This blog post follows my previous blogs here and here of me getting together my ideas for the Exhibition of ‘Skin’ for Pandora’s Other Box.
During July and August, I also had my Medway Open Studios Exhibition of ‘Hidden Forms in nature and other stories’ (more about that in another blog – I promise!), which extended the exploration of ‘The Nude’ into forms of nature, mainly faces, and the suggestion of body parts mainly in the trunks of trees!
I am also preparing for a larger exhibition in 2017, where I am documenting interesting locations in states of decay, or change, with the addition of a nude figure to capture how everything eventually declines.
Whilst working in these three areas I organically came to what I wanted to submit for consideration for the Skin Exhibition.
Nature, Mother, and Grandad – three photos I was so immensely proud of, and was delighted to be accepted for exhibition of all three! The following words accompanied the photos whilst on display:
Nature – this photo is part of a series exploring nature and its hidden forms. Bark on a tree enables preservation, and encourages us to look at familiar views on ourselves, linking to the concepts of body image, and just as we come in all fabulous shapes and sizes, so does nature and we should embrace it.
Mother – this photo is part of a series which started in 2013 exploring the concepts of body image through the nude. This photo in particular on the brief of skin is acting as protection for our children.
Grandad – a tribute to a wonderful man who sadly passed away in July 2016. This photo forms part of a series over the last year where Nikki explored the concepts of self and family documentary photography, preserving a moment in time, life, and ultimately with the ones we love.
The Private view took place on Sunday 29th August; and here are a few photos taken celebrating all the wonderful artists who were included, in particular a live performance from Laure Meloy who responded to the art pieces in the form of Opera, and Clair Meyrick local poet and performer.
It has been a very personal, and heart felt journey from the first meeting to exhibition. I have felt that as a photographer, you put so much more into a photo, it’s not just about pressing the shutter, having a technically great result, but it also has a part of you, your thoughts your ideas, your creativity, your view on life is what makes your photos and what you do so unique.
Here’s to the next one.
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.
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:
Hilly fields 09.05.15
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.
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).
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’
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
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.
On late winters sunny day I popped into the Rochester Flea, located in the Gordon Hotel on Rochester High Street.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
I bought a nice Cheese and Tomato focaccia and a Rosemary and sea salt Ciabatta, and some Goats Cheese.
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!
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.
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:
I’m so looking forward to being at the Rochester Flea on Saturday 30th November 2013 sharing an outside stall with fellow photographer Richard Reader. As well as some fabulous second hand goodies, musical instruments, clothing and little stocking fillers, I will have an assortment of my portrait and landscape photos available to purchase. I will also be having a an exclusive promotional offer to those who come along to the Flea for an Autumn/Winter outdoor shoot WOW I’m soooo excited!!!!! So get there early to pick up a flyer.
For those of you looking for ‘feel good’ Calendars for 2014 then look no further that my stall, following the successful sell out of the Medway Little Theatres Calendar Girls in May I have a limited number of Calendars featuring the very gorgeous cast, left to purchase (including a little photo of yours truly). All Calendars are £7.50 and all proceeds are being split between the following Charities: Marie Curie, Cancer Research, and Macmillan Nurses. Fabulous causes I’m sure you’ll agree.
Don’t forget to come and say hello, and sample all the wonderful treats at the Flea.
NB: I will be wearing a few more clothes than this! 😉
Yet another fantastic creative weekend at the Medway Open Studios. I was genuinely touched with the sheer amount of people who popped into my exhibition 13th-21st July 2013, BIG thank you to all 150 of you. Also a HUGE thank you goes out to all my models for this project.
It was wonderful to be part of the ‘Bishops Square’ artists and wonderful to have Creatabox at the square on Sunday. I’m so proud that many of my photos (both film and digital) and Beard mats and magnets, are now enjoying their place in your homes!
As noted in a previous blog, I have been so pleased regarding the conversations about film photography, peoples own creative ventures (or being inspired to undertake a creative project) commissions, and connecting Medway’s wonderful creative community.
A few more wonderful quotes from visitors:
‘our bodies do have stories’
‘so much creativity in the Medway Towns’
‘the hands in your photos are so tender’
‘love the honesty of the nudes’
‘it was wonderful to see both male and female nudes’
I’d also encourage visitors if you did get your programmes signed (to be in for a chance of winning £100 with your favourite artist) to send your programme to Heather Burgess, Director of Medway Open Studios.
I thoroughly enjoyed my travels around other artists of the Medway Open Studios, I was so inspired by nude drawings by Rose Melville at Sun Pier and Wendy at the West end studios. I haven’t painted or used pastels for over 10 years and pleased that this week I dusted off the pastels this week and got drawing!
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Heres to next year.
Wow! well what a fantastic weekend for fabulous creative Medway! Awesome gigs from independent Artists via Homespun, (A-lines were my favourite on Friday night at the Nags Head) Rochester Lit Fest’s Garden Party, and the Friends of the Vines Cherry Picnic.
My ‘Freedom of the Nude’ exhibition for Medway Open Studios had a fantastic number of visitors, despite the heat, and the call of the beach! I’d like to thank each and everyone who popped in and appreciated my work, with genuine and interesting conversations, hopefully inspiring others to have their own open studio/creative adventures from this point onwards.
Many visitors were genuinely interested in my film photography, so I think there is a bubbling revival of film photography out there, oooh workshops and an exhibition of just Film photos maybe calling!
Just a few wonderful comments from people throughout the day:
‘you can see the love and emotion connecting the people in the photo’
Visitors enjoyed that I captured ‘the natural ‘in-between’ moments in the shots’ and that the ‘message was clear that our bodies do have a story to tell’ and was a great experience to ‘see photos of natural people’ i.e. not photoshopped in anyway. We are all Individual, Beautiful, Nude.
The Medway Open Studios is on until 21st July (my exhibition is on Friday 19th July 5-7, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July 12-5), if you want to come along, please do! Heres a downloadable programme. If you get your hands on a hard copy, there is a competition on the back for the opportunity to win £100 towards your chosen artist! (T’s and C’s apply). We all look forward to welcoming you to the studios around Medway.