After a long day of aching feet, lots of coffee, lots of laughing and did I mention aching feet? I am home from looking at various photography exhibitions in London. It was a long day (my alarm went of at 6am!) but worth it as I have come back feeling inspired and ready to take some decent photos! I wasn't sure whether to share this with you but 1. it is what I am interested in and if my own blog doesn't reflect that what's the point?! and 2. I figure along side writing, other bloggers are probably pretty interested in photography too as it's a big part of having a blog. So, therefore, I'm going to share with you the three galleries I visited today.
We arrived at St. Pancreas and went straight on to Soho, where we visited The Photographers Gallery. I love this gallery. Not only does it always have so much going on, it's really easy to find and it has the best gift shop! Who doesn't love a good arty gift shop? What really stood out was the exhibition called 'Joanne' by Simon Fujiwara (Pictured below). If you have the chance to see this, I really recommend going down. The gorgeous studio portraits are displayed on light boxes so they are huge, glowing prints. At the back of the room is a video explaining the images and why Joanne does not just identify herself as one thing but instead identifies as so much more than that - e.g. she is a teacher, a lover, a fighter. I found it to be very inspirational and up lifting. It was refreshing to hear such a positive message. I loved hearing a woman talk about herself in such a positive and confident way. Why should we identify as one thing - I often find myself saying "I am a photography student" but actually - I am a sister, I am a blogger, I am an artist. We are so much more than what we specialise in.
We then went to the National Portrait Gallery to see the William Eggleston Portraits exhibition. This is another great one and it is 100% worth going to see. It's not a huge exhibition but every photograph is so interesting that you will probably end up spending at least half an hour inside. Unfortunately you are not allowed to take photos inside and they seemed quite strict so to see more you can click here.
Lastly, after getting lunch in Pret, we went back over to Soho and visited the Getty Images gallery. I didn't know what to expect from this as I had never visited it before but actually it was my favourite of the day. It was full of street photography of Soho, mainly black and white apart from these images (pictured). I don't think there was one image that I disliked in the whole room, everything was fascinating. I was talking to my friend about it and she said that what she finds draws her in to images like these is the fact that they just can't be recreated, especially when they are from the 50's/60's when all of the cars, clothes, everything was completely different.
Do you ever go to galleries - I'd love some recommendations if you do. I'd love to bring more of my interest in art and photography into this blog. Watch this space!