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Meet Valda Bailey

Today we’d like to introduce you to Valda Bailey.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I came to photography after years of painting and have found a way of shooting that enables me to do with my camera what I struggled to do with my paintbrush.

Please tell us about your art.
I am largely motivated by colour and form and the tension and dynamism that these components can bring to an image. My objective is not so much to portray a literal representation but rather depict my feelings evoked by the landscape. I try to find something extraordinary in the mundane.

My approach to photography is greatly informed by my background in painting and influences come as much from artists as photographers. I think as a consequence of this, I am drawn towards flat, abstract renditions. I have found a way of working using multiple exposures and intentional camera movement which helps me simplify the detail in a scene. It is a way of working which is controllable to a certain degree, but still has a great deal of unpredictability about it and it is this aspect that is both challenging and rewarding. There are seemingly limitless combinations of settings which can be employed – my camera will combine up to 2000 images into one file. This, together with variations of shutter speeds, white balance settings, lenses, exposure values etc gives me an endlessly fascinating array of options as to how I approach my work.

Perhaps, I am a rule breaker at heart – for me, nothing is more dispiriting and destructive to the creative process than somebody telling me that the rule of thirds, f/16, and a golden sunset must converge in perfect harmony in order for an image to be deemed successful.

What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
Making a living as an artist today is tough, no doubt about it. So many people competing in a very competitive marketplace. It is very necessary to develop one’s own voice. My experience is that this can be channeled by absorbing oneself in all manner of visual arts and it is crucial that these are readily available for people in cities and towns as well as online.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Sohn Gallery, Lenox
MMX Gallery, London
Bosham Gallery, Sussex
Studio, by appointment, Sussex, UK.

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Image Credit:
©valda bailey 2018

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