David Morgan-Davies

Category: photography

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I really wanted to enjoy my first trip to New York, but I also wanted to take some pictures. It is difficult to know how to respond to a location that looms large in our collective imagination. My main aim was to keep things fresh, and without resorting to cliché add my own dots to the puzzle of images already in our head. I also didn’t want to spend the whole trip with a camera stuck to my face.

By using a digital pinhole I let serendipity take the lead. This allowed me to ‘see’ through my own eyes rather than ‘look’ through the camera lens, and to remain engaged with the city.

I enjoy working with ambiguities: mixing a state of the art digital camera with a pinhole lens, working digitally to produce work whose square format references the past, and by blending colour with black and white. The image above is one of six pieces from my trip to NYC. On reflection they’re more about the notion of ‘the photographic eye’ and are an exploration into the unpredictable side of photography.

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I’ve been dismissive about Instagram in the past, mainly because it can sometimes take the art out of photography. However using a camera-phone whilst out and about to snap anything that interests me, I’ve come to see the value in it. Until now these these images have been stuck on my phone and eventually end up on my computer. For many this is the best place, but some are pretty good and should be shared. I’m conscious that I don’t update my website often enough with new work, so Instagram is good way of regularly showing what’s grabbing my attention.

So, if you’d like to keep up-to-date with my random collection of camera-phone pictures or follow me on Instagram, please use this: DMD Instagram Link or the Instagram icon on my Home Page footer to link to my Instagram page.

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‘in the distance’: 73cm x 73cm Giclée print / Ash box framed. Available as an edition of 5.

It’s always nice to be invited to show at the Grant Bradley Gallery, being the gallery closest to my home and studio.  I want to see how you see is  curated exhibition of photography selected from a diverse group of artists living and working in the Bristol region. The exhibition encompasses works of contemporary portraiture, landscape and social documentary. With no given theme, each artist displays the work that best represents themselves.  I will be showing ‘in the distance’ from my ‘Built Environment’ series plus a short film ‘the light shines through’.

I want to see how you see
9th – 30th August 2014
Private view – Friday 8th August at 6pm

The Grant Bradley Gallery
1 St Peters Court
Bedminster Parade
Bristol BS3 4AQ

Tel: 0117 9637 673

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‘blown by the river’: 32cm x 47cm framed Giclée print, aluminium dibond mounted. available as an edition of 10.

As an associate artist with Walking the Land I am happy to be showing as part of ‘From the River and the Sea’.  The exhibition will feature work by painters, printmakers, photographers and sculptors, please view the Exhibition eGallery

‘From the River and the Sea’
The Old Passage Inn, Arlingham, Gloucestershire  GL2 7JR
Tel: 01452 740547

The exhibition runs from 6 May – 31 May

Tuesday to Friday: 11am – 10pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am – 10pm

Walking the Land connect art, landscape and community, with the landscape and walking providing the catalyst for their creative activities.

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‘From the River and the Sea’ is part of the Stroud Valley Arts Site 2014 Festival

 

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‘dark matter iii’: 30cm x 40cm floating Giclée print, aluminium dibond mounted. available as an edition of 10.

For this years Bristol Festival of Photography I’m pleased to be showing a collection of images and one short film exploring the lure of the sea, at the wonderful Zion Community Arts space in South Bristol.

The Festival will run throughout May with photographers and artists showing at venues across the city.

The exhibition runs from 1 May – 30 May
Tuesday to Friday: 9:30am – 4pm
Saturday 10am – 1pm

Zion Community Arts
Bishopsworth Road, Bedminster Down, Bristol BS13 7JW
Directions: on street parking is available along Bishopsworth Rd and surrounding streets. The No.75/76 Showcase bus route stops opposite Zion and along Bishopsworth Rd. Parson St station is situated at the bottom of Bedminster Down Rd, approximately 10mins walk (uphill).

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The Contemporary Landscape Photography Open is the W-CA’s second juried exhibition of 2013, focussing on contemporary photographic responses to landscape.  I’ll be showing ‘new-clear vision i’ as part of the show: a 26″ x 40″ floating Giclée print, aluminium dibond mounted, available as an edition of 10.

