A few new abstract and surreal photo artworks

Not been blogging for a while

I have just completed my Degree in photography at Huddersfield University so been busy

so here’s a few of the Abstract and Surreal photo art I have been trying my hand at

Art for Art's sake rld 01dasm

Memories on Tv rld 01 dasm

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Abstract no 11c rld 01 dasm

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So if you happen across this blog please let me know what you think of these art works

not sure how best to describe them artworks ? Photomanips? any suggestions



A few Infra red photos I have done over the past ten years


As i am very busy at the moment i thought id take the opportunity to show a small collection on Infrared photos i’v taken over the years.for those of you who don’t know about infra red it is the invisible light at the red end of the spectrum beyond visible light

In infrared photography, the  image sensor used is sensitive to infrared light. The part of the spectrum used is referred to as near-infrared to distinguish it from far-infrared, which is the domain of thermal imaging. Wavelengths used for photography range from about 700 nm to about 900 nm.

To take photos in infra red you need either to convert your camera to infra red or to put an infra red filter on the front of your camera and with a tripod use very long exposures,

I started off with an Olympus C4000z with the tripod and long exposures using a 720nm filter but soon moved on to a Sigma SD10 which i converted myself,before having an Olympus E-pl1 converted professionally,I convert my IR photos to Black and white as I prefer the effect

so here they are.

Undercliffe rld IR 07 DAsmstonehenge pan I-R 01Roache Abbey rld IR 11 DAsmOrford castle rld02DANew Islington IR rld 04 DAsmMidland hotel rld IR 01 DALion Chambers Huddersfield IR rld 01 dasmLamPOstbox (I-R) rld 10 dasmJulians Bower rld I R 04Da smIKBTamar bridge rld02 DAsmcastlerigg I-R pan 2008 DAsmCastle Rising rld IR02 DAsmBrogar I-R 03(titled)Canal side infra red rld01 DAbridestones rldIR 09Dasmann_dixon_s_tomb__ir_rld_10_dasm_by_richardldixon-d8what7

Final year BA (hons) photography

Not been blogging much as we are getting close to our finals at uni and I, like most of my fellow students are very busy.

I got my book back from the binders  http://www.spinkandthackray.co.uk/

I did the artwork and printed the pages at University and them popped over to Leeds to get it bound by Spink and Thackery ,proper old school artisans and craftsmen.

Got my Exhibition prints printed and they are at this moment being framed at http://www.framesandgalleries.co.uk/index.php/8/

just off Leeds road Huddersfield

5c Grove Road
West Yorkshire

so just to pad this blog out as i am  very busy

here’s a few photos




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And i’ll sign off for today with a well deserved pint of Timothy Taylors Landlord Bitter




A Trip to Format Festival Derby


A uni trip to the International photographic festival at Derby.

First time i have ever been to Derby,a bit of a culture shock  😀 right opposite our first port of call “The Quad gallery” http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions-current.aspx  was a great big shocking pink tent within which the “Lady boys of Bangkok” show was performing as part of its touring season http://www.ladyboysofbangkok.co.uk/ not what i expected in a quiet backwater town,which Derby I have now found out is NOT !

The festival is located all over Derby ,and i do mean ALL over Derby lots of little gallery’s and lots of improvised gallery’s in old derelict or Semi derelict buildings the theme is Habitat

“FORMAT17 24 MARCH – 23 APRIL 2017

The 2017 edition of FORMAT will explore the theme of HABITAT through varied narratives and imagery that document the worlds around us. We will share the experiences and stories that coalesce as we negotiate our complex existence, including the flora, fauna, landscapes and the lives within.”                                                                          http://www.formatfestival.com/

Interesting and very diverse works,and interesting and diverse places to see them.              Here are a few examples from the Exhibition

Art Works Derby 01 blogseems like our uni is not the only place to use chipboard to hang photos

Art Works Derby 02 blog

Art Works Derby 03 blog

Art Works Derby 04 blog

Exeter Street Derby blog

Staircase Derby 01 blog    I Used to make these things in another life

Staircase Derby 02 blog I did say the Exhibition utilized derelict buildings ? didn’t I ?

