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John Blakemore Glasgow and Edinburgh Book Launch (Friday, 28 October 2011)
John Blakemore

A couple of exciting events were held over the weekend of 28 October 2011, organized by Neil McIlwraith (who runs the excellent Beyond Words online photography bookshop) and Malcolm Dickson (Street Level in Glasgow). John Blakemore spoke very eloquently about his work and the process of producing his wonderful retrospective book published by Dewi Lewis. I recorded the talk at Edinburgh and it is presented here with John Blakemore’s permission (the overall length is about 1 hour and 14 minutes including some questions). Please note that as the file is quite large it might take a little longer than usual before you see the player controls under the picture above (it is an mp3 file so should play with any of the standard browsers). The file is also linked to the photograph, clicking on that will open a new page. In listening to the talk you might like to look at the images from the book that were shown on the slides. Apart from the first and last one, which are not in the book, they were as follows (per slide):

    • Tripoli (p. 18).
    • Hillfields, Coventry (p. 21).
    • Hillfields, Coventry (pp. 20 & 22).
    • John Gulson School, Hillfields (p. 27) & Chimney Sweep’s wife, Hillfields (p. 29).
    • In the Mosque, Hillfields (p. 37) & John Gulson School, Hillfields (p. 30).
    • In the high rise flats: Carol, Cliff, and Matthew (p. 40).
    • High rise flats, Hillfields (p. 41).
    • from West Side Story (pp. 43 & 42).
    • from West Side Story (p. 44).
    • from West Side Story (p. 47).
    • three colour images from opening unnumbered pages (7th, 8th and 9th images).
    • from Spirit of Place (p.51).
    • from Wounds of Trees (pp. 52 & 57).
    • from Wounds of Trees (pp. 55 & 56).
    • from LILA, sequence 1 (p. 73) & from LILA, sequence 2 (p. 78).
    • from Wind Series 2 (p. 117).
    • from Metamorphoses (p. 59).
    • from All Flows (pp. 62 & 63).
    • from Leaf Series (p. 93).
    • from Apple Time (p. 101, first and third images) & from The Neglected Garden (p. 100).
    • from Thistle Series (p. 107).
    • from Thistle Series (p. 108, left image & p. 109).
    • from Tulipa - Kitchen Series (pp. 145 & 146).
    • from Tulipa - Celebrations (pp. 149 & 151).
    • from Tulipa - Disections (pp. 154 & 155).
    • from Tulipa - Disections (p. 156).
    • from Chimerical Landscapes (pp. 165 & 167).
    • Amergen: The Garden in Winter (p. 169).
    • from The Garden: Fragments of a History (p. 171) & from Tulipa - The Generations (p. 174).
    • from Tulipa - The Studio Table (pp. 153 & 181).
    • Tulipomania II (p. 182) & Tulipa - After Jan van Os.
    • from Blackbird Series (p. 196) & from The Taxonomy of the Curved (p. 195).
    • from The Taxonomy of the Curved (p. 194) & from Blackbird Series (p. 199).
    • from The Small Window (p. 205, top).
    • from The Book of Schmaltz (pp. 208 & 212).
    • from Interior Light No 3 (p. 239) & from Seeing Light, chasing rainbows (p. 235).
    • from The Luminous Garden (p. 220, bottom) & from End of Roll (p. 245).
    • colour image from closing unnumbered pages (4th from end).
    • two colour images from closing unnumbered pages (last two).

Quite a feast, all of these and many more are in the book; signed copies are available from Beyond Words at the time of writing. To finish, here are some pictures taken at the two events (the last one shows Neil McIlwraith).

 

John Blakemore
John Blakemore
John Blakemore
John Blakemore
John Blakemore
John Blakemore
John Blakemore
Neil McIlwraith