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100% Recyclable Acetate Bags

acetate bags recyclable

I guess we have all seen or heard about the plastic issue that affects the oceans and the environment. David Attenborough shone a light on the subject and it certainly helped to focus everyone’s attention re what we can all do to help.

We sell Acetate bags, they are perfect for sealing your artwork, protecting it from getting dirty and really do help sales. After all for a customer – seeing an image, which is already in a picture mounts, with a firm backing board and in a protective bag, means it’s ready to go. All the customer has to do is select a picture frame, should one be required.

We have had enquiries from numerous customers asking are the Acetate bags we supply recyclable.  Just so we can put it officially on the record, the bags we sell can all be recycled – 100%.

If you sell your artwork using our bags can you please let your customers know they are 100% recyclable. 

100% recyclable acetate bags for picture mounts - photo mounts

Beautiful Websites For Photographers And Artists

Our friends over at The Image File website recently called us to let us know of a new service they are offering both new and existing businesses, that either want a new website or maybe you have an old website that could do with a refresh plus some new features.  They have been creating websites for UK based photographers since 2000.

In their own words :-

We understand how busy creative professionals are and that redesigning or creating a website from scratch can be overwhelming or time-consuming and therefore often remains at the bottom of the to-do list. That’s why we have created a solution that is supremely easy and cost effective to get your business online. 

THE WEBSITE BUILD SERVICE

 

With the Website Build Service, we can create you a professional looking website for just £90 + VAT. Once you have supplied a little information about your business, along with some images, our expert designers will start work. Within five working days, we will have a site created for you to approve, allowing you to create, upload and showcase your work. It really is that simple!

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Here you can see more of their existing sites.  If you have a got a favourite they can match your design.

‘Nearly’ By Royal Appointment

‘Nearly’ By Royal Appointment…..

Sometimes when we send our mounts and frames out of the door , we often wonder where they will end up. We have had a mounted picture frame given to Barrack Obama and some work was sent into the Arctic circle. So it is safe to say we don’t have a clue where they will end up.

So, last week it was interesting to get an email from a customer who works for a charity. Graham mixes his artwork with his charity work. He was at a Festival when he was told to expect a ‘visit’ from the Patron of the festival. She usually attends with her ‘other half‘ but this time she was on her own – apart from her security and equerry.

Duchess of Cambridge - Camilla Parker Bowles purchases Cadremont Picture Mounts plus artwork
Duchess of Cambridge purchases artwork that has been mounted using Cadremont Picture Mountes

As Graham says “We were told to expect a visit to our exhibition tent and for it to last no more than 5 minutes, the usual handshake and introductions etc”

“However during her visit she became enthralled by the mounted ‘breakers’ artwork we are selling. She spent around 10 minutes making a selection to take home to give to the Grand Kids”.

Not sure what the Royal protocol is but Graham says she insisted on paying the full amount for them. She was in the tent looking at Graham’s work for a full 20-30 minutes.

Grahams background is very interesting , he has been a charity volunteer for Oxfam for over 30 years, both as a voluntary shop manager in Leeds and also as a National Product Development Manager for Books and Bookshops. He promoted the utilisation of illustrations from distressed books and period advertising from magazines and other ephemera etc and over the last 15 years has supplied books to, built and trained over 100 bookshops.

Ill health meant Graham has had to slow down a bit over the last year or so but he continues to volunteer and build shops and select the stock and run the shop with other volunteers at Hay.

Cadremont Picture Mounts - Duchess of Cornwall - makes a purchase - well done Graham
Camilla Parker Bowles Duchess of Cornwall purchases Cadremont Photo Mounts for Grand children

Says Graham “Business has been fantastic of late including the work Camilla Parker Bowles aka The Duchess of Cornwall purchased which was a selection of ‘breakers’, including comics, Eagle, Hotspur, Lion, all mounted and backed using Cadremont products….the same that Camilla bought”.

