Friday, 21 October 2016

3 Winning Entries in this years SUN Awards (SUN28)

Tuesday sees the launch of SUN28 at The Gallery, Munro House, Leeds. As usual just 50 images are selected for the book and exhibition by an eminent judge.

This year I was delighted to have another THREE of my images accepted amongst the 50 winning entries from all those submitted by Northern professional photographers. Two of my successful images were personal landscapes but the other was a commissioned shoot for a naturist villa in Portugal. I used PhotoShop to combine a series of stills to create a humorous composite. I was really pleased with the result and I chuckled at the little narratives I was able to include.

"SUN celebrates and rewards the best commercial photography in the UK regions within Advertising, Design, Fashion and Editorial.

Now in its 28th year, SUN returns to the Gallery with it’s annual competition exhibition.

 Portugal Pool Party, Villa Oleanders, Portugal
"Portugal Pool Party" Click image for large version

This year, photographer and SUN 27 judge Brian Griffin has passed the baton to Louise Clements, who has curated this years awards and who will be joining us on the launch night to give a talk about her work as an independent curator, portfolio reviewer and photographic artistic director.

Louise Clements is Artistic Director of QUAD, a centre for contemporary art and film, as well as being the Co-Founder and Artistic Director/Curator of FORMAT International Photography Festival in Derby since 2004. As a curator, she has initiated and curated many commissions, publications, mass participation art, film and photography programmes and exhibitions since 1998. She was Guest Curator at Kaunas Photo Festival, Lithuania Duel/Duet; Habitat Centre and Haus Khas BlowUp, in Deli, India; Dong Gang International Photography Festival South Korea, UK Photography Now : The Constructed View, 2013; Dali International Photography Festival, China, Life Is Elsewhere 2013; Noorderlicht 20/20 2013.

Louise regularly writes about photography for catalogues and magazines in both print and online media. Co-editor of several photobooks: Hijacked III UK/AUS, PHOTOCINEMA, Hungry Still and is Editor-at-Large for 1000 Words Online Photography Magazine. She is an international photography juror and nominator including WYNG Hong Kong, LensCulture France, Daylight USA, Lodz Fotofestiwal Poland, Prix Pictet, Deutsche Börse. A member of Planar Scientific Committee for Photography, Italy, and portfolio reviewer at festivals and galleries extensively throughout Europe, America and across Asia" (SUN Press release) 

The exhibition runs for one week from next Wednesday, 26th October.

"Light Notes" Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) - Click on image for larger version

 Light Beneath the Waves - Cornwall
"Light Beneath the Waves" Cornwall - Click image for large version

Thursday, 2 June 2016

3000 word illustrated interview with Glyn on the new Fujifeed website

Over 30 years shooting all sorts of cameras but now enjoying Fuji mirrorless.

This is a blog interview about the history and transition by Samuel Zeller for the Fujifeed site - this was a welcome opportunity to show some of my work via this great new site. Almost 3000 words and loads of images so hopefully you will find it interesting and enjoyable.

In the interview I talk about my thoughts and attitudes to photography in the new era, as well as my passion for landscape & image making.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Post Art Show sale of just two Editions - Unique opportunity "And on the Third Day"

I have just collected two Limited Edition A2 prints from a collective art show, and rather than strip the frames for new landscapes, I am offering a VERY special post show price for these framed Editions at just £550 each rather than £650 - but this offer ends on Saturday !

Ring 07778 983733 to secure this unique sale print.

"And on The Third Day" from the Landscape Figures (Nudes) series

Post Art Show sale of just two Limited Editions - Unique opportunity "In the Beginning"

I have just collected two Limited Edition A2 prints from a collective art show, and rather than strip the frames for new landscapes, I am offering a VERY special post show price for these framed Editions at just £550 each rather than £650 - but this offer ends on Saturday !

Ring 07778 983733 to secure this unique sale print.

"In The Beginning" from the Landscape Figures (Nudes) series

Thursday, 31 March 2016

EIGHT Nominations in this years INT'L COLOR AWARDS

Big surprise to find that EIGHT of my entries were nominated for the 9th INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS in an announcement just received.

LOS ANGELES - 26th March 2016

Professional photographer Glyn Davies from the UK has been presented with the title "Nominee" in the 9th Annual International Color Awards  in three categories - Nature, Architecture and People - at a prestigious Nomination & Winners Photoshow streamed Saturday, March 26, 2016.

The live online gala was attended by over 10,000 photography fans around the globe who logged on to watch the climax of the industry's most important event for color photography.

