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MAY 2018


Snettisham: Surface Tension


The Surface Tension exhibition in the Magic Gallery was one of May's highlights.  Cheryl Newman curated the exhibition. Jonathan Taylor designed a quite exceptional display... and eight of us felt extraordinarily proud to see our work displayed as part of a satellite to Photo London. The exhibition ran for 6 days and the visitors were incredibly complimentary.  

I'm very grateful to Jonathan for suggesting and making these extraordinary and huge double sided semi-opaque prints of my work.  His design saw them hanging and available to see from both sides and forming a moving passageway that each visitor to the exhibition walked through.

The blurb accompanying my images ..

Snettisham: The wind pushes the incoming tide further and further onto the mud flats of the Wash until eventually tens of thousands of tiny wading birds give up their feeding activities and take to the air.  As the tide rises, these vast flocks of Knot and Oystercatchers drop into the gravel pits where they roost until the tide goes down and the mud flats are revealed once more.  They huddle together, alternately preening, sleeping, jostling for position but always keeping a wary out for passing raptors.  Occasionally, a bird of prey will force the entire flock to blast off and sweep around the sky to avoid predation.  The tension and dynamism, the movement, the patterns and the unseen intrigues me.

Ospreys in Rutland

Last year I went with friends to photograph the ospreys at Gwash Ospreys and decided to go back again in May 18.  The hide has been completely rebuilt and dropped down closer to water level.  The hide is really comfortable and because of the lack of competition, you are virtually guaranteed to be able to see and photograph ospreys.  I don't know of a finer hide in England and it's a long journey to Rothiemurchus in Aviemore.

Hornmill Trout farm is close to Rutland and therefore to the nest sites of a large number of the UK's breeding population of ospreys.  The trout farm was considering netting over its ponds in order to stop losing so many trout to the ospreys but decided to take a different direction and help the ospreys to thriive but working together with the Rutland Osprey Project.  Not only did they leave one pond without nets, they also stocked the pond with suitably sized fish.  They then built and opened the hide especially for photographers.  Happy ospreys.  Happy photographers,  Happy trout farm.

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Ian B does the most hilarious job of 'spotting' for the photographers in the hide and the banter between Ian and my group of friends is great for breaking up the long wait.  Whilst we may not have had the best light, or the best wind direction, we certainly were relatively lucky with osprey sightings.  Good old Blue 28!  Such a good bird.  He didn't manage to time his arrivals perfectly from a photographic point of view and he did chase off a couple of other ospreys but he's a super star!

Cathy, Anne and Julia were great fun and did a great job of addiing grace, humour and fun to the proceedings.  I've selected a few of my favourite shots from the couple of evenings and mornings that we were at Hornmill Farm.  Not the best because there's always a better shot to be had, but they'll give you a flavour of the experience.

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