Interview With Shereen Nanjiani on BBC Radio Scotland

BBC Radio Scotland presenter Shereen’s Nanjiani’s guest is the mother, writer and photographer, Melanie Gow, known for her inspirational walks

Shereen Nanjiani hosts Melanie Gow as her guest on BBC Radio Scotland

BBC Radio Scotland presenter, Shereen Nanjiani, presents Shereen, a live topical news and current affairs programme broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland 10am on Saturday morning. I had the pleasure of being Shereen Nanjiani‘s guest, talking “childhood’ to “inspirational walk” – you can listen HERE

Before launching her radio career in 2006, Nanjiani was the chief news anchor at STV Central, having presented the news programme, Scotland Todaysince 1987. She is the first Asian-Scottish presenter in Scotland and the longest serving female news presenter at STV. I am extremely proud to be a guest on her show.

500 Mile Walk Featured in the Daily Express Newspaper

You know that moment when you wake up and find you are featured on a full page of a national newspaper, in the very best way? That moment!

Daily Express Feature on Walking With Angels Story Feature

You know that moment when you wake up and find you are featured on a full page of a national newspaper, in the very best way? That moment!

 CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ONLINE

Thank you Daily Express.

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14 Signed Limited Edition Photographic Art Prints

14 moments that tell the inspirational story of one woman’s walk with her sons, aged 16 and 12, for 33 exceptional days over the Pyrenees and across Spain for 800km to Santiago de Compostela.

14 signed Limited Edition Photographic Art Prints with a signed Certificate of Authentication, telling the inspirational story of one woman's walk with her sons, aged 16 and 12, for 33 exceptional days over the Pyrenees and across Spain for 800km to Santiago de Compostela
14 signed Limited Edition Photographic Art Prints, by Melanie Gow, for sale with a signed Certificate of Authentication

There are 14 signed Limited Edition Photographic Art Prints featuring Lessons Learned While Out Walking, with a signed Certificate of Authentication for sale; 14 moments that tell the inspirational story of one woman’s walk with her sons, aged 16 and 12, for 33 exceptional days over the Pyrenees and across Spain for 800km to Santiago de Compostela.

“I thought I had been around the block enough times to have this whole thing figured out. I wanted to go on this walk to give my sons the space to choose what type of men they wanted to be. It was my gift to them. It turned out it was quite simply the very best thing I could do for them, and it was also the very best thing I could do with them.

But the real surprise was that somewhere over this very long stroll I experienced a profoundly transformative overhaul.”

These Photographic Art Exhibition has shown in St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland, The Gallery at Norden Farm, Maidenhead, UK,  The Gallery at Ice, Windsor, UK, in the historic Town Hall at The Oxford International Art Fair, Oxford, UK, Reading Contemporary Art Fair, Reading UK.

The artist Melanie Gow has given talks, including a TEDx Talk on the 14th of June 2014, on this 33 day journey with her sons at various venues, and appeared on BBC Radio Berkshire and in the print media talking about her work.

These Limited Edition Photographic Art Prints are available for sale and can be shipped anywhere in the world: click here 

Each Limited Edition Photographic Art Print comes with a Certificate of Authentication that verifies the authenticity of the accompanying limited edition print. The Title, edition number and back story of the Limited Edition Photographic Art Print are included on the CoA, and the artist’s signature on this document attests that she has personally inspected, numbered, approved and signed the print. This document further verifies that no unsigned or unnumbered copies within this edition are known to exist.

All works are hand-printed on the highest quality, Epsom Photo Lustre archival paper at 360gsm, using only the finest grade real pigmented inks. To protect your investment keep this art work in favourable conditions, away from fluorescent lighting and direct sunlight, and from areas with high humidity, and at normal room temperature 18-23C. Your print is expected to retain the original condition, without fading or discolouration, for at least 100 years.

A Meet and Greet Interview With Collective Art In Marlow

I am lucky enough to have recently become be a part of a cooperative. It’s a very different experience, a gently illuminating candle glow of an involvement.

