new year new inspiration

So here we are in 2016 some hoping it will be better than 2015 but I have to honestly say 2015 was pretty awesome for me, personally anyway…. I have a fabulous family with new arrivals due in the springtime, a roof over my head, food on the table and a clean warm bed. My photography, to my surprise, was a success with publications and mentions here there and everywhere so am feeling pretty contented…but, ah yes there’s always a but… this autumn I decided I wanted something different as everything was starting to look the same and so I thought I would try my hand at screen printing and the help of a very talented friend, Robin Ross of The Old Rock Factory I set about creating.. I photographed, he edited, off to Granthams with sizes of transparencies and lists of paper types ..I oiled paper copy of one while Robin developed copies of others, we chose colors, sizes and screens  with help from talented local artists John Marc Allen and Anna Paprzycka, it was all so confusing to the novice but finally got the hang of it and I am very pleased with the pieces I producedcan So we did our pop up shop gallery with other local artists in Blackpool and it was a great success…but, yes another but….. I still felt a little unsatisfied, still searching for something different so thought would try some modern art and inspired by some images I saw in wet wood sidings while out walking I came home and worked on these…oil and water..
P1310048Am convinced there is art everywhere and we just need to see it..so from an autumn of screen printing session , shooting nude calendars, prints in books and magazine publications am now trying to paint P1310050…abstract could be the thing this year at least till I start looking for something different! Happy New Year to all. Art is Everywhere we just need to see it.

Published by dmanderphoto

Dawn Mander, a Blackpool-based self taught photographer, exhibited worldwide,notably USA, Australia, Canada, Hamburg, Moscow Italy and U.K. and published internationally both in print and online. Dawn runs street photography walks in her hometown of Blackpool and gives talks at local colleges, schools and photography groups. In 2018 Dawn was nominated for the RPS Hundred Heroines campaign celebrating women in photography and in 2019 exhibited with over 80 female photographers in the RPS 'Representation on the Line:(Un)framing our Identities' held in Chelsea, Doncaster and Blackpool. For the latter she also executed the roles of organiser and co-curator. Dawn continues to work on her #DocumentingBlackpool & #PortraitofBlackpool series and is currently creating and co-curating exhibitions and community art projects at HIVE Blackpool. 2021 - Format Mass Isolation Project. The Peoples Picture at Quad in Derby https://thepeoplespicture.com/massisolationformat 2021 - Double Trouble Festival, Women in Street/ Unexposed Collective exhibition at Bondi Beach and Brisbane Australia. 2020/21 Large Scale Images printed and exhibited in the HIVEArts Blackpool Tramstop Takeover. 2020 - Rankin 2020 book contributor 2020 - Grundy Art Gallery Blackpool contributor fro #worktownghosttown online documentary series, exploring the effects of pandemic and Covid lockdown on Blackpool. 2019 - RPS Chelsea, Doncaster and Blackpool 2019 - Women in Street Double Trouble collective exhibition in San Fransisco USA. 2019 - Works shown at Millepiani collective exhibitions In Rome Italy. 2019 - Stills photographer for Farrena Films - The Other Side with Valerie Hope. 2019 - Promotional images shown at Grauman's Chinese Theatre Los Angeles, California USA 2019 - HotBed Press 20/20 print collective shown at Cube in Moscow. part of the Arrested ReDevelopment Collective Blackpool. 2019 - Publicity shots for Virgin Trains promoting travel to Blackpool. 2018 - exhibited and sold works at Manchester Art Fair. 2018 - Seaside Special Postcards from the Edge. Book Cover pub: BlueMoose Books 2018 - works exhibited at Hebden Bridge Art Fair 2015-2017. Local exhibitions in Blackpool: HIVE Blackpool, The Grundy Art Gallery, The Grand Theatre, It's A Gallery, Shaws, The Solaris Centre, The Galleon, Barista. Publications: 2020 - Rankin 2020 June 2015 - BLACK+WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY Magazine. July 2015 - BLACK+WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY Magazine. November 2016 - BLACK+WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY Magazine 2017 - The Guardian 2016 - The Guardian 2016 - Lancashire Life. 2015 - World Street Photography Book.

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