Continuing my Urban Surfaces project, the underlying theme of ‘Rencontres d’Arles’ is a temporal one with the same sense of impermanence that informed my work for the ’Tides’ exhibition. There is the same sense of people coming and going as Brighton seafront, with nearly 100,000 visitors to the festival in a town of only 53,000 inhabitants.
The Rencontres d’Arles is an annual summer photography festival in Arles. Every summer since 1970, over the course of more than sixty exhibitions at various of the city’s heritage sites, the Rencontres d’Arles has been a major influence in disseminating the best of world photography. It is the foremost place to see contemporary work.
During the festival, many fliers and posters advertising various exhibitions are pasted on walls and other surfaces around the town. Photographers self-publicise, putting their own work up on walls for others to take away with them. Over time, prints of different kinds appear and disappear, are taped or pasted up then torn off or pasted over. Jumbled layers of paper, glue, tape and sometimes graffiti, build up to form an unintentional kind of imagery which is constantly evolving.
Using a macro lens allows me to ‘get into’ the surface of things, revealing the textures and details of different materials.
1st October from 4pm to 7pm on the beach and at The Cafe De La Mer, beachfront, 124A King’s Rd, Brighton BN1 2FN – all welcome.
As part of the Brighton Photo Fringe held during the Photo Biennial, I will be exhibiting in the ‘TIDES’ exhibition which will be taking place on the beach itself near the Cafe De La Mer, from Saturday 1 October for the whole month.
A group of six of us, each with distinct styles and approaches, collaborated on a project to photograph the area between the piers on Brighton seafront. The area of Brighton seafront between the piers, where urban, city life contrasts with the natural world, has an overriding sense of impermanence; visitors come and go; the tides ebb and flow and the weather changes through the days and the seasons. We hoped to capture the multi-layered nature of this place.
I used a macro lens to reveal the unusual, unexpected and overlooked.
View exhibition images here http://www.colleenslaterphotography.co.uk/tides/
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The Brighton Photography Gallery, 52-53 Kings Road Arches, Brighton BN1 2LN
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Brighton Beach Macro
Brighton Photo Fringe, Tides Exhibition – Leftovers. Detritus is flung up on the pebbles by the incoming sea then taken away again as it retreats. The usual bits of seaweed, driftwood, shells, feathers, cuttlefish bones and half-eaten marine life together with a selection of discarded trash that has somehow ended up in the sea. Odd bits of plastic, toothbrushes, broken sunglasses, bottle tops, rope…This provided the inspiration for some of the images showing in the exhibition.
The Brighton Beach Boys perform the music of David Bowie in their new show ‘Golden Years’ at The Brunswick in Hove. This is a musical celebration of the some of the great songs by Bowie including, ‘Space Oddity’, ‘Heroes’, ‘Rebel Rebel’, ‘Star Man’, ‘Ziggy Stardust’, ‘Let’s Dance’ and many more. ‘Where Are We Now’ which was released on iTunes on 8 January 2013, Bowie’s 66th birthday is also played.
Glen Richardson has the uncanny ability to mimic Bowies’ vocals, sounding very like him.
Brighton Beach Boys
The Band members
Steve Wrigley Guitar/ Vocals/ Musical Director
Glen Richardson Vocals/ Keyboards
Adrian Marshall Vocals/ Bass Guitar
Tom Arnold Vocals/ Organ /Drums
Ralph Brown Vocals/Keyboard/Saxophone
Charlotte Glasson Saxophones/Flute/Viola
Theseus Gerrard Vocals/ Drums/ Percussion
Brighton Blues Corporation
The Brighton Blues Corporation perform their annual charity gig at The Brunswick pub in Holland Road, Hove on New Year’s Day. This is about the thirtieth annual performance.
Dave Hastings and Chris Stevens
Geoff Hearn and Dave Hampton
Geoff Hearn and Dave Hampton
Hugh and Chris Stevens
Tony Shepherd and Simon Robinson
Brighton Blues Corporation
Brighton Photo Fringe 2016
Over the past year, I have collaborated with five photographers, each with a distinct style and approach, in a project to photograph the area between the piers on Brighton seafront. The resulting work will be shown as part of the Photo Fringe in the ‘TIDES’ exhibition in October. It will be taking place on the beach itself, near the Cafe De La Mer from Saturday 1 October for the whole month.
The area of Brighton seafront between the piers, where urban, city life contrasts with the natural world, has an overriding sense of impermanence. Holidaymakers, day-trippers and other visitors come and go; the tides ebb and flow, the weather changes through the days and the seasons; posters and flyers are repeatedly put up then torn down and the West Pier continues to crumble into the sea, disappearing bit by bit. I used a macro lens to look at the small details that often go unnoticed.
Evidence of ‘having a good time’ can be found on the beach the day after the night before, when everyone’s gone home; bottle tops, cans, travel tickets, jewellery, cigarette butts, party poppers…
At this time of year, light levels are low, the weather stormy and the atmosphere, dull and gloomy. The seagulls have to work harder hunting for fish in the sea as there are few visitors leaving food scraps for them to scavenge. Evidence of this, the bits of half-eaten fish and backbones, can be seen amongst the detritus that’s been tossed up on the beach during the storms.
Using a macro lens has allowed me to identify elements within the environment which throw a light upon the contrasts between city life and nature, textures and materials, hard and soft, sunshine and rain.
Sea and rain and beer – this is a watery place. Seaweed glistens, restaurant menus blur and water drops on metal surfaces reflect a mini seafront world.