The international Jury included captains of the industry from Contrasto, Rome; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Whitechapel Gallery, London; DDB, Berlin; Forsman & Bodenfors, Gothenburg; Art Beatus Hong Kong; DB Agency, Milan; InStyle Magazine, New York and Kunst Haus Wien, Vienna who honored Color Masters with 591 coveted title awards and 634 nominees in 33 categories.

"It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 5, 678 entries we received this year" said Basil O'Brien, the awards Creative Director. "Glyn's exceptional images entered in these three categories, represent contemporary color photography at its finest, and we're pleased to present him with the title of Nominee."

INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in color photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in color photography.

To see all eight of my nominated entries please click HERE

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Affordable Arts Fair - Battersea, London 10-13 March 2016

10 - 13th March 2016 - Art Fair

"Affordable Art Fair" - Battersea, London

For the first time in my career, I have an art collector/dealer representing my work . The Art Salon are using AAF Battersea to showcase my work alongside their other established painters and sculptors and I am the first photographer they have chosen to represent, a big honour for me. See them and a selection of my nudes prints at Stand J1.

 AAF Battersea

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Lovers in an "Enchanted" woodland - Latest DPS in HE Naturist

(From my major exhibition project, “Landscape Figures”)

My latest double page spread in H&E Naturist Magazine is "Enchanted", one of my images from last year's major exhibition "Landscape Figures"

The words are a little difficult to read in the magazine itself but conversely, the print quality is excellent in the magazine and there is so much detail and richness of colour to be seen and enjoyed. So here are the words:

"In an old woodland deep in the heart of ancient Britain, a young couple lie together upon deep, lush moss, under a delicate winter canopy of spindly trees. The air is cold and the sunlight weak, but in it’s low rays the lovers hold each other close, sharing body warmth through intimate touch. As they make the closest connection possible in this magical, enchanted forest, silently observed by the spirits of people and community gone by, they don’t feel the cold, only life, love and peace".

Words and picture are copyrighted to © Glyn

Copies of the magazine can be ordered direct online HERE

Original signed prints of this image are available direct online HERE

Thursday, 3 December 2015

"Studied" - First nude with the Fuji XT1

During what seems to be almost a fortnight of darkness, rain and gloom, I have decided to upload one of my latest images "Studied" from my "Landscape Figures" project, this time shot on my new mirrorless Fuji X-T1 camera.

The weather was dreary with mist in the valleys and low cloud cladding the summits, so the light levels were low. This image was taken late in the day as even worse weather approached. The air was cold and clammy but the pale, isolated boulder in the middle of this mountainside moorland was crying out for a naked figure. Fortunately, at that moment, a beautiful naked woman walked across the hillside and without a word, gently stepped up onto the stone.

It was pulpit-like, and the woman stood as if facing a crowd, but she chose to place her hands in front of herself, covering her womanhood, making her seem vulnerable or defensive but I loved the ambiguity it created. In one way she is standing tall and proud, the wind blowing her hair, and vast open views ahead of her, yet equally it's as if she's aware that she is being watched or studied. The openness of the moorland means there's no hiding but nevertheless, it still seems like her place and her land. As I walked away having taken a photo, she turned to look at me but only for a few seconds, before she turned her head to the dark clouds now sweeping in from the sea.

Prints of this image are available HERE

Tech notes: The little Fuji was connected to a tripod so that I could use a slower shutter and a smaller aperture to retain depth of field. The image is grainier than files from my 1DSMk3 but the graininess and minimalism of tone thankfully lends itself to the subject. The print of this image is quite unusual because at one level it seems 'soft', but when you study it closely it's actually showing masses of detail - all part of the quirkiness of this fun little camera.

Words and images are copyrighted to © Glyn Davies 2015

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

"Heaven's Below" - Brand new image - Immediate Edition sale

Back in February we witnessed one of the most amazing temperature inversions in years and for me, perhaps the most spectacular inversion ever. It was almost literally like an 'ocean' of cloud below me as I stood in brilliant, ultraviolet-rich sunlight on the summit of Mynydd Mawr, the other peaks and ridges appearing like islands across the sea of fog.

Perhaps the most ethereal sights are to be seen in the transition zone, where you exit the dull, drizzly weather below into the clear sky above. Here the backlit cloud swirls around, dropping and rising constantly, one minute affording heart-pounding views into the void that opens up below you and the next cloaking you in thick impenetrable cloud - now you see it now you don't!

