Photography News | Issue 36 | absolutephoto.com
immediate identity, by combining our faces as one we have a high-impact image and makes people look twice. It reiterates the title Parallels and emphasis the synergy we have. JW: It makes it about us as photographers as much as our images. It’s about thought processes, imagination and approach. It also has impact. Faces and eyes draw the attention and the inclusion of the split face adds to the impact it has. Can you talk us through the process of putting on an exhibition, what sort of preparation and planning was involved? JW: Lots. The necessary process makes you examine both your work and the motivation behind it. Finding common ground between us was also an interesting process. Theming photography and creating narrative, rather than just bunging in your favourites, is interesting and frustrating also. Categories can be limiting and ultimately false given the intuitive nature of many of these photographs, so it was important to make them easy and simple. The external projection will have little narrative and concentrate more on the impact they have, given the fleeting nature of how they will be viewed. The exhibition will include digital projections, why choose this route rather than prints? JT: In previous exhibitions I have always tried to do something alternative. So when Jerry initiated the digital media idea I was really excited to be involved. This exhibition has had to have a completely different approach because this one is projected, we are dictating how the audience views our images and for how long, we hope to capture their attention and hopefully entertain them. We have
We could walk down the same street, photograph similar things, but we would have completely different outcomes
Below Artists house, Rue de Rivoli, Paris. Top right Early morning Amsterdam Right: Searching for Lucy, car salvage, Potters Bar Bottom left Brighton Pier, Saturday afternoon Bottomright Seafront chaos, Brighton
embraced the opportunity to think outside the box and experiment with a variety of ideas: time-lapse, film, projection and music. It’s been a unique experience to curate an exhibition of such a varied nature and to experiment how our images work together as well as independently. The audience will view our images on ten simultaneous LED screens above a beautiful vibrant bar inside the hotel. Photography doesn’t have to be exhibited in a frame; there is a time and place for that. This exhibition is a fantastic opportunity to play and experiment and have a good laugh. Ultimately we hope to engage, entertain and hopefully surprise our audience. JW: I would hope they will be entertained, I hope they will feel that they have seen something striking and unusual, whether they like it or not. Hopefully locals will pick up on local images. It would be great if people are just engaged by it, for whatever reason, and give the exhibition a minute of their time.
At the very least they will see something different. They can also just watch it while having a beer. What do you hope to achieve from the exhibition? JW: It offers us the chance to reach a much broader audience – the type not necessarily interested in browsing prints on a wall. Also it’s great just reaching the general public at large, whether they like it or not, and providing them with an unexpected show, however momentary. From another, but equally important perspective, I hope it gets us noticed and gains us some profile. Putting this amount of work into a project is very enjoyable but ultimately its about getting our work seen by as big and as receptive an audience as possible. Visit theexhibition29September-30October at My Hotel Brighton. facebook.com/webbteasdale
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