Sustainable Water / One Planet City Panel Discussion – 24th Oct 2014

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I am taking part in a panel discussion with photographers Sophie Gerard and Murray Ballard, Pooran Desai (founder of Bioregional) and Nina Emett (founder of FotoDocument), on Friday 24th October at The Sallis Benney Theatre 6.30-830pm. I will be discussing my new series on Sustainable Water, and we will be talking more generally about the One Planet City photography commissions in Brighton & Hove.  Do come along if you’re in town, it should be a very interesting discussion. You can book your tickets HERE.

This event is part of The Brighton Photo Biennial 2014.

New series on Sustainable Water at The Brighton Photo Biennial 2014

Series of Sustainable Water for FotoDocument / Photoworks, by Thomas Ball. 2014I have been busily working on my One Planet City commission for Fotodocument and Photoworks on Sustainable Water in Brighton and Hove.  It’s been a great project to work on, as I’ve been given access to photograph in some really interesting locations and met some fascinating people working in water conservation and recycling.

Series of Sustainable Water for FotoDocument / Photoworks, by Thomas Ball. 2014

The selected images from the series have now been sent off to the team at Spectrum who are producing the prints for my exhibition, which will be fitted into custom-built outdoor displays on Hove Promenade. The exhibition will run as part of the Brighton Photo Biennial and will be on show for 10 months from October 2014 until July 2015. The exhibition is being specially designed by Standard8 and my images will be printed with specialist UV inks so they can withstand the sun, wind and rain on the south coast.

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There will be a bus tour around the 10 exhibitions that make up the series, with talks by each of the photographers about their work.  I will be doing a talk on the inner city route and you can book your tickets at the Eventbrite page here. http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/one-planet-city-fotodocument-bus-tour-tickets-9674800589

I will also be taking part in a panel discussion about the series on Friday 24th October. You can book a place to attend here.

[UPDATE: 05/10/14] The series is now live on my Website here.

Alongside this I’ve been working on variety of editorial and commercial assignments.  Here’s a tearsheet from a recent shoot in July for Libération of artists from London-based music label Hyperdub.

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Hyperdub, published in Libération
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(L-R) DVA, Kode9 (founder of Hyperdub) and Ikonika

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I managed to get away from work for nearly 3 weeks in August and went on a cycling and camping trip with friends from Strasbourg to Venice – traveling through France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. Below is a collage of just a few of the photos I took along the way. Despite a few soggy days of wind and rain at the start of the trip, we had a fantastic time and got to see some beautiful towns off the beaten track.  The cycle trip also gave me an opportunity to finish reading Jaron Lanier’s fascinating book Who Owns the Future?  It’s a heavy going read at times, but it’s well worth persisting with, as he offers some interesting opinions on the future of creative industries (including photography) and how the internet and networks are impacting all our lives.
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“Regenerating Capital” at Roca London Gallery 2nd June – 23rd August

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I am exhibiting some work from my Speculate Regenerate series at a group exhibition entitled Regenerating Capital. The exhibition is being held at the Roca London Gallery designed by Zaha Hadid, and is part of the London Festival of Architecture.  It runs from the 2nd June till the 23rd August 2014.  More details here.

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Fotodocument / Photoworks Commission

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I have been awarded a great commission for FotoDocument and Photoworks in Brighton, working in partnership with BioRegional and Brighton & Hove City Council.  The project will focus on the One Planet Living Principle of Sustainable Water, and the images will be exhibited as part of the Brighton Photo Biennial 2014.  

Find out more information in the press release here.

Athabasca featured in “Survive” Exhibition 6-16th February at The LCC

'Overburden'. From the series 'Athabasca'Images from my Athabasca series are to be exhibited as part of a group show called Survive at The London College of Communication.  The exhibition forms part of Green Week and will be open to the public from the 6th-16th February.  The Private view will be on the 12th February.  See the Press Release below for more details.

There will also be a debate held at the college from 2.30-5.30pm before the private view, discussing the role of the media in campaigning for social change and environmental awareness. Booking is required.  Details here.

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David Heyman, John Griffiths, Paul Hilder, ReFrame Film Festival & Photofusion Salon/13

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David Heyman / Libération, Paris.

This is another long overdue post.  Above and below are some images and tearsheets from a few of the commissions I’ve had recently.  The first is of the film producer David Heyman, best known for producing the Harry Potter films and more recently for Gravity with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.  I photographed David at Claridges in London.

David Heyman. Photographed in London for Libération, Paris.
David Heyman. Photographed in London for Libération, Paris.
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John Griffith, Safe Water Trust. Photographed in London for Libération, Paris.

John Griffith worked with the Safe Water Trust to develop the Aquafilter, which is a very cleverly designed pump for purifying water in emergency situations.  The filter is distributed by humanitarian aid agencies around the World.  I photographed John at The Tabernacle in Notting Hill.

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John Griffith with the Aquafilter
John Griffith, Safe Water Trust. Libération, Paris.
John Griffith / Libération, Paris.

