It's been a long time since my last post and I'm not sure where the months have gone but it has been a bit crazy here. I thought I'd share a few updates with you before I get back to sharing some images captured this year so grab a cup of tea (or coffee) and here goes.....
Earlier in the year I wrote an article for Wild Planet Magazine about my macro photography and using the Sigma 180mm macro lens that showcases some of my more creative work and how I went about capturing the images along with some little tips and tricks to help you, this is a free article so if you would like to have a look here is the link:
I have also written a couple of articles for The Photographer Academy on photographing different species, the first article was on toads and the second is on dragonflies and damselflies, the links are below if you would like to read the articles.
In between all this I had a lovely trip to spend the weekend with the wonderful people of Welshot Academy spending time on Anglesey and in Snowdonia National Park, I've still to go through the images from the trip but I will get there.
Then it all went just a little crazy as work on writing my Forgotten little Creatures book started and this took over three months to complete bringing together lots of interesting information about my subjects, picking the images (that was very hard at times) and telling the stories behind the images. I'm very happy to report that the book is currently being printed and is being published by Redfern Publishing. Here is a sneaky peak at what it will look like
Whilst completing the work on the book we have also put together a crowdfunder campaign to raise money to pay for the book and the accompanying exhibition at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution in February and March next year (2018). If you would like to make a pledge through the crowdfunder page there are lots of lovely rewards to choose from, so here is the link and you can also read more about the project and also watch the video (this took several attempts to film as I'm not the most comfortable person in front of the camera with things like this and kept getting distracted).
Forgotten Little Creatures Crowdfunder
Alongside the crowdfunder campaign we have decided to open up a small selection of the aluminium prints that will form part of the exhibition to sponsorship and have put together a sponsorship package for this which includes a signed copy of the book, the print when the exhibition closes in March and your name or company name displayed for the duration of the exhibition under the image and also on the thank you boards. If you would like more information or would like me to send you a pack please drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Once the crowdfunder project closes at 12 noon on Friday 13th October, the book will be available topre-order
through my website from 1pm that same day with options for posting overseas, I am hoping to have the books to send out towards the end of November and also have them available at the Christmas events
I will be attending.
Away from the book and crowdfunder, I am absolutely thrilled to have been asked to join Female Nature Photography
, what can only be described as an incredibly inspiring group of women and very talented photographers all with their own styles and stories to tell and I would urge you check out the website and the images.
I will also be artist of the month at the Grain Bar at The Cheese and Grain in Frome for the duration of December and this exhibition will feature images from the wooded valley in Frome taken throughout the year.
I will be running the Autumn macro Wex Walkabout again this year and have a few spaces remaining on my 2017 autumn colours and fungi workshop in Shepton Mallet, but am busy finalising my 2018 workshops with the bluebells and autumn full day workshops and the dragonfly and damselfly half day workshop are now available to book, with two more coming soon featuring butterflies and orchids. For more information here's the link:
Phew that was a long update but that is it for now, I will have some more exciting news to share later in the year but for now it's time to get back out with the camera to see what I can find. The next blog post will be filled with lovely images and won't take me months to get around to writing.
Have a wonderful day everyone and thank yous o for reading.