A collaboration with Short Anthology

Short Anthology asked me to read and respond to a short story. Hope you enjoy the images...

I took pictures in response to the story 'The Coast' by Jon Raymond from the book ‘Livability’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over time I came to imagine Judy and the coast as somehow the same. It was like her spirit seeped into the Manzanita and yellow swamp lanterns, the clapboard chowder bars and the chapped whale murals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I skirted the edge of the tide, avoiding heaps of bullwhip kelp and seagull carcasses and blobs of broken jellyfish, and tried to imagine Judy walking alongside me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the winter we prowled from Astoria all the way down to Coos Bay looking for cheap hotel rooms, and took midnight walks alongside the frigid surf in search of glass buoys and whatever else the current might wash in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I missed her so powerfully I thought I might collapse. It was like an imploding star in my chest. I wanted only to hear her voice on the phone, her incredulous guffaw. I wanted to feel her hand on my back while I dried the dishes. The thought of her final moments, the fear she must have felt in the road, was almost too much to bear. I could imagine the hard asphalt against her cheek. The sight of her blood. The vibration of the passing cars, and the streaking lights. All of it, sucked into the past, never to return.

 

 

 

 

 

I short the images for the most recently released edition of The Short Anthology which you can buy online at www.theshortanthology.com

Come and get your dog photographed in my dog photobooth!

Due to popular demand.. I will be setting up my dog photobooth in Hastings on the 10th December. 

I will be taking portraits of dogs from 10-5pm at 4 Trinity Street, Hastings, TN34 1LB. Booking is essential. Please contact alma@haser.org to book a slot or to find out more.

£30 for an 11x14 print
£45 for a 11x14 framed print 

Prints will be ready to collect or sent out to you a week after the shoot. Just in time for Christmas!

Please share and tell all you dog owning friends!

One awards reject is another awards winner.

Every year I print and enter a photograph to the National Portrait Gallery's Taylor Wessing Prize. I was lucky one year, with my Ventriloquist image. But that was back in 2012! 

I haven't managed to get in again, but theres always a chance to enter the rejected photographs into The Portrait Salon. This year my portrait 'Ms October' shot for the Electric Daisy Flower Farm's 2017 Calendar was selected to be part of their exhibition and publication.

The Portrait Salon 2016 will run from 15th – 28th November.

Venues:
– Front of House Gallery, Metro Imaging, 32 Great Sutton St, London, EC1V 0NB.

– J&A Café, 1-4 Sutton Lane, London EC1M 5PU.

– Assorted retail windows around Clerkenwell.

2016 sees the sixth edition of Portrait Salon and this year we’re experimenting with methods of display, seeking to show the work of photographers to as many new audiences as possible. Portrait Salon ‘16 is a multi-location exhibition in London’s creative hub of Clerkenwell. Selected portraits will be displayed in Metro Imaging’s front of house gallery space, the J&A Café, and in windows of assorted shop fronts and business’ in Clerkenwell. A map will be included in the publication which accompanies the exhibition, which will launch at the J&A Café at 6.30pm on 17th November.  On the 17th November we’ll be showing a slideshow of every portrait that was entered to Portrait Salon 2016 at Metro Imaging’s front of house gallery. We’ll also be offering visitors to the exhibition the opportunity to vote on their favourite portrait and we’ll release details of what happens to the winning portrait very soon.

This year the National Portrait Gallery Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize received 4303 images, with 58 being selected for the exhibition. This year Steve MacLeod, director of Metro Imaging, and long term sponsor of Portrait Salon joined us in making the selection, which represents the breadth of contemporary photographic portraiture that was entered to and rejected by the NPG.

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Retina Scottish International Festival

I will be showing my Cosmic Surgery series at this years Retina Festival in Edinburgh. The show starts on the 11th till the 23rd July. I have never been to Edinburgh so decided I will make a visit on the opening night. I will also bring some of my books to sign. So be sure to pop by if your around. The show takes place at the Custom House, Scottish Historic Buildings Trust, Commercial Street, Leith, Edinburgh. You can find more information on the Retina Website,

www.retinafestival.com

The Photographers' Print Sales Gallery

"We are delighted to announce the addition of British photographer Alma Haser to our roster of represented artists. " - The Photographers' Print Sales Gallery

Yes I am extremely excited to let everyone know that I am now represented by The Print Sales Gallery! They interviewed me for their website, so if you'd like to find out more check it out.

I will also be having a solo show in the Print Sales Gallery in mid July along with my Cosmic Surgery book launch at The Photographers Gallery Bookshop. More information to come.

Kickstarter Campaign for the 2nd edition of the Cosmic Surgery book!

We have created a Kickstarter campaign to help us raise the funds needed to make the 2nd edition of the book. Its been live for almost a day and we have already had lots of great support. Please take a look at the campaign by clicking on the link below, and share it with as many of you friend and colleagues as possible.

COSMIC SURGERY ON KICKSTARTER



THE BOOK

In the process of producing the first limited edition pop-up book, science writer Piers Bizony and designer Emily Macaulay joined the Cosmic Surgery team to help introduce a narrative background, layout and unique construction. This second edition wants to expand on those ideas. It will be a photo book set in a fictional, not too distant future, at a point where “intelligent materials” are just about to transform the world of cosmetic surgery.

The book will have a hardcover printed and foil embossed. It will be 190x240mm (slightly smaller than A4) and contain 48 pages filled with the original portraits and a few new ones that haven’t been displayed before. There will also be a number of smaller booklets inside, containing the written content. And finally the book will include a pop-up portrait and a fold out one which will be attached in the UK by our trusted team of pop-up makers, meaning this book has all the care and attention to detail that went in to first 10. 


REWARDS

There are many different rewards available on the Kickstarter campaign. If you wanted to support the project but didn’t want to buy the book just yet you can pledge on a postcard pack and receive 5 postcard sized prints. Or if you wanted to splash out and not just own the book, you can also buy a print, a workshop, or commission your own Cosmic Surgery portrait.

U.S. Girls photographed for The Guardian Guide

I had the great pleasure of photographing Meghan Remy aka U.S. Girls (with 4AD record label) for the Guardian Guide. You can read the full interview online at www.theguardian.com

I had some left over flowers from my shoot with Electric Daisy Flower Farm, so I used one of the giant Dalias on my shoot with Meghan (image below.)

Portrait Comission

A few months ago I was asked if I could photograph a clients children for her husbands birthday. Photographers always say that children and animals are the hardest things to photograph, but I found this shoot surprisingly easy, and the children extremely charming.

I wanted to take their portraits in the style of old Dutch paintings with a playful twist, so I made some neck cuffs using cake tins and straws. 

The client was delighted with the prints which she framed for her husband this month. Her daughter Ella (the middle one,) even said I reminded her of Audrey Hepburn in Funny Faces, which is pretty cool :)  

If you or a friend want to get any family portraits, pets or children, please get in touch, alma@haser.org