#481 – Millscapes Exhibition Preparation 3

I’d previously visited the museum and photographed and measured the gallery space. Having precise measurements had been both a burden and a godsend for my previous exhibitions, and in the end, I decided that there was more than enough room and it would fit, one way or another!

Saddleworth Dimensions 1

What I always do when laying out any portfolio, book or exhibition, is to get a load of small prints and spread them out on the floor. I can then see the visual relationships between not only adjacent images, but also as a whole. One wall is a clear flat wall and this is where I will display the 20 images in the ‘original’ frames. The other wall is interrupted by two pillars, however this does allow for natural breaks and becomes the logical place to have a mix of larger and smaller images. However, rather as my selection of images was limited, it was a case of having to do a best fit. Previously, image selection was linked to layout and I did the two hand in hand but the circumstances here were a little different. But I still came up with something I was reasonably happy with even if it lacked a tangible visual narrative.

But the map is not the territory! When I got there I noticed that there were no hanging rails on the pillars, and that when on the walls the larger frames still looked a little lost, while the medium size frames all looked bunches up together. So an ad hoc reshuffle was required.


I’ve learned from past experience that you do your own promotion!

The poster was based on the one I’d used for my previous exhibitions. It was based on a rough design by myself and then made to look more professional by my sister who is a  graphic designer for a major media company.

Once done, I used this as the basis of my publicity on the various places I inhabit the internet (this blog, Flickr, Instagram, Facebook, The View From The North, Mechanical Landscapes the Talk Photography forum and even my occasionally used Twitter account) well as by the museum on their website. I also made contact with the local camera club where I recently did a talk, and uploaded it to the website of Redeye, the northwest Photographic Network that I am a member of.

A3 prints of the poster were produced and put up in the museum to capture the attention of passing foot traffic. Next step will be to put up a few posters in suitable locations round the Saddleworth area such as libraries, etc.



#394 – Photographs from Helmshore Exhibition!

DSC_5655Finally – a few snaps from my Shadows of the North exhibition at Helmshore Mills Textile Museum. It’s not the biggest exhibition you’ll see, and on reflection it would have been nice to have had an extra display board to space things out a bit but they only own two. I’m working on bringing it to a couple of more venues in the next 12-18 months which will be great if they come to fruition!

The exhibition will be on until 1st March.












#393 – Shadows of the North Exhibition at Helmshore Textile Museum opens Monday!


The pictures have been delivered to the museum and are now on the wall, and everything is ready to go!

The exhibition will run over the Lancashire half term period, and opens Monday 16th February. It is located in the room between the two mills (rather than the giant exhibiton space on the top floor – I could never fill that!!).

I am hoping to be at the mill on Saturday 21st with a little muscial accompaniment from my friend Graham Dixon of the Lancashire Folk Band ‘Trouble at’ Mill”. Mercifully, I will not be singing but I will be hanging around and am happy to talk about the pictures, websites or anything else!



#384 – Next exhibition – Shadows of the North at Helmshore Mills Textile Museum UPDATED WITH NEW DATE


I am pleased to announce that my next exhibition will open on Monday 22nd 16th February 2015 at Helmshore Mills Textile Museum in Helmshore, near Rossendale in Lancashire.

Shadows of the North is a complement to my Mechanical Landscapes exhibition and focuses on the textile mills of the north of England. It will be slightly larger than my last exhibition and will feature around 20 monochrome photographs of the mills and their contents.

The exhibition will only run for two weeks (over the half term period) when the museum reopens for 2015, so there is limited time to see the exhibition. However, I am hoping to show this exhibition at some other venues in the area in the next year or so – announcements will be on here and on Twitter (@mechanicalvista) when I have news!

#376 – Mechanical Landscapes Exhibition moves to Bolton

Through my membership of the Lancashire Monochrome group, I have been invited to display the Mechanical Landscapes exhibition to the clubs permanent gallery space at the Bolton Mercure hotel on the A6 near West Houghton (also known as the Georgian House).

This is fundamentally the same exhibition as that at Ebb and Flo in Chorley, except that the club frames are permanently fixed to the wall and are oriented differently (i.e. 4 portrait and 8 landscape, as opposed to 6 of each like I had previously), so the selection is slightly different. The hotel is less than 5 minutes from Junction 6 of the M61, near the Middlebrook development (i.e. the Reebok Stadium, or Macron as it is now known), so feel free to wander in if you are passing!

I’ve agreed to a bigger exhibition to be held at a larger venue in February 2015 – news coming very soon!!!!

Facebook Event for Mechanical Landscapes


Diane at Ebb and Flo Bookshop has kindly created a Facebook event for my little exhibition. It’s an ongoing event rather than a one off thing, so the ‘join’ aspect is rendered a tad superfluous, but if you are a Facebook user, feel free to join or share or whatever to help spread the word!

Although I have my own Facebook account, I’ve never got round to creating a seperate facebook account for my photography, it’s enough keeping on top of the websites, blog and Tumblr. But never say never…….