Friday, 23 September 2016

The Cartography of Dreams


I'm very pleased to be taking part in this exhibition at Dimbola Museum

Julia Margaret Camerons' former home
on the Isle of Wight


Huge thanks to Maxine Watts of Reclaim Photography Festival  who organised and made this exhibition possible 

https://reclaimphotographyfestival.org

A Cartography of Dreams
14 October 2016 - 1 January 2017
Dimbola Museum & Galleries

Dreams are true while they last. And do we not live in dreams?” Alfred Lord Tennyson
In this exhibition, four photographers set out to answer this question posed by Alfred Lord
Tennyson some 150 years ago. Their artistic exploration maps the contours of their
dreams and imaginations—much like cartographers outlining the shorelines and mountains
of a new continent. For what are dreams, but a map to move us forward on a quest
for understanding?
And on this journey to awareness, one artist beckons with gesture and symbol to a quiet
blue world, on a search for meaning and purpose in an unknown future. While another’s
attraction to the strange and bizarre, melded with a dose of reality, creates an incongruence
that implores us to look again and again. A third artist uses colour as an emotional
springboard, moving us through visual dreamscapes that merge magic realism with surrealism,
considering complex relationships along the way. And a fourth artist looks through a
lens of hope and possibility, longing to see the unseeable and to know the unknowable. A
quartet of dreamers and explorers they are, taking us along for the ride.
Julia Margaret Cameron, in her timeless and moving work, sought to ennoble photography
by combining the real and the Ideal. It is the hope of these four photographers to honour
her legacy by creating art that encourages viewers to embark on their own expeditions,
map their own dreams, and perhaps alter their directions as a result.
This exhibition features thirty one works by four international photographers: Fran Forman,
Jonah Calinawan, Paul Biddle and Tami Bone. The exhibition is produced and curated by
Dr Rachel Tait, Dimbola Museum and Galleries, in association with Maxine Watts, Reclaim
Photography Festival. For more information about the four artists and the exhibition,
please visit:

Dimbola Museum & Galleries


Tami Bone

Jonah Calinawan

Fran Forman

Paul Biddle

Maxine Watts


Sunday, 28 August 2016

S w a n S i s t e r s

Swan      S wan   and   Swan      3   Sis  ters 


    Cygnus Sisters    one and all


I’ve always     felt in awe   of those big white birds

 that only         a few people  are allowed to    eat 



graceful as a swan       in        seasoning      


Swan Song    Sing Song        sixpence   


and confused         by   Phrases    like               geese are swans


geese are    N O T    swans

S w ans     i s   S  w  a n s

Swan Sisters
A S  a   c hild  I was  told swans   can break your arm

so  Those white slings kids wore  with  a broken  arm

Were  they   a   white  wing  about  to  sprout



the Swan

the    constellation Cygnus

The idiom       B Y THE sEA 



“up  the Swannee”  or       "down the swan"


This image is from my series  Cabinet  of   Curiosity

You can see more by following   this  link  to   my   website

Monday, 28 September 2015

Paul Biddle's photograph "Incubation" selected for 163rd RWA Open Exhibition

I’m so   pleased  my photograph   “Incubation”

 has been selected   for

 the Royal West of England Academy Open Exhibition.

The RWA was Bristol’s first art gallery

You can see the exhibition in Bristol

from 4 October – 29 November 2015.

Incubation


It's   Part   of  my  Cabinet   of   Curiosities   series

You   can   see   more   of   the   series

by   clicking   the   link   to   my   website   below



https://paulbiddle.com

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Freuds’ flirty Fenestration Frock

Brooder of   Beasts  in   the   Nursery  Of   Nonsense

It    was   over  a  while   ago   now   when   I   first   saw  her   likeness

to   be   honest   it  was  more  of   a   glance  than  the  full Fred  Astaire

But   a   Glance  has  a   Glint   and   is   almost  a   Peep 

hush   hinting   far  more than  a  gap  or  a  Gawp  can   do

The Incubator

so   when   did  Freuds’  flirty  Fenestration  Frock     Turn  into

the   Hatch  hatch  hatchery   of  free  Spirit  Jars

Everyone   knows   It  was  Tantamount  the 23rd   of   course


Freuds' Flirty Fenestration Frock

I notice  the  Countenance   of   a  little girl  complete   with Enigma

  She   held  a leash  most   fine   and    Lepidopteran

All  of   a Whirrr   and   Myopic  on the move

Much   to   my   delight  I recognised the flutter and tink Tinkle 


of  Count   Muldivos’  Clockwork  Moths   vanishing  up  her   sleeve

The Leash made of Moths

So   this   was   the   work   of   the Cunning  old Count

His   Automata  the Envy  and   Relish of most   of  Old  Europe    

Best   not  to   mention   what   hides   behind   beady  eyed Masks

and   Modesty   Panels  Alive  alive  O


If you would like to see more   of   the Cabinet of Curiosities series

please click the link below to Paul Biddles' website




Sunday, 23 August 2015

Word Play and Fun with Fonts by three Wise Fish


    Editors Note: 

we have had to abandon

and   it   wasn't   even  the   6th   of   November 

our Word Play and Fun with Fonts  as the Search Engine

 Bots struggled to read and list them in Search results.


 Rest assured 

when the Book of the Blog   is published 


it will be replete and filled with Font Fumbles 


both Upper and Lower Case Studies and



 ripe read rictus  galore


   Oh   and   the   Odd   Image   or   two

Talking   of  Which

Did   you   ever   see

The   Threee   Wise   Fish

Three Wise Fish

You  can  see  more  of  Paul Biddles'  Fine Art Photography  

by   clicking   the   Link  to   his   website   below

Thursday, 6 August 2015

The Collectors' Spectacles

(a   sight   for   sore   eyes)

spectacles   glasses    blinkers  and   goggles   

lorgnettes  and  musty  net   curtains  

glistening  pince-nez  good  for  a  gossip

 monocles  for  posers  full  of  surprises

Nearly  Everyone  knows  that   Quizzing  specs  are  sometimes  sly


The Collectors' Spectacles



Count  Muldivo  has  always  preferred  riveting  spectacles

to  the  drab  and  dribbling  nondescript

more  to  the  point  do  glasses  remember 

the  Wonders  and Curios   they  have  beheld

mumbling  past  their vigilant  frames  two by two  achoo

 rub  your  glasses  on  a  Tuesday  with  a  wicked  wink  twinkle

and  memories  will  flick  flicker  before  the  blink  of  an  eye

Editors Note :  The Collectors’ Spectacles is from

 Paul Biddles’ series in progress - The Cabinet of Curiosities

You can see more of the series by clicking the link below




Friday, 26 June 2015

Spikey Knitting is now live on Your Daily Photograph.com

I'm   so   pleased   to   announce   that   my


photograph   Spikey   Knitting   


Spikey Knitting

is now live   on    Your   Daily   Photograph

please click the link below