Yesterday I had a day off from our best in category and gold medal winning garden at Chelsea Flower Show so I used the time well and went to three photography exhibitions. The first was 'The Great British Seaside' which comprised of photographs from the 60s to present by David Hurn, Martin Parr, Tony Ray-Jones and Simon Roberts. It included new Martin Parr photographs from last summer. I bought the book.
What interested me most were the short videos of them bring interviewed especially David Hurn who describes himself as a observer who wants to take photographs in which the subjects are unaware that they are subjects. This is very like how I enjoy taking photographs.
I then went to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year in the Natural History Museum. I thought this was very impressive and rather than the usual white walls and subdued colours of a normal gallery this w. as dark with the photographs lit which really emphasised the vivid colours. I bought the book.
Then finally and most importantly I went to the opening of Dayana's exhibition of her final project called 'I hear you now'. I really wanted to see this to help with planning of my own exhibition. The gallery had the normal white walls and ceiling with a light coloured wooden floor. I noticed that Dayana had not framed her photographs which is something I was thinking about. My only criticism was that there was no indication on the single label which photograph was which and the I asked Dayana the gallery had produced the label and the titles of the photographs were in a completely random order.
It was good to have a chat with Dayana and one of our tutors Paul Clements.
I had a very useful 1 to 1 on Wednesday last week and I have now forward my selection for Wendy to suggest my final edit. I must say my final exhibition images have changed lately partly because of her advice. She would like me to use my photographs of the subjects doing their sport. However this is a change that I like and reflects my personal choice. As a result I do need quotes from other subjects than those chosen so far so I need to get on with that as time is now running short. I must now decide on my exhibition images and a larger set that will go into my photobook.
I have now started to edit my selection of 16 images for the final exhibition as I plan to use some images taken very recently. I will print the new additions out and then photograph it for here. My other major issue is getting quotes from the subjects. I have now got some but where it is most difficult is where the lead group or charity want me to approach the individuals through them. I can understand this but this is where I am having a lack of response.
I am now producing in soft copy the images for the exhibition along with their text on a white background. All the complete images will be A2 In size. I now also need to continue to work on the photobook.
I have now printed A4 copies of the 16 images which to date I will use for my final exhibition and I have them laid out to pick the best lay out and order For me each group of four have the same theme of powerboat racing, golf, Invictus games and motorsport. This works quite well as the images will have to broken into sets of four because of the constraints of the exhibition venue. I have also tried as far as possible for the images to have the same orientation but this is currently not the case with a couple of images. However I am still taking photographs so the mat not be my final sixteen.
Having been extremely busy last week which included missing my 1 to 1 with Wendy (sorry). I did a two day shoot at the Invictus Games Trials at the Bath University Sports Village on 5 and 6 Apr and yesterday I had a shoot with Team Endeavour Racing on the RYA slipway, Hamble. I will also have a another all weekend shoot next weekend with them on Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall.
I now have an A2 test print which looks good and includes text. I am going to my exhibition site on Friday to make sure I have room for the sixteen prints i want to use. This week I will be mostly catching up with the interviews/presentations from the course and adding to a draft of the photobook.