I feel as if I’ve lost my way a little with this blog at the moment, especially photographically, but things have been going on in the background.
My podcast recording of the interview with Radio Newark has finally been posted, after some delay caused by technical hitches. If you’d like to listen to it, you can click play below, or if that doesn’t work look for it on the Girls Around Town podcast page: http://www.radionewark.co.uk/podcasts/girls-around-town/ (there are lots of other interesting interviews on there too).
Girls Around Town, Radio Newark, broadcast on 30th April, 2017 – Gilly Walker talking about mindfulness and photography.
I was waiting until it went up before I said anything about it, so now I can tell you that it wasn’t nearly as nerve-wracking as I thought it might be. It’s easy to forget that there (presumably) are lots of people out there listening, as you’re only aware of the other two people in the studio. The worst part is the large black mic positioned a few inches in front of your face, but that’s not so bad and you get used to it. The time went really quickly, and I still had lots left to say that I hadn’t said. All in all, it was very relaxed and informal, and I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again. Moreover, on listening to the soundtrack I actually seem to sound quite coherent which was not at all how I felt!
Other news is that I had some photos in an exhibition in Leicester during May – the woman who organised it approached me to ask if I’d be interested in being included, and of course I was. It was the easiest thing I’ve done in a long time – all I had to do was send her the high-res files and she had them printed, mounted and framed. I was quite chuffed to find I’d been given a little alcove to myself, with three of my prints displayed – I’ve used one of the pictures at the top of this post, and you can see the other two below. Like many folk, I rarely get anything printed out and it was fantastic to see the images in print, rather than just digitally displayed. It’s made me think that I must turn more of my photos into prints.
Another thing I’m hoping to do is to put on a solo exhibition at Newark Town Hall in 2018, and am making enquiries about that. I have so many photos I’ve taken on the walk from my home, through the cemetery, and round Balderton Lake, and they’d not only be of local interest but would back up my claim that you can take endless interesting shots even if you only keep going back to the same place time and time again. I have to get some images together on a series of themes and then have a chat with the curator. It’s been really busy lately so this has sunk to the bottom of the ‘to do’ list, but I’ll get there eventually.
Finally, I have a new course running, starting next week (3rd July) at Southwell Library. It’s called Exploring Mindfulness Creatively through Photography and will run for five weeks, with more dates planned for the autumn term. You can find details here: https://www.inspireculture.org.uk/skills-learning/community-learning/2017/07/community-learning-exploring-mindfulness-creatively-photography-southwell-library/ This is also quite nerve-wracking as I haven’t taught this before in a formal way with groups. It’s taking a lot of work to make sure I’ve put something good together and of course there will be tweaks and alterations as I go along as you never get it entirely right first time. I’m also in discussion about running the same thing in a one-day format for a local business who put on lots of little workshops centred around nature, arts and crafts, so I hope to have something happening there soon, as well.
So – busy, busy, busy behind the scenes, but I’ve found it hard to get motivated to post here regularly. I’d like to think that I might get back to it again soon – I miss my blog when I don’t post and I’ve managed to keep it going since 2011, which is far longer than I ever thought I’d achieve. It would be a shame to let it go now.