Award winning Scottish landscape photographer needs your help to keep producing work for exhibition. New to photography, I discovered within me a talent I didn’t know existed and a vocation that I dearly want to continue with. Your help will boost my chances of a successful exhibition and my chances of a sustainable career in landscape photography.

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Genesis – Scotland’s Landscape

Award winning Scottish landscape photographer needs your help to keep producing work for exhibition.

About Me

Hi, my name is Neil Barr and just over 12 months ago I picked up my first DSLR camera. With no prior training or experience, within 4 weeks I had taken shots that won me the Scotland Magazine Photo Challenge 2015 and gained Highly Commended in the first Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year competition. I’ve since gone on to gain other awards including Commended in the prestigious UK Landscape Photographer of the Year 2015 competition and a 2nd place and 8 Honourable Mentions in the International Photography Awards 2015.

A graduate of Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen (Scotland), I’ve spent the past 20 years running a successful web design business. I eventually sold up (in a deal that went flat) due to ill health and stress.  I shortly thereafter took up photography as a hobby, but also as therapy in my battle with anxiety. 20 years of daily stress had taken its toll.

I quickly found out that it is only when out in the landscape taking photographs (often camping out at the top of mountains for days) that I can escape the everyday problems. The freedom and joy I feel when watching the light move across the landscape along with our wonderful unpredictable Scottish weather is something I wish to get across in the finished art works.

I discovered within me a talent I didn’t know existed and a vocation that I dearly want to continue with. I’ll shortly be hosting my first solo exhibition as a landscape photographer at the Veneer Gallery, Glasgow in February 2016, with a follow-up exhibition at Coburg House Gallery in Edinburgh.

I need your help to allow me to keep producing work.

 

What I Need & What You Get

After nearly 60,000 shots and 30,000 miles travelled in just a year, my funds are severely depleted. I have put everything into making this work as a career and slowly over the past few months there has been a glimmer of hope that it may just work. I hope to replenish some of my funds with my solo exhibitions next year. But in order to keep producing work up to and beyond the exhibitions (which will hopefully kick start my career as a photographer), I need the funds to keep producing work.

Unfortunately, losing my business left me with no other income and all the travel over the past year has been very expensive. The cost of putting on the exhibitions (funded entirely by myself) will run into the thousands.

Every dollar raised will go towards the production of new work and in return, every contributor will get:

  • For $40 – signed A4 signed print from my portfolio & invite to exhibition preview.

  • For $70 – signed A3 signed print from my portfolio & invite to exhibition preview.

  • For $100 – signed A2 signed print from my portfolio & invite to exhibition preview.

  • For $120 – half days 1-2-1 tuition for one person, within 50 mile radius of Glasgow & invite to exhibition preview.

  • For $180 – full days 1-2-1 tuition for one person, within 50 mile radius of Glasgow & invite to exhibition preview.

All prints will be hand signed and printed on Epson Premium Luster Photo Paper with Ultra Chrome K3 Inks. Contributors can select from any photograph in my portfolio on www.neilbarr.co.uk. Further details on tuition (with standard prices) on my site – www.neilbarr.co.uk/121-photography-tuition

Please have a look at my gallery on this page and my work on www.neilbarr.co.uk to see what I have produced so far. I’ll email every contributor personally after the campaign to arrange selection and printing of your prints or to arrange the 1-2-1 tuition.

The Impact

I am currently in discussions with other galleries across Scotland about follow up exhibitions. A successful run at the Veneer & Coburg galleries will boost my chances of more exhibitions.

The first exhibition will be a major step in my dream for a long sustainable career in landscape photography and ultimately a route to recovery. It will allow me to fund new work, reach an audience I couldn’t otherwise reach and for the first time, show the quality of my work in the manner it was always meant to be seen.

Challenges

Landscape photography is often seen as the ‘poor man’ of the art world. It can be challenging to produce and make your mark in it when there are so many doing it these days. I hope my work speaks for itself. I am improving every day, but only with your help can I have any hope of continuing down this road. Success will mean even better work in the future and hopefully the funds to keep producing it.

Other Ways You Can Help

If you cannot assist with a contribution, please have a look at my portfolio and spread the word, or even buy a small print or two. Please use the share tools to let your friends and family know about my campaign.

Thanks for reading,

Neil Barr

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    My eternal gratitude and an invite to my exhibition previews.

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    Hand proofed, signed and printed A4 photograph from any in my portfolio along with invite to exhibition preview. Printed on Epson Premium Luster Photo Paper with Ultra Chrome K3 Inks.

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    Hand proofed, signed and printed A3 photograph from any in my portfolio along with invite to exhibition preview. Printed on Epson Premium Luster Photo Paper with Ultra Chrome K3 Inks.

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    Hand proofed, signed and printed A2 photograph from any in my portfolio along with invite to exhibition preview. Printed on Epson Premium Luster Photo Paper with Ultra Chrome K3 Inks.

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    1-2-1 half day tuition +invite This is a 4 hour session which in the winter is normally early afternoon until after sunset and in the summer is an evening session, again finishing after sunset. Once I find out about your experience and knowledge, the gear you use, the areas you wish to improve, I can tailor an itinerary just for you. Location is limited to within a 50 mile radius of Glasgow city centre. Further details on tuition (with standard fees) on my site - www.neilbarr.co.uk/121-photography-tuition

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    1-2-1 full day tuition +invite This is an 8 hour session that in mid winter runs from before dawn until after sunset. In summer I normally run the sessions from around or just after noon until after sunset. Once I find out about your experience and knowledge, the gear you use, the areas you wish to improve, I can tailor an itinerary just for you. Location is limited to within a 50 mile radius of Glasgow centre. Further details on tuition (with standard fees) on my site - www.neilbarr.co.uk/121-photography-tuition

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