Saturday, 7 February 2015

AFF #5: The Photographers Gallery

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Hey everyone!

Apologies for the lack of a mid-week post this week.. I am trying to organise something and it fell through so unfortunately the post couldn’t go up! Hopefully I’ll be able to get it to you next week.. *taps nose*

The Photographers Gallery from outside

Upwards and onwards! For this week’s Art Freak Friday, I went to The Photographers Gallery to see their 2 new exhibitions and cool interactive displays.



"Human Rights Human Wrongs" photography exhibition at The Photographers Gallery, London
"Human Rights Human Wrongs" photography exhibition at The Photographers Gallery, London
"Human Rights Human Wrongs" photography exhibition at The Photographers Gallery, London
"Human Rights Human Wrongs" photography exhibition at The Photographers Gallery, London
"Human Rights Human Wrongs" photography exhibition at The Photographers Gallery, London
"Human Rights Human Wrongs" photography exhibition at The Photographers Gallery, London
"Human Rights Human Wrongs" photography exhibition at The Photographers Gallery, London
"Human Rights Human Wrongs" photography exhibition at The Photographers Gallery, London

I found the ”Human Rights Human Wrongs” exhibition fairly interesting, but it lacked something. It reminded me a lot of the World Press Photographer of the Year exhibition that travels around the world annually, but not quite as captivating.
HRHW focused on an incredibly important and prominent subject and showcased the movement in this field well. In saying that, I must admit - I found it a little boring.. I think there were too many photos to be able to focus. Perhaps if there had been more of a cull when choosing which photographs to display, it might’ve been easier for the viewer to feel connected to the photographs, rather than being overwhelmed by them.
Final verdict: Interesting subject, worth seeing, but needed more refining to be at it’s full potential.


Interactive displays


"Touchstone" display at The Photographers Gallery, London
"Touchstone" display at The Photographers Gallery, London

On the middle floor of the building, The Photographers Gallery houses a few cool little interactive displays. The first is called Touchstone, which allows people to sit and really study a photograph that is on display. Then, they write down what they think the photograph means, what it may represent, how it made them feel etc… And submit their papers into a box. The gallery chooses their favourite answers and displays them on an iPad. A very cool concept!

"Camera Obscura" display at The Photographers Gallery, London

The other display here is called Camera Obscura. This is basically a giant camera, which is created when a small hole is made in a very dark space, projecting an inverted image of the scene outside. You can read more about the specifics on their website, but again: very interesting and great for those who don’t know much about how cameras really work.


Charlotte Dumas’ “Anima & The Widest Prairies”


"Anima & The Widest Prairies" exhibition at The Photographers Gallery, London
"Anima & The Widest Prairies" exhibition at The Photographers Gallery, London
"Anima & The Widest Prairies" exhibition at The Photographers Gallery, London
"Anima & The Widest Prairies" exhibition at The Photographers Gallery, London
"Anima & The Widest Prairies" exhibition at The Photographers Gallery, London
Don't look down

This exhibition revolved solely around wild horses in the USA. The write-up (photographed above) explained the idea very well but as much as I hate to be negative, I found it really underwhelming. Asta and I both left feeling quite unsatisfied. Don’t get me wrong, the photos were nice to look at and cleverly displayed, but I just felt as if it was all very similar and nothing really stood out to me or would make me recommend it to somebody else. I think the story behind it was pretty unique, but the photos themselves lacked “oomph”.
Asta and I did, however, enjoy the floor-to-ceiling window that looked out over the street below. Not for those afraid of heights though!
Final verdict: Something interesting to see if you’re in the area, but I wouldn’t make it a destination.


A little disappointed with what I saw for this week’s Art Freak Friday, but hey, that happens sometimes so I won't lie to you and say it was great when that's not the truth!


Hope you all have a lovely weekend and I will have an exciting new post coming for you this week.

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