Virtual Exhib

Simon Palmour Photographs - Virtual Exhibition


The coronavirus has scuppered York Open Studios for 2020. My response is to host a virtual exhibition of some of my work through the month of April. Each day I'll add a different piece to the show, with the story behind the shot and details of how to purchase a copy.

Photo 3 - Pond Ice
By the early 2000s I had switched to digital, which meant having a camera with me all the time became easier still. I was rushing to walk my daughter to school when I saw the pond in the garden frozen in this strange pattern. I have no explanation for the ice being like it is, a solid sheet with bubbles in it. All I know is that I loved it. I decided to crop in so that it became a semi-abstract image, not entirely clear what it is, what the scale is etc. The dark reflection gives the image a more dynamic impact.
To purchase the image as an 50x20cm limited edition large premium print costs £60
(Other sizes are available, please just ask)
The reflection is of one of a trio of Birch trees that stand at the front of the house. Over the years numerous people have said to me "is that you reflected in the pond?", the answer is "no, it is a tree" but somehow I have become to see it as my reflection despite knowing it is not. Then a couple of years ago I took this shot in New South Wales, this time the reflection is me and it does not look too dissimilar. 

Photo 2 - Harrow Road
Next up, my first published shot. I had moved to London and loved to cycle and walk around the city with my tiny 110 camera at the ready. In west London waiting to meet with friend Mike I spotted this man about to set off with his milk bottle trailer. I was busy soaking up lots of influences photographically at the time; this shot just had to be taken. It really could have been from long ago rather than 1980. Ironically the use of bikes for cargo in cities has boomed in the last ten years so such a sight now would not jar so much.
The shot was printed in Camera magazine in 1981; this was a high end photography magazine of the time, so I was really pleased to get in to the magazine. 
My father dutifully went into Oxford to WH Smiths to buy a copy. He got it home saw my two photographs then noticed that the free Erotic Masterpieces supplement had not been included with his copy. Dilemma, feel ripped-off or feel embarrassed complaining at Smiths.
To purchase the image as an A4 premium print costs £25.
(Other sizes are available, please just ask) 
It will be sent with a signed and numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Just email me direct at palmour@gmail.com and it will be arranged (payment can be via Bank Transfer or PayPal)

Follow me on twitter @Palmour to get notifications of new photos as they are unveiled at this Virtual Exhibition, or comeback here each day to see the latest addition.


Photo 1 - Levels of Reflection 
I start with my newest shot. When I am teaching one of my golden rules is "Always carry a camera with you". This has got a lot easier with phone cameras becoming such brilliant devices. Anyway, practicing what I preach, I walked past the Old Railway Pond close to where I live in York with a new camera in hand. The pond was originally dug as a brick pond, providing the clay to use in the bricks that built 20th century York, there being no building stone closer than 10 miles away at Tadcaster. More recently it has been cleared of extensive scrub by a volunteer group to reveal a beautifully reflective sheet of water. The light is incredible.
I saw this corner of the pond reflecting in so many ways that I knew I had to get the shot. I hope you see in it what you want to; for me it includes the green shoots of spring, dark reflections, things beneath the surface, and ripples of change. It should repay repeated contemplation.
When I show a shot for the first time that I like a lot (and I like this one) the reaction it gets is telling. Sometimes people agree with me, sometimes they do not. I have a category of  "I love it but no one else does" hopefully this will not be one of those, but you never know.

To purchase the image as an A3 premium print costs £45.
(Other sizes are available, please just ask) 
It will be sent with a signed and numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Just email me direct at palmour@gmail.com and it will be arranged (payment can be via Bank Transfer or PayPal)

Follow me on twitter @Palmour to get notifications of new photos as they are unveiled at this Virtual Exhibition, or comeback here each day to see the latest addition.

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