Saturday 8 October 2016

Still waving

A poem:

I waved at the lady in a hat
She did not wave back
And so, that was that.

poet: P. H. | A. K. A.

Friday 7 October 2016

What a tangled web...

I've never been a fan of spiders. I grew up in a thatched cottage on a farm in Wiltshire, which sounds idyllic until you factor in the rats, mice and spiders that lived there too. Consequently, rats and mice don't bother me at all. In fact, I have captured and released three mice this week! Spiders though...

I moved to Dungeness over two years ago and I had stayed here many times previously so I knew the score. It is impossible to avoid spiders on a nature reserve; I even find them living in the oven! Around this time of year the huge ones make their way indoors, so big you can hear them rustling in the corner as they set up the TV remote and unpack their ornaments.

I recognised that fear of spiders is merely a response to one's own thoughts and perceptions so I decided to change my perceptions and 'befriend' a spider that lived behind the radiator. I made sure that the vacuum cleaner didn't accidentally suck it to oblivion and I made a point of checking that it was 'okay'. The advantage to this is that you always know where they are! One day, after a vacuuming session, I couldn't find it and I felt some concern until it appeared, looming above my bed. Not too close, Charlotte...

Imagine my delight when Paddy said to me: "There are some fantastic spiders' webs out on the gorse today. You should take your camera and have a look". I duly obliged. What I found was an extraordinary, ethereal, other worldly shroud of gossamer. The gorse was encompassed in a white sheet of silky strands, which held droplets of water from a recent shower. I became completely engrossed in capturing the scene, and in the end, I took 86 photos.

The raindrops held within the gossamer appear to be suspended in the air and I have been able to highlight that by simply changing the colours to bring out the contrasts. The resulting photographs have a cosmic look about them and many look like blood cells under a microscope. This has got me thinking about designing a book around them, to a theme that is close to my heart. Maybe I can grow to love spiders after all! Watch this space!

Tuesday 20 September 2016

Andrew Ashton in Studio 2

Andrew Ashton's new vessel on show in Dungeness Open Studios

Vessel 3 - 38 cm X 9 cm X 9cm - (right piece)

Price £85.oo

“I am an Art Historian, Julian Clary’s gardener,

Lancastrian, I make ceramics, teach Art History, give the odd talk here and there, paint a bit, write ... A bit"

Andrew's blog -

Monday 19 September 2016


Now showing in Studio 2 at Dungeness Open Studios:

Limited Edition prints in the 'Essence' style by Bridget Wilkins.

I am an editor/writer/photographer living on the beach. Essence is the product of unconventional camera styles that I have adopted to capture the colour, movement and vibrancy of the creatures, plants and landscape of Dungeness. I do not use filters or image editing.

Essence 2
Essence 3
Essence 4
Essence 5
Essence 6
Essence 7


All prints are 6" x 4" on Vellum.

Signed, limited edition. 

£22 each.

(postage £3.00 - refundable if multiple prints purchased.)

Saturday 17 September 2016

La Luna | Tricky orb

It was a big ol' malevolent shiner...

So.. Farewell tricky orb...

Until, the next time around.