MY CITY OF CULTURE – MY HULL – PART IV

End of an era or what?

The past few months my life has been a shit show, but there has been so many great photo moments that I am excited to shout about it on the last day of 2019.
Yes, 2019 I really want to slap you, but despite all the things that went bad, I had amazing work and culture opportunities, another bunch of great people in my life and rememberable image stock.

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October brought HIP PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL and this year the festival did shine a bit more than last year. The festival celebrated its 6th year and brought to Hull Peter Dench, Rhiannon Adam, Claire Armitage and Lomography. There was also a vast selection of local talent on display.
My favourite of course was Peter Dench with Trans-Siberian World Cup series. I also very much loved the Rhiannon Adam’s Pitcairn series shot in Britain’s last Pacific Overseas Territory. Photographs are stunning, even breath taking I dare to say. Her photographs with voyeuristic edge and true moments of intimacy masquerading as casual snapshots, but holds loneliness, isolation and portrayal of a broken society shrouded in mistrust.

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Peter Dench never disappoints. Never. This time he tackled a culture that is quite familiar to myself as me being from post Soviet Union country. I thoroughly loved the photographs.

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As one of the unexpected surprises was the exhibition COHERE.

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The exhibition was a collection resulted from various workshops where photographers worked with writers and performers from refugee backgrounds to create an exhibition that creates, challenges, disrupts and charms. The result is pretty amazing. Films, visual installations and photographic works of art that gives an experience that in a strange way tailors to your won life experience. It worked for me on different levels – I admired the visual with textures, playful colours with disrupted lines, the touch-and-feel experience. On the emotional level I felt inspired and touched by the imagery. The exhibition COHERE was on the top as one of the favourites.

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The festival offered plenty of work that meets the demand for different subjects.
There were others that I really liked – The Launderette one on the ground floor of the Princess Quay, Homer Sykes and others. It was a great festival and I am glad I made the effort to make it part of my culture wonders.

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For the first time in long time I also had the joy of re-visiting old places through the viewfinder. It sounds simple, but for me that sparkle was long gone, so to be in the mood for such was a great feeling. The long waited pedestrian bridge played a small roll in that too.

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Whilst wondering around Marina I popped down to Humber Street Gallery to see the exhibitions on display. Nenna Kalu Wrapping and Aniara Omann Equanipolis.

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Nenna Kalu Wrapping [above] raised my eyebrows even though the the basis or the work are great. Nenna Kalu works with ActionSpace, a London based visual arts organisation that supports artists with learning disabilities. In the current exhibition she used various materials like plastic tubing, newspapers, foam, fabric ect.

The work is very tricky to judge appropriately in such exhibition space, as usually we get some high end art.

The other two floors were Aniara Omann and Equanipolis. The artist evokes and questions different aspects of the human body with sculptures that at once resemble and mutate the human form, as well as our relation to ecology through her choice of material.

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From summer until end of October there was a little Hull Fishing Industries treasure display at Hull Maritime Museum. The heritage and tradition of women working in the fishing community was celebrated through imagery. In this exhibition, award-winning photographer, Craig Easton, well known for his landscape work and intimate portraits of real lives, explores the past and present. It will bring together the three strands of the fisherwomen’s story: their heritage, their journey and contemporary portraits, including exciting new commissions of Hull’s own fisherwomen.
Fisherwomen celebrates the tradition and importance of women in the fishing industry by following the traditional route of the herring trade from Shetland down the east coast, via Hull to Great Yarmouth.
The exhibition highlighted the central role of women in the fishing industry today, even though their work is now almost entirely done behind closed doors in processing factories, sheds and smokehouses.

Source: Maritime Hull

The sad thing was that I missed the exhibition and just saw the “remains” that are on display currently.

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On a sunny weekday I strolled into city centre for business, and was a pleasure to see Hull lit by sunlight. Autumn can be dull, and it is dull mostly, so I was lucky to have camera on me to record the rare scenes for that time of the year.

