Ffoto Alternative @ Bodalwydden 2013


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For just under two years now I have been working with the group Ffoto Alternative and planning their biggest exhibition to date at Bodelwyddan Castle. The work was to document the 25th anniversary of the castle. Also alongside our work we was lucky to be paired with the National Portrait Gallery who brought a  selection of work up from 1988 this featured photos of The Stone Roses, Run DMC, Steven Hawkins to name a few. A great honour to be alongside such images of icons. The work that I put into the show was seen first on google maps. I noticed that there was an old drive way to the castle. Back in February I went to document the trees. This would then be placed in a filling cabinet in the exhibition. that you would walk through with your hands. The first image was pixellated the last image in-front of the castle was clear to give a sense of distance. I like the fact the filing cabinet was closed so only the keen-eyed viewer would even know it was there.

 

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Irving Penn, The National Portrait Gallery 2010


[ P ] Irving Penn - Francis Bacon (1962)
[ P ] Irving Penn – Francis Bacon (1962) (Photo credit: Cea.)

Irving Penn is a name I haven’t really heard of but I understand his positioning in the portrait world. I was impressed with his retrospective body of work at the national portrait gallery. He definitely had a style of his own. What I was trying to show in my sketches of the work was his work seemed to be set around triangles and oblongs. This seemed to change by the year. He worked from the 1940s to the 1990s. I was also impressed by the amount of photographers he had taken photographers. It really was worth a visit and a good way to end the trip.