Artists:
ALIKI BRAINE * ALNIS STAKLE * BEN CAVE * COLIN THOMAS * CRAIG DOW * CHARLIE HURCOMBE * DAFNA TALMOR * DAN BURWOOD * DANIEL BOSWORTH * DARREN NISBETT * DAVE MORGAN-DAVIES * DAVID SHEPHERD * FERGUS HERON * FERNANDO MASELLI * GEOFF HODGSON * GLEN STOKER * HELEN SEAR * JAMES SMITH * JIM JOHNSTON * KAREN DENSHAM * LOUISE OATES * MARTINA LINDQVIST * MINNA PÖLLÄNEN PADDY KELLY  * PHILLIPA KLAIBER * ROB BLEWS * SAM KEMP * STEPHEN SHEEHAN * STEPHEN MONGER * SUJATA MAJUMDAR * SYLVIA STIFF  * TANIA COATES * TRISTAN HUTCHINSON * VICTORIA AHRENS * ZOE CHILDERLEY

Selected By:
Paul Seawright, Dan Holdsworth, Richard Billingham, Pete James, Jem Southam and Ivan & Heather Morison and Fiona Crisp.

The exhibition runs from 07 – 28 December 2013.
10:30am to 4:30pm

Worcester City Gallery & Museum,
Foregate Street, Worcester, WR1 1DT

For more details visit the W-CA website

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I’m very pleased to have had ‘Above the line’ selected for this years RWA’s Annual Open exhibition.

‘Above the Line’ is a 26″ x 40″ floating Giclée print, aluminium dibond mounted. It is available as part of an edition of 10.

The exhibition runs from 24 November 2013 – 26 January 2014.

For more details visit the RWA website

I’m so pleased to have been selected to show at this years National Eisteddfod of Wales.  Being born in Wales with a Welsh father but growing up in England means I don’t speak Welsh or have a Welsh accent.  However I feel, and am very proud to be Welsh.

The Eisteddfod runs from 2 – 10 August just outside Denbigh, Denbighshire, North Wales

I am showing three pieces: Up in the air, Heavy Weather II and Haven (see below), which I have not shown before.

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Following my show Lost in Transition at the Searchers Gallery in May I am excited to be joining The Searchers group of artists back at the gallery in August for ‘Tumbleweed’; the first in a series of group shows in Bristol the South West & London.

Tumbleweed’
13-28 August 2013
The Searchers Group of Artists

An exhibition of painting, drawing, collage, ceramic, sculpture & photography

Stephen Buckeridge | Dave Morgan-Davies | Tony Eastman | Michael Hayter | Brendan Lancaster | Stuart Low | Joe Tymkow | Alexander Korzer-Robinson | Maggie Royle | Ruth Piper | Jess Woodrow

Preview: Tuesday 13 August 6-9pm

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The Searchers contemporary ‘One Year Gallery Project’ was opened in Bristol by practicing artist and exhibition maker Ruth Piper in September 2012. The gallery program focus’s on a rich seam of contemporary art in all its forms, providing a commercial venue with curated shows including artists from Bristol and London; in particular those whose work side steps fashion and conveys a deeply felt personal engagement with their materials and subject matter.

It was John Ford’s classic western ‘The Searchers’ that inspired the title for the gallery. Obsessive and curious by nature artists travel alone, searching through unfamiliar territory, hoping for fresh insights & new configurations.

My proposal for GLOW is one of ten projects shortlisted by the Bristol Festival of Ideas for the Temple Meads Gateway.

By wrapping a disused building in white and including a printed representation of the Bristol skyline, GLOW will provide daytime visitors with an intriguing and welcoming image. As dusk falls the building will be illuminated from within by a pulsating orange glow. This will evoke the sun setting in the West, and provide evening visitors with the transformed image of the backlit Bristol skyline.

Below is a short film showing a visualisation of how GLOW might look:

GLOW from Dave Morgan-Davies on Vimeo.