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“Michelangelo – A Different View” at Hull Minster was the thing that everyone raved about, and I had to see the Sistine Chapel’s iconic scenes with my own eyes.

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The first thing that caught my eyes was the odd phones and the quite an elderly generation. The combination reminded me of a tourist group from Germany and that made me chuckle.
The exhibition was quite a piece – the atmosphere in Minster definitely was the correct recipe for a success.

I found myself in a bizarre situation – instead of grasping for breath after being stunned by Michelangelo, I was amused by other people and their reactions.

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I mean, yes, it was quite alright, but I guess I’m not the “type”. As long as it created an excitement and buzz amongst people, I am happy to approve.

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What I approve and celebrate myself, is the little things and the little snaps of people in  the right place and the right time for a great photograph. Hull Minster is a treasure in its own right and to see any kind of exhibition hosted there is a privilege.

In 2017 I created few images to acknowledge Whitefrigate’s empty shops and how the shop windows were used as canvas for marketing or art. I decided to revisit this in 2019 – and see the change. Baring in mind all the regeneration plans, it was a curiosity more than need for culture images.

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November brought another good festival – Hull Comedy Festival 2019. 2019 was another year where the work commitments and health issues made me unavailable for 90% of the festival, but it was a great, great feeling to fill the old boots for 10%.

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I happened to see a gig that was hosted by Jed Salisnbury at Princess Quay, and although on a small scale, it was filled with laughter and good humor.

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Ross Brierley with Who Will Survive and What Will Be Left Of Them?

I have known Ross as a comedian from the early days, I have had then pleasure to shoot NOT SO LATE NIGHT SHOW WITH ROSS AND JOSH and I have had belly cramps from laughter from previous festivals. Ross still holds the same amount of charm, fun and entertainment.

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Stevie Gray: Arctic Monkeys’ Midlife Crisis

Stevie Gray was a “fresh” act on my list and OH MY. He was totally hilarious. He did good and even better – when he’s guitar lost a string he cracked on as normal and made his repertoire even funnier without music.

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End of November and beginning of the December was that time of year when I started to come out of my hiding spots. I had to face the fact that Christmas is coming and there will be no hiding from happy. I had plenty of work upcoming that was festive and so I had to embrace it.
One of the proud moments was the tough decision to grab a tripod and travel to Hull City Centre for the Christmas decorations and tree.

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Funny though that I picked the windiest night of all times and all the efforts to have steady images on slow shutter went in a bin.

I don’t think that it is visible with a naked eye, so MISSION COMPLETE.

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The main spectacular was lacking wow factor. Yes.

Another interesting work opportunity was through The Herd Theatre Company in Barnsley – Slime. It was more of a work opportunity than culture haul, but it was inspiring, sweet and full of culture.

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It was a great honour to be asked to capture the pre show promo’s and I had a great time.

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2019 was the year where I had to make an extra effort to gather images for the blog. But those moments when I was out with camera, proved that there will never be enough of Hull for me. The city remains vibrant and full of solid gold people and places.

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The last job of the year was probably my highlight of the festive period. Good Things Market Winter Edition at Fruit Market.

It was everything Hull could want just before Christmas. A collection of talented local artists, craftmakers and genius in on place – offering great food, stunning gifts and Hull merchandise.

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Whilst there I also had an exclusive insight into behind the scenes for the Enchanted Wonderland created by Bluebeany aka Anna Bean. The show featuring performances by Ruth Getz, Zoe Hughes, Michelle Dee, Caroline Ullyart and Joshua Barton. Described as.. “if the Mighty Boosh made a Panto”

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Anna is just amazing! Her talent, her personality and the drive to succeed is inspiring. I am lucky to have been thought by Anna and work with her.
Her shows are becoming iconic to the city and could be something that Hull is known for widely across the country.

Her stamp is all over.

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The last but not least was the casual walks around the Humber Street that cheered me up. Little festive preparations, decorations and Hull sense of humor are things that help people to get into festive spirit, including myself.

