Excuse my terrible phone photo!
Photographique is Phil Searle’s fantastic Bristol print lab: developing photos, printing them from digital and negative, selling frames and doing all kinds of things. They’ve recently moved into their new North Street premises. I’ve been using their services, or just dropping in for a chat, for 10 years, so I was completely delighted when the manager Hamish Trevis, asked me if I’d like to have my photos on their walls this month.
It was a really good process for me. This Avon Stories project is about a year old, but while it exists in different forms online (including the podcast and social media), and of course all my walks are In Real Life, I haven’t started showing it yet. In fact, I haven’t had a show, or put photos on walls since my Photography degree finished, nearly 4 years ago. I’ve really missed the process of editing, and taking this huge pile of stuff I’ve been making, and thinking how I can present it, so my huge thanks to Hamish and to Phil, for giving me this chance.
If you’re in/near Bristol, please do pop into Photographique, 53 North Street, and check out all their services online – and while you’re there, have a beer in Phil’s fantastic pub, The Hare, next door! And if you like film photography, you can also enter their Analogue Photography Competition from anywhere in the UK, and win cash prizes. But if you’re not nearby, I’ve put the photos I’m showing into a flickr album.
As well as putting the photos on the wall, Hamish made me a fantastic little booklet to go with them, so if you can’t get to see the pictures in person, here’s what they are, and why I’m showing them.
A gas leak on the closed Avon path