This year will be the 10th year Graham will be at the festival and is hoping for record breaking sales – we wish you well Graham.

We like to help and support any business , so if you have a story, event or some news you want to help ‘get out there’. We really want to help you do it. Just contact us via the contact page and lets talk.

Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker Bowles buys artwork mounted by Cadremont
Cadremont Picture Mounts - Pgoto Mounts - acid FREE conservation standard mountboard

If you are looking for similar picture mounts to the ones Graham uses, then please click on the link below. If selling work commercially we have found that artwork sells easily  if it has been mounted, and a back added to it and is sealed in an acetate bag.  This means it is kept totally clean, dust free and ready to be put into a frame of your customers choice.

We obviously dont know where the artwork ultimately ended up, but as long as the person who gets it as a gift is happy and the person who sold the artwork is happy – then we are happy to.

Well done Graham

ZEISS Photography Award 2018

ZEISS Photography Award 2018 “Seeing Beyond – Untold Stories” Zeiss photography competition

 

If you like to really push your creative limits, then maybe you should consider throwing your hat in the ring for the ZEISS Photography Awards.

 

About

The ZEISS Photography Award (now in its 3rd year) has issued the call for any ambitious photographers anywhere in the world to put forward their work around the theme “Seeing Beyond – Untold Stories” to the international jury of experts.  Dont let that put you off though – everyone starts from somewhere.

The basis of the series should be about stories that have not yet been told or rather finished. “Untold Stories” should be interpreted in the widest sense – the works can examine the familiar from a new perspective or cover topics that have not received much attention up until now. The goal is for photographers to push the creative boundaries and surpass themselves photographically. Basically – anything goes, the more different and unique  the better.

The ZEISS Photography Award is jointly hosted by ZEISS and the World Photography Organisation.  For example in 2017 approx 4,700 photographers from 132 countries submitted more than 31,000 photos.

Photographers are asked to submit a series of 5 – 10 images, including a description of the images, online. Entries close February 6, 2018 – so you will need to act fast.

Prizes

 

The winner and the shortlist will be released on April 3rd. The winners will all get attractive prizes, including ZEISS lenses of their choice with a total value of 12,000 euros as well as 3,000 euros to cover travel costs for a photo project. The awards ceremony will be held in London on April 19, 2018, as part of the Sony World Photography Awards.

The winning works and chosen photos from the shortlist will also be presented at the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition in Somerset House, London, with the winner participating in the exhibition opening. Also, ZEISS will invite the winner to the company’s HQ in Germany. Here they will gain insight into the world of ZEISS and can familiarise themselves with ZEISS lenses. In addition, they will also have the opportunity to personally work with ZEISS and the World Photography Organisation – not bad.

The Judges

  • Chris Hudson, Art Director, National Geographic Traveller (UK)
  • Peter Bas Mensink, Chief-Editor and Publisher, GUP Magazine(Holland)
  • Patricia Morvan, Cultural Projects & Exhibitions, Agence VU’, (France)

All of the submitted photographs will be judged specifically looking for both the photographic quality as well as the creativity of the works. The jury is particularly looking for a powerful story that is clearly recognisable in the images

The Rules

1.1 By entering the Competition, You agree and acknowledge that the World Photography Organisation is permitted to receive your registration data. All personal information will be used by the World Photography Organisation in accordance with its Privacy Policy.

1.2.1 The Competition is free to enter.

1.2.2 The ZEISS Photography Award is open to all Photographers entering a body of work between 5 to 10 images.

1.3 All entrants must be over 18.

1.4 By entering the Competition You hereby accept these Competition Rules and the Terms and Conditions.

1.5 Entries must be submitted by 12.59:59am (GMT) on Tuesday 6th February 2018.

2. To enter, you must upload your image via the following website: users.worldphoto.org (the “Website”), following the on-screen instructions carefully.

2.1 Image Entry criteria:

Un-published work entered into the competition must have been taken between the dates of January 1st 2014 and February 6th 2018. Once unpublished work has been entered, it cannot be entered again as published work in the future year of the awards competition.

