2020 Vision, Bristol

2020 Vision, Bristol

Monday evening saw the 2020 Vision show come to Bristol.

With thanks to Bertie Gregory for letting me know the show was on.
Anna, James and myself thoroughly enjoyed an evening at St Georges, Park Street, Bristol.

2020 Vision is 20 of the top photographers from the U.K., with 20 assignments, 20 months for it to all happen and 1 mission…
To create the most compelling case yet for repairing and reconnecting the U.K.s natural habitats and to motivate fresh thinking about our dependence on wild nature.

The ecosystems that were documented through out this project were ‘More than just….’
A Forest – Carbon Store, Air Conditioner, Playground
A Peat Bog – Carbon Trap, Cistern, History Classroom.
The Sea – Climate Regulator, Larder, Tourist Attraction.
Some Hills – Water Trap, Workout Zone, Refuge.
A River – Flood Defence, Artery, Irrigator.
A City – Green Lung, Soakaway, Refuge.
A Saltmarsh – Seafood Bar, Dynamo, Flood Defence.
A farm – Delicatessen, Fuel Station, Honey Factory.
A Wetland – Water Filter, Sponge, Roofing Supplier.
A Heath – Breathing Space, Running Track, Honey Pot.

It was a fantastic night, the images were stunning and inspirational and I got to meet 3 of the best Photographers in the world today – and more-so they got to meet me!

Alex Mustard – Basking Sharks, Blue Sharks, Seals and the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2005, Bertie Gregory – Young Champion for City Photography with Peregrine Falcons, Foxes, and Tawny Owls. Peter Cairns – Award Winning Photographer with Osprey, Eagles, Red Squirrels and Pine Martins and Me – Finalist in the Harman Technology Student Photographer of the Year! Well, we all have to start somewhere!

Andy Rouse -Wild Boar and Otters, Award Winning Photographer who was sadly unable to attend this evening.

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Harman technology ‘Student Photographer of the Year 2013′

Barry Thomas with 'Master Guitar Man - Mr Ed'

Barry Thomas with ‘Master Guitar Man – Mr Ed’


Dean Wallace with 'Ciffig Bon Heddwr' owned by Jimmy Owen

Dean Wallace with ‘Ciffig Bon Heddwr’ owned by Jimmy Owen


Howard and 'Twenty'

Howard and ‘Twenty’

The images from this years competition ‘Pride and Prejudice’ can now be viewed at:


You can also see the images from last years competition ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Go have a look and enjoy the students different interpretations of the subject title.

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Barry Thomas and (Mr Ed) Master Guitarman at Celaeron Show

Barry showing Mr Ed 'in hand'

Barry showing Mr Ed ‘in hand’

Rhian in 'Ridden Shown Class' with Mr Ed.

Rhian in ‘Ridden Shown Class’ with Mr Ed.

Young Kristal with Barry shown 'In Hand'

Young Kristal with Barry shown ‘In Hand’

Yesterday I accompanied Barry and Rhian to a show. The weather was dreadful but luckily it was at indoor venue.
Mr Ed looked stunning and did very well in his classes winning 3 rosettes, a good start to the show season.
Mr Ed was shown as ‘Coloured pony in hand’ with Barry and ‘Coloured ridden pony’ with Rhian.
Also being shown for the first time yesterday was Kristal, although she was not placed this time, it was a perfect first outing and she behaved beautifully.
With thanks to Barry and Rhian for the invite.

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Harman technology ‘Student Photographer of the year 2013′ Competition – Success

Barry Thomas with 'Master Guitar Man - Mr Ed'

Barry Thomas with ‘Master Guitar Man – Mr Ed’

Dean Wallace with 'Ciffig Bon Heddwr' owned by Jimmy Owen

Dean Wallace with ‘Ciffig Bon Heddwr’ owned by Jimmy Owen

The title of the brief for this years competition was ‘Pride and Prejudice’ (A reflection on the world today).
The closing date 31st January 2013.
‘Judges will be looking for images that as well as being technically excellent, provoke an emotional response and show an understanding of the brief’.

Although I had seen the competition details released, I didn’t think too much about it, but then thought ‘when is the closing date?’
In two days time!

