Reflections on the ‘Trees and Sky Exhibition’, Marmaris 28th May ~ 10th June, 2010.

Reflections on the ‘Trees and Sky Exhibition’, Marmaris 28th May ~ 10th June, 2010.

For Michael and I life is already a fabulous dream. It doesn’t require digital enhancement. It is sufficient simply as it is and our photographs bear witness to our experiences. No hurry, no pressure, eating when hungry, sleeping when tired. That’s all!

 

Trees and Sky Children’s Photography Workshops.

Trees and Sky Children’s Photography Workshops.

The children are quick to pick up that the pictures are different from the ones their parents take because the pictures in their family albums are mainly of people. They like the images in the gallery which they think of as ‘nature photographs’.

 

When The Guards Like It You Know It’s As Good As It Gets!

When The Guards Like It You Know It’s As Good As It Gets!

A security guard is unlikely to have a degree in fine art appreciation. On the other hand those guarding galleries have probably seen everything from large nudes to abstract daubs. When they start to relate to work I know it to be good.

 

A Small Miracle In The Trees And Sky Exhibition

A Small Miracle In The Trees And Sky Exhibition

It seemed in some way that heaven had opened and God’s face was visible for those with eyes to see.

 

Michael Eldridge Shares His Message At The Opening of ‘Trees and Sky’

Michael Eldridge Shares His Message At The Opening of ‘Trees and Sky’

“The purpose of this exhibition is very simple. It is our attempt to help people reconnect with their environment and the planet. We would like each of you every morning to really look at a tree, to examine it closely, and also to see what’s up there in the sky.”

 

Michael Eldridge and Stephen Bray Discuss Trees and Sky on Marmaris Radio Park FM

Michael Eldridge and Stephen Bray Discuss Trees and Sky on Marmaris Radio Park FM

“Only one day to go and we’ve only put up the banner”, said Michael Eldridge to Stephen Bray. “Inşallah Michael”, replied Stephen, “All will be cool!”

 

Sweet memories . . .

Sweet memories . . .

I was at the Printer’s this morning in Tolentino printing this image, testing again the limit of Mauro’s patience (he my print expert on RAW and Nikon imaging programme) And I asked him about a course he’d just finished on master printing. Cheekily I asked him if they ever, in these classes, talked about the experience, the actuality, of taking photographs. He span around at me in his swivel chair and said ‘Look, the first thing we are always told in these classes, is that the image you take is what is of supreme importance. It starts here. And to never attempt to work on an image that isn’t good!

 

Marmaris Photographer Speaks Against Mining Techniques In Turkey’s Treasured Forests

Marmaris Photographer Speaks Against Mining Techniques In Turkey’s Treasured Forests

Photographer Stephen Bray Bray speaking on Marmaris, Park FM 100.5 during an interview about a forthcoming exhibition of photographs which features the Dereözü woodlands said: “”Whilst it’s possible to photograph anything and make it beautiful”, Bray said, “There’s very little that’s beautiful about the way the trees have been brutalised.”

 

Veteran Turkish Woman Photographer Applauds ‘Trees And Sky’.

Veteran Turkish Woman Photographer Applauds ‘Trees And Sky’.

Tuncay Çöteloğlu is one of Turkey’s treasures. Born the daughter of an Ottoman officer and personal friend of Mustafa Kemal, she has always been close to the arts. She still covers events as a news freelancer, and sometimes takes on commercial assignments. She is also an experienced curator having hosted over twenty exhibitions prior to moving to Selimiye, (Nr. Marmaris), sixteen years ago.

 

Sex, Lies, And Name Dropping

Sex, Lies, And Name Dropping

I’m name dropping because of the story Ansel Adams told us about his famous ‘Moon over Sierra Nevada’ photograph, taken when he and Edward Weston and the whole West Coast States bunch were rolling down to Arizona in a drunken haze. Fact was, he just took a deep breath in the dark and took a divine guess at the exposure.

 

Publicity For ‘Trees And Sky’ Builds

Publicity For ‘Trees And Sky’ Builds

Slowly news of ‘Trees and Sky’ is drip-feeding into the Turkish, and International Press. Suddenly the photographers find the tables turned and the lenses are focussed upon them. It’s an amazing turn of events for the two men who eschew publicity in favour of walking in the hills and dales of their chosen habitats.

 

Photographer Pays Homage To Art Director Henry Wolf

Photographer Pays Homage To Art Director Henry Wolf

The invitation for the ‘Trees and Sky’ private view at Netsel Gallery, Marmaris on 28th May is inspired by the work of the late photographer and designer Henry Wolf. Wolf was a master of what he referred to as Visual Thinking.

 

Why I Have Committed To ‘Trees and Sky’

Why I Have Committed To ‘Trees and Sky’

Since politicians and scientists seem to be failing us, whatever I offer comes from the inside outwards, from the heart if you like, rather than being engineered, or even planned.

 

Free Postcards, At The Trees And Sky Exhibition, Marmaris.

Free Postcards, At The Trees And Sky Exhibition, Marmaris.

Trees and Sky starts with an Exhibition in Marmaris, Turkey commencing on 28th May, and continuing until June 10th. Early visitors to the show, from 29th May, will be given a limited edition folio of postcards, while stocks last.

 

An Exhibition In Marmaris, Turkey

An Exhibition In Marmaris, Turkey

Acclaimed photographers Stephen Jeremy Maxwell Bray, and Michael John Eldridge have chosen Turkey as the premier of their new work ‘Trees and Sky’. Trees and Sky is not simply an exhibition but marks the start of an on-going project . . . .

 

The Remarkable Story of ‘Trees and Sky’

The Remarkable Story of ‘Trees and Sky’

After 35 years photographers Michael Eldridge and Stephen Bray are collaborating again. In the meantime they have lived parallel lives and share common interests.