Everyday life

London Festival of Photography

Woke up on Sunday feeling more like a human being again.

Decided that I was fit enough to go see some of the exhibits of the London Festival of Photography.

The festival theme is ‘Inside Out – Reflections on the Public and the Private’, which bears a strong resemblance to my Geography course on Gendered Geographies.

Particularly, the exhibits at Fitzrovia Community Centre: Behind Closed Doors, was what we had studied in Gendered Geographies, There was also one reference to the flaneur. I really like ‘Behind Closed Doors’. It highlights a problem that several countries have, including Singapore, and is something that we need to sieve out and address for the sake of humanity.

‘International Street Photography’ at Oxford Street was also really nice. The exhibition was in an old random building. There were a few entries from Singaporeans.

I was looking forward to Money in London and Bamako, but it was a big disappointment. Firstly, the venue was just not conducive. The exhibits were in two far flung walls of a round conference waiting area, that was holding several events simultaneously. The position of the exhibits made it hard to read the notes and view the pictures properly.

‘The Queen, The Chairman and I’ at The Horse Hospital was one well-thought through exhibit. Whoever did it really made good use of the space to bring out the message of the exhibit. Although I must say it wasn’t long before I became confused with the names and the generations they were referring to.

I like ‘Beneath the Surface’ as well. Like the other two exhibits at the train station, ‘Beneath the Surface’ was unmanned, just photographs on the wall and you walk around viewing it. But really, the message was sent out loud and clear – the 1976 apartheid clash in South Africa.

At King’s Cross station, they  had ‘Contemporary London Street Photography’, which contained alot of humorous and intelligent photographs. It was really funny and interesting. Also had a look at the renovated King’s Cross station. It’s just absolutely amazing. A bit like the feeling when I stepped into the new Metropolitan train. You almost can’t believe that they  have something so modern and new. Do I like it? Of course I do. Compared to the old crowded, cramped King’s Cross, this part just feels like you’ve been upgraded to First Class. Platform 9 and 3/4 seems to have found a permanent home as well. It’s clear as well that passenger flow and movement have been well thought through. I’m impressed.

‘The Great British Public’ was showcased at St Pancras station, in front of Sourced Market. In this part of the exhibit, there weren’t that many photographs, some were very meaningful, but I just didn’t understand others. And what is the Great British Public without some reference to the royal family? Sure enough there was a photograph of 4 queen’s masks.

Am thankful for the people who have made this festival possible. It’s such a great eye opener, and most for free!

 

 

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