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London Design Festival Exhibition

Working with Anglepoise

This year I was lucky enough to have been asked to contribute towards a collaborative project with lighting designers Anglepoise®, Portsmouth & Southsea culture blog Strong Island & The University of Portsmouth.

The Aim ~ To both celebrate a design classic as well as local creativity within Portsmouth.

The Brief – 10 artists twinned with 10 photographers and an Anglepoise® light.

A year long project ending in a series of exhibitions – 10 posters / 10 videos all displayed at this year’s London Design Festival at The Speakeasy Cafe, just off Carnaby Street.

As well as being part of the London Design Festival, the exhibition has also been selected to be part of the Icon Design Trail 2013 by Icon Magazine. The exhibition was also featured soon after the opening in various different places including the highly respected and independent Creative Boom website, and it was also featured on the front page of the Financial Times.

Here’s the story …

Creating Balance

Anglepoise® lamps were given to each of the 10 participating artists/designers and the 10 photographers were instructed to use the lamp in anyway they chose to document their given artist.

I was teamed with children’s illustrator and author Neal Layton, and his painter and print maker wife Sadie Tierney whose home is their studio and constant source of inspiration. We decided to use the lamp to light and document the artists within their home, showcasing how they work and how they create – The aim was to produce an image that best reflected them, their work and their lifestyle of creating a balance between home and working life.

Sadie Tierney Paintings

Artistic Paint Brushes

Creating Balance Project

Creating Balance Project

Creating Balance Project

Impossible Project

Impossible Project

Impossible Project

360 spinner film photography

I decided to incorporate the technique of double exposure using both my film cameras and my digital SLR’s. The idea being to take images that juxtaposed the couples conventional married life and home together with their artistic practice.

Lomography Double Exposure Holga

Double exposure photography

Double exposure photography

Double exposure photography

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During each collaboration session, University of Portsmouth BSc TV and Broadcast graduates Massimo Marzullo and Jonas Jakunas documented the project, producing short films for each collaboration.

Here’s my film ~

Creating Balance Project – Sadie Tierney & Neal Layton with Cotton Candy Photography from The Creating Balance Project on Vimeo.

Then, last Thursday saw the opening of the Creating Balance Project with an exhibition at Speakeasy Cafe as part of the London Design Festival. The exhibition consisted of the final photos taken by all 10 photographers of their 10 artists as well as all 10 of the collaboration films. The exhibition runs until the 25th of this month.

London Design Festival Cotton Candy Photography

London Design Festival Cotton Candy Photography

London Design Festival Cotton Candy Photography

London Design Festival Cotton Candy Photography

London Design Festival Cotton Candy Photography

London Design Festival Cotton Candy Photography

London Design Festival Cotton Candy Photography

London Design Festival Cotton Candy Photography

London Design Festival Cotton Candy Photography

London Design Festival Cotton Candy Photography

Thanks go to Claire Sambrook of the University of Portsmouth and to Tristan Savage of Strong Island for organising, arranging, co-ordinating and promoting this project, and for also included us in it. We are very grateful and can’t wait to bring the exhibition back to Southsea in January to the Aspex Gallery.

For more information about the project, to watch all of the films and to see loads of photos visit:

www.creatingbalanceproject.co.uk

Or head on over to the Festival and check it out yourself ~ Details below!

London Design Festival Cotton Candy Photography

/ The faces of Creating Balance /

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Comments

  • Tristan
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    All props to Claire to be honest. She was the real ring leader in this amazing project 🙂

    19th September 2013
  • a wonderful write up and amazing photos. Thanks both for saying yes to the project it was great to have you along for the ride. A superb collaborative effort and cannot wait for Jan 14.
    x

    19th September 2013
  • The exhibition is free entry and you’ll get to see the final photos by the photographers, see the modified lamps in person, watch all of the collaboration films and meet the artists and photographers involved. You’ll also be able to pick up a free promo pack including a booklet on the project, a set of 10 postcards with all of the final images plus other bits and bobs. During the night there will be a special ‘Creating Balance’ coffee, Eristoff Vodka and Vodka Coffee (really), Irving Brewery Beers, ‘Creating Balance’ Lager by Brighton Blonde Lager and Joe and Seph’s Popcorn.

    12th October 2013

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