One-man projects are my thing. I don’t like people in my workshop and I don’t handle advice about ‘how to’ as well as I should – it’s a trait, like much else, that I blame on my mother rather than do too much uncomfortable self-analysis! This is why the latest project here at ‘Chez Nous’ has been a surprise – a triumph of cooperation and downright good taste!
For years I’ve had some rather good photographs of tree bark and fungi. It was J who pointed out the amazing patterns to be found in things that normally pass me by.
Blown-up to A3 they looked great – good enough to sit in a folder for years whilst I tried to work out what to do with them. There was a lot of wailing, gnashing of teeth and rubbishing of ideas, I can tell you.
Then J got excited about having Gülay paint us some pictures in the style of the great Audubon and suddenly we had more than just a few photos to think about – we had a gallery! To cut a long story short, there followed a remarkable (for me) period of calm cooperation on a project that has resulted in what we both feel is a dramatic triumph. What do you think?
Audubon by Gülay
restricted space and no wide-angle lens – our Gnashional Gallery – walking out of our bedroom in the morning is a real eye-opener!
Alan Fenn & J, Okçular Köyü