Henry Moore and other galleries in London March 2010

West Wind by Henry Moore
West Wind by Henry Moore (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well where to start? a very interesting few days. I think the trip to molinare stands out the most for me. I think they really made the group feel at ease. The little bag they gave us was a nice touch. He was very proactive in getting us to ask questions. I didn’t feel unwanted or we was taking too much of his time. I feel i left with a clear understanding of what they did.

I found Frame store to be a very positive experience. If not a little rushed. It was interesting to see how the group had a mixed review of the visit with half for and half against. It seemed really to push towards with getting the best of the talent kind of pre interview. Very corporate you could tell it was a well-oiled multinational company. I would be interested in trying for the internship I will chase them up.

If ever a company had the perfect name, it was smoke and mirrors. I have still not made my mind up about this place. The person that took us round was strange; I thought he seemed uneasy with it all. Maybe he wasn’t use to taking groups around although he was totally thorough in his talk. He seemed to be very prominent in the use of miya something i know nothing about.

The work in the photographer’s gallery of the maze really pricked my conscience. It was some of the most beautiful work I’ve ever seen. I thought it was poignant an end of an era. It was done in such a beautiful way. It made me think of Paul Grahams work but taking it in a very different direction. The run down building, the slight change in the repetition of each cell. A real-time peace document.

I think Irvine Penn and Henry Moore where both things I was glad I had made the effort to go and check out. Although both where not really in my discipline. I will go and see anything once maybe even twice.

The trip out to Brixton at photofusion was the hidden gem for me a top class little independent gallery. It was a beautiful space with great images in to. Always worth a trip there.

I feel I have gained a lot of confidence out of trip to London. Although im not sure I could the move down there. Maybe that is just me selling myself short. The fact i am going to carry on with my short film project is from the comment of the director of London to Brighton. Of just do it so i will and see what happens.

Deutsche Borse photography prize 2010 The Photographers Gallery

As ever always an excellent trip to photographers gallery. This time it was the very prestigious Deutsche Borse Prize. The winners Where Anna Fox, Zoe Leonard, Sophie Ristelhueber and Donovan Wylie.

Anna Fox took contemporary portraiture in an outdoor environment. They where interesting but not really my thing. Sophie Ristelhueber took images of various areas of conflict. I liked the images of the roads with bomb holes.

The main two pieces of work was interested in was Zoe Leonard and Donovan Wylie. Zoe Leonard was trying to capture the changing face of the area that she grow up in. She was documenting the little shops that we’re being closed down due to the opening of large modern shopping complex. Her work really made me think about Edward Weston early work documenting the depression in the U.S.

The work the really attracted my attention was Donovan Wylie. He is from northern Ireland. He had documented the demolition of the maze prison. In superb large format C prints. He had taken 7 different images of the same point of a block of the prison being knocked down. So it went from full fence to clear space. The deconstruction of the fence was really powerful. Maybe this was because it was showing the end of an era. I also liked some picture that where in the official book. He had taken images of each prison cell all taken from the same angle. Really strong repartition. All that changed was the curtains. Really considered and beautiful.