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Call Off The Search

In the months spent looking for the new studio space, we looked around some awesome – that’s awesome in a photographic sense rather than the “suitable for Fotofilia” sense- buildings in various parts of Birmingham city.

To help the decision process, I took quite a few photographs along the way on the iphone and ipad and couldn’t resist playing around with them. So here are a few potential studios that got away… And the weird stuff found inside…






Dean On The Dark Side

Never one to do things the obvious, predictable, right-way-round kinda way, after showing you a “behind the scenes” shot in the last post, here’s a couple of iphone pictures of model Dean Smith from last week’s Fotofilia “Night Photo Safari”.


The colour image is shot with the Lomora app and the black and white with Hipstamatic.

Good Day At t’Mill

Here are a few iphone pics from the recent Fotofilia CLUB/f2 trip to Sarehole Mill, Hall Green, Birmingham. We were only there for a couple of hours and at least part of that was spent in the cosy little cafe (fresh coffee cake that morning). But it’s a nice little place to toddle around with your camera. As usual, I took both my DSLR and my iphone, and as usual, I still haven’t edited the DSLR images as yet.

Window. Sarehole Mill. Copyright David Rann 2013.

Window. Sarehole Mill. Copyright David Rann 2013.

Sarehole Mill. Copyright David Rann 2013

Sarehole Mill. Copyright David Rann 2013

Sarehole Mill. Copyright David Rann 2013

Sarehole Mill. Copyright David Rann 2013

Sarehole Mill. Copyright David Rann 2013

Sarehole Mill. Copyright David Rann 2013


Using the "marblecam" app. Sarehole Mill. Copyright David Rann 2013

Using the “marblecam” app. Sarehole Mill. Copyright David Rann 2013

health and safety, miller-style. Sarehole Mill. Copyright David Rann 2013

health and safety, miller-style. Sarehole Mill. Copyright David Rann 2013

Apparently, a certain young man by the name of Tolkien played around the mill as a child and it was thought to have inspired locations in his books. I can certainly see how the cake might be hobbit-forming. Yes, I know. It’s been a long day.

Yankee Doodle Nettie

Well, it finally seems as though the rest of the planet is waking up to what we at Fotofilia have known for yonks – that our mate Nettie Edwards is a pioneer and genius of the mobile photography world. Never one to blow her own trumpet, I’m happy to give a quick fanfare on her behalf.

Nettie, who is leading another of her ground-breaking mobile photography courses here in November, has just been named Mobile Photographer of the Year in the 2013 ax3 American Aperture Awards. As if that wasn’t enough, images from her Versailles Grand Canal also won the Mobile Landscape, Seascape and Nature category AND her iPhone video artwork Harriet’s Breathing won the Mobile Moving Image and Video category. No mean feat.

A HUGE congratulations to Nettie from Fotofilia! Read more and see more of her work at

Here’s just one of her beautiful, and now award-winning, images…

Image copyright Nettie Edwards

Image copyright Nettie Edwards

Welcome To Nettieworld

Copyright Nettie Edwards

Copyright Nettie Edwards

Stop me if you’ve heard this before but the very first iphoneography course in England, if not the UK, was held right here at Fotofilia, led by the wonderful Nettie Edwards.  Well, we’re doing it again, with a few changes. For some time, Nettie and I have been discussing ways of broadening the audience for mobile photography courses and we think we have planned a real corker. Here’s the full blurb…

Introduction to iPhone Photography with Nettie Edwards

Saturday November 9th 2013: 10am to 5pm

Yes! The return of Nettie Edwards’s legendary iFotofilia workshops! We were the first place in the UK to run iPhone photography workshops and since then, millions more people have discovered that the best camera is the one that you have with you. The iPhone in your pocket is a camera and powerful image editing tool combined, but do you know how to get the best out of it? Join internationally renowned iPhone photographer and Fotofilia regular Nettie Edwards for an exhilarating and inspiring day of Creative Smartphone photography.

The workshop will cover:

  • How to take creative photographs with your Smartphone
  • How to extend the capabilities of your Smartphone’s camera, with alternative shooting apps and add-on hardware
  • How to transfer your photos from phone/camera to an iPad
  • Introduction to some excellent photo processing apps that cost no more than a cup of coffee.
  • How to upload your photographs to social Media sites

Please note: this is a beginner’s course, but you do need to know the basics such as purchasing and downloading apps. Nettie’s area of expertise is iOS devices (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad). However, if you shoot with DSLRs or Android phones but have an iPad or iPod Touch, you’ll still enjoy this day. If you want to ask any questions before you book, contact Nettie:

Spaces are limited and Nettie’s workshops and presentations are always a great success, so book early to avoid disappointment!

