Footsteps to the

Square Exhibition

I was honoured and excited to be showing eighteen monochrome street photographs at Portsmouth Guildhall from November 9th 2015 to March 2016.   To mark Portsmouth Guildhall’s 125th Anniversary and ongoing partnership with the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) at the University of Portsmouth, CCI students were invited to submit a proposal to showcase new creative work as part of our ongoing exhibition programme to enrich the visual and cultural experience of visitors to the Guildhall. Any student or a small group of collaborating students, studying any subject in the CCI Faculty could submit a proposal responding to the theme: ‘the relationship between Eldon Building and the Portsmouth Guildhall’. The final outcome had to be in 2D and the selected student was awarded £250 towards materials and display. The selection panel looked for creative excellence, originality in response to the theme and clear method of display.  The judges were Simon Brookes (Associate Dean of Students), Andy Grays (CEO of Portsmouth Cultural Trust), Ann Barnes (Curator, Portsmouth Cultural Trust) and Denise Callender (CCI Faculty Promotions Manager). The selected student was Ailsa Brims, an MA Fine Art student at the School of Art and Design.
All pictures and artwork © Ailsa Brims 2017 and may not be used without permission.  See also:  AILSABRIMS.COM 
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For this project, the physical connection of paved paths and roads between the buildings created a canvas for Ailsa to pause, settle her mind and contemplate her surroundings.  Figures appear as faceless ethereal shadows or reflections, allowing the viewer to glimpse another world where details can often be overlooked in the journey between the buildings.  Researching a wide range of artists and photographers for the project, including American photographer Vivian Maier, Ailsa considers the medium of using photography in her fine art practice: “I have a very simplistic camera technique, not allowing camera settings or my logic to get in the way of my eye, my heart and the view I see ahead.  I set the zoom to be close to how the human eye sees and most other settings are automatic.  Or I proceed with my body to be closer or further away, or physically move up or down to capture the image.  I prefer to monochrome the photographs when I process them at home, because to me the images focus on shadow and shape, which is enhanced by a black and white theme.   I rarely crop or process a picture further allowing each image to reflect the moment.” The pictures were printed onto Dibond and arranged in a way that reflects the two paths between the buildings. Please see my blog for details of setting up the exhibition.
Ailsa Brims Artist

Footsteps to the Square Exhibition

I was honoured and excited to be showing eighteen monochrome street photographs at Portsmouth Guildhall from November 9th 2015 to March 2016.   To mark Portsmouth Guildhall’s 125th Anniversary and ongoing partnership with the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) at the University of Portsmouth, CCI students were invited to submit a proposal to showcase new creative work as part of our ongoing exhibition programme to enrich the visual and cultural experience of visitors to the Guildhall. Any student or a small group of collaborating students, studying any subject in the CCI Faculty could submit a proposal responding to the theme: ‘the relationship between Eldon Building and the Portsmouth Guildhall’. The final outcome had to be in 2D and the selected student was awarded £250 towards materials and display. The selection panel looked for creative excellence, originality in response to the theme and clear method of display.  The judges were Simon Brookes (Associate Dean of Students), Andy Grays (CEO of Portsmouth Cultural Trust), Ann Barnes (Curator, Portsmouth Cultural Trust) and Denise Callender (CCI Faculty Promotions Manager). The selected student was Ailsa Brims, an MA Fine Art student at the School of Art and Design.
Ailsa Brims Conceptual Artist
All pictures and artwork © Ailsa Brims 2017 and may not be used without permission.  See also:  AILSABRIMS.COM 
hello (at) peppermintsea.com
For this project, the physical connection  of paved paths and roads between the  buildings created a canvas for Ailsa to  pause, settle her mind and contemplate  her surroundings.  Figures appear as  faceless ethereal shadows or  reflections, allowing the viewer to  glimpse another world where details  can often be overlooked in the journey  between the buildings.    Researching a wide range of artists and  photographers for the project, including  American photographer Vivian Maier,  Ailsa considers the medium of using  photography in her fine art practice: “I  have a very simplistic camera technique,  not allowing camera settings or my logic  to get in the way of my eye, my heart  and the view I see ahead.  I set the  zoom to be close to how the human eye  sees and most other settings are  automatic.  Or I proceed with my body  to be closer or further away, or  physically move up or down to capture  the image.  I prefer to monochrome the  photographs when I process them at  home, because to me the images focus  on shadow and shape, which is  enhanced by a black and white theme.    I rarely crop or process a picture further  allowing each image to reflect the  moment.”  The pictures were printed onto Dibond  and arranged in a way that reflects the  two paths between the buildings.   Please see my blog for details of setting  up the exhibition.
Ailsa Brims Artist