© Debi Holbrook 2012

Opportunity – we are looking for Leeds-based artist(s) to produce a remix/mashup of our first project for the upcoming SCI base exhibition in New York – in association with Basement Arts

We need to submit three A5 (210mm x 148mm) artworks, one of which will be included in the exhibition.

Imagery to be remixed

All submissions will be featured, with information about the artist on this website.

For more, email Jon

Opportunity to exhibit in New York.

Were you a Nulufest photowalker?

A message from organiser, Jon Eland

Hi there!

Thanks so much for taking part in the event – I thought it went great and it seems to have been a HUGE success so far! And the headcount was around 40  – an amazing turn out!

I sent an email to all the addresses I had; but if I misread (or never got) yours – here’s the key points…

  • Sylvia Bruton (Sister Cities of Louisville) is interested in keeping the buzz going and would love to hear from any of you who’d be up for a follow up event run by the organisation – I’m nervy about privacy issues; so please email her if you’d like to be kept up to date on happenings. Contact her via Joanne in the Sister Cities office.
  • The Meetup group have been uploading images; you can see them here.
  • Crescent Hill ran the radio piece on Saturday; you can currently hear it here – they also asked me to ask for anyone who hasn’t yet submitted an image to send one (along with your credit name) by email.
  • Finally – I’d love to put a gallery together (and follow-up piece); so if you can send me up to 12 of your favourite images then I’d appreciate it – email me.
I’m trying to get in touch with everyone who attended – and keep you informed of LVLLDS activities – we’re about to launch a new initiative that, if you enjoyed the photowalk, you’ll get excited about. So, please, if you know of anyone who attended but that you’re not sure if they have got this – please forward it; or point them at this page
I hope you all had a good time – I’d love to hear about what you got upto once we’d all split – please don’t hesitate to get back to me with any feedback or anecdotes!
Keep snapping!
Cheers – Jon
And, don’t forget – you can keep in touch – www.facebook.com/lvllds • @lvllds
Image © Matthew Wickham. All Rights Reserved – used with permission

A gallery of textures.

This gallery contains 48 photos.

Ahead of the LVLLDS Louisville launch events we are publishing the complete selection of images from each artist taking part in ‘the textures of two cities’ project. These images were selected by the partner artist in their home city from a larger selection prepared by the photographic artist. Would you like a copy of Textures […]

Launching LVLLDS stateside with a week of events!

Jon Eland, founder of LVLLDS is returning for his second visit to Louisville (16-25 Sep 2012) and will be taking the opportunity – and a series of speaking / exhibition opportunities to launch the photographic collaboration initiative to the Kentucky end of the partnership.

The events are:

  • Mon 17 Sep • Sister Cities of Louisville
    620 South 3rd Street, Suite 200 • From 5.30pm (FREE)
  • Tue 18 Sep • Pecha Kucha Louisville
    Fresh Start Growers Supply (1007 East Jefferson Street) – 7.30pm ($5)
  • Wed 19 Sep • The Louisville Photoforum
    Bon Air Library, 2816 Del Rio Place – 6.30pm – 8.30pm (FREE)
  • Thu 20 Sep • ‘Nuluvillians’ exhibition preview event 
    709 East Market Street – 7.00-9.00pm (FREE)
  • Sat 22nd Sep • Nulufest Photowalk
    Meet at Hillbilly Tea, 120 South 1st Street. 11am for 11:30am start


For more, email lvllds@exposureleeds.org or voicemail – 502 403 2517 (UK: 0113 851 0517)

And, I’m a friendly type – with some free time daytimes in the week; if you want to meet up in ‘Nulu’ – give me a shout!

OPPORTUNITY: Project Curating Editor

(preferably Louisville-based*)

Following the near completion of the first LVLLDS project, ‘The Textures of Two Cities’, we are now looking for a curating editor for our next project.

This second project is anticipated to be a multidisciplinary project of several visual artists creating a work to represent their home city, with an another artisan from the partner city creating a words-based response to their project. The output of this will (like the first project) be both on and offline in nature. We anticipate a 12-24 artists being involved.

The appointed individual will be asked to help shape the project, by answering artist questions, reviewing supplied material and connecting appropriate artists in each city. The appointed person will not be expected to recruit artists, prepare the content for final publication or provide detailed editing services – but will not be dissuaded from doing so. They will be invited to nominate themselves as an artist in the project if they wish. Anyone proposing themselves should be aware that at the core of this project is the aim to provide opportunities for creative people in both cities to collaborate and share.

As with other elements of this project the role will be voluntary. It will commence in April 2012 and be concluded in August 2012, at the latest.

If you are interested in this permission, please email me with a short biog/resumé (a single paragraph should suffice) and an indication of why you are interested in the project.

Please post questions as comments below or email me.

*The reason for the Louisville preference on this project is that the first project’s curating editor was Leeds-based.

Image – detail from a work by Michele Larocque produced for the first LVLLDS project.

