Weird happenings in the homeland this week. Constant rain, the floods, all the bridges collapsing and the tragedy of a local policeman’s death. Weird times – so odd to think my week started so calmly. It is a pretty thought-provoking time (though I am not sure I feel comfortable completely expressing those thoughts publicly). Workington has faced some hard times… but everyone keeps going. I’m pretty proud of that. I think I will leave it at that.
On Sunday I photographed my friend Natasha. We have known each other since college and she is a model… but we only just got round to ‘shooting. I lose confidence in my work easily so it was nice to get back into portraiture/fashion type work again. Natasha is a great model – professional and hard-working. So getting back into photography with her help has been really fun and a productive experience. I have a few more shoots lined up – its baby steps compared to the madness that happened in summer but it feels much more constructive and more deliberate in intention than what I was doing at that time.
Posted in photography, picture of the week, this week, Visuals: This Week.
Tagged amy ferguson, amyseven, Cumbria, floods, madness, nat dawn b, natural light photography, photography, rain, workington
I scanned these last week but the roll was shot a few years ago. They are blurry, under exposed and all sorts of weird colours but I quite like them. I’m working on a new personal project to do with memory and my home town so old work like this is useful – I’m not sure what I will do with this work yet but I have a feeling they will used.
The photographs were taken around Workington Cumbria.
Posted in art, artwork, photography, snapshots, Visuals: Back Catalogue
Tagged Cumbria, curwen park, memory, mill field, park, playground, sheep, swings, trees, workington
More pictures from my mysterious hard drive. I took these on a walk in summer – I was enjoying the sunshine so lots of weird mistakes with the focus and such like. I kind of like ’em though. If I stare at them long enough I’m hoping the world will get magically warmer.
I’ve sorted through my negatives recently – a terrifying ordeal. They need scanned in and such so I might be popping back with some more interesting images quite soon.
Posted in art
Tagged amy ferguson, amyseven, barbed wire, Cumbria, photography, shell, snail, snapshots, summer, visuals, visuals:back catalogue, west cumbria, workington
The Workington Playgoers recently finished the run of their production of Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘Things We Do for Love’. The play is set in the London home of the uncompromising Barbara (Nicola Woodier). Accustomed to her own routine her unyielding sense of order leaves little room for intimate relationships. So much so that at the age of forty she has never had a serious relationship with a man and has little in the way of friends and family. Among the selected few allowed in her life is her lodger Gilbert (Roy Blackburn) and her childhood friend Nikki (Rachel Holliday). However when Nikki comes to stay, she not only brings a new person into Barbara’s life, she also brings a man whose actions instigate the unravelling of all that has gone before.
This is ambitious material for The Workington Playgoers, a play that questions the nature of our relationships using comedy, sex, violence and an underlying sense of tragedy. This ambition extends beyond the substance of story to the set design itself. ‘Things We Do for Love’ is set within the three levels of a house which consist of a basement, living room, hallway and first floor flat. The play requires that these areas are continually visible to the audience and the challenges in creating such a sizable set in such a restricted space are clear to anyone who has set foot in the tiny Theatre Royal. It is the biggest set ever constructed in the Theatre Royal requiring 11ft of scaffolding.
Before the play begins the set has an undoubtedly impressive effect. However it is not without its disadvantages. The actors had to adapt the projection of their voices to be clear on every floor. The upper flat was the most restricted by the theatres confines and much more insulated than any other section of the set. Initially this made the dialogue seem quite muffled and difficult to hear. However the cast seemed to adapt and overcome the problem as the play continued so this is a minor criticism and one that I imagine was side stepped altogether later in the production run.
The cast not only conquered the difficulties relating to the structure of the set but also defied the restrictive structure of the characters themselves. At the start of Act One the characters begin as relationship stereotypes, the stern spinster, the lonely widower, the eager victim and the devoted boyfriend. However as the play develops these confined characters are revealed to be flimsy facades that soon reveal hidden depths. The cast handle such transitions and contradictions admirably and with style. Cynicism gives way to genuine belief begin as the complexity and realism of the relationships are revealed.
‘Things We Do For Love’ was a brave and unexpected choice for the Workington Playgoers. Such a play was an unusual sight to see on the Theatre Royal’s listings. Despite the fact the play deals with some difficult themes it manages to do so in an entertaining and accessible way. For theatre to have a relevant place in Workington’s culture it is essential that there is no trace of old fashioned theatre elitism and that at its heart it provides good solid entertainment. This production definitely lived up to that criteria and personally I hope it sets the precedent for similar works in the future.
West Coast baaaby
My last post is now wildly inaccurate. I have very little time for anything (in the best way possible of course).
Anyway a new mini project is on the horizon: Nowt Zine. My role in all this is to lend my art faggy opinions and visuals. I will leave it to Marion, the zines magical creator, to explain its purpose further:
A music fanzine based in West Cumbria. Since bands who play in places like Monroes and CockRock are ending up on 6Music and the Fly with alarming regularity, it seems only right that someone should ride in on the coat-tails of this coolness and document the local music goings on in a fanzine / webzine. Watch this space for exciting new developments, coming soon!
Nowt Zine is looking for contributions: We like them varied (and we quite like some funny) so…
- The Written Word. Especially if its music/art/culture related. However we are open to anything interesting really.
- Pretty Pictures. Photographs, artwork, illustration and cartoons: if you’ve got it we might just want it. If you’re work is pretty good and you ask nicely it might end up on our featured artist page. Note: the zine is printed using good old fashioned photocopies. Its an advantage if your work looks good printed in high contrast and black and white.
- Lastly and most importantly: This is a zine based in Cumbria. We are mainly looking for contributors from Cumbria or with connections to the area. This applies to the work as well – it is more likely to be chosen if it relates to the local area. Consider yourself warned 😉
Did you read all that?
Interested? Want to know more?
Here is our email: firstname.lastname@example.org
and here is some links:
home sweet home... well not the tree... and this was obviously taken in winter but you get the point
My addiction to joining profile and network sites is growing…
Great resource for Cumbrian artists… though a little sparse on activity.
I’m trying to get used to living in Cumbria again and trying to network a little bit. If I get involved in such things it tends to push me to work harder.