Finished my first two public speaking engagements

Yesterday, I completed the second of two public speaking engagements. One in Birmingham and the other in London at Fertility Fest

A festival looking at assisted reproduction and creative responses to the experience. I was showing my work “Photos I’ll never take” and  speaking alongside Katie Barlow and Jodie Day, at the dour sounding session- Facing involuntary childlessness. I couldn’t imagine anyone coming into our session, when its such a depressing subject. Amazingly we had a full room both times. I was very impressed with Katie Barlow’s film and Jodie Day’s talk. It was great to share the session with them.
It was such a pleasure to take part in this event. Also very interesting to see how different, the same two events could be. In Birmingham, I was surprised to find that after I had shown my work in a slideshow, I couldn’t speak immediately afterwards, because all I could hear was crying from the audience.  In London, instead of crying, I got applause and lots of people came to talk to me afterwards. Same show, different response. Very interesting.
I was much more nervous for the London talk and also feeling quite emotional. Although I don’t know why. So, I took advantage of the Quiet room, to calm down beforehand. A space with trained counsellors, away from the emotions the day was bringing up. I told the counsellor that I couldn’t imagine anyone choosing our session. She told me that it had been her first choice and that two of the counsellors were coming to it. They had had to ask permission to go, as it might be too many counsellors away from the quiet room. This was great to hear.
It was also lovely to get such great feedback from the two events. However, there is something very difficult about concentrating on one’s failures. It was the first time that I had discussed my personal situation with strangers. Normally I refuse to discuss my situation and concentrate only on the art and art issues, but this event was about sharing. It was quite hard, very difficult not to think I had shared too much. Hard not to imagine being judged.
Also, there is some difficulty for me in showing my work to others in a similar situation. On one hand it was very supportive, but the work is intended for those who don’t know what its like. It’s meant to ask for empathy, but when the viewer already has the experience, is it damaging? Or is it healthy? I also have four of the photos on a wall in the theatre and I heard one person say, as she went past,  “I can’t look at those”.  I suppose it depends on what stage in the assisted reproduction process a person is. To face childlessness, when still trying, is probably not a great idea. It was also hard for me to be at a festival where some people have been successful. However, one thing we all have in common is that we have all had to at least face the prospect. of being childless.
It was great to attend other sessions, there was some great work at the Festival. Jessica Hepburn worked very hard to bring the festival about. Great idea and very well done. I’m hoping some of the contacts and offers made will come to fruition.

Exhibition details. Fertility Fest


I will be a Guest Speaker in Fertility Fest talking about my projects “Photos I’ll never take” and “The death of hope” on these dates and venues:

Birmingham                                                                                                                                              Saturday 28th May 2016                                                                                                                Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Broad St, Birmingham, B1 2EP

London                                                                                                                                                             Saturday 11th June 2016                                                                                                                                      Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London N4 3JP

I will also be exhibiting some of my work from “Photo’s I’ll never take” in The Park Theatre for about five weeks. See the Fertility Fest website for more information

Details of Private View and exhibition with Uncertain States

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14 November – 5 December 2014
Private View: Thursday 13 November 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Uncertain States is pleased to announce the Fifth Annual Exhibition UCS 2014 at The Bank Gallery.

The exhibition is a selection of photographers that have contributed to the quarterly Uncertain States broadsheets over the years. This years artists include Adrian Hardy, Agatha a. Nitecka, Ania Dabrowska, Cat Stevens, Charlie Fjatstrom, Christina Reid, David George, Fiona Yaron-Field, Franscico Gomez de Villaboa, Heather McDonough, James Russell Cant, Josephine Coy, Karl Ohiri, Martina Geccelli, Mick Williamson, Mish Amikoff, Radoslav Daskalov, Richard Ansett, Rebecca Sainsot Reynolds, Richard Sawdon-Smith, Robin Grierson, Roy Mehta, Spencer Rowell, Susan Andrews and Tracey Holland.

The Bank Gallery, Central House
59-63 Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7PF

Opening Times:
Tue- Fri: 11 am – 7 pm, Sat & Sun: 12 pm – 5: 30 pm.

Invitation to private view of East Sussex Open at the Towner Gallery

Invitation east sussex open 2The exhibition is on Friday 8th March 6.30pm to 8.30pm. at The Towner Gallery in Eastbourne. I’ve had two photos selected, Birthday and Bluebells. Just delivered them today. It felt great to be selected for such a big gallery. This is a first for me. It’s great to  begin to get some recognition for my work.  It was fabulous to wander round and take a sneak preview of the exhibition.