There are no ordinary moments
There are no ordinary moments

I am lucky enough to have recently become be a part of a cooperative. It’s a very different experience for me, a gently illuminating candle glow of an involvement.

Everyone does what they are good at, and somehow it all comes together, mostly over tea and cakes. Jacqueline Ford looks after our website and interviewed me.. see I am lucky.

Describe yourself briefly

First I’m mother to two boys who are growing up to be great men and may well turn out to be the best thing about me. Other than that I have lived my whole life as a creative, never far from a camera or a pen. But, I feel I have waited all these decades for the world to finally develop the perfect medium for me – I make original Artwork using digital apps as a creative photographer.

For me it’s like breathing, it’s how I respond to the world, whether I am inspired or I’m in pain, I spend my time as an artist trying to make a small part of it glow.

Describe your style?

Forever trying to capture the moment or the metaphor that has meaning. I feel the image as I use a palette of Apps, usually taking several days to get the right mood, and then each one inspires a quote or I write a line of poetry.

Tell us about your workspace?

On the road, on the run, on the phone, it’s the space I grab with myself that helps me connect with my thoughts and make sense of it all. It’s how I feel articulate.

How and when did you get involved with Collective Art in Marlow?

I met Julie Rumsey and Liz England through exhibiting at the Windsor Emporium; I’m surprised they’re able to still be artists as I bit their arms off for the chance to join this collective. It has been the most nurturing and welcoming experience.

What is your favourite technique?

I really like using mixed media to create an image I then photograph and add into a layer on my images, or I like to add mixed media to the final prints – I like adding the real into the digital, but I also really like “colouring “an image for the emotion.

Apart from creative photography do you have any other creative interests?

I run a Community Interest Company that delivers cultural initiatives into the area to foster civic pride. It’s an enormous challenge, but I love coming up with an initiative that can touch the global community and have a real world event locally at the end of it.

Favourite film?

That’s so hard, BC (Before Children) I was a film director and screenplay writer so I love films and watch around 5 a week still. But if I have to name one it’s “All That Jazz”, Directed by Bob Fosse.. a theatre director is dying and the whole film is a bizarre musical conversation with Death. I have always related.

Pets?

I had a cat for eighteen years, she was with me through college, there as I started on my career, moved in with me when I bought a house and saw both my sons born. I have not had a pet since.

Only Love let's us see normal things in an extraordinary way

Favourite place to be?

Wherever there is a chance to be in the present, sounds corny but those moments when you are not hurtling towards some deadline, appointment or end of a “to do” list are like the universe opening up endlessly.

Person I’d most like to invite to dinner?

That’s too hard, a historical figure? My late father for one last conversation, or my eighty six year old self who would be wise of course? A great conversationalist, a conservationist, someone controversial or just Robert Downey Jnr as I am going to marry him, just as soon as he realises I exist? Option overload!

Random fact about you?

Bragging rights, I had a book published and then took my sons on a road trip across America from LA to New York over 7 weeks, drove to the Grand Canyon in an RV had dinner there at sunset just for starters – absolutely life affirming.

Also, I don’t cook.

Find the original interview and more about us @ Collective Art in Marlow

Find more @ Jacqueline Ford who organised this interview

Find more about Julie Rumsey Liz England is working on getting her site up

Find more @ Windsor Emporium where we all met

Feature with Reading Contemporary Art Fair

I am featured on the Reading Contemporary Art Fair Blog, it’s a rare opportunity to talk about what I love doing and why

I used to believe in forever, but forever is a long time
I used to believe in forever, but forever is a long time

I am featured on the Reading Contemporary Art Fair Blog, it’s a rare opportunity to talk about what I love doing and why..

Reading Contemporary Art Fair will be the first in the country to showcase an artist in the emerging field of App Art, creative photography using apps on smart phones and tablets.

The artist Melanie Gow was handed a camera by her father at 6 years old and has seen the world through a lens since, one way or another. Now she is a creating original Artwork using digital apps.

“I have lived my whole life as a creative, never far from a camera or a pen. But, I feel I have waited all these decades for the world to finally develop the perfect medium for me.

Now I use my eyes to see the moment, and I can create what my inner eye sees.”

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