Her last exhibition, staged in her home gallery at Yateem Gardens, Adliya, was quite a dark affair. But this time the theme is blue, or at least predominantly blue, and the pictures will be a mix of Bahrain, the UK and Australia with blue sky and sea playing a huge role.
She explained: ‘I think in general I’m in a happier place emotionally than before and these are a happier set of pictures.
‘I’m also more confident.
‘I studied history of art but I’m not very good at painting. But I really wanted to be an artist and that’s how I started. Through my studies I learned about the composition of paintings and that’s something I bring to my photography.
‘When I say I’m more confident now, the first exhibition was more about me learning the medium and how to use it. Now I know much more about what I’m doing rather than standing there, taking pictures and feeling that I’m being lucky.
‘The blue theme feels like a lovely, much calmer place to be in.’
The Bahraini pictures are very architectural with lots of shots of the National Theatre, particularly showing the contrast between the built environment and its surroundings.
And there are eye-catching images from the souq, rolls of materials that we all pass by in everyday life without appreciating that, taken in another context, they are objects of beauty.
That’s another of Clem’s themes, capturing and displaying that beauty which is often overlooked.
She said: ‘I like spending time in the souq, there is so much there to see – everyday things that are also very beautiful when you look at them closely – or on the beach, one of the pictures from Australia is a selection of found objects that have been formed into an art installation.’
The show also includes a few wildlife shots but Clem says these pictures, such as the shot of the tiny fish lined up in the water, take a great deal of time and patience simply waiting for the right opportunity, which she admits is not always her forte.
So, to create an exhibition like this, do you have to be constantly on the lookout or do you head out on specific photographic missions?
Clem explains: ‘I tend to be taking pictures when we’re on family outings and then I’ll just wander off by myself for half an hour and shoot things that interest me, I think in that way the pictures are more relaxed. ‘Maybe if you’re a photographer who has been taking pictures for many years with lots of experience, you can go and spend a whole day taking pictures but, for me, I have other things going on at the same time so taking pictures has to fit around my life.
‘That said, some people say you should always carry a camera and there have been times when I’ve thought “I really wish I had my camera with me now”, but for the most part I like the look and feel of my more relaxed images.’ Clementine Perrins photography exhibition. Oct 6-31, 9am-4pm closed Fri, Sat. Valla B4 Yateem Gardens, Adliya. Call (36 199 908).