Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Why I Still Shoot Film

Something inspiring happens when I shoot using analogue cameras. Loading film takes me back to the time I spent studying photography, learning the art and science. I whiled away afternoons in the darkroom with smelly chemicals and looking on in delight as images gradually appeared, as if by magic.  

I take the discipline of shooting on film seriously. It brings a whole new perspective to my photography. It forces me to slow down, which is a good thing in this day and age. Graininess and little imperfections on the images are charming and turn each photograph into something organic and unique.

Simply put, shooting film takes me off into a different world, a world which is out of the ordinary.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

New Faces of Spring Fling 2015

Since moving to Dumfriesshire in November 2013, I have bought every issue of Dumfries and Galloway Life that has been on sale. Reading the magazine is a wonderful way of finding out about everything happening in the region, especially for us newbies to the area.

Another great thing about living in this region is Spring Fling, Scotland's Premier Art and Craft Open Studios Event and in the latest issue of D&G Life, (April 2015) on page 92-94 there is a lovely introduction to the new faces of Spring Fling. See if you can spot the photograph Fragile Nature, as I am one of the new artists selected to take part. I'm over the moon!

Preparations are underway to make sure everything is ready and I'm looking forward to throwing open the studio doors and welcoming visitors. 

Please save the dates...23-25th May 2015. 

More details about Spring Fling 2015 and all the artists taking part here

Laura x

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Pop-Up Photography Galleries

Hello, here's a quick update on LHM Fine Art Pop-Up Galleries happening this month...

On March 28th I will be exhibiting at Colvend Produce and Makers Market (Colvend Public Hall, DG5 4QD).

The market was set up by Annette Need (Annette's Baking in a Box) and on the fourth Saturday of each month, producers and makers from around Dumfries get together at the hall to sell their wares.

I've been invited to display my artwork at the March market and each month after that there will be other guest artists taking to the stage with their own pop-up galleries too.

At the market you'll find lots of gifts and tasty treats, from quiches and cakes to tarts and pies. There's also a market Pop-Up Cafe, so come along and join us for a cuppa and see for yourself what wonderful treats are on offer.

Another pop up gallery during March is on the evening of the 12th at Shambellie House, as Stuart J McCulloch launches his latest book 'A Scion of Heroes'. If you would like to attend the launch on 12th March at 7.30pm, to hear an illustrated talk from the Author, please email maculafailte@yahoo. co. uk for more details (see my last blog post on the book here)

I've got lots of exhibitions and events happening over the next few months so do check back regularly to stay up to date.

Until my next bloggings....

Laura x

Sunday, 22 February 2015

The Yellow Door

I'm a bit late blogging about my recent exhibition at The Yellow Door, but I wanted to share a few photos from the Private View, and to tell you a little bit about this special place in Dumfries where I have been volunteering for the last few months.

The Yellow Door was launched as a permanent shop and gallery in April 2014 for a group of artists, designers, makers and writers from Dumfries and the surrounding area to display and sell their work. The new space accommodates a vibrant programme of exhibitions, and small creative and literary workshops and events.

The Gallery showcases an excellent selection of paintings, sculpture, ceramics, hand-made prints, writing, photography, illustrations, crafts, antiques, fine art and the most fabulous handmade hats!

Email theyellowdoordumfries@gmail.com to be added to their mailing list, or sign up to the newsletter on the facebook page here to stay up to date with what's happening and be invited along to some super events behind The Yellow Door.

Laura x

Thursday, 19 February 2015


Excited to share news that a book entitled 'A Scion of Heroes' is about to be published on 6 March 2015. Author Stuart James McCulloch very kindly commissioned me to design the front cover for the book and this has to be one of the most interesting and satisfying commissions I've received so far. 

The new book is all about the life of Captain James Murray and the interesting story motivated and inspired me to create the cover below.

For more information about the book and how to order copies through the Author, please see below...

Laura x

This fast-moving narrative, brings to life the extraordinary tale of a young man from New Abbey, South West Scotland.

The tale travels from the American Revolutionary War via Scotland and Canada. It moves on to the remarkable events in his life as a naval officer in the fight against the tyranny of Napoleon. It ends with drama and scandal in the Scottish Highlands.

HARDBACK c.350 PAGES RRP: £18.99

For information and ordering: Author - maculafailte@yahoo.co.uk

Monday, 27 October 2014

LHM Fine Art Photography News

It's been a busy few weeks here at LHM Fine Art Photo HQ, so I thought I'd share a wee update on what's been happening since my last blog post...

I had a successful weekend exhibiting artwork at Shambellie Walled Garden, with a wonderful preview evening hosted by Sheila Cameron. Other artists exhibiting at the event were Archie McCall, Hugh McIntyre, Philippa Sinclair and Charlotte Long. We all had a great time in the garden with really great weather. Thanks to those of you who came along to the event over the weekend and purchased my art. 

I have recently completed two commissions. One to design a book cover which I absolutely loved. It was challenging and completely different from past commissions, but spending time reading a draft copy of the book and working out the style and feel for the front cover was very satisfying. I'll be sharing links and more details about the book hopefully before the end of December when it is published. 

Another commission was to photograph some beautiful pottery by Archie McCall. Here's a sneak peek at some of his lovely pots. I met Archie at his Spring Fling Open Studio last year, which was wonderful and a real high-light of the event. His work is inspiring and his studio, set in his garden is both charming and enlightening. 

In other news, very excited to share that I've been accepted as an artist member and volunteer at The Yellow Door Shop and Gallery in Dumfries, I really love the creative space and their events and preview evenings are very enjoyable. Watch this space for details of events from the gallery and do go along if you get the chance. I'll be having an exhibition at The Yellow Door in the New Year too. More about that soon.

And, last but certainly not least....I'm delighted that I have been awarded a Licentiateship with The Royal Photographic Society The Society's distinctions are internationally respected and sought after by photographers. Preparations are now underway for my application for Associateship! 

Well, I think that brings you up to date. I'll be on location in Morocco for a while but will post more updates and images on my return.

Many thanks for looking, please do leave any comments and feedback below, I'd love to hear from you.

Laura xx

Monday, 11 August 2014

Shambellie Walled Garden - Art Exhibition

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I will be exhibiting at Shambellie Walled Garden and here are all the details you need. Please save the date and I hope you can make it. I'm very much looking forward to what promises to be a wonderful evening in a beautiful setting, 

Laura xx  

Sheila Cameron at Shambellie Walled Garden

has pleasure in inviting you to the preview of

Art in the Garden

Friday 5th September 6.30 to 8.30pm

The exhibition will include work by

Charlotte Long ~ Botanical illustrator
Philippa Sinclair ~ Paintings in Watercolour
Laura Hudson Mackay ~ Fine art photographer
Hugh McIntyre and more….

The exhibition will run on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th Sept.
10.00 – 4.00


Shambellie Walled Garden, Beeswing Road, New Abbey, Dumfries, DG8 1AA