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The Mobile Art and Photography of Nettie Edwards

Category: EXHIBITIONS

Exhibition News: Arrangements in Black and Grey: Black and White Photography in the 21st century

Musée Gallo Romain, Lyon 2012

Musée Gallo Romain, Lyon 2012
copyright Nettie Edwards @lumilyon 2012

Musée Gallo Romain, Lyon 2012

Musée Gallo Romain, Lyon 2012
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Musée Gallo Romain 2012

Musée Gallo Romain, Lyon 2012
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Versailles Grand Canal February 2012

Versailles Grand Canal February 2012
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Versailles Grand Canal December 2012

Versailles Grand Canal December 2012
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Versailles Grand Canal February 2012

Versailles Grand Canal February 2012
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Soon after I returned from Mobile Photo Paris, in November of last year, I was contacted by Roger Watson, curator of the Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock Abbey In Wiltshire. Roger had seen one of my Versailles series featured on the New York Times Lens blog and was interested to know how iPhone photographs looked when printed. Prior to Mobile Photo Paris, some of my work had been printed and exhibited by others in the US and Europe, most notably by Daria Polichetti for the 2012  LA Mobile Festival. Daria is renowned and respected for her print expertise and I trust her implicitly, but in an ideal world, I prefer to be more “hands on”. After exploring a number of local digital printing options, I’d become disheartened. Digital artists work with light and I had not completely realised the vital role that back light plays in my images, until I saw them off-screen. This led me to reflect upon whether my photographs should be printed at all, or whether it might be better to exhibit them on a screen or as projections on walls. The prospect of exhibiting my work in a print exhibition at the Bastille Design Centre in Paris, forced me to reconsider. My friend Celia Wickham, director of Contemporary Art Holdings and the Wet Paint Gallery in Cirencester, herself an accomplished artist and print maker, put me in touch with her printer, Allan Snaith, who runs his business, UIS Arts, from out of an old Stables, just outside Colchester. Allan is a Master Printer and member of the Guild of Fine Art Printers. Not only is he a joy to work with, he is the only printer that I have found whose prints look exactly as they do on my iPhone, iPad and computer screens.

So I was able to tell Roger Watson that, in my personal opinion, my iPhone photographs looked very good indeed when printed. To my delight, he agreed with me and selected six prints for inclusion in an exhibition of Black and White photography that he was in the process of curating. Arrangements in Black and Grey: Black and White Photography in the 21st Century opened in April and features the work of six British photographic artists who work in black and white: Deborah Parkin, Katie Cooke, Mark Voce, Anthony Jones, Trevor Ashby and myself.  The exhibition invites visitors to consider whether black and white photography has relevance in the 21st century. Lacock Abbey was the home of British photography pioneer William Fox Talbot and has been described as Photography Ground Zero. I’m proud to be the first ever mobile photographer to have my work exhibited there, to see photographs shot in Hipstamatic and Lomora, hanging alongside stunning images captured with Polaroid, pinhole, digital and film, printed in traditional silver gelatin, as well as inkjet technology.

Arrangements in Black and Grey runs at the Fox Talbot Museum until October 22nd 2013, so you can still catch it, if you’re quick!

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Exhibition News: Mobile Photo Paris

Eiffel Tower, Paris, under refurbishment, October 2012.
copyright: Nettie Edwards @lumilyon 2012

This week I’ve been making final preparations for my next trip to Paris. On this particular journey, I’ll be taking an extra piece of luggage containing precious cargo: the work that I’m going to show for Mobile Photo Paris, the first exhibition of its kind to be held in the City Of Light, at the Bastille Design Center from 21st to 25th November. There will be over 100 images to enjoy, created by 18 artists and I’m thrilled to be on of the two non-French contributors.

Deciding which work to share has been a challenging process but rather than present a diverse selection of images that covers my range of techniques and subjects, I’ve compiled  set comprising Landscapes and Macros, shot mainly in France, that reflect the Mindful approach I’ve taken to photography over the past year. The prints are just 5 inches square and my hope is that visitors to the exhibition will draw in close to spend a few quiet moments with each tiny fleeting fragment of memory.

To find out more about the exhibition, click on the logo below