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Fresh Air Sculptures,Quenington 2017

Well, it's 2017 right, so in any art exhibition one could expect stylised female genitalia, "mooncups" and gynocentricity flooding across the senses in an amniotic rush...but I found the level of skill and materials used here often exemplary.
Some woodwork really excels in aesthetic and functionality; many examples of clever, skilled and tactile ceramics and exciting metalwork abound.

Not only that but evermore at Quenington I see a real desire to try to locate the art in a topography and in relation to the gardens and landscape: historically no mean achievement in the UK and appreciably difficult with so many works in a finite space.
I didn't get any sense of "agenda" driving the art: no laboured submessage to embrace transgenderism or globalism, er, unless I was too thick to notice.

Nope seriously, I'm so glad that once again Quenington was a success, and it really does shine at increasing wattage as the years go by. I just hope the Arts Council won't whine and penny-pinch, and that the event continues to be a pleasure and also a showcase of many a fine artisan.
Well done by very hardworking and committed people.

(NOTE: None of these images is or will be for sale, save for the express permission of the artists, owners or exhibitors, which I do not seek to secure.)

Shauny, June 2017

Photonote:
Fuji's 35mm f1.4 used throughout here. Occasional onboard fillflash as all shots taken in strong sunlight with sun overhead in June here in the UK.
Note I often underexpose: Fuji files do NOT retain much highlight detail ...and if you come from full-frame Beyer like I did from Canon, you won't be able to rescue highlight detail as you may be used to!
Thus, as shadow detail holds up pretty well in X-Trans raws, err on the side of underexposure if you want to ensure highlights don't get blown.
RAWS here as usual converted via Fuji's FREE bogstandard Raw Converter.
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