Firstly, sorry about the lack of posts recently. Its been a crazy few months and most of my time has been spent building, painting and plumbing to get The Photo Parlour up and running for our opening on the 12th of April.
The opening party was great! The place was packed and all the free booze got drank and we had a dance in the studio at midnight. I cant ask for more than that! A big thank you to everyone that came down and all the artists that exhibited in the gallery space, it wouldn’t have happened without you.
We’ve got our Logo sorted which has been lovingly designed by the mighty Chris Marsh (AKA Arthur Foxcakes). I think it perfectly illustrates the hands on ethos behind The Photo Parlour.
I have been featured in a few regional publications recently including The Derby Evening Telegraph and Artsbeat magazine which is amazing. I have also been featured on the Bees Make Honey Co-op site which is an excellent resource for new creative businesses.
Its great that people are interested in the traditional darkroom and believe that there is still room for analogue in an increasingly digital world. I’ve received nothing but positive and encouraging comments from everyone that has seen the darkroom,studio and gallery, which is very encouraging.
I also became an Ilford Artisan! This means I am an Ilford authorised tutor and retailer and that all my workshops will be advertised on the Ilford site. I must admit its a little overwhelming to be included in a list of tutors including the likes of Dave Butcher, Andrew Sanderson, Steven Taylor and Jonathan Stead. I feel very privileged to be included in that list of photographers and darkroom practitioners.
All in all its been a pretty incredible month! We are currently putting the finishing touches to The Photo Parlour and finalising our workshop schedule which should begin in May. We are also getting the website (www.photo-parlour.com) up and running soon containing all the information on our services and facilities, along with our workshop schedule and prices.
Keep an eye on this blog for more exciting news very soon!!!