It is said that the older one gets the quiicker time passes thus it seems like only 5 minutes since we were last at RHS Hyde Hall with Essex Craft & Design last November.
Delighted to be returning in just over a week from 28th April until 1st May, 1000 - 1700 each day. From what I can see the gardens are looking very good after all the dry and sunny weather we have been enjoying. Whatever the weather The Essex Craft & Design Show and RHS Hyde Hall always ensure one of the best events of its kind in Essex.
In addition to new work in print for the first time I will have my first photobook on sale. I mentioned in my previous blog one was in the pipeline. Well the first print run has now arrived and early orders have already been dispatched. Titled 'A Photographer's Walk, Canvey to Shoeburyness' it contains 65 images I have taken during the last few months and years as I have walked virtually the whole route at different times. Other than a foreword it is about the images and not me prattling on; I hope the images speak for themselves. The soft-cover book is sized 6 1/2 inches square and contains 65 pictures, Priced at £20 the book will be on sale but is available to pre-order for collection at Hyde Hall during the show or posted in UK for an additional £1.50. Orders should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Following on very quickly after Hyde Hall we will be at Barleylands on Sunday 7th May at their Artisan Spring Fair, open 1000 - 1700.
Still on the subject of books some of you may recall my print 'Winter' winning the Judges award in LPOTY 2014. Well the competition last year took place for the tenth year and to celebrate the best of those years the organisers, Take-a-View are releasing a special edition of the book showcasing the best of the competition to date. I am very pleased to say that 'Winter' is included in the anniversary book.
Entering photo competitions is always a lottery, not least because the quality of work from my contemporaries is outstanding and I have experienced far more disappointment than success so it is with guarded or perhaps slender optimism that a recent entry in to an international competition has been short-listed. By this it will have met all technical aspects and of course attracted judging attention. Now it is down to the subjectivity of those judges and how they view each and every image before them. Fingers crossed? No not really, just pleased to have got this far.
Well that is enough from me, I do hope to see some of you at Hyde Hall and or Barleylands but if not thank you for reading.