Thursday 29 May 2014

Brighouse Live Room

Brighouse is famous for it's brass band - the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band. So Suki and I decided to use their 70's chart topping hit the 'Floral Dance' as the music in this video short of the Brighouse Art Circle. It made it lots of fun. I hope you enjoy it as much as those who were at the launch at Suki's birthday party last week.

Thursday 1 May 2014


Another photograph from the series I took of Suki in connection with Patricia Oxley's online residency at the Frost Art Museum Drawing Project.

photo:Bel :: art Patricia Oxley :: model Suki

Friday 18 April 2014

Undercliffe Cemetery

A little while ago I went for a walk with Suki's manager Sue. It was her birthday. Perhaps it was because the birthday was one of those with a zero on the end that she was feeling her mortality - so we walked up to Undercliffe Cemetery.  Here are a few photos that I took while we were there.

Friday 14 March 2014


A painting by David Thomas hanging in Helen Peyton's fascinating Smart Gallery in Skipton, West Yorkshire. I have one of David's paintings hanging on the wall facing me. It was a Christmas present from Suki.

Wednesday 12 March 2014


A photograph of artist in residence Helen Peyton's cello case at her wonderful Smart Gallery in Skipton, West Yorkshire.

Tuesday 11 March 2014


Taken on a visit to see printer and artist in residence Helen Peyton at her wonderful Smart Gallery in Skipton, West Yorkshire.

Friday 7 March 2014

the drawing project

Patricia Oxley has kindly published a few of my photographs as part of her online residency at the Frost Art Museum Drawing Project.

Here are a few more photographs I took with her and Suki.

photo:Bel :: art Patricia Oxley :: model Suki

photo:Bel :: art Patricia Oxley :: model Suki

photo:Bel :: art Patricia Oxley :: model Suki

Sunday 16 February 2014

Friday 14 February 2014

cupid on Valentine's Day

Graffiti found near Oranienstrasse , Berlin Mitte on my visit with Suki last summer.

Wednesday 5 February 2014


In a recent article in the Guardian about strippers (here), the journalist wrote,
Once a month, there's a life drawing class in the White Horse. Both women and men turn up to produce lopsided drawings of pole dancers. Theoretically, while the strip club might be in jeopardy under new proposals, the class would be safe. Watching a naked woman hang upside down by her leg is acceptable as long as the purpose is not "sexual stimulation". The two situations are seen as so disparate that the one is a focus of fury, the other a quirky but genteel pastime.
So it seems that a dancer moving is sexually stimulating but if she stays still for a life drawing class then she is no longer sexually stimulating. Watch out Suki - don't move or you might be closed down!

It reminded me of the old Windmill Theatre. There the dancers had to be still in a tableau when they were naked so as not to get closed down by the Lord Chamberlain. There too the naked body, if still, was regarded as being artistic as naked statues were not regarded as being morally unacceptable. But if they dared to move ... !

So I wonder if still nude photography may be artistic, but if one makes a video then it will become sexually stimulating and classified as porn?

Here is a recent photograph of Suki keeping very, very still. (The projected words are from one of her poems. Suki is a writer really.)

Thursday 23 January 2014

Digital Drawing

I have been working recently with Patricia Oxley and Suki the Life Model taking photographs for Pat's current project. She has an online residency at The Frost Museum Drawing Project, Florida International University.

You will be able to see Pat's work and thoughts over the next few weeks on the Drawing Project's website here: Digital Drawing - some possibilities.

Some of my photos or videos may appear there. Here is a taster.

photo:Bel :: art Patricia Oxley :: model Suki

I will publish some more here soon.

Wednesday 22 January 2014

Suki's Life Room

Working with Suki the life model and five local artists I have produced a short photo movie of Suki's Life Room. You can watch the Life Room here. Do let me know what you think.

Thank you to Bill Parker

and especially Phil Moody who also composed the music

(To find out more about Suki'sLife Room or to book a place click here.)