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An Exhibition by a new group of photographers The Gallery at The Custard Factory Gibb Street Digbeth Birmingham Exhibition open 2nd to 7th August 2010


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Contents Foreword

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Scott Bytheway

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Mark Cruxton

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Grantley Haynes

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Ken Hudson

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Jon Lloyd

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Anna Machacek

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John Maries

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Phuong Pham

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Nikki Postings

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Paul Roberts

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Pete Shipstone

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Olivia Swinscoe

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Jeremy Walker

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Contact Details

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During the private view event Cello duo appeared by kind permission of Birmingham Conservatoire 2


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Foreword I‟ve been teaching photography at Birmingham Botanical Gardens since early 2007 and the Advanced courses since early 2010. The people taking part in the Transformations exhibition are from the first couple of Advanced groups - and that‟s probably the first thing they have in common. The second is that they all have a love of photography, a desire to express themselves or record the world around them through pictures. Perhaps the third thing they all have in common is that twelve months ago, I doubt if any of them suspected that they would be exhibiting their photography in such a respected gallery, with all of the pressure, self-doubt and soul-searching that this inevitably entails. But this is a diverse group of people, with a suitably diverse range of approaches and subject matter, united only by the theme, “Transformations”. This theme clearly means different things to different people and you will see how the Photosynthesis photographers have chosen to interpret it. Bear in mind, as you view this work, that these photographers have produced these images alongside their “other lives” as employees, employers, parents, spouses etc. This exhibition has developed from seemingly improbable idea to reality in about six months - no small feat, even for full-time photographers. The organisation and determination of the group has amazed even me. As I see these images, I am filled with an overwhelming feeling of pride that this talented group of individuals came together as a result of a course that I was teaching. The quality of the images speak for themselves. But I feel confident that each of these photographers will gain a great deal from this exhibition and will go on to produce more, and perhaps even better, work in the future. My sincere congratulations to Photosynthesis on a great show, and my thanks to everyone who helped, contributed, sponsored, or supported and humored the group in the production of “Transformation”.

David Rann Fotofilia 3


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Scott Bytheway

I don't consider myself to be a photographer. I am more of a technology enthusiast, whose camera is a tool within a suite of gadgets which are used for social commentary through websites, podcasting and photography. Having come from a computer programming background, my journey with cameras started with the camera being another tool which I could configure and program. Over time, and with David Rann's support, I am learning to allow the camera to programme me to see colour, texture and art in every day objects. 4


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Mark Cruxton

When people hear that I am a photographer, the most common question I hear is; “Oh, you take pictures?”. To that question, my answer must be; “No, I don`t take pictures”. I don`t “take” anything………I “make” photographs. Let me explain, I record my reaction to the scene before me at that particular moment in time. I will then further modify the representation of my reactions in my digital darkroom. Every image I create is an amalgam of my vision and my feelings, applied repeatedly over a period of time in a variety of circumstance. My images convey mood and atmosphere from in front and behind the lens……the finished images are my personal expression within that defined moment of time. To know my work is to know me… I just make them, I don`t explain them.

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Grantley Haynes

I have long been associated with the arts, working with some of the most famous reggae musical recording artists in the world. I have taken photographs for many years and choose mostly to take pictures of people. In 2008, whilst on holiday in Kenya, I was introduced by my wife to the Canon 400D DSLR - and my interest and passion was reborn. Shortly after this I met photographer David Rann who has inspired me to pursue my vision to photographically record real people from all walks of life, in the comfort of their living rooms to locations far and wide, seeking first to capture the mind, body and spirit (the inner person, the whole) in a simple or dramatic style. Fundamentally, I would say that my approach was inspired by what Carl Rogers calls the "core conditions" - empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard, which has forged my commitment to developing pioneering interventions with those who suffer from crack and cocaine addiction, and disenfranchised young people. I continue to pursue a successful and high profile career as a substance misuse practitioner and strategist, as well as working with young people. 6


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Ken Hudson

My name is Ken Hudson an amateur Photographer from Birmingham Why do I do Photography? Well the answer is for my own pleasure. I tend to do a lot of people photography and this is where I seem to have the most success. 7


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Jon Lloyd

For me, the excitement of working with a camera comes in that sudden unplanned moment: out of the familiar leaps a new perspective, a hitherto unseen detail, an arresting juxtaposition, magical light. The work in this exhibition is a collection/selection of those moments, captured as I roamed this city, especially exploring some of the amazing and subtle effects and distortions as images are reflected back from glass and water. 8


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Anna Machacek Eight years ago a film SLR camera purchase started my journey in photography. I'm just a Polish girl with a camera enjoying capturing some moments, people or places, and learning my craft with every click of the shutter. I later received a digital SLR, giving me the freedom to experiment much further than i could with film. The instant feedback and easy manipulation of digital photography allowed me to examine light more freely, and in doing so, my non-digital eyes discovered light's real beauty and depth. I study light in all its glory and how it transforms the same scenes at different times or different days. In following where light can go, I have discovered hidden places few have seen, whether in other parts of the world or close to home. It amazes me how light can enter where so few people follow and brings spaces to life through the transformational ebb and flow of day and night and the in-between shades of grey. My work here ranges from the southern hemisphere to somewhere you may have unknowingly driven over on your way to this exhibition. All lit by the same sun, all lit by that light transformed...