Introducing… Debi Holbrook

The final of our four artists for the first Leeds-Louisville creative project is Debi – we’d been talking about collaborating for months and it was when we started to pull that collaboration together that the idea of producing a trans-atlantic project emerged so, Debi…

Jon: How did you find the project?
Debi: After the lull of Christmas and New Year this project was just the thing to jump start a creative 2012 – very refreshing.

And how much did you know about Louisville before you started?
Shamefacedly l knew very little but the project got me curious and thanks to the power of Google l now know a lot more and my ears will be pricked the next time l hear Louisville mentioned.

What do you think to collaborative projects such as this?
Before my first collaboration I had reservations but found my main concerns i.e. ‘my collab partner and I have different ideas’ or ‘I’m not in control of the outcome’, are the very reasons to embrace such a project. Working with and sharing new media, ideas and ways of doing is eye opening and not being in total control is the core reason for collaborating.

What advice would you give to others considering getting involved?

  • Don’t be afraid – give it a go.
  • Communicate honestly with your partner.
  • Be realistic about how much you can put into the project, time wise especially, but when it comes to skills, don’t be afraid to push the boundaries.
  • Go with your gut instinct.
  • Come to decisions quickly (not too quickly) and if something isn’t working, move on.
  • Document the process.

What’s your general creative practice?
‘Visual Artist’ is a bit nondescript but l cant find an alternative. I sculpt, draw, paint, collage (mainly) but use photography, make prints, site specific and performance work. My main concerns are in ‘absence and evidence’ but l don’t restrict myself.

…and any recent career highlights?
Professionally (but, unfortunately, not financially), 2011 was a very good year all round – lots of exhibitions and a few firsts like going freelance, having works published and a first solo exhibition.

So, after this – what’s next?
A month-long drawing-a-day project and a couple of exhibitions to prepare work for. I also have a list of potential projects l’d like to make a dent in but it’s unrealistically long. And the bug bear l must conquer soon is to start blogging!

For more see Debi’s Flickr pics – a mixture of photography, art and the obligatory kitten shots!

Image © Debi Holbrook – all rights reserved.

Introducing… Jon Eland

Ok, this is a little odd, I admit – I’m effectively introducing myself. But, I thought it was important that we all gave our angle on the project – so here’s my take on the same questions the other artists are answering!

Q: How did you find the project?

A: I found it interesting and challenging – I have photographed texture as a subject before; but never have I focused specially on it. It was lucky I was shooting digital as I found myself time and again meandering off and shooting something else of interest. But I had a good few hours wandering Leeds with Debi – I hope the results are as interesting to you guys as it was for us shooting it.

Detail of shale deposits. Part of a future project on Broxburn's Bings.

Q: Prior to taking part in this project how much did you know about Louisville?

A fair bit – I helped host photographer Michael Brohm from the city, when he visited Leeds in March 2011 – and made the return trip myself for 10 days in September. I won’t claim to be an expert but I have an insight into the similarities in the cities – the emerging tech and cultural communities, the worker mentality and the interesting dynamic you get form a middle-sized city. I’m only too glad to try and foster links between our cities – and look forward to getting myself back!

What is your attitude to collaborative projects such as this?

I strongly believe that collaboration and sharing of skills and experiences now provide us with one of the best and most unique opportunities for our current generations to develop and progress. It always excites me when people come together to share and you see new connections being made. Isolated creative people are from a past age – working together rocks! 

What advice would you give to other creatives considering getting involved?

I’d have to say – “Get involved” – but not because it benefits others. Do it for yourself; it’s a great way to connect with someone you otherwise wouldn’t have had a chance to work with – to learn from and gives you a chance to expose yourself to their ways of working, their insights and their experiences. Oh, and a chance to get your work seen by like-minded people in a city thousands of miles away on the other side of an ocean! 

Doorway detail, Lublin, Poland (Aug. 2011)

Describe your general creative practice?

I’m firming up what it is; part of me is a creative entrepreneur – looking for ways to develop as an artist by working with and learning from others. My photography has grown massively in just the last 12 months and I’m looking for other ways to get my work out there – and for me to make it differently in the first place. 2011 saw me produce over a dozen zines, exhibit in Scotland and London, expand the photo group I founded (Exposure Leeds), join an artist’s collective and produce two bodies of work from waste. I’ve also published 3 zines – one a monograph, another my images and others’ words and the third a response to a workshop event I facilitated. All on top of the major photoshoot during my visit to Louisville.

It’s safe to say – I like trying new things. 

Any recent highlights from your creative career?

I think I’ve covered that off above. The trip to Louisville was amazing though; and if this project gathers some momentum it’ll really be the icing on the cake.

After this – what is next for you?

I’m currently planning to take part in an artist’s book exhibition, a couple of photo workshops, a return to Scotland, production of a couple more zines and a trip to a lovely place I know in Kentucky… not to mention (and this really gets my nerves going) – an imminent presentation of my findings during the 2011 Louisville trip.

All images © Jon Eland 2011 – All Rights Reserved. See more of his work on his website.

Introducing… Michele Larocque

Following our post a few days ago introducing you to Louisville artist, Sheri Wright, here’s a few words from here stateside colleague – Michele Larocque:

Jon: Hi Michele – thanks for taking time out to take part in this interview. First of all – how did you get involved in the project?