A bit about Nettie: Nettie Edwards (@Lumilyon) took up photography 13 years ago, following a successful career spanning two decades as a Theatrical Designer. In 2009 she embraced mobile art and photography and has not looked back since. Her mobile career is exploding at a phenomenal rate and she has won a huge number of awards and accolades including: winner, Fine Art category, 4th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards and runner up: 2013 Lumen Prize for Digital Art. She was a Lead Juror for The Mobile Photography Awards 2011 & 2012. Her work has been published and exhibited extensively including Mobile Photo Paris and the LA Mobile Arts Festival. Nettie runs Mobile Arts and iPhoneography workshops and is featured in Mobile Masters – an ebook featuring 50 of the World’s leading Mobile Artists and Photographers. Nettie is the first ever Mobile Photographer to have her work exhibited at the birthplace of photography: the Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock Abbey, England, as one of six photographers featured in the exhibition “Arrangements in Black and Grey, Black and White Photography in the 21st century” You can read more about Nettie on her blog To look more closely at her work, go to her Flickr Photostream here –

Copyright Nettie Edwards

Copyright Nettie Edwards

Copyright Nettie Edwards

Copyright Nettie Edwards

Copyright Nettie Edwards

Copyright Nettie Edwards

Places on this full day course are just £50. Contact us for availability.


A Bit More “Birmingham Noir”

Here are a few more images from my contribution towards the forthcoming “Off The Wall” exhibition at Stigma Lab in Athens, Greece. Remember all taken and deited on an iphone4 and ipad…

"Daisy". Copyright David Rann 2013

“Daisy”. Copyright David Rann 2013

"Joel". Copyright David Rann 2013

“Joel”. Copyright David Rann 2013

"Louise". Copyright David Rann 2013

“Louise”. Copyright David Rann 2013

"Jo". Copyright David Rann 2013

“Jo”. Copyright David Rann 2013

More information at:!/StigmaSquad

Off The Wall: “Birmingham Noir” Goes Greek

I’ve had quite a few exhibitions over the years but the next one in my calendar, a group show called “Off The Wall“, is something of a first in two ways. To begin with, it’s my first overseas exhibition, and will take place at Stigma Lab gallery in Athens, Greece (!/StigmaSquad) from 1st to the 26th of March.

My good friend, the excellent street photographer, Gareth Jukes is curating the show and has pulled together seven artists working in very different media. The line-up also includes Christophe Dillinger ( who I first met when I exhibited alongside him at Viewfinder gallery in London a few years ago. Christophe has since been a regular visitor to Fotofilia and is also the editor-in-chief of the excellent online Square Magazine So the full list of exhibitors is, in Gareth’s words…

“Gareth Jukes, artist from Birmingham England. His artwork has been exhibited & published internationally. His large scale street art paste-ups have attracted the attention of several art collectors and art dealers in England. Most recent art work was a 32ft tall paste up inside the Public Art Gallery West Bromwich, England.

Christophe Dillinger, experimental photographer from France , writer, publisher and editor-in-chief of Square Magazine, whose work has been shown in Europe , Russia &  U.S.A.

Rebecca Woodcock, sculptor, winner of the Wedgwood Porcelain and Bronze Award. Her work reflects upon everyday life whilst exploring contemporary concerns with inter-personal relationships that reflect on philosophical and emotional engagement, blending elements of figuration and abstraction that encompass image and ground.

David Rann, award winning photographer, currently director of the Fotofilia Gallery in Birmingham, England. David has curated major exhibitions by over 200 emerging and established artists at his Gallery over the last 5 years

Emma Perry, West Midlands artist who works with mixed medias. Her sculptures ‘contain’ colour and she is interested in the internal & the external forms and spaces created in her work.

Julio Orphanides, a Cypriot-born video artist and painter whose works received major compliment when exhibited in a number of successful gallery exhibitions across England in the last two years.

Guy Holness is an emerging young British artist who works in a variety of medias including spray paint, sculpture, photography, and drawing. He is currently developing and coordinating creative arts projects with youth organisations across Europe. The Inspiration Network, a programme that he recently set up brought young people together from, England, Holland and Croatia to participate in a number of creative arts workshop.”

So that’s the “who”. Now for the “what”. The second way on which this is new for me is that for the first time ever, I am exhibiting images taken and edited solely on iphone and ipad.  My project title is “Birmingham Noir” and the images are mainly (but not entirely) composite works consisting of a head-and-shoulders portrait combined with a separately-taken background. The subjects are a mixture of models and friends that, quite simply, I think fit the “noir-esque” mood. The viewer is invited to construct their own narratives.

Here are a few of the images to be shown…

"Laura". Copyright David Rann 2013

“Laura”. Copyright David Rann 2013

"Nadeem". Copyright David Rann 2013

“Nadeem”. Copyright David Rann 2013

"Sam". Copyright David Rann 2013

“Sam”. Copyright David Rann 2013

I’ll post a few more shortly. But for now, if you happen to be in Athens in March, look us up…

Exhibition Opening: Friday 1st March 20:00 – 00:00.
Exhibition will be on until 25 of March.

Time Schedule
Monday-Saturday 13:00 – 20:00.
Sundays (only by appointment)

Stigma Lab:
Andrea Metaxa 4 , Exarhia District.
Athens, Greece

Contact Info:
Tel: +306972087530
Tel: +306948485845!/events/287801581347028/