Michelle Deans Harding published travel photojournalist is exhibiting here at the Close Gallery. A Taste of Italy - multi media exhibition. Inspired by her travels to Picinisco and the region of Trentino.
Michelle trained as a photographer for five years and went on to work as a cruise ship photographer travelling the world.
Over the past several years Michelle has exhibited in New York, Miami and in the Louvre, Paris. As well as working with travel pr companies, brands and tourism boards such as Hurtigruten, Rickshaw Travel and Sabah Tourism Board.
This August (2nd-11th) Australian photographer James Wilson will be exhibiting at Gallery-Close as part of The Edinburgh International Fringe (Venue 379). The exhibition is free and all work is for sale.
James will be hosting the event so come along and see the work and meet the man behind the imagery.
In a normally quiet stable in the Perth hills in Western Australia, a project, now known as ‘Darkness to Light’ did its principal photography. We worked our way through fourteen glamourous and sexy models with a supporting cast of thousands, a horse called Whoopi, 100litres of molasses .... and a portable shower unit.
Utilising molasses to represent our personal baggage and fire as the redemptive and cleaning force, Darkness to Light investigates the baggage we all carry with us from the cradle to the grave, offering redemption at the end of the path...
Work from a diverswe range of photographers will be on display during May 2019.
John Claridge - Known simply as Claridge he is one of the greats of world photography. He was the man many photographers would look to as he scooped award after award. We feature some of his personal portraits shot whilst he lived above Ronnie Scott’s famous jazz club in London. The Chet Baker portrait must surely be one of the most powerful portraits ever taken. Editions of 60 only £425 framed.
Chris Close - Owner Chris Close showcases his landscape work as well as some from his most recent Fractured series of nude and body studies. Still a project in its infancy it may be prudent to get in early. Soon to be exhibited in London.
Julian Calverley - His ‘old master’ painterly landscapes from Scotland are available from only £210.
Brian Aris - he shot them all from the Stones to Bowie, Blondie to Annie Lennox they are selling fast.
This exhibition features images from The Somme by Chris Close.
The work came about after a personal journey to look for the grave of a Great Uncle killed in 1917 and as part of the journey one of the strangest coincidences occurred which has stayed with the photographer ever since.
Featuring work by Paul Kenny, Phil Lavery, Ricardo Baez Duarte, Chris Close and Nadia Attura this work reveals a world seen through different eyes. From the truly abstract work of Paul Kenny a master of the genre and whose work is held in many prestigious collections (Including the National Galleries of Scotland) to the strange interpretations of the Scottish landscape by Venezuelan photographer Ricardo Báez Duarte.
Also on display are a couple of prints by Rosie Nixon's floral studies. Rosie's recent appearance on BBC 2 has pushed her further into the public eye and two more major exhibitions of her work in Scotland are to follow. Editions are of 10 only, hence it may be prudent to consider her work a worth while investment now
The exhibition is free to see but an ideal opportunity for collectors of photography.
Gallery Opening Times
Wednesday - Saturday 10am - 6pm and by appointment. (Please call in advance 07740-870579)
Saturday March 3rd Naturists Only 2.30pm - 5pm (Clothing optional)
Saturday March 3rd Preview Showing 6.30pm - 9pm
As a fashion photographer, Amelia Allen works in an industry obsessed with body image, one that focuses on the most flattering way of covering bodies. It was therefore an unusual and refreshing step for her to move into a world where the body is completely liberated, devoid of styling and stripped of fabric and fashion. People are no longer defined by appearance and are free to connect as equals, regardless of wealth, occupation or social standing.
In her book, Amelia explores the reasons behind the unique and controversial status of naturism in today’s society that often associates nudity with sex; to Allen that association is a harmful misconception. She says: “It is interesting that the sight of a naked child is perfectly innocent, but from puberty onwards nudity becomes somehow indecent. In my book I want to share with you the liberation and empowerment that naturism can provide in a completely non-sexual way. The sense of fun and freedom that naturism seems to bestow on its followers is extraordinarily infectious and I like to think I have captured the raw beauty of that.”
“There are four million naturists in the UK and nine thousand members of the British Naturism club. Social nudity gained popularity in the UK in the late 1930s and soon after, a number of ‘sun clubs’ sprang up. Naturism is not against the law. In fact, the Sexual Offences Act of 2003 specifically excludes it. However, intending to cause alarm or distress to somebody by being naked, in some circumstances, can be a criminal offence. UK law is definitely a grey area, but naturism is legal in a larger range of circumstances than most people assume. Naturists go to discos, dinner parties, tennis matches and bike rides all naked. They go to naked theme park events and there is even a naked holiday village where people shop, dine, explore, and enjoy their vacation, all competely nude.”
Amelia Allen is a fashion, portrait, and documentary photographer. She was born in 1995 in the South West of England and now lives and works in London. Having made the decision not to go to university, she moved to London at the age of eighteen and started an internship in fashion PR and photography. She has been photographing shows, clothes, models, celebrities, and Fashion Week every season since she was eighteen. She has had work published in magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, Tatler, and Harper’s Bazaar.
Rosie Nixon is a Perthshire photographer (and writer) whose work thanks to the reach of the internet, is appreciated more globally than locally.
Gallery Close was delighted to come across her stunning work in 2017 and are delighted to be announcing her first solo exhibition.
A horticulturist by training, Rosie has a global following both for her photography and writing on the subject. She was asked by Google+ to become a member of their elite Google Create team as an expert in her field.
She even has an orchid officially named after her by the RHS plant registration (Masdevallia 'Rosie Nixon').
“In many ways Rosie is an undiscovered talent,” says Gallery owner Chris Close. “I look at a lot of photography and was aware of floral studies by industry giants like fashion photographer Nick Knight, Robert Mappelthorpe etc so when I stumbled across Rosie’s work by chance I was very excited by it. The fact that she is based so near was a happy coincidence.”
For collectors we have a special introductory offer on here work and for the large prints £100 discount if ordered before 14th Feb.