It was an honour to exhibit 3 of my images on Saturday at the opening event of #Connected2016 in Patchings Art Centre, Calverton, Nottinghamshire, which is a yearly exhibition of inspirational photography now on its 9th successive year, run by the incredibly committed partnership of Rob and Karen Knight. To have my 3 chosen images hung alongside the work of extremely talented photographers was daunting to say the least and on viewing their work no less intimidating.
I only got into the exhibition from the reserve list after just missing out on the initial intake which seems to be filled within hours. So it was a bit of a mad rush to choose my 3 images to submit to Rob although with an initial tip off from him I had a few extra days to mull over my choices. I decided to keep my selections to mono and were as shown below.
The opening event was excellent and it was a pleasure to meet so many like minded people and also put real faces to the twitter friends I have only ever known by their Avatars. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming with some very kind comments to my work as well which helped my inferiority complex and also allowed me to relax and feel part of the whole event.
There were talks from the excellent Vanda Ralevska and Guy Aubertin in the afternoon which was preceded by a charity Auction of images provided by exhibitors, which raised at least £600 on the day for the John Van Geest Cancer Research Centre. I managed to grab 2 myself by Peter Dyer(left) and Mike Barber(right)
I donated 'Crooked' an image from this winter.
Overall an absolute pleasurable experience and only hope I will be able to beat the stampede to next years Connected2017 which is the 10th Anniversary Event that promises to be another huge success. The Exhibition runs until 21st May and I urge anyone passing or in the area to drop in and see the outstanding quality of work on show, you won't be disappointed.