Well, the only images I had ready printed were ‘Barley Saturday Stallion Parade’ so here goes, the entry form was downloaded on the wednesday evening, mad dash to the post office on thursday lunchtime for a special delivery guaranteed by 1300 hours on friday the 31st January.
Job done – at least I had sent something off.

I had asked for a return of the images and they came back on the 20th with a compliment slip. Oh well, that was that.

The results are in….

How delighted was I to find in over 800 entries, two of my images had made it to the top twenty! (Thats the top 2.5%!)

For the second year in a row I was a finalist in the competition.

‘Pride and Prejudice’ – the pride of the owners/handlers with their stallions running through the street in Cardigan town with all the skill that is needed to run with these horses at the annual traditional event of the horse fair and the prejudice of running the stallions on tarmac roads with the crowds.

Ultimately, I had pride in my own work and believed in it.

I guess ‘Telling the Story’ is what I love doing and hopefully it shows.

‘Howard and Twenty’ the Bull (Last years finalist image), Barry and Dean with their steeds on the day and Emma with her pet lamb submitted to ‘Alamy’ (earlier post on my blog, the ‘Top 400 Amazing Student Images’) completed the hat trick and I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to submit the images and in return feel more confident with my work.

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‘What can be shown, can not be said’ Ludwig Wittgenstein

'What can be shown, can not be said'  Ludwig Wittgenstein

Exhibition Opens Saturday 1st February 12- 5pm.

A vibrant exhibition of sculptures, paintings, drawings and photographs. An impressive cross section of the current art scene in Wales.

Seventeen artists will be displaying their work at Fountain Fine Art Gallery, Llandeilo from Saturday 1st February until Thursday 20th February 2014.

Sixteen exhibitors including myself have had their work on show at ‘Taith Vienna 2013′ and are now showing some more of their recent work.

Photography works included are contributed by Grainne Connolly, Amelia Kilvington and Marlene Wareham.

The full catalogue can be accessed from: http://www.fountainfineart.com/3Dissue/issue11/index.html

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Alamy Top 400 Amazing Student Images.

Alamy Top 400 Amazing Student Images.

This image of ‘Emma’ was submitted to Alamy last year and has been included in the top 400 images of 2013.
This is really appreciated on my part, and although 400 sounds a big number, it isn’t really because thousands are submitted from students every year.

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‘Santa Claus’ – My True Story

'Santa Claus' - My True Story

Well Santa visited a week ago, so I guess that’s Christmas over, only another 51 weeks to go before he’s back!

I was lucky enough to see Santa not with his reindeer, but with a donkey!
I saw him here in Wales, can you believe it?

Santa and the donkey brought many smiles this year to the people they visited at many Christmas parties and activities.
For myself it was a privilege to be invited to witness the happiness and joy shared by all concerned, and record it with my camera.
Yes I managed to photograph the wonderful Santa who visit’s every year and yet is unseen by so many people!

Three years ago I visited the Arctic Circle with my daughter, we saw plenty of reindeer and got to ride in a sleigh in the pristine snow under the Northern Lights, but Santa was missing, he was no where to be seen!
We found lots of Siberian Husky dogs pulling the sleds too.
We made snow angels and went into the tented homes of the Sami people to share their meals cooked over an open fire.
We walked across frozen rivers and lakes, and the silence of the snow laden pine forests under the moonlight was a sight to behold.
Mulled wine awaited us on our return to warm us through!

Well if you don’t believe in Santa, you don’t get to experience those magical moments!

We went to look for him, but someone said he had gone on an around the world trip that night!

Last year I went to look for him in Africa, I walked on a stunning beach and made sand angels under the sun, and attended a beautiful carol service in a wooden church all lit by candles.
I shared humble meals with children who’s parents were no longer around in mud huts.
I found turtles laying their eggs in the sand, and witnessed an electrical storm over the ocean, but guess what?

I didn’t see Santa, someone said he had gone on an around the world trip that night!

I’m gonna keep looking for him!

Wishing each and everyone a ‘Happy New Year’, Be happy, keep healthy, look after one another and keep safe.

To be continued in 2014 – ‘The Search for Santa’

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