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Ways of Looking – Bradford Photography Festival

Ways of Looking is a new festival of photography in Bradford and runs throughout October 2011. Exploring the theme EVIDENCE, the festival presents new exhibitions and commissions, photography in public spaces, collaborations with Bradford residents, a specially published book, and an inspiring programme of events.

Jeremy Deller

From Deller’s selection of photographs for the series ‘Poking About’

Courtesy of Bradford Museums and Galleries

“With the National Media Museum and Impressions Gallery, Bradford is a hub for photography exhibitions and its capitalising on its position this October with the Ways of Looking festival. The festival, which is held across eight different venues, includes Daniel Meadows: Early Photographic Works and Donovan Wylie’s Outposts, both of which will be on show at the National Media Museum. Turner Prize winner Douglas Gordon will be exhibiting a specially-commissioned work, Self Portrait of You and Me (Blue Skies), at Impressions Gallery, while Jeremy Deller, who has also won a Turner Prize, will be showing Poking About, an exhibition created using Bradford Museums and Galleries’ photographic archives. The festival also includes shows by Red Saunders, Diane Bielik and Simon Ford and Colin Lloyd.

Ways of Looking opens on 30 September and will be staging special events throughout the weekend. Photography on Trial at the Victorian Courthouse, City Hall will see Stephen Bull and Nick McGowan-Lowe debate the pros and cons of copyrighting images at 2.30pm on Saturday 01 October, while Disco Politik will be playing at the Bradford Playhouse on Friday night.The festival is organised by Impressions Gallery, National Media Museum and The Culture Company, with Bradford Museums & Galleries, Bradford Grid, Fabric, Leeds Met Gallery & Studio Theatre and Gallery II, University of Bradford.” Author: Diane Smyth at the BJP

The 2011 British Wildlife Photographer of the Year

As with the International Garden Photographer of the Year ,this competition to find the British Wildlife Photographer of the Year, shows what fantastic talent and skill is out there. The results of this competition are again beautiful and revealing.

” The winning image of a jellyfish was captured by Richard Shucksmith. His photo was taken at Sula Sgeir (meaning Gannet Rock) a small uninhabited Scottish island, 41 miles north of Lewis. The inhospitable area is home to exposed islands sustaining an astounding variety of marine life. The remoteness of these islands, as well as the challenge that comes with visiting them, makes Richard’s incredible photo all the more special. “.…more

2011 Winner: Animal Portraits  Mark Smith

Mystical Mist (Fallow Deer, Dama dama) Surrey, England

2011 Winner: Habitat   Ian Paul Haskell

Hare in Morning Light with Hoar Frost (Brown Hare, Lepus europaeus) Norfolk

Spooked starlings make a hasty exit from a tree in Bayston Hill, Shropshire. David Biggs opportunistically took this photo from his house, and subsequently won the Urban Wildlife category Photograph: David Biggs/British Wildlife Photography Awards
The Young British Wildlife Photographer up to 11 years category was won by Walter Lovell, 8, who again waited patiently for this photo of a frog checking its frogspawn in his garden in Painswick, Gloucestershire Photograph: Walter Lovell/British Wildlife Photography Awards

Portrait Salon des Refuses

Whilst alerting you to some tangential stuff that is out there, this is also interesting and definitely has a photographic link

“Portrait Salon is a form of Salon des Refusés – an exhibition of works rejected from a juried art show – which has a long tradition as a fringe way of showcasing artists’ work that may otherwise go unseen. Devised by two portrait photographers, who are both based in London and are professionally involved in the city’s photographic community, Portrait Salon aims to show the best of the unselected entries from the National Portrait Gallery Photography Prize. We figure that, out of the 6000+ rejected entries, there must be some damn fine portraits which deserve to be shown.

We want to see these portraits, and we want to celebrate their brilliance with a projection (time and place to be confirmed) which no doubt will be accompanied by a little bit of a party. The projection will be curated, so we will be selecting the best portraits that we receive. But we expect to show a much higher percentage of work than at the National Gallery.

If you submitted work to the National Gallery Photography Portrait Prize and got rejected, please email a jpeg of your submission to portraitsalon@hotmail.com. The images need to be jpegs, at 1000 pixels on the longest edge. And please spread the word about this… we want as many submissions as we can!”

“We are two portrait photographers based in London and are professionally involved in the city’s photographic community. Our aim is to show the best of the unselected entries from the 2011 Taylor Wessing National Portrait Gallery Photography Prize. We figure that, out of the 5,973 rejected entries, there must be some excellent portraits which deserve to be shown in a show. Portrait Salon is a form of Salon des Refusés – an exhibition of works rejected from a juried art show – which has a long tradition of showcasing artists’ work that may otherwise go unseen. “
So unless your images were selected for the Taylor Wessing NPG Portrait competition here is a great chance to cock a snook at the establishment.

For more information go here

Pictures by Adrian Nettleship, the second by Manuel Capurso













“Devil’s Dinner Party” a chance to win £7,000

At the risk of departing too far from my remit of bringing you excellent photographic articles, tutorials, reviews  and images from the web I thought some of you might be interested in this. Just don’t blame me if you end up looking an idiot.

Sophie wrote to me from ITV with this opportunity,

“I am working on an exciting new show called the “Devil’s Dinner Party”- from the makers of Come Dine with Me  and we are especailly looking  for successful,  creative  individuals  from Oxford to take part  and we would love to get some  of your photography group on board! 

 We’re looking for people to come to dinner and play a game where they have to read other people and use their intuition to guess the answers to questions with the winner receiving up to £7,000 at the end of the night.




 ITV Studios (Come Dine With Me, I’m a Celebrity) are looking for confident, charismatic and outspoken guests to come together and dine at The Devil’s Dinner table.

 Over delicious food and fine wine you’ll play a psychological game of the Devil’s devising, answering revealing questions and using your intuition to judge your fellow diners. The better your instincts, the more money you’ll earn. BUT, only the most popular diner will leave the table with the prize money…

Itll be a hell of a time.

 If you’re 21 or over and would like more information and an application form please email: ddp@itv.com  Were casting now so contact us ASAP to be considered!