Published work may have been taken at any point in history, but must have been commissioned or acquired or first published between the dates of January 1st 2014 and February 6th 2018. Eligible publications include magazines, newspapers, on-line and print editorial, self-publishing websites, including personal sites as well as commissioned gallery exhibitions. Images included in past photographic competitions, advertisements, marketing material, blogs, social media and all other visible platforms prior to January 1st 2017 will be considered published and not permissible within this competition.

2.2  Images should be no smaller than 1MB and no larger than 5MB. Images should be JPEG files

All images must be saved in the RGB colour model and EXIF data must be left in the image file.

All entrants must be able to supply a high resolution image suitable for printing in exhibitions should the image be required.

3.1 Entries will be judged between in February 2018.

3.2 In addition to one winner the judges may select up to three finalists in the Competition.

3.3 One winner will be notified by email and will receive return flights to London (economy class) and hotel accommodation for two consecutive nights including the Awards night in April 2018.

3.4 The decision of the Judges and the the World Photography Organisation is final and no negotiation will be entered into with respect to any such decision.

3.5 You may enter a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 images.

3.5.1 Judging will be based on the portfolio of work.

4.1 the World Photography Organisation reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify and remove any entry that does not comply with the following requirements, even after the entry is submitted on the Website. You warrant and represent, in respect of each entry submitted by you (“Entry”), as follows:

4.1.1 You are the sole owner and author of each Entry

4.1.2 You have the right to make Your entry available to the Competition

4.1.3 Each Entry does not contain personally identifiable information about you or any other person(s)

4.1.4 Each Entry does not contain any infringing, threatening, false, misleading, abusive, harassing, libellous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, scandalous, inflammatory, pornographic or profane content

4.1.5 Each Entry does not contain any material that could constitute or encourage conduct, which would be considered a criminal offence, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any law

4.1.6 Each Entry does not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, contract rights, or any other intellectual property rights of any third person or entity, or violate any person’s rights of privacy or publicity, and Your Entry does not include:

4.1.6.1 trademarks owned by third parties

4.1.6.2 copyrighted materials owned by third parties (including movie dialogue or musical compositions)

4.1.6.3 names, likenesses, voices or other characteristics identifying celebrities or other public figures, living or dead

4.1.7 Entries which contain any commercial content that promotes any product or service other than that of the World Photography Organisation.

4.1.8 Entries containing screen credits

4.1.9 No animals were harmed or manipulated in the making of the image

4.2 You agree to fully indemnify the World Photography Organisation in respect of all royalties, fees and any other monies owing to any person by reason of Your breaching any of the foregoing.

4.3 You confirm that each person depicted in the Entry has granted permission to be portrayed as shown. Any costumes, props or other materials used must be rented or borrowed with the permission of the owner, and all other relevant permissions must have been obtained.

5. Intentionally Deleted.

6. the World Photography Organisation may run an online rating process whereby members of the public may vote for a favourite photograph. If there is sufficient evidence (in the World Photography Organisation’s sole discretion) to suggest malpractice and manipulation of the rating process, then the World Photography Organisation has the right to remove the relevant Entry or Entries and, if necessary, award the prize to a different contestant. the World Photography Organisation’s decisions are final.

7.1 the World Photography Organisation recognises You, the author of the image, retain full ownership of the copyright in each Entry.

