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'Before The Bluebells' Book Launch and Exhibition

My very talented husband Andrew Newson has made a book! The launch is this Thursday at his studio in Crowborough and we would love people to come along for a drink. Full details below.

Before The Bluebells book and slipcase

Before The Bluebells book and slipcase

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‘Before the Bluebells’ Book Launch and Exhibition
Thursday 11th July (6pm-9pm)

We will have drinks and nibbles, so come and join us for a drink and say hi!

Books will be for sale at the event at the price of £15 (cash only please).

Book format:
80 colour photographs
287x190mm
Soft cover with soft touch lamination
Presented in slip case

As well as the book, I'll be showing some framed prints from the same series. Prints also offered for sale.

Andrew Newson Photography Courses
The Annex, 1 Brookfield Villas, Crowborough Hill, Crowborough, East Sussex TN6 2EG

Please park on Crowborough Hill or the free public carpark next to Jarvis Brook Recreation Ground, which is just a 1 minute walk from the studio.

If you are travelling by train, the studio is just a 1 minute walk from Crowborough Train Station.

If you would like to attend please just drop me an email to confirm your attendance.
hello@andrewnewson.co.uk

For those that can’t make the launch event on Thursday, the studio will be open on Friday 12th July and Saturday 13th July from 10am-2pm for viewing the book and prints.

Tea, coffee and biscuits available, of course!

‘Before the Bluebells’ Studio Open
Friday 12th July (10am-2pm)
Saturday 13th July (10am-2pm)

If you would like to attend please just drop me an email to confirm your attendance.
hello@andrewnewson.co.uk

Here is the text from the book to give you some more insight in to the photographs.

Before the Bluebells

Before the Bluebells is a series of woodland photographs made in a four month period from
the beginning of November 2018 until the end of February 2019.

I photographed a group of woodlands that are local to where I live in East Sussex. Although I had visited some of these woodlands before, I really didn’t know them that well. I wanted to spend as much time as possible in these places, making photographs and forming a bond with the landscape.

I chose this time of year because I find it incredibly beautiful, even if slightly melancholic. The struggle of nature as winter takes hold is always going to have parallels with life itself.

Whilst out on a 10 mile woodland walk in March 2018, I decided to visit a nearby beach afterwards. This visit changed my life forever, because I had the very unfortunate experience of finding a father and his two young children at the foot of Beachy Head cliffs. Beachy Head in East Sussex is a beautiful, picturesque place, but also a notorious suicide spot. As you can imagine this was a tremendously traumatic experience and one that will stay with me forever.

After these events I knew I needed a photography project, one that would force me to get back in to the landscape and perhaps serve as some sort of self healing at the same time.

For hundreds of years it’s been widely thought that walking within nature has positive health effects, both physically and mentally. It is said that walking in the woodlands increases our level of white blood cells and lowers our pulse rate, blood pressure and levels of cortisol (the stress hormone). Studies say that even breathing in the air around trees and plants has anti cancer properties.

The woods are a great place to go and lose yourself for a couple of hours and can really do wonders for your state of mind. Take a flask, the dog and head off in to the wilderness. Remember to take time on your walk to stop and take it all in, to breathe in the woodlands around you.

Nature is amazing, but it can seem chaotic.
I’m trying to find some order in the disorder, spending time just looking and then carefully framing each photograph. It’s my way of making sense of it all.

Andrew Newson

Beth & Rory

A couple of months ago Andy and I had the amazing opportunity to photograph Beth & Rory’s spectacular tipi garden wedding after being recommended to the bride by our wonderful sister in law Emma!

The weather was changeable to say the least - bright sunshine one minute, chucking it down with rain the next. However did this hamper the wedding spirit? Of course not! Beth had put an amazing amount of time and thought into this weekend - I’ve never been to a wedding that had its own merch! There was even a tattoo artists doing fake and real tattoos! The food was amazing, the band incredible and everyone had a fantastic time (including us). I could go on and on but I’ll let the pictures do the talking instead ;0)

Tipi by My Tipi Event

Bouncy castle by Rent Event

Groom and groomsmen suits by Gresham Blake

Tattoo artist Mr Sorn at SMB Brighton

Cakes by Choccywoccydoodah :(

Other suppliers please contact me so I can credit you because I’m crap and didn't get your details.

Notre-Dame

So sad to hear and see the devastating fire at the magnificent Notre-Dame. I’m sure it will be rebuilt but it’s going to be a long time before it’s back to its full majestic self.

We’ve been to Paris a number of times over the last few years and although I’ve seen the outside many times I’ve never been inside, which I now slightly regret.

Here’s a selection of photos of the Notre-Dame. I may also wear my blossom print skirt today as the blossom on it is actually taken from one of my photos of the many blossom trees in the gardens of the Notre-Dame. 

 

Hospice In The Weald

At the end of last year I answered an advert looking for volunteer photographers for Hospice In The Weald. At the end of last month I was asked to photograph one of their events. It was a thank you evening for their ‘major sponsors’. The event was held at the hospice in Pembury and as well as a meal, there were also presentations about the new Cottage Hospice which is being built near Mayfield, East Sussex, that’s due to open later this year. For more information on the amazing work the hospice does please visit their website.

Street/Stranger Portrait workshop

With Andrew Newson Photography Courses

On Saturday I took part in Andy’s Street/Stranger Portrait workshop. I was massively out of my comfort zone having to approach strangers to ask if I could take their portraits, but because you can get some amazing results I just had to do it.

Andy set us the challenge of taking 50 portraits, well I only managed 30 but I got the most out of the group so I’m counting it as a win :)

There’s so much to think about when doing this; who to ask, getting straight in your head what to say when you approach someone, making sure your settings are correct, making sure the composition is good, and all in a very short space of time as you don’t want to hold these people up too much. Not all my portraits worked out but below are the ones that did.

For more information on this workshop and others run by the very knowledgeable Andrew Newson please visit his website.

My top wedding tip for 2019

I may be a bit late to this particular party but I have the answer to the question “how do we keep the kids entertained at our wedding?” Slime! 

Our good friends had our two girls for a sleepover the other Saturday and in the morning she let them make slime - it kept them busy for about 2 hours. Then we went to the pub for a Sunday roast where they continued to play with it (in between eating and playing hide and seek outside in the freezing sunshine).

So I suggest for any guests under the age of 14 you make sure your wedding favours for them are a pit of slime (and there’s probably a couple of big kids that you can think of that would like it too!)

Baby shoot!

I was asked by a friend if I did baby shoots. Well it’s not something I’d really thought about as I’ve never done it but if they were prepared to be my guinea pigs then yes!

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Rachel & Joe

On the 15th September I was lucky enough to be booked along with another photographer Mark Mitchell to photograph the wedding of the gorgeous Rachel and Joe.

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