Mother's Day in America
To celebrate Mother’s Day in America this year, Feature Shoot have curated an online group show with images of mother’s as it’s theme. Included is the portrait of my mum featured in my last blog post. You can see all of the images from the show here, including one of my favourites by Robin Cracknell (above). ...
Someone I Know
I’ve recently contributed to Stuart Pilkington’s latest curatorial project Someone I Know. I’ve been a follower of Stuart’s work for a while now, and was delighted to take part. The project brings together the work of over 100 photographers internationally, and the brief required the artists to photograph someone they know. I photographed my best friend; my...
A Year In Development 2013
I’ve once again been working with Labyrinth Photographic to curate their second anniversary exhibition A Year In Development, which opens in just over a week’s time at Four Corners, Bethnal Green. The exhibition will showcase over 70 of Labyrinth’s clients’ hand printed photographs shot solely on film during the last 12 months. In doing so we intend to...
11.59: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
Thanks so much to everyone who came down to the Private View of 11.59 on Tuesday night, we had a great time and it was lovely to see so many people there! In case you couldn’t make it, today is the final day to see the show, so if you’re around Oxford Circus pop in and have a look! Thanks to Margaret Street Gallery for hosting the show and all their help throughout the week! ...
11.59 at Margaret Street Gallery
Next week I’ll be exhibiting some recent work with 10 other young British photographers in our show, 11.59, at Margaret Street Gallery. Come down and join us for the Private View on Tuesday 22nd January from 7pm if you can! The show will run from Wednesday 23rd to Saturday 26th January 2013 so be sure to have a look if you’re in Central London! Margaret Street Gallery, 63 Margaret...
Léonie and Martin Hampton interview me for The...
Photographer Léonie Hampton and her husband, filmmaker Martin Hampton, have kindly interviewed me following my exhibition at Labyrinth Photographic Printing as part of The Stare Show. You can read the article here: http://thestareshow.tumblr.com/post/38157921406/leonie-and-martin-hampton-interview-clare-hewitt Image: Untitled (Latvia #4) 2012 by Clare Hewitt Reading:...
The Stare Show
During November Labyrinth Photographic Printing have kindly let me take over their stairs as part of The Stare Show, a small rotating exhibition that will highlight the work of a variety of photographers over the next year. This will culminate in a group show in 2013 including all 12 artists. The Stare Show will provide a glimpse into our recent and ongoing projects shot...
International Summer School of Photography Final...
The ISSP final works are now online in slideshow and gallery format! I had a week of wonderful company, and you can view the works of all the people who participated here: http://www.issp.lv/en/summer-school/2012/students-works/final-works-video Image by Juanan Requena, from the series ‘Own Your Own Trace’ (http://www.nodetenerse.com/) Reading: ‘Great...
ISSP Class of 2012
This year’s International Summer School in Latvia was a fantastic experience! I’ve written a blog post for Photowork’s about Hellen van Meene’s workshop, which you can read here: http://www.photoworks.org.uk/blog/post/00000000024/ This Saturday (8th September) a slideshow of the work by all of the ISSP participants will be projected in two different...
A blog post for Photoworks - Julian Germain's 'No...
This year the Brighton Photo Biennial’s theme is ‘Agents of Change: Photography and the Politics of Space’. Included in the work that will be exhibited is Julian Germain’s wonderful collaborative project, ‘No Olho da Rua’. I’ve written a blog post about the project for Photoworks, which is available to read here: ...
Earlier this year I visited the University of the West of England in Bristol to give tutorials and a lecture to the BA Photography students. The standard of work was fantastic, and their graduating show, Pitch Exhibition is sure to be worth a visit at the end of this week. As part of the exhibition I’ll be sitting on UWE’s panel discussion ‘Moving Stills’ chatting...
International Summer School of Photography 2012
I’m thrilled to have been selected for Hellen van Meene’s workshop ‘Portraits: A practical guide to the art of seeing’ at the International Summer School of Photography in Latvia this August. Hellen’s process and photographs are a huge inspiration to me, and I’m really excited to be taking part in this event! More information about the...
Tim Andrews, 2 March 2012 (5 hours)
Tim Andrews has Parkinson’s Disease. In 2009 he began his project ‘Over the Hill’ through which he began to approach photographers to ask them if they would make his portrait and thereby document his experience of his disease. He has since been photographed by nearly 200 photographers. On March 2nd this year Tim and I spent five hours together making this portrait. I was...
Firefly Photofilms and Aletheia Photo Collective produce multimedia projects that question cultural preconceptions and provoke necessary social change. Over the past weeks I’ve been working with them to present ‘Untold’, an exhibition showcasing the ongoing power of traditional documentary photography and film-making, produced using a variety of conventional...
The Independent have run a lovely feature on ‘A Year In Development’ in The New Review today. Perhaps have a look over your roast! Reading: ‘The Sea, The Sea’ by Iris Murdoch
Our week of developments
I’ve had a wonderful week curating ‘A Year In Development’, an exhibition at Four Corners Gallery that celebrates Labyrinth Photographic Printing’s first year in trading. The show’s a true testament to the enduring production of beautiful images shot on film by key photographers, despite recent claims that analogue photography is a dying art. The...
Happy Birthday Eugenie
On Wednesday it will be Eugenie’s birthday. I asked her how old she’ll be and she said she can’t remember. We worked out with the staff at Haringey Phoenix Group that she’ll be about 54. Happy 54th bithday Eugenie (or thereabouts), and here’s to the year ahead. Image by Clare Hewitt Reading: ‘The Sea, The Sea’ by Iris Murdoch ...
