Barbara Chandler has been a committed photographer for over 25 years. Whilst it's true to say that she is entirely self-taught, it's also true that Chandler readily acknowledges that she has taken technical counsel from a close circle of well-respected film-processors and printers. Her inspiration comes directly from the subjects themselves: her walks with her camera and from paintings. This exhibition also marks the launch of the Habitat 'Stars' collection of Chandler's jauntily themed range of digitally printed cushions, aprons, tea towels and tote bags.
Stars draws on Chandler's 20 year archive of photography and traverses different countries and continents. The focus is on snow-perfect cityscapes and classic reportage; counterpointed by a more surreal approach to recording the unexpected, bizarre, flip-side to the festive season (a well-known Chandler hallmark). The projection allows for a metamorphosis of this star edit, into a filmic loop of stills, accompanied by the beat of contemporary music producer, Wrong Tom's curious cacophony of festive noise, igniting a pertinent sense of time and place.
Barbara Chandler lives in West London, with her husband, Ben. Her photographs have featured in a series of London exhibitions. The 'Visions of Poland' portfolio was shown four times in London (between 1992 and 2010). 'Love London,' (later to become a book), was premiered at Habitat in 2008. Chandler has also worked extensively as a journalist, writing mainly about interiors and design for many national newspapers and magazines including the London Evening Standard (for over 20 years) and more recently the design column in Homes & Gardens. The book, 'LOVE LONDON', containing 180 photographs of the capital, was published in summer 2011 and will be on sale for the duration of the exhibition.