.

Don’t get me wrong, it has been incredibly tough sometimes, but with good humour and support from my family and Medway creative community I am looking forward to more fabulous things in 2014 and beyond!

Medway Open Studios – The Nude

This was a particularly important shoot for me, focussing on individuals who did not fit into the ‘magazine model’ ideal of the body.  I was keen to promote ‘everyday’ people showing that we are all individual, beautiful, Nude.

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Calendar Girls MLT

This was a fantastic opportunity to work with the wonderful cast from Medway Little Theatres production of ‘Calendar Girls’ shooting the cast for a Calendar (as in the film) which is still being sold with all proceeds to charity (get in touch here if you want a copy for a mere £7.50).  Also had a wonderful piece in the local KM.

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The Right Step Anniversary Party

A commission working once again with the talented team of The Right Step Dance Company, this time photographing their third year anniversary, with a little taster of The Sirens of Ceetham performance.  A wonderful opportunity to support another local business.

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The Fuse Festival – The Sirens of Ceetham / ME4 Writers

A fantastic Fuse Festival Commission working with the talented team of The Right Step Dance company.  A dance performance of ‘The Sirens’ near the Anchor in Chatham, Medway.  I was very captivated by the music and the story of the Sirens told purely via dance.  Also was wonderful to sit in ‘The word Shed’ and write some poems for the fabulous ME4 writers.

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Sun Pier

Sun Pier is a new creative working space in Chatham and many artist have studios there.  I was commissioned to take photos of all the artists and the building.  A wonderful opportunity to meet so many people and watch the venture grow.  Their website is here.

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Unison Benz – band shoot  / FHF

I love working with Bands and this was particularly special to me as my brother is the bass player.  I shot the band twice this year once for promotional shots for their website and posters, and the other at Faversham Hop Festival were they had an audience of around 100 people.

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Larkspur

Another wonderful band to work with, their passion for their music is admirable, and they are a fantastic bunch to have a giggle with.  A wonderful shoot in the Vines in Rochester fitted in with their music.

Larkspur

Sonnic Pilates

I have been attending Sonnic pilates classes for about 10 years now.  The wonderful duo contacted me for a commission for their website.  They wanted a clean crisp background therefore we hit the studio.  The ladies are wonderful to work with and we had a fantastic giggle.

Sonnic Pilates

Sonnic Pilates

Sonnic Pilates

Survived

A performance at Sun Pier house with a wonderful cast of local actors, fun to act in and take photos!

Survived

Rochester Literature Festival – Alice and Skywatcher /Other worlds other voices

Wonderful to participate in the October ‘Other worlds other voices’ Project with Rochester Literature festival, actor and photographer in Skywatcher an interactive performance, Photographer for Alice and exhibited in the Rochester Community Hub ‘other worlds other voices’.  Further details about the event can be found here. Also had a wonderful piece in the local KM.

Alice

Skywatcher

My World

On a personal level I have had the most wonderful year, taking lots of photos my New puppy, New Niece, and at a member of my extended families wedding.  Heres to a wonderful and creative 2014, Much Love Nikki

Hal

Hands off the Bump

J and L