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John Maries

Pursued for personal amusement, my photography is drawn to design and the graphic. I am content that my images should merely show the world as it is; they are not intended to change it. And the “Transformations�? For those you must look behind the camera.

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Phuong Pham

I was born in Saigon, Vietnam and immigrated to the UK in 1982 as "A Vietnamese boat refugee". Through my life I've experienced many losses and changes that have influenced my thoughts and beliefs. I admire success in society as well as sympathizing with the less fortunate. My passion is to share, through photography the lives of people that have touched me and photography that depicts a story of everyday lives. Though often posed, I like to capture that essential moment that expresses my own mental picture of the individual's personality as well as creating an image that satisfies me artistically and expresses the inner beauty and grace in the subjects' faces and bodies. In my work I try to illustrate the profound beauty of the individual and reveal the variety human condition. 11


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Nikki Postings

Being new to the world of photography, I still have a lot to learn not only about the endless functions of the DSLR and best post processing procedures but also about my own style and interests. Whilst initially I would shy away from photographing people, it is fast becoming my main area of interest. I love to capture people in their natural environment and in a way which brings their character to life. Family and friends are naturally the first and easiest choice but overtime I have gained confidence to photograph the „strangerâ€&#x;. I strive to capture them in their true authentic surroundings to produce a photo which reflects that person at that definitive moment in time.

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Paul Roberts

I have had an interest in photography since an early age, when I came 3rd in my junior school photography competition, but it has only been since I got my DSLR that I have really had chance to pursue it more as my main hobby. I enjoy taking photos of anything and find that being on the viewfinder-side of a camera has changed how I view the world around me, always looking for the next shot. Of particular interest to me is the world of travel photography because that encompasses most aspects of photography I enjoy, from beautiful landscapes to city streets, from unusual sights to my family having fun. Attending David Rannâ€&#x;s courses at the Botanical Gardens has given me a great introduction to, and a new perspective on, the world of photography and I am very grateful to David for making this exhibition happen. Just 4 months ago it was beyond my wildest dreams to think that I would be taking part in an exhibition. Now I am hoping this will be the first of many. 13


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Pete Shipstone

Many photographers have highly flamboyant statements about their art and spirituality and I would love to say I have a particular style and a preferred subject matter, but I donâ€&#x;t. I love all aspects of photography and will try anything from macro photography to wedding photography and anything in between. I love the technical challenges that each stage of photography presents, taking the photograph, post processing and finally presentation, and I love to experiment with new techniques. What I can say is that my photographs represents the way I saw the world at the time of clicking the shutter and is a means of self-expression. My aesthetic is very simple and straightforward, I try to capture interesting places and moments in time and make them as beautiful as possible. I find it a wonderful joy and gain great gratification in the idea of creating memories for my family, friends and acquaintances that can be treasured for a lifetime. 14


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Olivia Swinscoe

I am interested in issues around identity and relationship – how we see ourselves, how we are seen by others and how we relate to the people around us and our surroundings. My work to date has allowed me to explore various aspects of these subjects and I hope to return to them in future. I am particularly interested in creating images concerning the connection between ourselves and the environments we inhabit.

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Jeremy Walker Hi I‟m Jeremy Walker and, let‟s be honest, I‟m no artist. Indeed I used to be a solicitor but I‟m alright now. Essentially I‟m just a bloke with a camera who hasn‟t read the instruction manual yet but occasionally I manage to take a half decent image. My day dream was to travel to the wildlife hotspots of the world and shoot wildlife, so buying a camera and a lens I could hardly carry was thus a start. Spending 12 days on a baking beach in Patagonia, waiting for a killer whale to appear and snatch obliging sea lion pups from that beach, an event that lasted all of 14 seconds of day 12, was probably the end. David Rann has convinced me that there are other things I can do with the camera other than bin it. I don‟t do people photography – swore I never would – so here are a few of the photos I don‟t do. The subject is my Mom.

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Contact Details Scott Bytheway

Mark Cruxton www.macfotography.co.uk

Grantley Haynes

Ken Hudson www.b43photography.co.uk

Jon Lloyd

Anna Machacek www.flickr.com/photos/aniamac

John Maries

Phuong Pham

Nikki Postings

Paul Roberts www.photoboxgallery.com/ PaulJRobertsPhotography

Pete Shipstone

Olivia Swinscoe

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Jeremy Walker

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