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Spring Fling, Artist in Residence, and The New Book

Last autumn, I was artist-in-residence at the Wigtown Book Festival, where I took 173 portraits of visitors, residents and authors over 10 days.

These photos were then pinned to walls of “The Hut” – the studio space I’d been given to use for the duration – and each person’s name, along with the title of ‘a well-loved book,’ was scribbled underneath.

I’ve now created a book of the event, which includes all the portraits and a journal of my experiences as I progressed from naïve enthusiasm, through loss of confidence and on to final success.

Like my previous books, Facing The Weekend, and Staring Back, it’s been created via – an online, print-on-demand publisher. You order the book and they print it and post it to you. Unfortunately, it’s not very cheap, but then copies are being printed off individually rather than en mass.

However, you can download it for your iPad or iPhone for a mere £2.49 (approx €3 or $4) because there are no printing or shipping costs.

If you would like to see and handle a printed copy, then I will have one with me this weekend when I am back at “The Hut” in Wigtown for the Spring Fling Open Studio Event (studio 6 in the brochure – visit the Spring Fling website to download the brochure app), from Saturday 2nd to Tuesday 5th June

If you can’t get over to visit, then take a look at the widget below to give you a taste.

If for any reason, the widget below isn't working, then click on this link for more details


Mimi and Tilly said...

Fantastic Kim. Huge congratulations. Em :)

Kim Ayres said...

Thanks Em :)

erika said...

How awesome! Congratulations! I think I have to have one. Let me know when you have an exhibition in LA :)

Kim Ayres said...

Thanks Erika. If you want to organise an exhibition in LA for me, I'll happily take some photos of you and the family :)

hope said...

A wonderful job yet again!

And thank YOU for introducing me to's helped with some creative one-of-a-kind gifts for those family members who have everything.

Anonymous said...

I remember this but I'm not certain I've seen all the photos in this book. Some intense portraiture!

Pat said...

Great widget and a fine body of work.

Kim Ayres said...

Hope - Blurb is great, although I've been disappointed just how much the prices have gone up over the past 18 months or so.

Allen - thank you :) All the portraits are on my Facebook and Flickr pages, but there are a few other shots of the studio and the writer's retreat which haven't been shown before.

Pat - thank you :)

Guyana-Gyal said...

Congratulations, Kim. All your hard work is paying off, I'm sure.

By the way, I think you'd enjoy taking photos in a weird place like Guyana!

Kim Ayres said...

I would love to come and take photos in Guyana. If you can find a way to get me there I'll photograph you and your family for free :)

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