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2019 - in the rear view mirror:
 
Looking back, whether in anger, angst or anxiety, a few pictures from last year; beginning with that most Brexity of subjects...

PROTEST!

 
Almost a year ago, 300 of us, members of the NVF (the Dutch photojournalists trade union, which is much like the UK's NUJ) shivered in the cold in front of the ANP building in The Hague, all wearing identical but sporty fluo green scarves. Marching, or rather more accurately milling around under a banner  proclaiming "photojournalism has a price". I was on strike for the first time ever.

In neat symmetry with my new found activism, gallery owner Frank Rozenberg of the Foto Atelier BW5 in nearby Voorburg, asked me later that day if I could pull a Brexit based exhibition together - at short notice. The anti-Brexit People’s Vote March in London had brought 700,000 well-mannered family people, teachers, lawyers, doctors and nurses onto the streets. Most of whom were just as unused to direct action as I am. That thought - that people who don't usually protest have started protesting, became the catalyst for my exhibition PROTEST!
Something similar had occurred at the “Je Suis Charlie” protests in France, at the “Anti-Trump Women’s March” in Amsterdam and at the “March For Our Lives” anti-gun protest in the States, all of which I had covered and where the unspoken thought had reverberated through the air, “If I’m protesting, then things must be really bad!”.

The show opened in March, launched by the Dutch TV station RTL’s political broadcaster Frits Wester, (covered here by the local TV). Surreally, the show also triggered my exposure to 80 million Russian viewers when Вести (Vesti) “International Review”  (at about 18:25:00 in the link) aired by state broadcaster VGTRK picked up the story.

Daan Remmerts de Vries

Rapidly changing gear, I was pleased to make photographs of Daan Remmerts de Vries’ paintings for the catalogue of his exhibition at the Museum De Buitenplaats in Eeld. Daan is a friend and better known to the public as writer than as a painter, but he has always painted. The exhibition covers thirty year’s work, and the heavily illustrated 500 page catalogue published by Hoogland & Van Kloveren, can be found here.

Curaçao

As autumn closed over Northern Europe and leaves began to fall, I flew to the Caribbean to shoot the 6th edition of the KLM Curaçao Marathon. Clearly this was a tough job, but someone had to do it. Just 40 miles from the coast of Venezuela in the Dutch Antilles, Curacao has an average air temperature of about 30º.
New Sites
 
Finally, as most of you know, I have a career both as an artist and a photographer, and presenting this disparate work on a website can be confusing for the viewer. So I have begun reorganizing the work into not just two websites but four!
 
Commissions and editorial assignments can now be found at www.nickgammon.photos, while current and in progress artworks are at www.nickgammon.art. Meanwhile, the two old sites are now looking a little bereft having been shorn of the images that can be found above. But shortly www.nickgammon.com will become a more comprehensive archive of my work, primarily paintings, exhibitions, catalogues and reviews. while in due course www.nickgammon.net will become the home of more idiosyncratic photographic and written projects.
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