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This blog post is a bit of a cheat – it was supposed to see the daylight on the last day of the year, but family circumstances and other factors caused days delay. We can just pretend that we waved goodbye to 2019 yesterday and are looking forward to a bright and shiny new decade.

My year has been a struggle in personal life and so I am thankful for what I still have, of what I managed to achieve and how many people stud by my side when I needed support.

2020 will be a new era for my work and business, I want to expand, change and evolve. I want to once again feel in control of my own life, decisions and career.

This time of year has brought sadness to my family. My grandfather past away on the 30th December and I had to suck up the reality and commit to write the last blog post of 2019 whilst in Latvia. Despite the loss, we as a family are staying grateful and thankful. To be able to take away gratitude from this darkness is a gift. My grandad was a strong character and living to the age of ninety is not a surprise. He was tough. strong, honest and humble. To even think that I could make it to that age with my head held up high like he did…

For the future of this culture blog I will continue to explore and celebrate culture scene in the city, as we still have another year before Coventry officially takes away the glory.

Happy New Year, monkeys.

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HUMBER STREET SESH VS FREEDOM FESTIVAL 2019 ANETE SOODA PHOTO

Well, this is not really about both festivals going against each other – Humber Street Sesh and Freedom Festival share similar qualities, but are completely different. Both share a common quality – it gives Hull the heartbeat once a year and we all look forward to the August and September.

This year I wasn’t fully employed or involved for neither. And it isn’t good or bad, it is just a fact. But I still made small contributions to both festivals and now it is the perfect time to celebrate and say goodbye to crop tops, cold cider in the sunshine and busy streets in the city.

Humber Street Sesh 2019  – Friday

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Freedom Festival 2019 – Saturday + Sunday

 

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MY CITY OF CULTURE – MY HULL – PART III

Coming to the dark and wet months is fine, but we all need a bit of sunshine and at least 20 happy minutes each day.  Luckily I have made peace with summer passing and autumn is all welcome. Hull Fair, Bonfire Night, Halloween, Christmas…so many things to look forward to.

I have been delaying this blog post for a while due to personal reasons, and I always thought that the next day will be better than the present one. I learned the hard way that waiting around for the better day is foolish, instead I will make this day better and more suitable for writing RIGHT NOW!

There was also a decision if to separately share Humber Street Sesh and Freedom Festival images – this year neither of them were on my top list for various reasons, but somehow I got a little snipped of both. And my 15% contribution was amazing. Great moments deserve their own spotlight, right?

So a quick list – most of them random and spontaneous: RSPCA Annual Bike Show, Climate Strike in Hull, Turner Price XL Food&Drink Show, Woodmansey Garden Centre haul [or market] where I went to visit Hotham’s Gin, and both festivals [separate post coming soon]. Blimey, it feels like this is the most pathetic list of all times.

So…

When the directions that you are heading to are blurry and not distinct, it is OK to detour slightly. In my case just randomly turn up at the Turner Price XL Food&Drink Show at Bonus Arena. It really was a random choice and I giggle thinking about how it may look – photographer walking around the food and drink stalls, juggling camera, piece of cake, flyers and goody bags. Sure I looked like I am there for freebies, but that wasn’t the story. I literally had no idea what the show will be like and for sure I didn’t prepare myself to taste so many things, get my hand kissed and get totally excited about Harrogate water bottles, oh! and was asked if the Fentimans display has enough botanical references [like I know a thing about display building].

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The highlight was probably the unexpected rage of products for caterers, hotels and cafes, in my case education, and attendance. It was packed full with people representing a business, and of course people who love a freebie. The variety was from actual buyers to browsers, tasters to players.

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And this brings me to the main point – I have totally missed an opportunity to shoot some Dench and Parr style shots. Really gutted. Instead I was fact recording, mainly looking at food [of course].

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Hopefully next year I will be much wiser and embrace the opportunity, because this year I learnt that attendees are too busy browsing, so I will have all the opportunities to shoot some great shots. Maybe that should be my new thing to attend events of this type and create narratives around each?

