Wednesday, 16 March 2016

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Thursday, 1 January 2015

A 365 for 2015

Happy New Year! I'm going to do a 365 photo project on Instagram this year.
So I aim take a photo every day on my iphone and post it to instagram with the 'rise' filter applied.

Last time I tried a 365 photo project, I did it as a way to say goodbye to the last of my polaroid peel apart film, unfortunately I made it as far as day 223 and my ancient polaroid land camera died.

Here's hoping I get to the end this time!!

Come on over to see me on Instagram.  I'm @greenislandstudios

Hope 2015 is a corker for you


Thursday, 7 July 2011

The Cure Of Souls

The radiant soda of the seashore fashions
Fun, foam and freedom.

The sea laves 
The Shaven sand.
And the light sways forward
On self-destroying waves.
The rigor of the weekday is cast aside with shoes,
With business suits and traffic's motion;
The lolling man lies with the passionate sun,
Or is drunken in the ocean.

A socialist health take should of the adult,
He is stripped of his class in the bathing-suit,
He returns to the children digging at summer,
A melon-like fruit.

O glittering and rocking and bursting and blue
-Eternities of sea and sky shadow no pleasure:
Time unheard moves and the heart of man is eaten
Consummately at leisure.

The novelist tangential on the boardwalk overhead
Seeks his cure of souls in his own anxious gaze.

"Here," he says, "With whom?" he asks, "This?" he questions,
"What tedium, what blaze?

What satisfaction, fruit? 
What transit, heaven?
Criminal? Justified? 
Arrived at what June?"

That nervous conscience amid the concessions
Is haunting, haunted moon.

The Cure of Souls by Henry James

Saturday, 7 May 2011

You've seen the photo - now you can buy it on a T shirt!

One of my photos is making an appearance on high streets all over the world as part of Zara's Spring / Summer 2011 fashion range.

This is the T-Short it appears on, I have had emails from people in the UK, USA, Norway, France, India  and Hong Kong so far telling me they have seen it in their local branch.... is it in yours?

Here is the original photo....

Halcyon Days by Jo Bradford

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Cliché Verre in The Digital Age

The Cliché Verre in The Digital Age exhibition Opens today in San Francisco.

Urban Illuminations by Jo Bradford, 2009.  Unique Print from Cliché Verre


5 of my Cliché Verre prints are in the group show at the Jenkins Johnson Gallery on Sutter Street in San Francisco.

Other artists in the show are Abelardo Morell, Peter Feldstein, Courtney Johnson, Maggie Foskett, Suzanne Izzo, Fredrik Marsh, Fred Parker, Frank Rossi, David Symons, and Käthe Wenzel.

Cut and paste this link to see the Press Release PDF 

The show runs April 7–May 3, 2011

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 7, 5:30 – 7:30pm

Jenkins Johnson Gallery
464 Sutter Street, 
San Francisco,

Opening Hours:
Tuesday –Friday  10 –6
Saturday  10–5

Earth by Jo Bradford, 2009.  Unique Print from Cliché Verre 

'Faces' Touring Show Opens at Guy's Hospital, London today

The 'Faces' Touring Exhibition Opens this week at the latest venue, Guy's Hospital, London

The poster image above is taken from my contribution to the show, a piece called Expressionless
 (see previous post on the subject from February)


From the 8th April to the 13th May 2011 the exhibition will be in Atrium 2 of Guys Hospital, London Bridge.

There is a private view event tonight, Thursday 7th April, from 5:30pm to 8pm

Tickets are £5 on the door or £3 in advance from

The exhibition looks at the face as the plane by which we interact with the world, and aims to raise money and awareness for the issues facing the facially disfigured in our society.

In association with Saving Faces, Guy's and St Thomas' Charity, King's Oral and Maxillofacial Society, Guy's and St Thomas' Arts Programme, The MDU.

Friday, 1 April 2011

Photo Alchemy Opens Today

The 'Photo Alchemy' show opens today at 
23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, USA

Galaxy 9, by Jo Bradford, 2011

This exhibition showcases the revival in alternative process photography. In recent years contemporary photographers have been taking a fresh look at early printing processes‚ from cyanotypes to daguerreotypes, these deep, dreamy images bring a unique style and surface to a photograph that can not be achieved digitally.

As the juror for this show, Laura Moya tells us, “I am delighted with the recent groundswell of photographers rediscovering historic and alternative processes. There is still an inherent need for some artists to use photography to explore the unexplained in life. The processes in this exhibit lend themselves to the exploration of memory, loss, and the unspoken. It hints at traces—of people, of objects, of ideas. Perhaps unknowingly, poetry becomes part of the image.

These new images explore the notion that the time spent ‘crafting’ a photograph versus ‘taking’ a photograph gives the photographer space for thought. If one is working with heavy lenses, glass plates, or a multitude of chemicals, time slows down. If one is considering how air temperature might affect one’s film, time really slows down. It is the complexity of these processes that bring gifts to the table.”

My photogram of meteorites, Galaxy 9 (above) was selected for the show by Laura Moya, the  Executive Director of Photolucida.  The work will be on show, alongside some very beautiful alternative photographic images, from artists around the world.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Countdown to launch.....