A Year In Development
I’ve been working with Labyrinth Photographic Printing to curate ‘A Year In Development’, an exhibition that will celebrate Labyrinth’s first anniversary and the continuation and diversity of analogue photography. Founded by the brilliant hand printers, John McCarthy, Cosimo d’Aprano and Jeremy Ramsden, Labyrinth Photographic is a traditional...
I’ve recently started a long term project with the Haringey Phoenix Group, a fantastic charity that helps blind and visually impaired people within London. I’m spending time with Eugenie, a lady who was left severely visually impaired after suffering from a stroke. They’re incredible people. It’s early days and I’ll keep you posted… ...
Gerhard Richter: Panorama
I’ve recently had the pleasure of working on the subtitles for Martin Hampton’s film for the Tate, which accompanies the Gerhard Richter retrospective, ‘Panorama’, currently on show at Tate Modern. You can view Martin’s film here: http://channel.tate.org.uk/media/1212905262001 Iceberg in Mist [Eisberg im Nebel] 1982, by Gerhard Richter ...
In the Shadow of Things
Over the past year I’ve been working with Léonie Hampton on her beautiful book ‘In the Shadow of Things’, a body of work that examines her own family and their attempts to help her mother, Bron, deal with the challenges caused by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The book was released in the UK in May this year and if you haven’t seen the project yet, you can view a selection...
The week before Tuesday
Reading: ‘Oscar & Lucinda’ by Peter Carey Listening To: ‘Consider the Lobster’ - Audiobook - by David Foster Wallace
Fresh Faced & Wild Eyed
I’m lucky enough to have been selected for the Photographers’ Gallery Fresh Faced & Wild Eyed exhibition 2011. You can see my images and the work of all the finalists here: http://freshfacedwildeyed.photonet.org.uk/ Reading: ‘Oscar & Lucinda’ by Peter Carey Listening To: ‘Time (The Revelator)’ by Gillian Welch
Pictures of late
Images by Clare Hewitt Reading: ‘The Finkler Question’ by Howard Jacobson Listening To: ‘Darkness on The Edge of Town’ by Bruce Springsteen
‘When she returned home, it turned out both her...
For all the momentariness often associated with the medium of photography, there is barely anything momentary about Jan Banning’s series of portraits Comfort Women, this being the term referred to women taken into sexual slavery during periods of war. These images are not solely about the horrific experiences of his subjects during the 1940’s, or a representation of his subjects on a specific day...
'I think it's important, but maybe it isn't.'
‘The Family and the Land’ by Sally Mann was the final show to be exhibited at The Photographers’ Gallery before its year long closure which began in September this year, and it seems quite apt that the shutdown and refurbishment of the building tied in with a piece proportionately associated with death and vitality. When I first discovered Mann’s work it was at a time when I was considering...
'This is about being you.'
A few portraits that I’ve been making over the last month… Reading: ‘Vernon God Little’ by DBC Pierre Listening To: ‘Without Why’ by Rose Elinor Dougall
Things Tip Over
In Issue #19 of OjodePez, and on Dhruv Malhotra’s website, his series ‘Sleepers’ is presented as a documentation of night time in Noida, the artist’s hometown in India which is ‘Full of people to the brink as it is’. Malhotra continues, ‘things tip over.’ Throughout the last three years when the photographer has been unable to sleep, he has been photographing people who can, where they can, and...
‘How serene he was in his treatment of power.’
In Max Kozloff’s book ‘The Theatre of the Face’ Chapter Four is entitled ‘The Sander Effect’ and its content refers to the impact that August Sander’s portraits of individuals in post World War I German society have had on the development of portrait photography since their production. I remember feeling genuinely cold when viewing Sander’s images while I was studying photography, and their...
‘I turned my camera into a stethoscope…’
When I opened my copy of ‘Some Ways To Disappear’ by Michael D. Brown and Josepha Sanna, which had arrived on my doorstep beautifully wrapped and presented, I soon realised that it wasn’t just its appearance but also its contents that made it delicate and precious, almost something to take care of. This journal is a biannual publication, and Volume I, Issue I screams in whispers that if you’ve...
Assisted Suicide and It's Many Parts
I guess you can never truly experience anyone else’s pain, regardless of the universality of the experience. Every mother has a different story of childbirth, for example, and a broken heart is only one’s own. Sometimes what we view as the universal becomes so adamantly relevant to a society or a culturally unified group that it’s easy to forget that although ‘it’ may be something that we all...
“Today I managed to make her laugh!”
Sitting firmly in my seat at The Lighthouse in Poole watching Luca Guadagnino’s ‘I Am Love’ I had a distinct feeling of disorientation, established by both sight and sound. From the outset I felt like I was being continuously exposed to two sides of the same story, and this in itself caused no confusion as such, just a physical sense of being lost at sea. The...
On Finding Nelli
I found myself really excited upon stumbling across the work of the Finnish photographer Nelli Palomäki. I wonder if it’s possible, upon discovering an artist, to feel like you’ve been influenced by their work despite having never seen it before. If it is that’s how I felt when I saw these images, as if I’d always known them yet never realised it. I was trying...
The Portraits of Penn
I often feel a little uncomfortable and clumsy in exhibition spaces; I have a tendency to become annoyed with people’s lack of spatial awareness when they walk in front of the exhibit I’m studying, or when I get caught in a mini backpack war as I’m trying to navigate the space. I’m an equal culprit, and I become just as annoyed with myself when I step backwards onto somebody’s shoes, or worse...
“…the end of the beginning.”
It feels like a good time to start a blog. I’ve just finished studying Commercial Photography at the Arts University College at Bournemouth, and now I’m moving on to something else, I’m just not certain what that will be yet. I was looking for a reason to start writing things down, and it seems that this might be a need for direction. So here’s to the words of Winston Churchill, and the next...