I’ve added a new blog to my repertoire, on Tumblr, which will just be focused on photography.
I’ve also set up a Bigcartel shop where people can buy A3 prints of my work. So if you’re looking for a last-minute Christmas present, then why not check it out?
Chris Beetles Fine Photographs, located near Piccadilly, is a fantastic gallery that specialises in photography. Last night it held a private view to launch its Michael Kenna exhibition. The photographer was present and he was questioned in front of an audience to give a small glimpse into the way he works. He takes magnificent landscapes that are simple, graphic and sometimes abstract but they are breathtaking. The fourth and fifth photos here are of the man himself. I even bumped into Rian Hughes, who I normally see at comic events, down there. The exhibition runs into January 2013 and if you’re interested in photography, you should get yourself down there…
FROM FAMINE TO FEAST
The life of a freelancer is a strange one. You can go from scrabbling around for the odd crumb of work to having to really plan your time within a week. January was a terrible month for me: there was little work around and I was without my car for its entirety. Now into the second week of February, I have just landed a few days a week regular subbing/ production work that will see me into late May/ early June. On top of that, it looks like a TRIPWIRE 20th anniversary book looks like a real possibility for sometime around August. I also need to finish my spooky London photo book plus my comic creator portraits book, which ties in with the Gosh exhibition that kicks off on March 10th. I have also landed some more Judge Dredd Megazine and Big Issue in The North work and I am doing more for Comic Heroes, which means that I am off to Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle at the end of March. We have also booked tables at Bristol (as ever) but also at Kapow! in May. There’s also some other things bubbling under but if they happen, they would be amazing. So I am insanely busy from now until the beginning of the summer. But a week ago, I was still wondering how I was going to get by the next few months. I’ll be including ordering information on the two books (Faces and Spooked) as it gets closer but here’s a few images including covers to whet your appetite. I’ll be posting a blog entry on the Gosh exhibition nearer the time…
I have decided to take the plunge and have a go at funding one of my photography books via crowdsourcing. The book is called A Year in the Life and will chronicle London throughout 2012. People can pledge starting at $10 and to find out more, please go to the following URL:
It will be an exciting project so I’m hoping that this experiment will work…
A PICTURE OF MODERN PHOTOGRAPHY
2011 sees the World Photography Organisation hosting their photography festival in London for the first time. Located at Somerset House on The Strand, this week-long celebration of the best in world photography runs from 26th April to 1st May and features many of the world’s finest photographic practitioners. Thanks to the generosity of the organisers, who have kindly donated a promotional code that gives visitors here 15% off entry.
This special offer ends on April 4th – don’t miss out: buy your Festival pass today before it’s too late!
To benefit from the 15% discount, enter now the following promotional code PROMO15 in the gift voucher box using this link: http://bit.ly/h7IHC4
I’ll be visiting the festival myself and it’s a stunning venue located right on the river Thames.
To see the festival’s schedule, just visit this link: http://bit.ly/eFsd45
JOEL MEADOWS PHOTOGRAPHY
At last my photography website is up and running. It contains the best of my photos and will be updated from time to time. So why don’t you check it out?
PICTURE OF THE PAST
I’ve written about the Chris Beetles Gallery here before as they’ve shown some fantastic illustration work from the likes of Edmund DuLac, Mervyn Peake, Quentin Blake and many others. But they are becoming almost as well known for their photography so I thought I’d put a small plug up for them. Running until November 7th is their Duffy exhibition and Duffy was a fantastic London photographer and a contemporary of David Bailey and Norman Parkinson, shooting people like Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Sammy Davis Jr and many more. It was thought that the negatives to much of his work were destroyed thirty years ago but they have been unearthed and you can see a selection of his magnificent work at the Chris Beetles Gallery on Ryder Street, just off St James’s Street in London. So if you’re passing, you should check it out…
A PICTURE OF HEALTH
I went to an interesting talk tonight or two talks in fact. The London Photographic Association held an evening where two photographers spoke: Sukey Parnell and John Ferguson. Parnell specialises in portraiture whereas Ferguson comes from a news and sports newspaper background. Both had something interesting to say and both made me realise that I am someone who takes photos rather than someone who is a professional photographer, which since I don’t earn money from photography is a pretty obvious point. But I can still enjoy taking photos. Ferguson talked about photographing Michael Jackson while at the same time pursuing his own personal projects. It was worth the £5 I spent on the evening and I’ll definitely be checking out future LPA evenings.