In our interim exhibiting I am showing new research based work exploring the material boundaries of colour photographic paper. In our post-digital age, does material photography have a role to play? There seems to be a revisiting to the more traditional practices of photography but is it enough to just re-engage with what has already been? Experimentation with photographic processes is not new, but in the new context of digital and every more augmented digital imagery, can material photography explore new territories that step outside the arena of the technical image?
Had a great time on Friday night at The Pitt Rivers, thanks to everyone for your contributions and for really getting into the flow and enjoying the process. Your feedback was really valuable as always.
Looking forward to seeing you all again in the new year!
Just a quick post to let you know that I will be running a CPD session at the Pitt Rivers museum on Friday November 9th from 6pm.
Lots of fun to be had playing with found images, slide projectors, photo copiers and digital printer. Don’t miss out!
See the OAT newsletter for sign-up information.
Next workshop will be at The Old Fire Station, George St, Oxford on Sat 18th August from 2-4pm.
More info and link to book tickets here https://oldfirestation.org.uk/whats-on/alternative-scapes/
This workshop offers visitors the opportunity to engage with and subvert traditional photographic representations of landscape into something ‘other’. Using old postcards, forgotten holiday brochures and discarded colour slides, visitors will have the opportunity to explore a range of collaging processes to transform these ‘old’ representations of place into something new and spectacular. Let your imagination run free, play and make through a range of processes, use old school slide projectors, your mobile phone camera and high quality digital printers to break down and build the world anew.
Take away a print of your new ‘scape’ and share your creativity online with the hashtag #alternativescapes.
Gallery of examples from previous workshops.
My 2016 video project ‘Transitions’ is being shown as part of the Thresholds exhibition by Gonzo Unit (Anna Schwanz & Rachel Murray)
John Blythe, Transitions, 2016 (excerpt from video) Situated in the realm of light based image making, John’s art practice focuses on the familiar and unfamiliar in the (often repetitive) daily experiences of life, the physical interactions involved in moving from place to place and internally to places of memory, sensation and the ineffable. He interrogates the material, experiential and perceptual nature of these interactions through a practice of attending to the present moment. His work existing as an intermedium between still image, time based media and sound, digital and analogue, process and concept. His interest is as much in the making as in the subject. He explores the conceptual possibilities of the making process in photography, bringing it closer to performance, broadening the potentiality to explore connections between process and meaning. His practice is also informed and supported through the integration of his artist teacher identities. ‘Transitions’ documents the artist’s daily journey and is recorded through one entire day from climbing out of bed to returning to sleep. The work represents an act of attending to the constant change of environment, capturing every change of space or surface under foot, requiring the constant attention of the artist, focusing the mind and the awareness. The chronologically presented clips, captured using a mobile phone, highlight the ever-present eye of digital media and question this often criticised source of distraction and how we perceive our relationship with technology, each other and our surroundings. See more: @johnblythe65
You can see a preview of the work here
Delighted to have selected images from my project ‘The speed of light, the speed of me’ on show at this years Bath Photography Festival. Visit the Green Park Brasserie until 30th June.
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Today is the official end of the festival, however we have an extension until 30th June! See work by John Blythe at Green Park Brasserie. Visit www.bathphotographyfestival.co.uk for artists statement. @greenparkbraz @visitbath @bathphotofest #realunreal #coffee #photography #photographyfestival #visitbath #exhibition #bathphotofest #fab18 @fringeartsbath #greenparkbrasserie #photographer #surreal #sun #longexposure #sun #time #photostory #visitbath #cityofbath #surreal #cameralessphotography
Chaired by Marion Piper, Cally Shadbolt and I will be supporting our exhibition ‘Accord’ with an Artists in Conversation event on Saturday 17th March at 3pm in the gallery. This will be an opportunity to hear first hand about the work in the gallery space. We will be discussing the background to our personal practice, the development of the work and the unexpected connections and synchronicity of the work that has become apparent as the exhibition came together.
Tickets are free but booking is essential as it’s a small space and numbers are limited. Full details and link to tickets here.
Many thanks to Katie for inviting Cally and I to give a talk on our current exhibition ‘Accord’ to OVADA Associates on Saturday 10th March at 10am before the audiograph exhibition starts.
Details here if you are interested in attending, non-associates are welcome to come along as well http://www.ovada.org.uk/event/associates-talk-blythe-shadbolt/
My new work ‘The speed of light’ the speed of me’ is now on show at The Old Fire Station Gallery. Many thanks to all of you who came to the Private view last night it was great to have your support and a pleasure to catch up with those of you I haven’t seen in a while.
Both Cally and I will be giving a talk about our work at an Artists in Conversation event at The Old Fire Station on Saturday 17th March, free tickets available here.