I had some time today and spent it in the National Portrait Gallery.
I was particularly interested in the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2013 as I had gone last year and thought this year would be an interesting contrast. Also depending on how my own photography improves this year and if I have anything I feel worthy I’d like to enter some competitions this year so why not aim for the moon.
As I walked around the exhibition I found several pieces that caught my attention, I initially stated taking notes in Evernote on my iPad which seemed to take forever and really took the focus away from what I liked so I started taking Photos of the Description Plaques (I wonder if they have real names) even while security staff stood next to me, so I figured it was cool. After all the alternative is write down everything they say while others wait for you to move on.
I totally understand why the portraits are protected and honestly who in their right mind would take a photo in the gallery when images of this quality are available on the galleries web site (note I am linking these images to that source not making my own copy here. So if the gallery takes them down they will not appear here either) but the descriptions really?? Anyway a different guard came up to me and said “No Photography” I asked the portraits I understand but I’m recording the plaques for later reference is that okay? His response “No Photography, in this Gallery”. Seemed he didn’t want to engage in answering my question to my satisfaction and I didn’t want to engage him in a way that would ruin my day so closed the cover and continued on my visit. I would be super keen to hear opinion from someone who knows the answer because I’d really like to be able to look further into pieces and do the preliminary work as efficiently as possible.
Now the exhibit itself…, as I walked around I saw a lot that really caught me eye and even a couple of oh wow moments and I think I was not even close to what the judges thought and that’s fine. I wonder if there is scope for an education session covering what the panel looks for and how they came to their choices I think it would be really interesting. If this already happens I’d be keen to find out how to get notified of it happening.
These are my favourites from today and why I liked them its possible I’m Robinson Crusoe in my choices too.
|Dennis Del Favero,
by Hamish Ta-mé
This was the first piece I saw and immediately thought polarising filter dude! Then I looked a little longer and realised the inability to see the eyes drew me to keep looking
|Harry, by Milena Bennett
I agree candid shots of people unaware of the photographer, particularly obviously in there own thoughts really speak to me.
|Bean no more, by Quentin Jones
I enjoy this photo because it is a photo of the Actor Rowan Atkinson and truly not Mr Bean. I photograph lots of people, displaying their alter ego many of whom I don’t think I’d recognise in real life.
This is obviously Rowan
|Train travellers, by John Van-Den-Broeke
I like the fun and the reflections, I also like the the other people going about their business.
|To Bare all, by Nicholas Duell
I love the lighting, it makes for a beautiful photo. My eyes are completely drawn to her eyes, even though they are easily lost in shadow. This does not strike me as a brave photo of an older woman as the photographer suggests it is just a beautiful photo.
|Birds’ nests, by Rewa Nolan
This could be my daughter, in fact everyone’s daughter, mine frowns like this because of the brushing that follows.
|Morse coder, by Richard Goodwin
Just a great photo, I went back many times because I couldn’t stop looking for what I liked. I think these are the best photos, I still can’t tell you what I like.
|Confronted, by Tim Tam
I am starting to appreciate street art and need to engage more with it, and the city scenes where I find it…
All images liked from original source on National Portrait Galley – National Photographic Portrait Prize 2013 Page