7.2 All entrants understand that any image submitted to the competition may be used by the World Photography Organisation, and its Event Partners, for marketing and promotional purposes of You the author and the event only, for a maximum of three years after the awards ceremony in April 2018. You hereby grant the World Photography Organisation a non-exclusive, irrevocable licence in each Entry throughout the world for three years in all media for any use connected to the promotion of You the author and the ZEISS Photography event and/or competition, including, but not limited too:
(a) judging the Competition
(b) displaying the winning entries and runners up at public exhibitions promoting the World Photography Organisation and organised by the World Photography Organisation
(c) inclusion within the Website, a World Photography Awards book, magazine or similar
(d) inclusion within any materials promoting of the Competition and / or any exhibition organised by the World Photography Organisation, in the promotion of the the World Photography Organisation
(e) inclusion on Competition- and exhibition-related products to be sold by the the World Photography Organisation or any third party following the individual agreement by the author
(f) sub-licencing the Entries to the press for reproduction in connection with the Competition and any exhibition
(g) allowing viewers of the Website to view images on a computer screen, PDA or mobile telephone and store such pages in electronic form on disk or on a PDA or mobile telephone (but not on any server or other storage device connected to a network) for their personal, non-commercial use only. Please also refer to clause 9.

7.3 All entrants understand that the image information, including image name and description, may be shared with Event partners and media as per clause 7.1, 7.2 and 8. For the avoidance of doubt the “image information” does not include any personal information of You the author.

8. Any photograph used by the World Photography Organisation shall carry a credit line. Any failure to provide such credit line shall not be deemed to be a breach, as long as the World Photography Organisation uses its reasonable endeavours to rectify such failure within a reasonable period from the date of notice of such failure.

9 You acknowledge that it is your responsibility for protecting any Entry against image misuse by any third party, for example, but not limited to the insertion of a watermark. the World Photography Organisation and its Event Partners assume no responsibility and are not liable for any image misuse.

10. the World Photography Organisation assumes no responsibility for any incorrect, inaccurate or incomplete information, whether caused by website users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilised in the Competition, and the World Photography Organisation assumes no responsibility for technical, hardware or software failure of any kind, for lost network connections, garbled computer transmissions, other problems or technical malfunctions with regard to the Competition. the World Photography Organisation assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, corruption, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alteration of Entries. the World Photography Organisation is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail addressed to the World Photography Organisation on account of technical problems, human error or traffic congestion on the internet or any website, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to Your or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in the Competition. If for any reason a contestant’s entry cannot be viewed or is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer viruses, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud or technical failures, the World Photography Organisation assumes no responsibility.

11. In no event will the World Photography Organisation, its parents, affiliates, subsidiaries and related companies, Event Partners, its advertising or promotion agencies, or its officers, directors, employees, shareholders, representatives or agents be responsible or liable for any damages or losses of any kind, including direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, special or punitive damages arising out of any contestant’s access to and use of the Website. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, everything on the Website is provided “as is”, without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for purpose or use or non-infringement.

12. You agree to participate in related publicity and to the use of Your name and likeness for the purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity without additional compensation.

13. All entrants must be able to supply a high resolution image suitable for printing in media and an exhibition should the image be required.

14. There are no cash alternatives available for prize winners.

15. Winners will be announced online.

Promoter: World Photography Awards Limited, 9 Manchester Square, London.

At Cadremont we like to help everyone, including you. So we would love to help you if you decide you need to mount and back your work. If you need any Picture Mounts

Please consider using us first – good luck

 

Building a small photography business bit by bit

Building a small photography business bit by bit.

Just happened to come across this whilst looking for something completely different on FaceBook – why does that happen ?.

Steven seems such a level headed guy, of which there are many thousands of others all over the UK. Building his business from the ground up – bit by bit but always focusing on the quality of the  output.

About Steven steve rooney

I’m a husband and father of 3 beautiful children and I  have more hobbies and interests than I have time for. My family  means the world to me. I eat a lot of chocolate, drink tea and enjoy sports.

I love to run when I have the chance. We have a dog called Buddy (the kids named him). I’ve been to University twice, once in Liverpool and once in Manchester. I studied Art, Photography and Teaching.

I’ve been into photography for as long as I can remember. But only started shooting in a professional capacity around ten years ago. I worked as a primary school teacher and then took a job with an FE college before moving to a career taking photographs of people to pay my bills. I also deliver training and mentoring to other photographers.

