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First Exhibition

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 21 July 2008 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

Well this is the reason why my blog has been a bit patchy recently....I was getting ready for my first ever exhibition of my photos. I submitted 6 of my photos to a local arts and crafts exhibition in Waterloo, Liverpool that my Dad is organising .

The exhibition was on all last weekend and all next one with over 400 paintings, photos and other works of art on show in a beautiful old redundant church:

It was a lot of fun but, because I haven't done anything like this before it also took up quite a lot of my spare time of which I don't have a lot at the moment. I used 2 photos that I printed and framed a while ago and then I needed to produce another 4 new ones.

Lots of things went wrong including breaking the glass on 2 of the frames (one in transit and one whilst hanging it at the exhibition) and managing to trap a fruit fly inside another when I was framing it :-)

Nevertheless it was really great to be able to participate in the exhibition and the overall standard of the entries was extremely high.

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Vincent Bertrand from Montréal, Canada

Congrats, Ian! Taking photos is fun, but showing it is much better (evethough it is a lot of stress).

21 Jul 2008 5:09am

@Vincent Bertrand: Thanks Vincent....the fact that I was only showing 6 photos made it a lot easier but it made me realise what must be involved in one of those big one-man exhibitions that we've all seen....the work involved must be enormous.

The other thing that came as a surprise was just how awkward glass in large frames is to handle. The smallest frames I was using were 80cm x 60cm which meant they were very unwieldy. Any twist in the stack of frames while they are being transported results in a breakage.

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

Congratulations on your success. You could have argued that the fruit fly was carefully placed there, all in the name of art.

21 Jul 2008 5:10am

@Mike: Thanks Mike...that fruit fly was so annoying just when I thought I'd finally finished :-)

It meant reprinting one of the photos unfortunately as the fly didn't survive being sandwiched between the glass and the photo.

GJC from Kyoto, Japan

Congratulations. And the one you've exhibited I can see here is truly one of your best. That's wonderful. Keep up the good work. We all admire it.

21 Jul 2008 6:23am

@GJC: Thanks GJC...the whole thing was a lot of fun!

The whole process of printing to large sizes for the exhibition has taught me a lot, especially about the subtle differences between the way a photo appears on screen and the way it appears printed large.

Mirko Herzner from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

Congratulations on your photographic achievements, Ian! You deserve every bit of the attention. Would have been cool to have you standing besides your exhibited pictures here as proud photographer ;-)

21 Jul 2008 7:30am

@Mirko Herzner: Thanks Mirko....well, the local press were there and took some photos so I might get something I can show you.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Only right that your photos should be exhibited in this Majestic, full of mood Church, it does them Justice. Bravo and not surprised ;)

21 Jul 2008 8:05am

@Lorraine: Thanks was a lot of fun and very exciting to be able to take part in the exhibition!

Paolo from Udine, Italy


21 Jul 2008 8:37am

@Paolo: Thanks Paolo!

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

That was about time! Congrats on this fine success, I'm sure there will be more like this soon!

21 Jul 2008 9:04am

@MadScientist: Thanks! was more a question of having the self confidence to actually do it (and the work involved in printing and framing the photos)

jkjond from Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom

Looking good, Ian - wish the timing had been different, would have loved to see it all in the flesh.

Catch up with you in a fortnight to see how it went.

21 Jul 2008 9:26am

@jkjond: Thanks John....I'd recommend the experience to anyone. The things i'm glad i did in retrospect were choosing photos from the area local to Liverpool/Waterloo and printing the photos as large as I did really helped.

have a great break....speak to you when you get back!

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

My heartfelt congratulations to you Ian!!! You're not only talented but also incredibly devoted... I'm so proud to have known you since the Fuji Forum days and viewed your wonderful pics first hand.:-) Have fun my friend... you deserve it!

21 Jul 2008 9:33am

@hugo poon: Thanks really was a lot of fun. It's a completely different experience seeing your photos printed to such a large size in an exhibition!

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

I like this image here and congratulations on your exhibition. It is well deserved.

21 Jul 2008 10:59am

@Michael Skorulski: Thanks many other things in photography over the last 18 months getting ready for the exhibition was a steep learning curve but lots of fun!

IanSmith from London, United Kingdom

Hi Ian... Congratulations!

Big glass can be a real pain. Did you go for non-reflective? Do keep us informed when you're first book gets published :o)

21 Jul 2008 12:37pm

@IanSmith: Hi Ian...thanks very much!

Yes. I never realised how awkward working with large panes of glass was until I tried it for myself. (I bought stock frames which came with normal reflective glass.) Ahhh, I'd love to produce a book one day....perhaps in another year or so.

Daryl from Amagasaki, Japan

Congratulations Ian, sorry to hear about the mishaps but I'm sure it was still a worthwhile experience!

21 Jul 2008 2:02pm

@Daryl: Thanks Daryl....the mishaps were frustrating more than annoying and just part of the learning'll all seem a lot easier next time I'm sure.

Nataly from Santa Monica, United States

Congratulations, Ian! It must be a remarkable experience to have a show. You have accomplished so much in just a bit more then a year. Bravo!

21 Jul 2008 4:15pm

@Nataly: Hi Nataly....well my Dad was organising the exhibition which made the whole process a lot easier for me but I couldn't have done this much earlier as I wouldn't have had the right type or quantity of photos or the necessary photoshop experience for enlarging them.

Looking at your photos you are progressing a lot quicker than i did at the same stage.

For me progress has been mixed and I seem to have gone through stages where I make no real progress for a long time then suddenly with just one or two photos I'll make a step change improvement. Things will plateau again until something new inside me clicks into place again and I make another jump. Lately however I feel like progress has really slowed down (or stopped) but we'll see what the future holds.

fcofont from Valencia, Spain

Congratulations, I'm sure this is the first of many more, your work is really good. Bravo!

21 Jul 2008 4:48pm

Cheryl from Texas, United States

Congratulations Ian!! goood for you for taking that next step in showing your art! Just use it as a learning experience and next time will be much smoother for you I hope.

21 Jul 2008 5:51pm

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Very good image. I like the b(n, the lights and the composition.
I like it very much.

21 Jul 2008 6:04pm

Helen from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Oh lovely Ian. I am so glad you are doing something like this. A new turn in the road. You certainly have the talent! I enjoyed reading about it. I wish you all the best in the exhibition! BTW, even this shot is superb!

21 Jul 2008 8:21pm

gbe from kansas city, United States

congratulations, and i like this shot very much too

21 Jul 2008 9:05pm

Nina from Hamburg, Germany

Congratulations on your exhibition....I like this fantastic image!

21 Jul 2008 9:32pm

ocorti from Vevey, Switzerland

Congratulations, Ian

22 Jul 2008 6:19pm

Nataly from Santa Monica, United States

"One step back, two forward" this is how I feel as well... Thank you for your compliment. I am trying to experiment and play as much as I can with my cameras. But by nature I am result oriented person and I have a hard time to enjoy the process. So along with improving my photographic skills I am trying to learn just to enjoy.
I think you feel the slow down because you found your style. Looking at your work for the past 3-4 months there is an obvious and very recognizable and defined 'signature' style shown. May be you found what`s yours...
PS. I just got my first Holga and my first test roll back. It`s so much fun. This little toy offers unlimited room for creativity.

23 Jul 2008 7:41pm

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