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Lockdown stories in photographs

What did you do during lockdown? It meant different things to different people: to some it was a welcome hiatus; to others a sort of imprisonment; lonely; stuck; lack of concentration; walks; gardening; reading; jigsaws; boxed TV sets; cooking and baking. Some enjoyed it, others hated it. And lots thanked the weather gods for the fine weather. To HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths a black cloud settled, resulting in a sort of torpor with the occasional action spike. But I did take photographs, as did other members of Photo Hastings – and here I have to declare an interest ­ – as being part of an exhibition We Baked All Our Own Bread: one mischief always leads to another.

Posted 20:30 Wednesday, Oct 28, 2020 In: Photography Tags: Alex Brattell Andrew Moran Clare Hochter Katie Redfern Lauris Morgan-Griffiths Nicole Zaaroura Roz Cran Sharon Haward
Orangutan watching a butterlfly © Ian Wood

The eyes have it

Our lives may have shrunk, like snails, into our homes, but the tentacles of Covid stretch far and wide into far reaching sectors. One: the natural world of trees, birds, animals, as we reach out for something, anything, outside our immediate environment. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths was thrilled to encounter Ian Wood’s photographs of great apes at the Lucy Bell Gallery.

Posted 20:55 Monday, Oct 26, 2020 In: Photography Tags: David Attenborough Ian Wood Jane Goodall Institute Lauris Morgan-Griffiths Lucy Bell Gallery Orangutan Foundation

Rock stars with a difference

Lucy Bell Gallery’s latest show Days of Rock has a collection of images of some of the effervescent 70s and 80s rock stars and photographers who captured that time both on stage and behind the scenes. Out of this pot pourri of images one particular set is markedly different.They are the work of Andrew Catlin, who has captured, in contrast to the exuberance of the stage acts, quiet and reflective moments. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths. met up with him to find out more about his practice.

Posted 18:41 Wednesday, Jul 22, 2020 In: Photography Tags: Lauris Morgan-Griffiths Lucy Bell Nick Cave Patti Smith

Read Your Way competition winners

The “Read Your Way” campaign launched a photography competition in June that asked parents to send in pictures of their children reading some of their favourite books; and they have announced the three winners, writes Vanessa Alves.

Posted 09:20 Saturday, Jul 18, 2020 In: Photography Tags: 18 hours Hastings Opportunity Area Culture Shift Education Futures Trust FSN Hastings Hastings Storytelling Festival Jeremy Ennes NSMC photography winners St Leonards

JJ Waller’s photographs nail lockdown

HOT’s Erica Smith was delighted when a review copy of JJ Waller’s latest documentary photography book dropped through the letterbox.

Posted 21:45 Wednesday, Jul 8, 2020 In: Photography Tags: JJ Waller lockdown Martin Parr Photography windows

Flotsam and jetsam

These photographs were all taken during a lowtide lockdown walk from Pett Level to Hastings by photographer Josie Barnes.

Posted 20:00 Wednesday, Jun 3, 2020 In: Photography Tags: Fairlight Hastings Josie Barnes low-tide Pett photographer walk

Derek Jarman in all his glory

‘Friends of Derek’, the latest exhibition at Norman Road’s Lucy Bell Gallery, is a joyous celebration of the filmmaker, artist and activist Derek Jarman, writes A. Vasudevan

Posted 17:42 Tuesday, Mar 10, 2020 In: Photography Tags: Art Fund Artist Derek Brown Derek Jarman Ed Sykes Friends of Derek Jarman Lucy Bell Gallery Photography Prospect Cottage campaign The Garden

And Man made Mannequin… an unlikely story

An exhibition of photographs of glamorous mannequins alongside a fantastic range of couture hats seems like a match made in heaven – and that’s what’s on offer at Caroline Morris Millinery & Art in Kings Road in St Leonards until 25 April. Since opening her millinery shop and art space in 2019, Caroline has exhibited local, internationally acclaimed artists such as Katherine Reekie, Oska Lappin and Susan Elliott. Each exhibition invites a creative exchange between hat designer and artist  – in this case, photographer John Ferro Sims. PR consultant Debra Boraston takes up the tale.

Posted 16:45 Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020 In: Photography Tags: Caroline Morris Debra Boraston John Ferro Sims mannequins
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