Photography Awards and Accolades

Top 5 Wedding Photojournalist in the UK 2017

Number 1 Fearless Photographer in the UK 2016/2017

Last year I was named in a list of the 100 best wedding photographers in the world

17 Fearless Awards from Fearless Photographers

30 International Excellence Awards from WPS

In 2015 I was named ‘Best Wedding Photographer in the North West’  TWIA – The Wedding Industry Awards

I’ve judged 2 international photography competitions

Featured in the top 10 creative photographers in the UK by Autographer

Featured in the Guardian Newspaper for my business success in photography.

Photography Competition – Maybe you have the winning shot ?

Weekly travel photography competition

 

This is a BIG SHOUT out to any photographers  out there that want to a chance to win some great prizes – including new cameras.  Did you know that every week The Daily Telegraph runs a competition where , for example, the winner lat week got a Nikkon D3300 – not bad for easily emailing off a photograph that they took whilst on holiday in India.

cadremont daily telegraph photography competition 2017

Credit – Jason Pemberton

 

Our customers, of which there are thousands, may like to take up the Telegraph on their offer. It is very easy to enter.

Send your picture, which must be at least 1Mb in size, along with a brief description, your name, address, telephone number, the date and location of the photo to thebigpicture@telegraph.co.uk

Example Prizes

A great way to shoot superb high-definition photos and videos.  The Nikon D3300 is small and lightweight,   24.2-megapixel D-SLR is powerful, comfortable to carry around, and incredibly simple to operate.

The large image sensor captures the finest details with stunning sharpness, and superior low-light performance (up to ISO 12,800) frees you to shoot crystal-clear images in dark situations.

Take a look at the video demo of it here.  The prize is subject to availability though and if you win you may be required to take part in publicity – who doesnt like free publicity ?

Especially as this usually means you have your image published in the paper edition of their Saturday Travel supplement.

Nikon D3300

The best bit of advice we have heard from a few photographers , is to shoot images fresh for the competition theme at the time. This fires your enthusiasm, and critically, your imagination, and produces much better imagery more suited to the theme. These images tend to win more often than the images in your stock which you think “should be okay” for the comp theme.

There are lots of photography competitions out there. They cover just about every style of photography you can think of. Some are judged by the public, while others are judged by an ‘expert’ panel.

Let us know what other ones you have entered – and of course – what you thought about them.

 

Best wishes and good luck

Cadremont

Sky Arts Artist of the Year 2017?

cadremont picture mounts sky arts landscape and portrait artist competition 2017We have lots of customers who are Artists of every genre – anything from pet portraits to landscapes.  So maybe the recently launched Sky Arts Artist of the Year 2017? could be of interest – especially as there is a winning prize of £10,000 to win as well as many other prizes.

 

There are 2 competitions being run one for Landscapes and the other for Portrait Artists

Joan Bakewell and Frank Skinner will host both competitions. The judges are award-winning artist Tai Shan Schierenberg, independent curator Kathleen Soriano and art historian Kate Bryan.

Landscape Artist of The Year will film at stunning locations around the UK in June and July 2017. Details of these will be released in early 2017. Terms and conditions apply. Please visit Portrait Terms or Landscape Terms for more information

sky arts 2017 previous pictures

Please let us know if you have entered the competition and please keep us updated of how you get on.  If you know an artist that tends to hide their talents and keep their work to themselves – please send them this page and encourage them to have go.

You never know – this could be the preferred option on Weekend TV to the X Factor or Britain’s Got Talent.  Any any queries please contact enquiries@artistoftheyear.co.uk

Jian Chen Artist

Whilst walking around at the recent Roald Dahl celebrations in Cardiff – along with 80,000 others we took a short cut through one of the old Victorian arcade alleyways. There was all the usual unique and quirky joke shops, cheese makers, vintage clothing shops as well as some wonderful coffee aromas coming from a few nearby cafes.

