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Week 20, and the Artists featured in Open to Art this week are photographers Morag Patterson and Ted Leeming, who exhibited in our Easter Snow Gallery in 2015.

The images selected here represent a range of work from various projects, taken in various countries: Iceland, The Faroe Islands, Scotland and Italy. The themes tackle subject matter ranging from working with a “Zero Footprint” by photographing repeatedly from our house, receding glaciers, storm damaged forests, consumerism and dangerous algal blooms generated by pollution.

In line with their lifestyle choices, Ted and Morag are going to donate 15% from all future print sales to a selection of charities they support. These include Trees For Life, Medecins San Frontieres, SolarAid and Surfers Against Sewage. For every three paying mentoring clients they will try to offer a free mentoring session to someone from a disadvantaged background.

Meditative reflections on light, contemplative art of nature, unstructured nature of place, land:human nexus … these are but some of the themes flowing through the collective work of Leeming and Paterson.Their work has less to do with appearance, rather with effect. It reflects the desire to spread the ripple of wonder. The humbling state of awe that arises when faced with the god of little things in the tiny spaces of nature and the immensity of creative forces in the sweeping landscapes, waterscapes, seascapes and human-scapes of our environment.

The natural world forms the basis of inspiration for many of their collaborative images and projects. With dreamlike depictions of land and sea, alongside environmental feasts for the eyes and the lens, the Leeming and Paterson visual ecologues command sharp intakes of breath as they crystalise this fragile paradise we all call home.

As leading artists and photographers in their field, Leeming and Paterson are living embodiments of their concepts and practices of give-back and upskilling practitioners. As well as exhibiting and selling fine art prints, they are experienced mentors. They lead dynamic and friendly photographic trips and workshops as well as offer private tuition and tours for groups and individuals together with dedicated mentoring programs and portfolio reviews.

1. Bad Algae 57x38cm £595 (€657)
2. Zero Footprint 57x38cm £595 (€659)
3. Harbour 57x38cm £245 (€270)
4. Riviera Dawn 57x38cm £245 (€270)
5. Terminus 57x38cm £345 (€381)
6. The Magnificent Beech 90x90cm £995 (€1098)

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