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LPG News: Has six months gone already?!

Our exhibition at the WPF Therapy Rooms comes to a close this week and we have received very positive feedback about the photographs exhibited and we made 5 sales.

We have been invited back to exhibit next year, so watch this space if you want to be considered to exhibit your work.

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London Photo Gallery News: We’ve just sold another image!

Congratulations to Jacek Obloj (one of our exhibitors from October 2013 and 1st Runner Up in the ‘Best in Show’ competition), who has just sold his image at the WPF Therapy Rooms.

Jacek Obloj Untitled

Jacek Obloj Untitled

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Best in Show Winner: We speak to Simon Hadleigh Sparks

Thank you again for the honour and opportunity.
As you recall, I arrived late to the Private View and the first thing I saw was a sticker next to my photo and I was in a state of disbelief until I found the organisers to clarify what had happened.
What makes the whole thing more of a story is that I only had an image at the Festival because I won a place to show one image via an Amateur Photographer magazine competition.  This was enough of a surprise to win the place and I had not planned any images for it so I contacted Emma from the London Photo Festival to ask what images would be suitable, and she asked for a few to view to select a suitable one.  I sent about 12 images and placed the winning image first in this selection having a feeling this is the one she would choose and she did!
This is the second plane I have done and they are very popular on Flickr where I live, I did about 4 and felt that was enough but have done more since.  The image was taken on Palmer Street off Victoria Street Westminster SW1H
I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to the lovely judge who saw something in my photo over all the other outstanding works.
Laura Noble, the director of LA Noble Galley was the judge for October 2014 and she had this to say:
“Being a judge for the London Photography Festival was a great honour. The high standard of work and variety of interpretations of the theme meant for a difficult choice when judging. Visitors really responded to the work displayed and it was wonderful to speak with the winners and participants about their photography. I really look forward to next year’s festival and the fascinating photography it will bring.”

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Michelle was our Click ‘n Clique photographer for October: read her amazing story

A proud survivor. I’m a self taught amateur photographer two decades in the making. After a subarachnoid haemorrhage broke my brain, I had no other choice than to design a new me. There was simply no other option. One unexpected moment in time changed my life forever. One minute all that I knew fell away into a chasm. My life and my brain were in pieces, scattered far and wide. But…

I’m now 35 years old and it is two years on from the demise of the old Michelle. Here I remain with a zest for life and creativity. The scattered pieces have been painstakingly glued back together and my life is complete once more.

The desire to express my passion for visual art had always lain dormant within me. However the bleed on my brain merely acted as a trigger to unleash that vision. My fractured brain fiercely fought against the change. Still to this day it throws spanners into works that pre haemorrhage I had no idea had even existed. With my brain in full recovery mode, my attempts to heighten my own sense of self worth led to the opening of my own studio.

I decided that my own shot in the arm would take the form of picturing people’s perfect memories, whatever they may be. From that point on there would be no looking back, only forward into a bright new future. It would be hard, but the determination to succeed seemed to be fired by my now scarred brain.

I learnt so much about myself through my own health related issues and now I intend to share a new found thirst for living by seeing the joy in the world around me. It was once my dream to capture the dreams of others. That dream is now a reality and I cherish each and every one. Whether my pictures are portraits, still life or merely moments in time captured in the essence of a moment, they are all very special to me for a variety of different reasons.

My experience of the London Photo Festival was amazing I felt like a rabbit in headlights as it was a very overwhelming experience after always thinking I am not good enough.  Then having such amazing feedback from so many people as well as getting great advice, I am looking to expand from just taking pictures of people and it is thanks to the LPF because it has opened my eyes to new possibilities and opportunities.

One unexpected moment in time led me to capture as many unexpected moments in time as my career will allow. Live for the day. I do and I love every single one. That tends to happen when you almost saw your last.

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The public have spoken! The f/Factor October 2014 winner is…….

Laura McGregor with her image of Tower Bridge – congratulations Laura!

Second:  Andrea Massara ‘Butt of Lewis Lighthouse’

Third: Debbie Jaye ‘Un Paysagede Saisons’

Other high scores (and in no particular order)

Tony Sellen ‘The Ghost’

Lester Velazquez ‘Himalayas’

Amy Robinson ‘All washed up’

Asmita Kapadia ‘Silence’

Debbie Jaye ‘Ombres’

SImon Hadleigh Sparks ‘If it doesn’t exit’

Laura McGregor ‘Autumn Colour’

Debbie Jaye ‘Payage Urbain’

Stuart Arnold ‘Passing Storn’

Rachael Taibart ‘Fistral 2’

Scott Sampson ‘Solitude’

Kimberley Anderson ‘ Twelve Apostles’

Tony Antoniou ‘Island Reflections’

Steven Marley ‘New York’

Anthony March ‘Havana’

Michelle Mason Walker ‘Bighton’

Paul Bate ‘Swan Lake’

Mark Heathcote ‘Mist Opportunity’

Jennifer Bunnett ‘Twisted Path’

Neil Ferrigan ‘Twists and Turns’

Sue Roche ‘Blue Bells’

Rik Moran ‘I don’t care…’

Valerie Boissel ‘Symmetry’

Max Petrossi ‘Where the light lives’

Barbara Nobis ‘Path’

Olly Scott ‘Deep Cover’

Andrea Fusco ‘The Mirror’