Mike Hainsworth Photography Exhibition
An Exhibition by Mike Hainsworth
Mike Hainsworth has been a professional photographer for over thirty years, shooting in his studio and on location for advertising agencies and magazines. Working under his company name ‘Mike Gutteridge Photography’ commissions took him across the world from Singapore, Seattle to Smethwick. Now in his early retirement he only takes photos when the mood takes him. That’s not very often.
There are two exhibitions here. The first is ‘Fading Fast’, originally shown at the Birmingham Symphony Hall. This is a collection of details of buildings around the Black Country and Birmingham. Most are slightly manipulated to simulate paintings as a kind of tribute to their demise. Never intended to be an historical record many of the buildings have now, sadly, disappeared.
This is probably the last time these particular pictures will be seen displayed as Mike has been approached to have them published featuring the original 60 plus images.
The other exhibition, seen upstairs, is really a collection of his holiday snaps. Okay they’re a bit different to ’the kids at Blackpool’ but years of looking for that picture means he notices stuff. Textures, light, patterns, colour and the desire to show the essence of things is what gets his battered cameras out these days. Here are glimpses from America, India and the Mediterranean. See if you can tell where!
Perhaps Mike says it best about his photos during a BBC interview a while back: “people sometimes regard class photography as a second-class art form because images are so much the wallpaper to our lives and the technology to create them so instantly available. But although these pictures took only a fraction of a second to capture, each one was 30 years in the making…”
If you’d like an unframed print just take a note of the number and the title and order them from the box office, they are signed and printed on A4 art card using fade resistant (hopefully) inks for £19.50. Some of this money will go to The Artrix, which is nice.
19th July 2019 - 16th August 2019
The Artrix gallery brings the best in challenging new work to Bromsgrove in its monthly exhibition programme of 2D, 3D and mixed media artwork. Admission is free and is open 9am - 2pm Monday to Friday, 10am-2pm Saturday and on performances evenings.
The exhibition space is fully booked until 2021 so we aren't taking applications for new exhibitions.
Why not grab a bite to eat after having a look around the exhibition?
The Artrix Café is open:
Monday 9am - 2.30pm
Tuesday-Saturday 10am - 2.30pm
More information can be found here