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Into The Blue / Richard Miller

Into the Blue is an exhibition by film maker, photographer and artist Richard Miller at Shortwave Cafe in The Biscuit Factory.

Into The Blue Exhibition at Shortwave Cafe

In his own words

Let an image grow old and you will see things that you didn’t notice at the time.

The simple idea of ‘observation’ has a very strong appeal to me. The thought that so much around us goes unnoticed until it is gone. People stare at their phone, stare blankly ahead or stare at the ground as the world passes by. Let an image grow old and you will see things that you didn’t notice at the time.

I decided to capture a record of the Bermondsey Street area and exhibited prints in 2013, with further exhibitions of a wider area. I like to think of a camera as a tool, with my eye being the more important lens, then editing and adding colour to the images I choose using digital technology.

Already some of that earlier work has aged. Buildings have gone and people moved on. My observations however, remain forever, in print. Imagine if you will, looking at those same images 100 years on from now.

The geography of my newer work has since expanded but for this Shortwave exhibition, Into the Blue, I remain focussed on the Bermondsey area.

I have traced my own family back to Bermondsey in the 1820’s, with Dockhead, Blue Anchor Lane, Neckinger, Pages Walk and Bermondsey Street amongst the locations of my ancestors homes. I moved to Bermondsey myself in 1988 when the area was in sharp decline. The docks had closed, traditional industries had become outdated and others were moving out of inner London completely. The changes we have since then have been quite remarkable.

Maidstone College of Art: Fine Art (Film,Video and Sound) 1984 Recent Print Exhibitions: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
Recent film and video: Save the Rose, 2014, Unveiling The Shared 2014 Light Fantastic 2015, The Story of the Stones 2018

Richard won The National Portrait Gallery ‘South of the River’ Competition in 2016.

web:, twitter: @richardqmiller

Into The Blue, Richard Miller
20th June – 17th July

Shortwave Cafe
Unit H05, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road
Bermondsey, SE16 4DG
9:00 till 22:30 Monday to Saturday

Into The Blue by Richard Miller

About Shortwave Cafe

Shortwave Café is an art and events venue in Bermondsey’s busiest business complex where you can relax with colleagues over coffee and cake, catch up with friends for drinks after work, or check out the current art exhibition. The café is spacious and bright, with natural light provided by the same skylights that allowed the workers in the old Peek Frean’s factory to produce the Bourbons, Garibaldis, Custard Creams and Twiglets, whose aromas wafted out into the surrounding streets and homes. Join for coffee and cake, cocktails, wines or cold beers from local brewers while you lounge in comfortable chairs, or take in the latest art show.

Free WiFi is available. Free parking after 6.30pm and all day on Saturday. Shortwave Cafe is closed on Sundays  @ShortwaveCafe  ShortwaveCafe



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