Speaking of things I have definitely fallen in to a dry period and each day starts with a prayer not too loose everything I worked so hard for.
Hence why these past few months have been so empty with tumbleweed dancing through my creative and professional practice.

When I found out about the annual RSPCA Bike Show, I thought bringing camera can’t do any harm – I never know who will I meet, what will happen at the fundraiser.

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Pride is something that was seeping through every moment. People were the leather with pride, ride the beasts with pride, respect each other, RSPCA workers did their duties with pride, and even the local pear tree thrives with pride. Sweet and positive gathering that more people should talk about.

Another good and vital attendance was the Climate Strike in Hull. The strike in Hull was a small piece of a global puzzle. Tens of thousands of people across the globe united to speak about the climate change issues, shout at the government, raise their concerns and show initiative that we are all ready to change.  I silently hate the system, I hate that I am part of the consumerism society, I hate the greed and ego that runs the parade. At the same time I know I am just a small particle in the big space and the anger is only driving myself crazy.  I felt a little power running through my vanes at the strike, through the lens I joined the energetic young people, wise activists and general public. I believe that the strike was organised by Youth Strike 4 Action Hull, working together with Animal Rebellion Hull, Friends of the Earth Hull, Extinction Rebellion Hull + big thanks to Lauren Saunders for inviting me. 

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Last, but not least was the visit to Woodmansey Garden Centre [famous for its sexy fish tanks and range of ocean fish, corals] market. That Sunday was dull as ever and I really needed a reason to get out of the house. And my new fave gin company Hotham’s Gin promoted their tasty gin, new orange vodka and Gin School under the greenhouse roof. The twitter post was inviting, showing off the tropical vibes of the place.
Hotham’s Gin are run by two really interesting, lovely and hardworking people [Emma and Simon], so it was a pleasure to have a natter and see that things are moving great for them.
I mean, it’s not the culture that I would usually blog about, but there is some culture in local brews and others drinks, so it counts. Another perfect excuse was that the market happens every so often and local craft makers, artists and small business sell their work, promote themselves under palm trees and tropical blooms. So here you go – cracking culture there.

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I will have to try much harder in the following months to keep some value in my work, I know. By the looks of my diary there will be some exciting clients, work up until Christmas and that will be the fuel for culture hauls.

ALTERNATIVE HERITAGE PLAQUES – DRUNK ANIMAL CREATIVE STUDIO

This blog post is dedicated to Hull and Drunk Animal Creative Studio – both close to my heart.

Drunk Animal Creative Studio had an idea and they brought it to life – we all know not all ideas see daylight, so the fact that this idea brought Hull into spotlight across UK once more, is absolutely AMAZING!

Hull is a city filled with people… and occasionally those people do things. Some of those things are kind of interesting. Some are pretty funny too. Others are actually quite impressive, and others… well, they’re just weird.
The thing is, we think each of these stories is equally important. They are what makes Hull the city it is today. The weird, the wonderful, the obscure, the fascinating stories and facts that permeate every street and every community in the city are now celebrated through our Alternative Heritage plaques.
Source: Drunk Animal Creative Studio

 

Alternative Heritage Plaques was on my radar before I was actually asked to take photographs of them officially. I was interested in its predicted momentum and the hype it created.
And knowing the personality and characteristics of Hull, I was sure that the plaques won’t disappoint.

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The story started with a list of plaques spread across Hull – from Orchid Park to Brough [not in Hull really, but the drive there was fantastic].

Legends like Rony Pickering and his moment of fame, the famous pedestrian crossing down Castle Street where poor Clare nearly died waiting for the green man and, former Chip Spice Factory, Hull dialect and Croggy. Some plaques stood long and strong, some where half-taken down and taken, some covered in mud and some admired by seagulls and pigeons.

Can you already see that the paragraph above makes you smirk a bit?
I captured all plaques displayed at the time, two new arrivals where photographed last month and the very, very new one is still to be found.

