Grace Jackson - A Brand New Darkroom and Studio Space in Gloucestershire

University of the Arts London graduate, Grace Jackson, has set up her very own darkroom and studio space for personal use and hire! We recently asked Grace why she set up the space and this is what she had to say...

I set up my own studio and darkroom after leaving London. I looked into what was in the area and I found two in Bristol which isn't too far from me, but one was fully booked and not accepting new members, and the other wasn't open as much as I needed it.

As I am sure all creative people find, I have a sudden flood of creativity at the most random times and if I don't take advantage it is gone. I was constantly shooting work but just scanning it as I had no access to a darkroom, I had an exhibition and a publication in a magazine but no way to print my work unless I sent it off digitally. I felt like this was a waste; I was spending lots of money on film and developing but I was just going to have to print it digitally. I decided that I could rent out a small studio and convert it into a darkroom and studio for myself to use, but also for others to use as it is the only public one in the county (Gloucestershire).

It was vital for me and for my own work because as much as the final image is important to me, it is the process of getting there; it's developing the work from being on location or in the studio to finally presenting it. My darkroom has one enlarger and the space is just for one person to use, which is unlike so many darkrooms, but I've set it up in this way because I think it's important to be able to flow creatively without disruption, but also allow the space to be open and give the opportunity to experiment. I think that is so important in art to constantly push yourself to try new things. Also, for anyone wanting to get back into analogue, they don't have to worry about making any accidents because they are the only one in there at any one time.

My own work is so personal that this environment has given me the space to create it from taking the image through developing and printing, and then hand making my own frames. I will offering workshops in the new year which will be held on a one to one basis.

Please direct any queries or bookings directly to Grace via her email address: info@gracejackson.co.uk

Grace will soon be featured on the Photograd platform and we can't wait to introduce you all to her work!

Zine review: Gloucestershire by Ted Homer

We recently interviewed University of the West of England graduate, Ted Homer, about his work. Ted kindly sent us a copy of his brand new zine, Gloucestershire, and so we've decided to create a short review. If you'd like to create your own review about a favourite photobook or zine, get in touch photogradsub@gmail.com.

Photographer and Title: Gloucestershire, Ted Homer

Genre: Landscape

Rating: 4.5/5

Website: www.tedhomer.co.uk

Presented in the form of a flexible paperback, and A4 in size, this zine has a good amount of information and images inside it. The text and images flow well, and the introductory paragraph is a must. The zine takes us on a journey, seemingly allowing us to follow Ted around and find out more about Gloucestershire where he currently resides. 

 
Introduction

Introduction

 
 
Ruardean Hill, Forest of Dean 2016

Ruardean Hill, Forest of Dean 2016

 

The layout of the zine is what works so well. Single images to a page are printed as big as they can be for the overall size of the zine, presenting us with detail and clarity. Other pages show us two images together, giving the opportunity to contemplate and perceive different spots next to one another. On the odd occasion larger images are presented next to each other without text, and I think these are visually my favourite. 

 
 

I've given Gloucestershire a 4.5/5 rating as I usually much prefer a more stable book that I'm able to leave open and look back at when I feel the need to. This is of course very much a personal preference, and is probably due to the fact this is the first zine I've ever owned.

 
Charlton Hayes, South Gloucestershire 2015

Charlton Hayes, South Gloucestershire 2015

 

Overall the sequence and selection of images work well; a quick flick through the zine gives an obvious insight into Ted’s photographic style and the sorts of locations he likes to work in. This is a very simple layout nonetheless, a great flick through zine when you need some inspiration!

Images and text by Melissa, Photograd co-creator.

Future Photograd: Ted Homer

University of the West of England graduate, Ted Homer, spoke to us about his new body of work titled Gloucestershire which will be exhibited in August alongside an accompanying zine. We can't wait to get our hands on one!

We also have a Photograd Feature coming soon where we spoke with Ted even more about his practise and previous body of work, Suburb.

 
 

Above images from the series Gloucestershire

Series length
The idea for this project was underlying when I left university in 2013, but I couldn’t act on it due to funding a project on this scale. A year later I acquired funding for the project from English Arts Council and after a couple of months of planning, I started to shoot. I was taking photographs for the next year and a half. Then I started scanning and creating an edit I was happy with to be used in an exhibition and a publication, this has taken up the last 3 months.

Series influences
The original idea of focusing solely on a county partly came from the county-by-county architectural guides authored by Nikolaus Pevsner. Once I started the project I tried to read and watch anything about Gloucestershire that I could find. My work is also influenced by traditional landscape painters, such as Gainsborough and Constable. 

Future aims for the work
I’m planning a exhibition for the work to take place in August, which is going to be in Gloucester. As part of the project there will be a zine that, for the first run will be free at the exhibition and then free via my website. I would like to show the work to as many communities across the county as possible, so I’ll try to exhibit the work at least a couple more times within Gloucestershire. One other thing I would like to achieve with the project would be some form of archive for the images that didn’t make the edit, I have nearly 3,000 images on a hard drive, and even though they didn’t make the cut they would offer something if shown.  

Is the series finished?
It's nearly there. The edit is done, the zine is finally being printed. Currently I'm in the early stages of organising the exhibition in Gloucester, with images already at the printers and framers.

Find out more about Ted and his work here.