I’ve put the prices up now too.


Private view photo

Posting a photo from the private view at Photofusion on Thursday night. It was packed, but luckily my photo was at the top, near the ceiling, so could be seen no matter what. My friends, Suzie and Robert, are kindly pointing it out, pretending that its causing a sensation! Really enjoyed the whole evening and went for a meal afterwards. It was also the seven year anniversary of Barry and me meeting (6th December.)  We met at the Hayward Gallery at a Christmas private view, so it was quite fitting to be at a private view with one of my photos on the wall. Had a couple of people come up to me and ask if it was my photo.  Apparently, I look a bit like Meryl Streep in the photo.

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Invite to launch party Private View at Photofusion

I will be exhibiting my photo- Birthday, from “Photos I’ll never take” at the Annual Photofusion Salon.  Its in London on Thursday 6th December 2012, 18.30 -21.00.   17a Electric Lane, Brixton, London SW9 8LA

Its a Group show and will be on until 18th January.

Details below:

AMPS: Photofusion Salon 2012
Launch Party
Thursday 6th December
18:30 – 21:00 | Free bar until 19:00 | Open to all
Now in its fourth year, our Annual Members’ Photography Show has undergone a complete makeover. Due to the growing popularity of this event, AMPS is adopting a new salon-style hang, allowing a much larger number of Members to showcase one of their images.
The images exhibited reflect the diversity of work being made by our Members, encompassing all genres from the traditional to the avant garde. Examples of social documentary and classic portraiture can be seen alongside contemporary constructed imagery, still life, and digitally manipulated photography.
Photofusion Salon 2012
Left: Jane Ward | Right: Daniel Ali
This year, 118 photographers have been selected to exhibit on the walls, along with a further 43 presented on a showreel. Many are Members who have been with Photofusion from its inception and have longstanding careers as professional photographers, while others are recent Members and newly emerging in their careers.
Photofusion Salon 2012 sees the continued collaboration with HotShoe Magazine. Deputy and Online Editor Miranda Gavin will open the show by presenting this year’s “HotShoe Photofusion Award”. The public will also be able to choose their favourite entry as part of the “AMPS/12 Public Choice Award”, which will be selected at the end of the exhibition.
Following on from this exhibition, a select few will be chosen to develop their work and exhibit as part of a smaller group show, Photofusion Select, in 2013.
Photofusion Salon 2012
Left: Olivia Poppy Coles | Right: Richard Pilnick
Membership at Photofusion offers a support network and creative environment in which artists can develop and exchange skills, knowledge and improve business acumen. Ranging from working professionals, amateur hobbyists, through to the new generation of emerging young photographers, this exhibition is a celebration of our Members’ dedication to the photographic art form and an opportunity for them to showcase their talent Click here for a full list of Members’ Benefits
This year the majority of the work on display will be for sale. Click here to view a gallery of all of the images with print and pricing information.
For more information about the gallery or membership, please call us on 020 7738 5774 or email
Do you need to set goals for your photography or lens-based personal project for the new year? Are you feeling stuck creatively? Does it help if you are working towards a concrete goal, such as a potential exhibition? Do you need to get your work back on track? Would you benefit from feedback to help move your project forward?
Tri-pod is a creative initiative set up in 2010 by deputy editor of Hotshoe magazine and educator Miranda Gavin and photographer and lecturer Wendy Pye.
Tri-pod takes a holistic approach to building a dynamic and flexible model for working with photographers, supporting participants in the development of their work using a variety of different strategies. The workshops engage the support of peers and are for photographers and visual artists using photography who have a lens-based Project in Progress.
We are looking to hold two, one and a half-day new year workshops in the last two weeks of January 2013 for people who have Projects in Progress and would benefit from the support that Tri-pod offers.
The 1.5 days will be an afternoon/evening session of three hours followed by an all-day feedback session with Miranda Gavin and two other industry professionals. Previous industry facilitators have included Laura Noble, Diane Smyth and Sue Steward. The workshop will be held in London and/or in Brighton. The cost is £120 per person, maximum 9 participants per workshop.
If you are interested in applying, please email before Monday 26 November, saying “Yes, I’m interested in London (or Brighton) workshops”
Tri-pod is also developing an extended network for its various workshop participants and will be offering informal evening and half-day follow-up sessions for ongoing support in 2013.
In collaboration with Photofusion, Tri-pod will also be offering participants a two-person exhibition to be held in the summer of 2013 at Photofusion’s gallery in Brixton, London. The photographers will be selected from all those who have attended Tri-pod workshops.
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