I shot perhaps eight frames of this view but this is the only one where the distinctive peaks of the Nantlle Ridge came into view, creating a more vivid idea of the sheer depth of cloud below, and the distance between the mountain tops. This is the moment that epitomised the magic, visual spectacle that I was humbled to see.

It's a bit weird therefore that around ten months later I still hadn't even re-visited my little folder of RAW images shot on that cracking day in the hills with my mate Ken Latham. As a gallery owner not just a photographer, work, customers, business and administration all take priority over, which always tends to be the lesser part of my working week, sadly. So during a rare quieter day recently, with winter rain lashing at the gallery window, I found myself dropping into that February folder and becoming captivated once again by what I'd seen. I was annoyed with myself for not having perused these files much sooner.

I really enjoyed converting the camera file from the early-morning orange light to a neutral black and white, reducing the image to monochrome tones, just varying levels of black and white, with plenty of white in this case. In the end I added a subtle warm colour wash as it just seemed a closer representation of my visual and emotional response to the scene at the time.

I 'Facebooked' it straight away and my small group of regular followers responded immediately. I then printed the image to 2ft x 3ft and framed it, placing the print in my gallery window and posted it on Facebook one more time. Within just three days one of my customers made a beeline for my gallery, being so keen to see it and after a quick chat she bought it, just like that! I am now printing more copies of this edition, and one will be for my own house as I've really taken to this image. Fortunately, although she's disappointed she wasn't with us on the day, my lovely partner Jan also seems happy that we'll have a print of this on our own wall.

Further prints are now available online HERE or by calling me at the gallery on 01248 715511

All words and images are copyrighted to © Glyn Davies (2015)

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

"The summer that never was" - H&E Magazine - My first non photography article in ages

I have written several books in addition to numerous interview articles over the years but this is the first time in ages that I have submitted an illustrated article on a subject other than my work and photography, and had it published in full. It was a real thrill to receive my copy of H&E Dec 2015 and see not just my images, but my words also.

Writing about one of our last chances to get to our favourite beach was never going to be my Daphne Du Maurier moment of vivid description, but it was fun to be writing again.

You will have to buy a copy of H&E Naturist (WH Smith stock it) to read the full article and see all the images clearly but here are a few snippets in chronological order!

"This was the summer that never was for us in North Wales, especially for those of us working full-time who even missed the occasional spills of broken sunshine, as overall we experienced weeks of high winds, cold air, blankets of cloud and rain. Retailers benefited as thousands of weather-beaten tourists made for the towns and attractions seeking shops, cafes and activities as they were unable to sunbathe, swim and barbecue as planned. During rare appearances of glorious warm sunshine, beach lovers swarmed to the coast for maximum exposure, trying to absorb two weeks worth of rays in a few hours. Of course melancholy groups of sunburned tourists would return to the towns again the next day"

"It was sheer joy to start the engine and head off. As we drove over the 189-year-old Telford’s Suspension Bridge connecting Anglesey to mainland Wales, intense sunlight bounced off the rapid tidal waters of the treacherous Menai Strait 100ft below. The day felt good and positive and only the most delicate clouds could be seen to the south-west. For September, the roads seemed surprisingly quiet so unusually we were able to slip through the historic castle town of Caernarfon"

"There is sunlight streaming into the van, music playing and now a sense of urgency to be on the beach, so as not to miss much-needed rays for our vitamin D-hungry bodies! We catch glimpses of the vast sand dunes of Harlech beach to our right, the northern sisters to the even larger dunes of our Morfa D to the south. We climb the steep hill past the imposing, medieval Harlech Castle, built in the 13th century by Edward 1 during his invasion of Wales, but this September there seemed to be no invasion of Wales by anybody"

"There was heat, but not the usual baking June and July heat. There was a sense that this might be our last chance for a hot beach day before a long winter. Interestingly we took two fleeces with us, ‘just in case’. I carefully strapped our windbreakers and bags to the trolley before we squeaked our way over the sun-warmed timbers of the boardwalk that leads to the vast Morfa Dyffryn beach. Every now and then, carried by the breeze, came the cries of children playing on the beach and an occasional bark of a dog"

"There is something utterly liberating about being alone and naked on a huge beach, almost like the world is your oyster and all you can really do is watch, meditate and feel completely at one with the landscape and the planet. We just sat together, a man and a woman, and we kissed, and felt close, and watched nature do its own thing. No sounds of cars or planes or people, just the gently lapping sea and the sound of the birds. We were completely at peace and for me at least, part of being a naturist, the best part, is feeling closer to the earth – and this solitude helped us both to feel at one with our rotating planet"