Michele: The other Louisville photographer, Sheri L Wright, told me about it and asked if I’d be interested in participating.

Prior to taking part in this project how much did you know about Leeds?

I’d heard the name through British film and television but didn’t know much more than that.

What is your attitude to collaborative projects such as this?

It’s a good way to “shoot outside the box” as it were, and to find inspiration, motivation and common interests and with people you might not normally encounter.

What advice would you give to other creatives considering getting involved?

It’s a good opportunity to see what’s around you in ways that you might not during day to day routine. We get used to where we are, it often simply becomes the backdrop to our daily ramblings so we stop seeing what is there. With this project you have to look deeper into a place. It can help sharpen your creative eye.

Describe your general creative practice?

Mostly I just wander. I may have an area in mind, or feel that I should go to a certain place, so I’ll follow that impulse and most often it pays off. I do my best to leave expectations, mine and other people’s, out of the process.


I went school and got some formal training and that’s been useful in some respects, I still continue to study other people’s work. I have favorite photographers, Brett Weston, Imogen Cunningham, John Daido Loori, Cartier-Bresson, Kertesz and others that I go back to time and again, not to copy or emulate but to learn to see deeper. I don’t try to shoot in ways that are currently popular. I tried a few times to shoot things a certain way because I thought that it would make my work more accessible, and though I got some decent images they simply weren’t as strong as I felt my other work to be.

I work to stay true to my vision regardless of popular appeal. I let what I see through the viewfinder and the resulting image inform me as to how it wants to be seen. In Chinese there is the word “Pu” that is often translated as “the uncarved block,” and refers to a state of pure potential which is the primordial condition of the mind before the arising of experience. It points to perception without prejudice, i.e. beyond dualistic distinctions such as right/wrong, good/bad, black/white, beautiful/ugly. I practice working from that place.

Any recent highlights from your creative career?

I’ve had images published several literary journals

After this – what is next for you?

To keep shooting, moving, seeing deeper.

All images © Michele Larocque, all rights reserved. Why not look at more of Michele’s work?

Introducing… Sheri Wright

I thought it would be good to give everyone a bit of an introduction and some context to the artist photographers taking part in this current project and so I’ve taken it upon myself to interview each. So, today I’m starting with Sheri…

Jon: Hi! Thanks for taking part in this project – as part of it I’d like to ask you a few questions to post on the new website so those buying / reading our publication can find out a bit more about what you are and do.

Let’s start with – how did you get involved with the project?

Sheri: Fortunately, the project found me by way of meeting you during a photo walk in Louisville, Kentucky. We had previously come into contact through Flickr, where you invited Louisville photographers to participate in your Sister Cities Project. I feel very honored to have been a part of this undertaking.

Prior to taking part in this project how much did you know about Leeds?

I had heard the city’s name, but knew nothing of it’s relation to Louisville as a sister city. I am very happy to have learned more of the history of Leeds, particularly its cultural heritage, museums and support for the arts. Leeds is definitely a place I would like to visit, get to know.

What is your attitude to collaborative projects such as this?

I’m all for collaborations with creative people, opening doors to new experiences and places. I think we can improve ourselves, how we relate and bridge the rest of the world by looking beyond our own personal universe. I feel it’s a privilege and a responsibility to take part in what goes on around me, stretch a little further when I can.

What advice would you give to other creatives considering getting involved?

Be willing to be open to other people’s ideas and towards working together. Artists have a tough enough time making it by themselves. But putting aside any thoughts of finical gain, consider how rich our communities could be if we all worked together to support each other, what new creations we could have and share, how we could show the importance of art in our lives, the impact it can have on those around us and in our cities.

How about you describe your general creative practice?

It can vary. Ideas can come out of nowhere any time, for a variety of reasons, sometimes no more than a notion or phrase. It’s best to always have a notebook handy because I will likely forget the big idea that jerked me out of sleep. Be a good secretary and the artist will thank you for it.

Can you share with us some recent highlights from your creative career?

I’m quite delighted to say my poetry received a nomination for the Pushcart Prize. The recognition is still sinking in. My artwork and poetry were recently featured in Public Republic, another border crossing journal.

After this – what is next for you?

I’m working on a new book that combines my poetry and photography. Very excited about this new project, having not done one quite like it before. It’s so much fun to enhance a particular form of art with another. New ideas often spark from old ones, creating something different and exciting.

Can you give us your favorite image similar to those taken for the project to share on the site?

That’s tough to say, since they are all so good. My favorite is the project as a whole. I love the concept of crossing ponds, the focus on texture and the talent to put it all together.

Can you send us something different to your work on the project to share on the site?

Thank you for offering to share a little more of my work. I do appreciate it.

Do you have a blog or online folio readers can see your work on?

More examples of my work can be seen on flickr.com and at www.scribblingsandsuch.com.

Thanks, Sheri – I can’t wait to see and share your responses to this project!

The main image (top) is called Elipses and is one of Sheri’s pieces.
It is all rights reserved, and used with permission of the artist.