It was one of a kind job to be asked to do and one reason why I love working with people like Drunk Animal Creative Studio.

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Have you seen them all?

MY CITY OF CULTURE – MY HULL – 2019 – PART II

2019 is still happening and I am still plodding along. The second culture post of this year is another story of recent happenings in Hull and another “left it too late” kind of a thing.

Not going into too much detail, this year is odd, in a long run the disconnection that I have at the moment with everything photo will be one of the regrets of 2019.

However, I am continuing [in a much slower pace] to follow the cultural activities, mainly focusing on events that I feel close to in some way.

 

There was a moment in May when I was asking myself a question When was the last time I saw an exhibition? When checked my last records of any cultural goings, I didn’t like what I saw, I didn’t like the gap.

It all started again with Ferens Art Gallery and the Microbes exhibition – puffy, floating creatures that inflate and deflate to everyone’s amusement. The exhibition also includes various activities throughout its opening.
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The exhibition is an interesting way of exploring the complex world of microbes for young ones, at the same time amusing for the adults. I found my self with my mouth wide open in a surprise when the microbes inflate.

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On the other side of Ferens Art Gallery an exhibition IS THIS PLANET EARTH? was happening. I believe it is closed by the time I am posting this, but it was worth a visit. Few glimpses of exciting installations, videos of floating seashells and a young little person showing me how to view an exhibition in her way.
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All the installations and art on display only reached 50% of its excitement capacity in my view – we all must remember that we were fed with too much of a good content over the past two years, now the expectations are high. Still, the exhibition was worth a visit.

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Ferens Art Gallery in general never disappoints and to discover few new bits to the collection was a bonus for the day.

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End of June brought me a hectic Saturday were I was managing three things at the same time – Dove House Hospice’s IT’S A KNOCKOUT 2019, Friends on Every Street event at the Humber Street and a portion of closing exhibition The Red Dress by Nigel Walker at the HIP Gallery .

In that one day I felt I have achieved weeks worth of work, I absolutely loved it.

IT’S A KNOCKOUT 2019 + 10th Anniversary at Dove House Hospice.
And yes, I am including this in the culture blog, because it is all for good cause, good entertainment and it is a very happy event.

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Friends on Every Street Takes over Humber Street

Absolute highlight of the summer so far. Oliver is a legend and it was a pleasure to see his genius slogans, logos and ideas in general in one place. He made Humber Street exciting again.
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Nigel Walker is a local photographer that I had a pleasure to co exhibit at the Queens House Showcase back in March 2019, so I ran to the last day of his solo photographic exhibition The Red Dress at the HIP Gallery to celebrate him and his witty approach to photography.

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July brought exciting end to the Remote Control Humber Photographic Mentorship Project in a form of an exhibition. I was so lucky to be part of it and to this day I can’t really wrap my head around the greatness of the project. And the fact that we had an exhibition at Brynmore Jones Library. Stewart Baxter AKA Hinterland Creative and Anna Bean AKA Bluebeany are amazing creatives that inspire and encourage. We learned a lot from each other. We made friends and I sure learned a few things myself from the participants.

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Here you can see the Remote Control Humber Project in a whole and the exhibition preparation.

Whilst on the grounds at Hull University I was keen to see A Totem For Hull sculpture created by Jason Wilsher-Mills. The University of Hull and Artlink Hull  partnered-up to commission a unique, interactive sculpture aiming to celebrate those in the local community living with a disability. It had a grand opening with a TV star Reece Shearsmith on the 28th June and by the looks of it, was a blooming success.

The sculpture is a way for local disabled people to explore the representation of disability in the region through retelling their personal stories

I was also keen to see the interactive side of the sculpture. Viewers of the sculpture can download an app which will launch them into an augmented reality experience with full stories told through animations, text and audio.

Sadly [and I can forgive] that the app is only available for Apple users, and since I am not on the band wagon for I phones, I had to skip the experience.