The portrait below is of ‘social entrepreneur’ Paul Hilder.  Paul founded opendemocracy.net, co-founded 38 Degreeshelped launch Avaaz.org in 2007, was Director of Campaigns for Oxfam and is now the Vice President of Global Campaigns at Change.org. I photographed him on Old Street in London for Wired Magazine (Italy).

Portrait of Paul Hilder of Change.Org for Wired Magazine, Italy.
Portrait of Paul Hilder of Change.Org for Wired Magazine, Italy.
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Paul Hilder / Wired Magazine Italy

My Electrosensitive series continues to gain more exposure.  I have been invited to screen my short film at Reframe, a documentary film festival in Canada in January 2014.  I will post up details of screening venue and times when they come available on facebook and twitter.  I also have some portraits from the series on show in Salon/13 at Photofusion Gallery in Brixton in London. The exhibition is running in collaboration with Hotshoe Magazine and is on show from the 12th December to the 24th January 2014.

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Below are a few photos from my pop-up exhibition Portraits of a High Street which was held in Cricklewood in North West London at the end of September.  The exhibition was of 150 framed portraits of business owners in Cricklewood.  As explained in my previous post, the project was a commission for Gort Scott and The Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund to help regenerate high streets around the capital. The exhibition was held at Navruz in Cricklewood in conjunction with Spacemakers, Polimekanos and the Cricklewood Improvement Programme.

Portraits of a High Street, Exhibition, Cricklewood. 26th September 2013

Portraits of a High Street, Exhibition, Cricklewood. 26th September 2013
Some of the 150 framed portraits on show in Cricklewood, NW London.

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Each portrait was framed and mounted with a bespoke laser cut Cricklewood mount.  After the exhibition finished, each framed print was distributed to the businesses that took part in the project to create a long-term exhibition of the photos.

The Cricklewood Mobile Town Square by Spacemakers
The Cricklewood Mobile Town Square by Spacemakers

Note: I will be in Australia from the 12th December to the 6th January 2014.  I will be answering emails while I am away and will endeavour to reply as quickly as possible.

Aidan Gillen / Photoworks / Portraits of a High Street

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Aidan Gillen, Dublin, Ireland

I’ve been working on some interesting and varied assignments over the past couple of months, while also continuing work on my documentary series on Electrosensitivity.  Here are a few snippets of what I’ve been up to.

The portrait above is of Irish actor Aidan Gillen, shot for the The New Review Magazine in the Independent on Sunday. He’s well known for his roles in The Wire, Queer as Folk, Love Hate and most recently Game of Thrones. I photographed him in my old home town of Dublin. I had read that he doesn’t enjoy having his photograph taken so I wasn’t sure what to expect when we met.  However, thankfully he was very generous with his time and was a real pleasure to work with. You can read the interview with him here.

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Magazine spread from The New Review 15th Sept 2013

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The last image deserves some sort of explanation. Before the shoot, when we were discussing what clothes Aidan should wear, he suggested that he bring a witch’s hat along with him.  I had assumed he was joking, until he turned up at the studio with a hat and wig and said he wanted to try them out in one of the set ups.  Despite playing some unsavoury characters on screen, it was nice to know he had a good sense of humour!

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“Outliers in a Wireless World”

I was also recently commissioned to write an article about my project Electrosensitive for Photoworks. They commissioned three articles to coincide with the Brighton Digital Festival 2013 to offer ‘varied responses to questions on photography and digital culture.’  You can read my essay Outliers in a Wireless World … here.  I am continuing work on the second phase of Electrosensitive and am hoping to have some interesting updates before the end of the year.

The Royal Photographic Society’s 156th International Print Exhibition which I have images in has just moved to The Civic Gallery in Barnsley.  The exhibition will be on show there until the 1st November. It then moves to the Michael Heseltine Gallery in Oxfordshire on the 11th November until the 13th December. Go check out the exhibition if you’re near either of those venues at those times.

"Portraits of a High Street" Pop-up Exhibition - 26th September 2013. Cricklewood Broadway, NW2.
“Portraits of a High Street” Pop-up Exhibition – 26th September 2013. Cricklewood Broadway, NW2.

150 portraits of mine from a recent commission for The Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund will go on show next Thursday 26th September, at a pop-up Exhibition on Cricklewood Broadway in North West London.  The exhibition will run in conjunction with Spacemakers’ innovative Mobile Town Square, which you can read more about in this Creative Review article.   I will post up details of the time and location on twitter and facebook so keep an eye out there for updates. [UPDATE - 7/10/13: You can see images from the pop-up exhibition on my Facebook page here].

Lastly, I recently finished a very interesting and insightful book called The Spirit Level.  I’m sure many of you will have heard of it before as it made quite a stir when it was first published in 2009.  It has some very hard hitting truths about inequality in the UK and many other developed countries.  The book is not without its critics, but I’d highly recommend it if you haven’t read it already.  There is now a documentary film in the making to follow on from the book.

I will post up images from other recent assignments for Wired Magazine and Skype in my next post.