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Location, location, location….

By valdab | Nov 11, 2019

I caught the tail end of a brief discussion on social media a couple of days ago and it set my meandering thoughts along an investigative trajectory.   Being called into question was the issue of a workshop leader going off on a recce, prior (I assume) to launching a tour to the location in…

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Bauhaus and Beyond

By valdab | Nov 11, 2019

by Valda ‘The lasting influence of Bauhaus is not stylistic, but the attitude of mind it cultivated’   Norman Foster. Berlin workshop – 7th-12th Sept. 2020 The Bauhaus movement celebrated its centenary in 2019 and more than a century after its inception the influence lives on and continues to shape our concept of good, intuitive design.…

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Let us play

By valdab | Oct 11, 2019

LET US PLAY Valda Bailey ( play/pleɪ/ verb  engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose)   Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. Pablo Picasso. Present a toddler with a cardboard box and stand back and watch while…

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Vision 9

By valdab | Mar 23, 2018

I have chosen to present my contribution to the upcoming joint exhibition at the Oxo Gallery in London in a slightly unconventional way. The images themselves represent a continuing fascination with, and pursuit of,  the elements of decay and degeneration. This time not in nature, but man made. More specifically an attempt to orchestrate a pleasing…

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Returning to ⌘P

By valdab | Mar 3, 2017

Charlie Waite is one of many photographers to champion the importance and satisfaction to be gained from turning a digital file into a physical print. Such advocates are possibly less forthright about the challenges and difficulties attendant when one decides to take up that particular  gauntlet and commit image to paper however. For reasons unclear,…

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Beyond ⌘P

By valdab | Oct 1, 2016

For some time now I have been thinking about ways to take the physical reproduction of my images in a slightly different direction. Perhaps as a consequence of the unpredictability of my image making, I feel that simply pressing command+p at the end of the editing process is less than satisfactory. As anyone who does…

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On Choices

By valdab | Feb 27, 2016

    Making ‘Fragile’  (Triplekite Publishing; released July 2016. ISBN 978-0993258947) I used to be a street photographer. It took me a while to discover that I don’t really have the personality for it – the ethics of stealing images is troublesome and the idea of approaching a total stranger, asking them to give up five minutes…

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The Blues

By valdab | Apr 21, 2015

    And so the annual bluebell pilgrimage begins. If previous years are anything to go by, debates will rage over how best to capture the mist cloaked carpets of blue that are abundant in so many woodlands at this time of year. Is there anything left to say that hasn’t already been said so adroitly…

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Commitment

By valdab | Oct 5, 2014

I have just watched  a short film made about a photographer I greatly admire, Chris Tancock.  His dedication, patience and commitment to his art are humbling to say the very least. For all the time he sits patiently waiting to capture the image he seeks, his work looks fresh, spontaneous and resolutely uncontrived. Michael Jackson – another  photographer whose…

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