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Mid July good news came through emails and I was invited to be one of the photographers for a community based project Spring Bank’s True Colours. That was a good reason to see The National Archives of the Republic of Homeless exhibition at Artlink. Artist Vanessa Cardui spent six moths working with Hull homeless community and Artlink on a project that has become an exhibition.

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The exhibition also features images from a collection of The Museum of Homelessness, London.

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Creating art that links to social issues of our time, especially subjects that are sensitive, is tricky. Artists are under pressure not to offend, do justice, highlight and raise awareness, but also let their talent and personality shine through the work. Does this small collection has the power to do all that? I would need a second visit to answer that question.

 

The last, but not least is the Pride in Hull 2019.
I will let the images tell the story – love, pride, colours, inspiration, freedom, randomness, joy.
This year I was thinking a lot about the other side of the coin – how can I feel part of the community if I wanted to and if I am invited at all. I also wished that the expression of your unique self is truthful and not a fasade for the event only. There was questions this year, for sure, but Pride in Hull for the second year in a row [my second year] put a big photographers grim on my face.

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This is another story, another great vision of the city that we share.
I have few bits planned to show off this week before I travel to Latvia for a while. End of August will start another journey, hopefully a better one.

We have great things to look forward to – Humber Street Sesh and Freedom Festival. There are also some interesting exhibitions currently at Humber Street Gallery, HIP Gallery.

To my blog readers – I am off tune this year, invite me to cultural gatherings, I really need a push! Thanks!

 

REMOTE CONTROL HUMBER PHOTOGRAPY PROJECT EXHIBITION @BRYNMORE JONES IBRARY

To continue the story I started this morning… And of course to say that I sadly didn’t attend the private view last night. My heart is bleeding and  I’m jealous, and sad that I wasn’t there to see the first reactions and friendly faces.

Anyway.
In the last few weeks Stewart aka  Hinterland Creative and Anna Bean aka Bluebeany worked hard to plan/curate/select works for the exhibition. From Monday the exhibition started taking place and yesterday before the launch final pieces were put together.

I still can’t believe that the exhibition is at the Brynmore Jones Library. The space is perfect for exhibitions of all types, the space along the years have been in my top three for its versatility and service. It is also on high demand, so that makes Remote Control Humber Photography Project very special.

I was helping with some of the stuff, but nothing compared to Stewart and Anna’s dedication. Cheers to you both!

Prints are from GF Smiths and Ditto4Design – both equally high quality and beautiful. The Newspapers are from Newspaper Club and film created by Flygirl Films.

Yesterday however I popped down before the launch to make sure I see it before it goes “live” and also to surprise someone with the content that I submitted [I’ll talk about that a bit more on my next post about the exhibition].

 

I’m keen to see the finished exhibition, so I will head down there on Thursday this week.
The exhibition is open until 28th July, so you have plenty of time. Make sure you bring friends and family and grab a newspaper with you.

Massive congrats to Stewart and Hinterland Creative for their first curated exhibition and well done with the choice of location for the exhibition – top choice!

REMOTE CONTROL HUMBER – NETWORKING & MENTORSHIP PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT – THE STORY

The reason for this blog post is that Remote Control Humber Photography Project reached its culmination last night with a beautiful exhibition at Brynmore Jones Library.

The story and my involvement in this project is a wonderful example how great people across the region can come together and create something outstanding.

I guess it started with a idea and a pot of funding available – Stewart Baxter from Hinterland Creative saw a potential and need for a photography project across Humber region. He united with the amazing local artist/photographer Anna Bean [aka Bluebeany] and mapped out cities/towns that hides talented photography interests.

When I was approached to help out I had no second thoughts – I am great believer that being a photographer and road to success is networking, or as I call it “make friends”.

And this project was all about making friendships, meet other photographers, inspire someone that lacks courage and be inspired myself.

My role was to document the project and I also spoke about my work on few occasions.

The project was everything that we ever wanted and the exhibition is a beautiful collection of that.

