Andrew Barrow
Andrew Barrow Photography

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Architecture Abstracts

I’ve long wanted to produce an abstract series looking at modern, brutalist architecture. Time and subject always being the enemy. But this week I ‘discovered; a suitable subject right under my nose as it were - a road bridge over the Thames, just a few minutes walk from my house, I’ve walked under and over it numerous times without giving it any attention; I assume the natural landscape surrounding offered more visual interest than this ugly construction.

Clouds

Changeable weather this week. Heavy, abet short-lived, rain showers interspersed with warm sunshine. Used my old 1950’s 105mm lens to take this mini-series looking at the storm clouds. The lens is a bugger to focus properly but gives a unique rendition to many scenes.

The Paper Light Process

The Paper Light Process – Exhibition by Megan Ringrose A pop-up exhibition 25th-27th July 2019

The upper gallery was almost overwhelmed by the four large prints. Viewed up close the graduations of tone, a complexity, emphasised the long production times these ‘alternative processed’ images took to create. The lower level showed a grid of 12 smaller prints, benefiting from the great light streaming into the Little Gallery in London’s St. James. The simplicity of keeping the images strictly within the Red, Green and Blue spectrum emphasized the subtle graduations of colour, of the textural qualities of the paper where roughened by folding and creasing.

The larger pieces clearly show the textural undulations from the application of the photosensitive chemicals; similar to a painter’s brush marks, “painting with light” as Tony Hancock once mimicked a photographer, which of course is exactly the process here.

The shapes and forms have a 1930’s Russian abstraction ambience to them; but these are photograms rather than paintings. As Megan writes “This collection of experimental work comes from research and enquiry into the very essence of Photography. Fascinated by the pure elements of photography, #paperlightprocess is inspired by Vilem Flusser’s thoughts on working without a camera/apparatus to find a new freedom within photography.” Despite this wish to be distant from digital photography the restriction to the red, green and blue, the additive primary colours, links to the RGB screens in use every day.

The prints are mounted on aluminium then framed. As the larger prints impressed, especially up-close, the grid display showed, at this scale, the work is perhaps best viewed as a set. And a fantastic set to boot.

Images from Deepwater

With many thanks to Jo for supplying these images, (and also for getting this show organised to begin with), from the Falmouth Uni Deepwater 2019 Graduate show… not just my image on show but an array from my highly talented peers too…

Exhibition at the Wine Place, London

Very excited to be showing more of the Wine Doors of Florence project in two locations in London - the Wine Place wine bars in Covent Garden and Kensington. This is a collaborative display with Robbin Gheesling, a researcher into the provenance and history of these little historical remnants.

Set up for this long running display was yesterday… the white painted brick walls are the Covent Garden branch.

London Skyline

A blue-hour panorama taken from the Golden Jubilee Bridge - Cleopatra's Needle and Victoria Embankment on the left, Waterloo Bridge in the middle, with St. Paul's in the distance, round to Festival Pier and Royal Festival Hall on the right.

Photo formed from seven individual photos taken with a 35mm lens, so the image has been heavily cropped to remove an expanse of plain sky and river.

London Skyline

Cocktails Old Masters Style

After a little hiatus with the cocktail.collection stream on Instagram, a return with a different approach and style. Rather than, as previously, the images were restricted to a square format, the canvas now is expanded allowing more creativity. The lighting approach, at least initially, is a take on the Old Masters style.

The first three images in this series are below. Each Instagram post has details of the ingredients required to make the specific cocktail.

Graduate Show DeepWater2019

Having just completed the two year Falmouth Photography MA, thoughts turn to the graduate show this coming June - DeepWater2019. This is the image from the Wine Doors Project I will be exhibiting (we dont have a huge amount of space).

The image, Wine Door Via del Corno, is available from PicFair for a very reasonable price!

Wine Door Val del Corno © Andrew Barrow 2018

Exhibition Anchor/Showcase Images

Since the exhibition I have received a couple of queries regarding the two large prints displayed on the lectern and the kneeler. The square print, with is superbly detailed textures, was taken on Borgo Degli Albizi. It is available only in a limited edition run of 5 prints, one of which has been sold.

The atmospheric, sunbeam image, I have to admit to being a bit vague about its location. It is a highly regarding image but again only available in a limited edition run of 5 prints. Both available for £150 mounted but unframed. Please contact direct.

Folio Presentation Box

Limited to just 24 numbered boxes the Folio Presentation box is a bargain at just £100. For this you receive 24 prints (A4 size) plus a set of cards showing the location of each door, a little statement about the wine doors and, linking these historical remnants to the modern age, GPS coordinates.

Available to order direct

Wine Doors of Florence Exhibition Images

Many thanks to those you visited my little pop-up exhibition in St. Peter’s Church, Wallingford.

For those who didn’t make it to the exhibition the images that were displayed are shown here. Plus those that were available as a free postcard. Prints are available to order from PicFair.

The Wine Doors of Florence

The final edit of the photos is done. Those destined for the limited edition folio presentation box have also been finalised, mapped and recorded on the accompanying info sheets.

Work on the Easter Weekend exhibition is now underway with display issues to be resolved as the venue, an historic church, is protected building and cant be damaged in any form. Details on the Wine Doors of Florence page.

When Life Brings You Lemons

While the Florence project takes its own slow time in reaching completion other projects have been occupying my time over the last couple of months. One was a series of test shoots for a small bakery enterprise When Life Brings You Lemons.