And a few pics i took around Derby

Derby Street rld 01 blog

Old phone Box Derby rld 02 blog





Exhibitions ,Exhibitions,Exhibitions

Been a busy week and a bit,we have had our final interim Exhibition

Heres a few photos of the work on show

EX 02

three of mine

Ex 03

Superb  work by Josh

Ex 01

and  a board view of the Exhibition itself



I also took in two Exhibitions in Manchester,The Strange and Familiar Exhibition at the Manchester Art gallery ,I had been earlier in the year but it is way too much to take in at one go.http://manchesterartgallery.org/exhibitions-and-events/exhibition/strange-and-familiar/EX m 01

As you can see Photography was not permitted

so heres a few of the Exhibits for you to see

Sergio Larrain 02

Sergio Larrain 01

two by Sergio Larrain

Edith Tudor Hart 01

and some of Edith Tudor-Hart’s work




Then up the road at the Whitworth gallery was an Exhibition of Andy Warhols work ,not his best known work but some good stuff none the less  http://www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/currentexhibitions/artistrooms/

Andy 01

My Photo of the Artists rooms at the Whitworth

Andy 02

self Portrait by Andy

Andy 03

Guns  i think this is a painting of the gun which was used in an attempt on Andy’s life by a deranged feminist Valerie Solanas

 Solanas was a radical feminist and playwright who had reportedly been turned away by Warhol’s team earlier in the day, after asking for a script that she had given to the artist to be returned.

you may  know  that on 3 June 1968 he was shot and pronounced dead – and it took open-heart massage to bring him back to life. This exhibition at The Whitworth Gallery uncovers how he was influenced by this dark event.

As you might expect I took a camera with me and below are three of my photographs taken the same day

one of which is a manipulation of a photo I took in the Whitworth GallerySitting in a Gallery rld 01 small

And here are two of a series I took through a pub window on the way to the Exhibition

Through the Pub window rld 01 Blog


Through the Pub window rld 02 blog



Visit to Britain in Focus opening night at the Media museum Bradford

Last Thursday 16 march 2017

I was invited to the Representation of Photography on Television  talk and exhibition opening at the National media Museum Bradford

Britain in Focus: A Photographic History, created in partnership with BBC Four, explores the changing ways we make, view and share photographs

here’s a link to the official web page

go have a look   http://www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk/planavisit/exhibitions/britain-in-focus-a-photographic-history/about

See photographers John Bulmer and Eamonn McCabe in conversation”

love that bit 😉 saw em and heard them too great to hear about how they went about the Television show ,and an interesting discussion among the great and good who were also there to speak

spoiled slightly by a bit of feminism trying to hi jack the discussion .. there should have been more female photographers etc… fair point but there wasn’t that many female photographers about in those days ..that’s just the way things were historically.Things have changed and hopefully someone might do a whole program on female photographers  Julia Margaret Cameron was one of the few female photographers in the Exhibition  and to be fair she was there on merit not as a token female go have a look at her work if you are not familiar with it  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julia_Margaret_Cameron  

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The Great and the Good John Bulmer and Eamonn McCabe in conversation with Anne McNeill, director of Bradford’s Impressions Gallery (three in center)


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Quite a good turnout unfortunately only me and Andy from our university

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Peter Mitchell’s photos amazing photographer  He had a retrospective at the Impressions Gallery Bradford earlier this year which was stunning (see my earlier blog)

a special thank you to  Anne McNeill, director of Bradford’s Impressions Gallery for putting that exhibition on 

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the crowd mingling and enjoying the exhibition

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Pictures at the exhibition

The last of the three documentary’s in the series will be on BBC4 about 9pm on Monday 20th  I believe this episode brings the series into modern times and includes the work of peter Mitchel so don’t miss it ….. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08h95c3

So if anyone is reading this blog …  is anyone reading this blog ?? (let me know what you think of it if you are)    go see the Britain in Focus Exhibition  at the National media Museum  why not make a day of it and visit the Impressions gallery too.