Life through a lens
Location: Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham.
The camera is the central focus, the hand is blurred as the camera is the most important part.
Displayed in a low level glass/ wood cabinet for easy viewing were the Cameras that Cathy had used throughout her career, from a box brownie to modern day digital camera. I feel the cabinet needed to be old to add the vintage feel of the cameras and take us back in time.
The venue is an old stately home which is in Twickenham. It is an ideal setting for exhibitions although a little bit off the beaten track and parking is limited. The gallery was large and airy and the walls were white. I thought it was an ideal setting for displaying photographs except that the lighting was not arranged correctly, there was too much glare and bounce on the exhibits.
Photographs placed in chronological order with generous spaces between to get full impact. Atmospheric Photographs, black and white and colour were placed on walls and cameras and memorabilia were in glass cabinets at low level for easy viewing. I felt I connected with the artist. Looking at the cameras took me back to the 70s. I was actively aware of the display because it was of my era. The captions displayed next to the photographs provided the information to fill in my curiousity with the facts and tied in with my hunches. The subjects are mostly of common urban environments. Through windows, down alley ways and and slate roofs. The artist captured and recorded subjects in their natural surroundings.
The photograph that stood out for me was this black and white shot of a cat stalking a flock of pigeons, on a tiled roof. It captured a moment in time just before the cat was about to pounce and birds disperse. That moment seemed very tense and on edge. To frame and catch that photo must have been very skilful for the very short amount of time she had. The photographer may well of taken many shots and selected this image just before the chaotic dispersal of the birds.
Poems were placed with some photographs to help illustrate the subject.
The curater was friendly and gave advice and contact numbers for enquirers of costs for an exhibition.
Photographs taken from my iphone April 30th 2019