Space Shuttle Discovery Launched today and with it the first phase of the Fluxface Art Project has gone into space.
The next (and final) Space Shuttle to go up will have my art on board...... 

The final Space Shuttle Mission - Endeavour is currently slated to launch on the 19th April - but the date is still subject to some adjustments nearer the time...... not long now though!
Read more about it here....   My art is going to space
Congratulations to all the artists whose artwork is now in orbit!

Friday, 18 February 2011

Facing Changes an exhibition in conjunction with Saving Faces Charity

This is my commissioned artwork for the Faces exhibition organised by the 
King’s Oral and Maxillofacial Society and Saving Faces.  The brief for the commission was to explore the links between the features of the human face and the way personality can be read into them, and how our facial features shape our identity.
Facing Changes is a collaboration between King’s Oral and Maxillofacial Society and Saving Faces. It aims to bring attention and support to the work carried out by Saving Faces.
This is achieved through multimedia pieces executed by professionals in art, medicine, and science. The work offers a fresh insight into the plane by which we interact with the world and a key to our aesthetic identity: the human face.

The exhibition is a year-long touring exhibition starting at the Red Gate Gallery , before moving on to the Gordon Pathology Museum at Guy’s Hospital and after that it tours various sites in and around the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals.

Private View at the Red Gate Gallery: Friday 18th of February 2011 - 6.00 pm to 11.00 pm, will be an evening of art appreciation with live music African Asian fusion canapés at the gallery 
Tickets: £7.50

Exhibition runs from: Friday 18th of February - Thursday 24th of February 2011

Gallery Opening Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri: 11.00 am to 6.30 pm - Sat: 12.30pm - 5.00 pm
Last day of Exhibition: Thursday 24th of February: 10.00am to 5.00pm

From the Saving Faces website....

"The face is the only part of our body we cannot hide. It conveys our emotions and innermost feelings. We often judge each other on the basis of facial appearance, making assumptions on a whole range of issues.
People suffer the consequences of facial diseases, injuries and disfigurement every day. In the United Kingdom alone 4,700 people develop oral cancer every year and 1,700 people die from this kind of cancer. Around 125,000 young people sustain serious facial injuries and 15,000 people receive treatment for facial disfigurement. Despite the severity of these issues, this remains a much neglected research area leaving thousands of  those unfortunate enough to be affected with little hope for the future. Not enough is known about facial disease, injury and deformity, their psychological and emotional impact and, critically, which treatments are most effective.The Facial Surgery Research Foundation - Saving Faces, is the only charity in the United Kingdom solely dedicated to the worldwide reduction of facial injuries and diseases. We are taking the lead in education and research to improve the physical and psychological treatment of all victims of oral cancer and other facial diseases."

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Fluxfest at Museum Of Contemporary Art, Chicago

FLUXFEST at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Illinios

February 15-20: This exploration of Fluxus activity includes contemporary re-interpretations of classic Fluxus scores and actions; new Fluxus performances by Fluxus artists. Performers include the Chicago Fluxus Ensemble and invited Fluxus artists.

A piece of my art (and a portrait of me with it) is in this interesting little event at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art this week.   The space picture below is the art in question, it is a digital copy of the artwork that is going to space on board NASA's Space Shuttle Endeavour in April this year.

{fluxface in space by Jo Bradford 2010}

Fluxface in Space Poster below....

Monday, 7 February 2011

Book covers

Two of my pictures have been licensed for book covers recently, and both by Berlin publishing houses co-incidentaly.  

These are the pictures in question.....

I will be asking my friends in Germany to keep their eyes out for these books in a bookstore near them in the very near future.


Monday, 31 January 2011

Hopes and aspirations

I have been working with this beautiful young lady recently.  Harriet commissioned me to create a new portfolio of images for her, she is hoping to break into the world of plus size modelling and will be taking her new portfolio to Paris and New York soon.  

I think she has a wonderful career ahead of her - she is both lovely to work with and drop dead gorgeous too!  

Good luck Harriet!!


Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Night, when words fade & things come alive.

"Night, the beloved. 
Night, when words fade & things come alive.

When the destructive analysis of day is done, 
and all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again. 

When man reassembles his fragmentary self and grows with the calm of a tree. "

~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery ~

Friday, 3 December 2010

Last of the snowy photos......

I couldn't let the week finish without showing you the last of my snow photos.....

You can see the whole set on my website

{ Winter 10 by Jo Bradford }

{ Winter 9 by Jo Bradford }

  { Winter 5 by Jo Bradford }


Well that's all from me for this week - may the weekend bring you joy,warmth and happiness :)

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Silent, soft and slow

{ Winter 1 by Jo Bradford }

{ Winter 2 by Jo Bradford }
Out of the bosom of the Air, 
Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken, 
Over the woodlands brown and bare,
 Over the harvest-fields forsaken, 
Silent, and soft, and slow 
Descends the snow.        

{Henry Wadsworth Longfellow}    


{ Winter 3 by Jo Bradford }

{ Winter 4 by Jo Bradford }

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