Candid Arts Photography Exhibition 5/9/11

On the day I went to the tate modern to see ‘a living man decleared dead…’ exhibition me and my friend that I was with decided to pop in and see this exhibition in islington as we were having a general walkaround London, I knew nothing of the building or the exhibition before heading inside and caught it by chance. among the projects being shown at the exhibition was Alma Haser’s ‘Ten Seconds Project’

Alma’s project is a homage to the childhood game of hide and seek, a game she regulary played with her brother Oskar but they also played a slight variation where they would pretend to look for each other despite knowing from the beginning  where the other would be ‘hiding’.

I think this was the first project I seen at the exhibition it was certianly to the first one that sticks out. Alma gives herself ten seconds to hide before her camera goes off on self timer all of the photos show Alma never fully concelead in these locations, but they also never give away her full identity. each photo has an accompanying video (although not seen at the exhibition itself) showing Alma finding her hiding spot before the camera’s self-timer goes off.

I found the photo’s at the exhibition visually to be quite stunning and quite like the story behind them, I think this could link quite well to the summer word ‘memory’ as the project seems to be a tribute to childhood. She encourages people that enjoy this project to get involved and take their own photos’ her aim is to make the project go viral further details can be found on project website

Also at the exhibiton was Oliver Watson’s Photographic Print on series.

These series of photo’s remind the viewer that photography is just a manipulation of reality by playing with the laws of perception this was another series of images that I found visually appealing just walking past, but the images did make me consider the power of photography and how perception in this media can be easily manipulated. The photo’s all give the impression of an invisible photographer as they are all shots pointed directly at a mirror which casts no reflection of the photographer.

The photos brought forward ideas and considerations about power of photography and video and how the manipulation of imagery can have a massive influence on the viewer of each piece. in these photos it hides something away from the viewer (the photographer) and this is a nice visual representation and example of what the whole of the medium can do.

Also in the exhibition is Rebecca Hallett and her project ‘a childhood left behind

Rebecca’s project stems from childhood memories and how people sometimes recall their childhood with sharp, clear images coming to mind and yet others are hazy and warped by a person’s own imagination, making it difficult to determine whether it is actually a memory or an image that a person’s mind has created. The photo’s are captured using two different mediums of camera she used large format for the pictures that are meant to portray clear and strong images from her mind when thinking about her childhood and pinhole for the images which are a bit cloudy. The aim of her project is to portray clearly what she sees when she closes her eyes and thinks of her childhood.’

I found the project to be interesting and has inspired a few ideas for future projects based upon how memories can become distorted to the point where one can’t always be sure if it’s a memory or a narrative created by one’s self.

There were other photographers pieces that caught my eye that day including Hannah O’Hara’s ‘Her, she anyone but me’ which portrayed ideas about human psycoholgy and nature and Rocio Perez Hernandez that experimented using wide angled lenses in the iconic london underground. This exhibition opened my eyes to some new ways at looking at certian themes which hopefully will help me to comeup with more interesting work myself.


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