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January 29, 2010

Good News for TRAPEZIUS


TRAPEZIUS, the most recent dance film, will be screened at Xtend IV, in South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell as part of their LIFT OFF! dance festival this spring, screened most nights from February to April.


It's is also going to be screened at the Phoenix Cinema, Oxford, on the 21st March, as part of the Oxford Dance Festival - DANCIN' OXFORD.

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January 28, 2010

things seldom seen in these days of 24 hour broadcasting


Time was, and not so long ago, television broadcasting started and stopped on a daily basis.

Before broadcasting the afternoon or evening programmes [there were no programmes during the day you were supposed to be out climbing trees] a test card would be on screen.

At the end of the day the rich voice of the continuity announcer would say goodnight, the national anthem would play, then the TV picture would blink off, dying to a tiny bright white spot in the middle of the screen which would glow for a few seconds before it too went out.

And that was that.

the image is a studio camera test card - not the familiar broadcast test card

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January 27, 2010

in the gym

Filming in a gymnasium* in Batley


well Birstall actually, I think.

The wall-bars and benches were just the same when I was at school, the only thing missing were the thick cotton ropes and hard leather medicine balls. Oh, and the smell of floor polish mixed with the smell of unwashed boys, the squeak of plimsolls on parquet and the creak of wood as 2b flung themselves over the beam.

*from the Ancient Greek gumnazein to exercise naked

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January 26, 2010

keeping warm in the bath

sitting in a tin bath,
albeit brimfull of warm water,
while filmpeople fiddle
with cameras and lights
and musicpeople twiddle
with buttons and switches
you could get a tad chilly
so you maybe need a blanket


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January 23, 2010

no white chair to be seen in music video

Contrary to popular opinion, not every work I do contains a white chair. Though it has to be said a lot of them do.

So least we forget:


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January 19, 2010

early baths

first bath first inspiration:


research and reference baths

Chaplin in the bath

some girl in a bath somewhere


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January 15, 2010

back by popular demand


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January 14, 2010

another one from the tin bath


getting near completion now, a few fine cuts and a bit of colour balancing still to do.

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January 12, 2010

back in the tin bath

Back, after a suitable pause, in the tin bath with Young Clara - well, in a manner of speaking.


and in the hall


and on the landing


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January 11, 2010

leafing through the notebooks

"Always keep a notebook*", my tutor, Ray Fields, said to me, in his pokey office on the second floor of the Myrtle Street building at Liverpool Art College, so that in a flat moment, or times of low creativity you can look through your notebook and be inspired. And sound advice it was too. Not that I'm low on creativity at the moment, but it's good to look through old notebooks. This is the sort of thing you find:


*he called them notebooks as opposed to sketchbooks as he felt sketch carries with it connotations of a rather slap-dash approach to drawing


some of said notebooks

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January 08, 2010

art market documentary

Last November Holmfirth Art Markets commissioned me to document their next art market.


Billy - portrait of an artist who has just sold 1000 worth of sculpture, digital image 2009

Here's the Holmfirth Art Market website which now has, upon its opening page, the photographs.

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January 05, 2010

more of the snow thing


snowy Printworks


snowy letter boxes

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black and white trees


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In the Print Garden


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January 01, 2010

Alles Gute im Neuen Jahr


an organiser informs the local heavy metal band that she doesn't think an encore would be a particularly good idea

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