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Moon landing in St Leonards

It is the 50th anniversary of the first moon landings. So it is not surprising that there has been wall-to-wall radio and television coverage of the event. Even St Leonards is marking the occasion. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths wandered, earthbound, down the King’s Road to see St Leonards’ own celebration of the first American space exploration in a surprising exhibition.

Posted 15:31 Tuesday, Jul 23, 2019 In: Photography Tags: Alastair Fairley Apollo XI Buzz Aldrin Edward H White II Fairley Achive of Space Explorations FASE First moon landing first space walk Lauris Morgan-Griffiths. A Wave of Dreams Arts Lab Mercury 7 Neil Armstrong Peter Fairley

Jazz photographer finds his moment

Tim Motion’s scintillating exhibition of iconic jazz photographs currently on display at the Lucy Bell Gallery in St Leonards is called An Eye for the Sound – and there’s a very good reason for that, as Julian Norridge explains.

Posted 19:00 Thursday, Jun 27, 2019 In: Photography Tags: Chet Baker Julian Norridge Lucy Bell Miles Davis Ray Charles Tim Motion

Fishing for Generations

When I first came down to Hastings from London in 1991 to photograph the fishing community, I wasn’t really sure what to expect, says photographer John Cole. I wandered along the Stade asking fishermen if I could take their photos and, although many said yes, attempts at further conversation were generally futile. But I persisted and eventually won the trust of the men and women working in what is proportionally the UK’s second most dangerous profession.

Posted 21:56 Tuesday, Jun 11, 2019 In: Photography Tags: environment Hastings fishing industry John Cole photographer
Corps de ballet © Colin Jones/Topfotos

From ballet to industrial photography

It seems bizarre that as the years roll by the 1960s that so many remember vividly are falling into the depths of Another Time. Black and white, gritty reportage was printed as regualr features in newspapers and magazines. When you see those photographs now, it is history reaching out: in the faces; the clothes; hair styles; buildings – and especially  the gritty images of industry in the north which have now disappeared into the mists of time. Colin Jones was one of the photographers documenting those eras. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths went to see his early images at Lucy Bell’s Gallery.

Posted 18:32 Monday, Apr 22, 2019 In: Photography Tags: Don McCullin Lauris Morgan-Griffiths Lucy Bell Gallery Margot Fonteyn Philip Jones Griffiths Royal Ballet Rudolf Nureyev
21st Century Types ©Grace Lau

Exotic 21st century types

Grace Lau is a well known, highly respected figure around the Old Town, but appreciation spreads further afield when it comes to the photography fraternity. Moving to Hastings, Grace, as a professional photographer and tutor, has been integral to forming a rich photography community in the town. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths talked to her about how she came to be here and her new book, Portraits in a Chinese Studio, a project conceived, born and bred in Hastings.

Posted 18:02 Wednesday, Apr 17, 2019 In: Photography Tags: Grace Lau Lauris Morgan-Griffiths London College of Communication Portraits in a Chinese Studio Turner Gallery
(c) Zoe Sim - Gstaad 2017

Seeing trees in a different light

Trees are always an interesting subject for artists and photographers. And a very particular depiction of them can be seen at an intriguing exhibition at the Lucy Bell Gallery. This is not an exhibition concentrating on specific species, more a contemplative riff on the effect of trees on the individual artists. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths asked co-curator Lucy Bell about how the exhibition, which she and John Stezaker have been talking about for 18 months, came together. 

Posted 21:41 Wednesday, Feb 6, 2019 In: Photography Tags: Ieuan Morris Jean-luc Brouard Kirsten Reynolds Lauris Morgan-Griffiths Lucy Bell Lucy Bell Gallery Melissa Moore Zoe Sim
Greg Smith - Powdermill © Tom Hunter

Exiles’ proud journey home

Sometimes an outsider’s eye is needed to point up things that we see every day and take somewhat for granted. Hastings and St Leonards, as we know, has always seen an influx of people making their way from elsewhere to the south coast and embedding themselves in the community. But it is not only British people. Lauris Morgan-Griffiths spoke to photographer Tom Hunter about his taxi driver project A Journey Home which opens on 9 February at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery.

Wild Hastings photography exhibition at the station

Wild Hastings features the work of PhotoHastings members Rose Biela, Ian Grant, Marybeth Haas and Andrew Moran and is part of the 2018 PH season of events. Marybeth Haas shares her vision for curating this free and accessible exhibition at Hastings Rail Station on now until 31 January 2019.

Posted 16:39 Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018 In: Photography Tags: Andrew Moran Art connecting with nature Hastings Rail Station Ian Grant Mary Beth Haas Marybeth Haas mb haas nature Photo Hastings photography exhibition well being Wild Hastings
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