We travelled to Scunthorpe and Driffield, also making things happen here in Hull.
We had amazing people involved – Christopher Manson, Joanne Coates with workshops to develop skills in documentary and storytelling photography.
We had inspiring photographers and filmmakers like Alec Gill and Katie from Flygirl Films, our own Stewart Baxter thrived as a photographer throughout the project and Anna Bean made sure we all dare to experiment with our ideas.
We went on BBC Radio Humberside to tell Burnsy and people in Humberside that we are here and ready to exhibit and showcase the work we’ve done. We went to GF Smiths to learn about paper and photographic printing, we created newspapers through Newspaper Club for our project and we had a nosy at the HIP Gallery in Hull. We also ran a workshop for image editing and post process and we for sure made friends like Pam in Driffield.

I will allow images to speak for themselves in the gallery below:

 

Some of the project participants were handed with Lomography B&W film cameras  and that was another great addition to the project:

 

To reflect on the project – it was an amazing journey that made me feel like I am part of something important. I’m so lucky to be part of the project and, most importantly – lucky to have met Stewart, Chris, Joanne, James, Mike, Lee, Ann, Ivy and everyone else involved. They inspired me and gave me more confidence and I sure feel like I gained more than ever expected. It was a pleasure to document everything along the way.

MY CITY OF CULTURE – MY HULL – 2019 – PART I

Not really knowing how to start this blog post … so I am just going to welcome you and say “HAPPY BANK HOLIDAY”!

 

Firstly, the decision to write a periodical culture reviews in Hull was a big mistake. Four months have passed very quickly and despite having a very mellow involvement with culture and the city, a lot has happened.

2019 started with a positive outlook on upcoming life and work events and I really didn’t want to skip the commitment to the city and its culture/arts scene. I gave myself a relaxed task to share periodical cultural experiences, making it less of a chore.
And here I am  – slightly regretful, unsure and of course still happy to have an archive of four months worth of culture.

To be able to deliver this, I really need to travel back in time.

January ’19

The month started with general wonders around local areas and quick visit to Humber Street Gallery Place to Place by Liverpool Biennial.

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From what I remember – it was a simple, minimalist experience that didn’t really had a wow factor. But I appreciated the tones, simplicity and shapes.

The thing about Hull, camera and me is that in my head I have various visions of specific locations and potential images. So I sometimes plan a random journey, hoping to discover something unseen or not photographed previously.
The next selection is one of those. I wanted to travel down to one of my favourite streets in Hull Boulevard for the mural that has been there for a while.
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Moments before I drove past Hull Marina and recorded the beautiful morning light – this pretty much sums up my January.

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February ’19

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February was a busy month and I remember being surprised by the workload.
Most of my culture consisted of work duties and getting ready for an Artist Takeover #4 exhibition in at Queens House Showcase
Full insight here: ARTIST TAKEOVER #4 @QUEENS HOUSE SHOWCASE

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During the exhibition I held various activities – photo booth, talk about my HOME GLORY series and COME AS YOU ARE photo project.

Free photo booth was a lovely way how to invite people into the gallery and do what I do best – take a photograph.

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The talk about my HOME GLORY series was a an interesting experience to have – it turned out to be an intimate talk with small group of people about my heritage, photographic journey and stories I am trying to tell.  I didn’t need crowds to feel the  support and I am thankful to those who came.

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COME AS YOU ARE was a thing I wanted to do for a while and I was lucky to get a small platform where to test out the idea.
I asked a question to people – what do you carry with you every day and what role does that “thing” play in your life. It all came from the question of why I photograph Latvia and the mundane everyday whilst I am there, family and country.

Again – the attendance was mild, but I felt very lucky to see the people who came. Quality over quantity.

Regards culture two things happened that month in Hull. Annual Ferens Open Exhibition and The Knife Angel in Queens Gardens.

This year I missed the deadline to apply, but it happened for a reason. I didn’t feel like there was anything to exhibit and previous year proved that if you don’t feel it in your gut, don’t submit.

However, to visit the exhibition was a pleasure.
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