The Stronger Together exhibition lasted less than a week at The Tabernacle and I sold fourteen framed pictures! That’s a good scoreline by anyone’s standards.
Together with co-exhibitors Sarah Ezekiel and the late David Shaw we have raised over £10,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Of my photos two stood out as being favourites. Each had 3 red dots by the end of the show! No surprise about the first – “Suit Event” – which has always proved a seller, but I was made very happy that “Backhander” – an abstract black and white “street” photograph – was so popular. It’s fuelled me with energy to continue the “abstract street” project I began a while back.
The private view was a fantastic success with some famous names dropping by and buying pictures.
Here’s an (ever so slightly embarrassing) snap of yours truly with Jeremy Vine and Kim Wilde:
and a few more pictures from the evening:
Thank you everybody who helped in so many ways to make Stronger Together the success it was (you know who you are).
I’m now itching to get back out on my TravelScoot taking photographs again and having more adventures.
Spring brought a flurry of activity for me including a six-week solo exhibition and a presentation at the Royal Geographical Society about my helter-skelter ride from being a BBC news cameraman and director to an unpaid street photographer who takes photos from a light weight mobility scooter.
It’s not the only public speaking that I’ve been asked to do this spring. While my solo exhibition was at Worcester Arts Workshop I was asked to give a talk for the Worcester Visual Arts Meetup. It was nice doing that surrounded by my photography on the walls. There’s something very special about seeing your photos printed, framed and up on a gallery wall – so much more satisfying than pixel peeping on a monitor!
The six weeks of the exhibition were truly memorable for me – From the sheer number of people from all walks of my life who came to the opening night and the fantastic response the pictures seemed to have, to the friendliness of the Worcester Arts Workshop / Café Bliss staff, to the support of my great friends who hung the pictures for me because my MND wracked body made it impossible for me to do so. Thanks so much everyone – you know who you are!!!
A few people who couldn’t get to the exhibition have asked me to show the photos online so here they are in the order they were up on the wall:
All but the first of the 17 photographs were taken in Worcester (which is a fairly small Cathedral city) so I was apprehensive about the reaction if local people recognised themselves in the candid images. In the event, several people were recognised and in every case there was a very positive response! It was really very heart warming as in the process I found out who some of the previously anonymous people in my photos were.
The reactions made me think that maybe the vast majority of people are quite OK about being photographed candidly as long as the pictures “are respectful of their subjects” as one visitor remarked mine are.
So now I know the background to some of the people in these photos, I might be telling their stories in future posts. Why not click “follow” so you don’t miss them.
I was recently asked to exhibit some of my street photos for an exhibition at Tabernacle Arts Centre in Notting Hill.
After much soul-searching, these were the five images that made the selection –
(click on photos in this post to see in a lightbox)
Tea 4 Two
Captured in passing
These two colour shots nearly made it but financial restraints and not knowing how much space I’d have caused me to drop them –
Rooted to the spot
I was also tempted to include this film noir style shot. It’s one of my all time favourite photos but I took it when I could still get around on two feet. It was taken using a Canon 7D held above the unknowing subjects head. As the exhibition was celebrating the creativity of people affected by neurological conditions, I thought including it may be cheating a little. I’ll post it again here though just because I love it so much. I hope you do too –
The exhibition was a great success and raised money for the neurological Art / Science organisation Movement for Hope – www.movementforhope.org. As you can see from these snaps of the private view, there was even an unexpected visit from Russell Brand who seemed to genuinely like my pictures!