A large sized thank you to @freyaphotos for exhibiting this week. Her work can still be seen in our newly opened second gallery space or “the landscape gallery” as all the cool kids are calling it. Freya has some of the best photos of the wee birds going, so it’s a great pleasure to be exhibiting her work. Freyas photos feel less like wildlife photography and more like candid portraits; this could be due in part to her approach of taking walks in order to make photographs rather than making use of photography hides. It means that nearly all her subjects are aware of her presence, and so the photo becomes more of a two way interaction as opposed to a one sided reconnaissance-like approach. Less “taking” photographs and more “making” photographs. Personally, we feel that her photos capture a great deal of personality as well as vulnerability present in all creatures (great & small). Perhaps these photographs could help reawaken an empathy with the natural world that is missing within a large part of contemporary societal tendencies.
Alongside taking stunning photographs of wildlife, Freya is also busy studying for a Master’s in Ecology. Her main area of research concerns the recent decline in the population of Tawny Owls in the UK. She’s exploring how different environmental variables (types of forest, urban proximity etc.) effect the wee owls’ breeding success and is currently analysing a dataset from nestboxes spanning 8 years. Hopefully, from this she’ll be able to find out ways of preventing further declines in the Tawny Owl population. You can see Freya’s photo of terns squabbling at Wooosh for the next week or two (or rather until we showcase another landscape work) or on her Instagram @freyaphotos
If we had to describe Jamie’s practice, we could mention fish or the colour blue or OSB or maybe A4 paper, but we’ll try not to. What lies underneath these things is an interest in poetic connections between sculpture, research, and gestures of organisation and repetition. Consistently bizarre yet logical, using a lo-fi yet meticulous aesthetic, we at Wooosh enjoy Jamie’s ability to both amuse and confuse. To keep up with Jamie’s work follow her account @jcdd_ – she’s taking part in graduate residencies at Rhu Beag in Ardnamurchan and @scottishsculptureworkshop in Lumsden – lots of interesting stuff to come we’re certain. (She’s been thinking about puddles recently)
For those of you that don’t know Chris’ recent work, in his own words it concerns “the iconography of instruction and accident which occupies the built environment.” Here at Wooosh, we enjoy Chris’ approach to making; full of experimentation, improvisation and inquisition. His bold and bleak visual style is both striking and unsettling – sort of like if you mixed the batmobile with a highway maintenance vehicle.
As evidenced in his artist talk, Chris shares Wooosh’s interest in public art projects and is looking forward to working more in this area. He also mentioned that he liked the idea of people being involuntarily exposed to his work, much like how we are exposed to advertising, signage and news headlines in today’s societal infrastructure.
Burnt Bongo captures contemporary youth and music culture. Using the language of nostalgia, he reminds us that the past was once the present, and the present will be the past. He offers us an insight into cultural events, as well as transitionary and seemingly banal moments with equal importance given to both.
“I love moments, and that is why honesty is the most important thing to me when taking photographs. I have an instinctive, candid approach toward my subjects and it’s something I don’t want to lose. I can really appreciate and often fall in love with beautifully posed images but for me, a photograph is a document; a document of a time, a place, and a feeling.”
Burnt Bongo speaking to Wooosh Gallery
Give him a follow to keep up to date with his work @burnt_bongo