But, all of a sudden, there on the corner of a junction between 2 arcades something literally popped out, something that immediately catches the eye and entices you in to explore some more. That something was Jian Chen and it was her work that triggered the “I need to find out more about this artist” response.  So we popped in to say hello and find out who , why, how and what.

Jian Chen Fine Art Cardiff Cadremont

Originally from Chongqing China,  when in 1999 China opened up , Jian decided to study English at Sichuan International Language University and later at Shanghai International Language University – becoming a qualified English/Chinese interpreter and translator.

Moved to the UK to focus on Accountancy and gained a BA in Finance and Accounting at Glamorgan University. After securing a position as a Finance Assistant for four years she lost her job due to restructuring, and started to question what it was in life she wanted to achieve. She choose to follow her dreams and make a business out of it.

The phone was placed on the counter set to record and then forgotten about.  We love to find out the story behind the person and how they came to be where they are. So without a further thought to the children or the time I asked Jian about all the things that matter to her and how it inspires her work and business.

We have just walked into your lovely shop and love browsing around your work.  As we do that – can you tell us a little bit about yourself.

Well my biography if you like can be summed up as follows :-

What I’ve done yesterday made me who I am today. What I’m doing now is the only thing matters.

I’m an artist, I live the moment and live the now. I do what I love and love what I’m doing.

I follow my passion and enjoy my life. Anything else will just take care of itself and fall into right place

So tell us a bit about you

My Chinese name is Jian Chen, English name Jenny, I’m based in Cardiff, UK

How would you describe your style of artwork ?

My style of artwork is a combination of traditional Chinese spontaneous abstract and western realism. 

Do you have any formal training / education

I studied oil painting at ‘Sichuan Fine Arts University’, china  

You wake up in the morning – where do you get your ideas from ?

When I’m in the zone, anything can inspire and trigger ideas in me, for example, seeing a flower, seeing a cat, a dog, watching a YouTube video …

We’re intrigued how do you decide what to paint

Dependent on how I feel at the time or what excites me, it’s mostly intuition

How long have you been painting ?

I started this self-taught watercolour style in July 2012

Is there any particular style you like – water colours, oil, pencil etc

I enjoy watercolour at the moment, I’ve also recently done a few acrylic paintings, I might explore to other mediums in future 

Do you travel and if so do you exhibit your work anywhere ?

Only at my shop: I just want to focus on getting this and my gallery running smoothly as it’s my first year here. Lots of new products will be out and I’m making them all myself, there’s no time or personnel to organise exhibition anywhere else

Do you go to any shows ?

I don’t have much time to see any other shows, my own art keeps me too busy for the present

What is the strangest thing you have ever drawn and why ?

I don’t feel anything I create as strange, they are natural, normal and logical to me, although my images may appear strange to others

Thanks for taking the time today – Jian Chen details are as follows :-

 

My Shop Address

10-12, Duke Street Arcade, Cardiff, CF10 1AZ

Etsy:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/JianChensFINEART

Facebook: Jian Chen Watercolour paintings

Twitter: jianchen1111

©Jian Chen’s FINE ART,  ALL rights reserved

Jian Chen Fine Art Cardiff Cadremont

Thank you Jian it has been a pleasure talking and a welcome break from all the crowds in Cardiff.

Food Pictures – Food Photography Awards

Food Photography Awards 2016

Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year, the world’s most important food photography awards

Food Pictures and the people who take them has become a niche industry that has taken off under the soaring popularity of TV food programs. Here we take a look at this years Food Photography Award Winner

With the TV seemingly awash with cooking programs about baking, celebrity cooking, tradition British menus, “soggy bottoms”, cooking while interviewing etc. It was only a matter of time before the culinary arts were given some professional treatment by some fantastic photographers of every level and type.

Step forward the Food Photography Awards, there is a category for just about every conceivable aspect here – ranging from street food, humanitarian food, fine dining, photography using mobile phones and even an under 18’s section.  One thing is for sure the contestants really do put the effort in to make sure they capture the moment perfectly. The level of competition has certainly been taken up a notch this year.

To be able to take great photographs of food is a well honed technique , which is why some photographers are fortunate enough to make a living out of it.  But with smartphones readily available anyone can give it a go.  In recognition of this mouth watering work each year there is the PinkLady Food Photography awards – Guaranteed to whet everyone’s appetite.

Mark Benham wiiner 2016

As you can see – the subject matter can take just about any and every form. The awards cover each and every aspect of the process – literally from farm to fork, the preparation, the eating, the cooking and the human interaction on every level.

Who would have thought a cheese toastie could win an award or even an Octopus on ice.  The competition is judged by over 40 judges but Food Critic Jay Rayner is the overall decision maker.

This years overall winner was Mark Benham – whose winning entry was a baker kneading dough, as Jay says “It’s a scene that gives you the smell of the bakery before the ovens are turned on.”  There were 20,000 images submitted to this years competition.

“In the end, it normally comes down to three or four photos which particularly arouse opinion. It’s down to the content – do they speak to the question of food? And how well do they tell their own stories?”

About Mark Benham

“During my previous life as a graphic designer I often worked with studio based photographers, art directing and sometimes styling shoots. These days I hold the camera, shooting a wide range of subjects on location, preferring to use natural light where I can. I won categories in the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year in 2015 and 2016, being crowned overall winner in 2016. But I don’t photograph food per se, I search for a broad range of subjects that interest me – I’m constantly looking for engaging stories – whether it’s documenting the work of the charity People Against Poverty, olive harvesting in Tuscany or covering events in the UK and abroad.”

 

Portfolio

http://www.markbenham.co.uk

Creativepool: projects
https://creativepool.com/markbenham/projects

Obsolete & Discontinued A collaborative proposal

Obsolete & Discontinued A collaborative proposal - Mike Crawford

Introduction

In March 2015, a client gave me a quantity of old photographic paper and film. He had been clearing out his late uncle’s darkroom and decided I could either have it all or it would be thrown out. Over two visits I received a number of boxes and packets of material, the majority of which were papers that had ceased production many years ago. Most were at least 20 or 30 years old, indeed some far older. I sifted through boxes of familiar names such as Kodak Bromesko and Agfa Brovira considering what I should do with them.

Out of interest, I tested some of the paper in the darkroom. I was surprised at how well some of the older material printed. With further testing, it appeared that some paper, which was fogged and had proved useless with conventional developers, could produce quite interesting and compelling results using different processes such as lith printing. After conversations with fellow members of the London Alternative Photographic Collective, I decided it might be of interest to give out the paper to different photographers and artists to see what individual results each could produce.

Within a few months there were over 50 participants who had heard of the project and were interested in taking part. After testing and cataloguing the different papers, I distributed them to a wide variety of practitioners, not only in the UK, but also to many overseas. From this point it was down to their skill and creativity to produce work from the supplied paper and film.

This proposal documents the results from the first sixteen participants and clearly shows the diversity possible using traditional photographic methods, especially given that all were produced using brands of paper and film that are either obsolete or discontinued. In many cases both. It is hoped that we will be able to exhibit prints from all the participants once the project is complete.

All the material came from the darkroom of a painter, Bret Sampson, via his nephew David Yates who we thank for initiating what has become a fascinating exploration into the possibilities of the analogue photographic process. As Bret had spent much of his working life as an art teacher, it is sincerely hoped he would have approved of the inspiration and work produced by the paper he left behind.

Mike Crawford, December 2015.
Claus Dieter Giesler Lith Print

Every time I find a paper or film I like, they discontinue it.
Paul Strand

This piece of work is for a big collaborative project which is being launched in a photography festival in Spain next month.

Revela-T is a photo festival aiming to be a meeting point for lovers of photography and especially for people who are passionate of ‘old school analog photography . Cadremont are very proud to be part of it

 

It will then exhibit in Cologne later in 2016 and then hopefully more places after that.

 

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