I've been a bit slack this week when it comes to thinking about le pub reviews... To be fair though, I have been totally focused on Threshold - the exhibition of contemporary documentary photography that is on at The Riverfront in Newport at the moment. It's been all 'go, go, go' for the show and that's been the priority.
Last year, when I did the reviews, I would email the photographers and beg for j-pegs to post on here and sorry folks, I haven't done it this time... Maybe I will get back to it properly next time...
So, a few thoughts about:
Briony Jayne Oates: 'Seed to the Soul'. Actually - you've a great opportunity to see one of the prints from this work and the book as both are in the Basement Gallery at the Riverfront until 7.30 p.m. on Saturday 13th... Go and have a look...
The project is all about the importance of the pineal gland to our mental and physical well-being. The images are pretty 'conceptual' and will get you thinking... Click here for a taster.
Michael Fitzsimmons: He's interested in animals and humans and how we all relate to one another. This is very evident in his work, where cats seem to feature quite a lot. Really interesting images created through 'chaotic' double exposures work to spark the viewer's imagination. (I might write a bit more about this when I've got a bit more time!)
At the moment, he's leaving aside the photo-bollox and trying to figure out how to express photographically, 'the weird feeling about being alive.' I'm pretty excited about the 'zine he's working on and if there is a way of pre-ordering: put me down for one. Click here to see some of Fitzsimmons' work.
Mario Pinto: He more or less started by saying, 'Some people call me the homeless photographer' and went on to show how well he works with the dispossessed and isolated. Strong stills, but even more powerful multi-media piece. Hopefully I will be able to post a link to it at some point and you can see for yourself.
Matt Colquhoun: Another photographer keen to ditch the art-language that can cause such problems for a viewer. At the moment he's obsessed with fog. In fact, it turns out that he's been fixated for a while. His photographs communicate a pleasure in how fog looks and feels and represent the emotional and intellectual experience of being in the final year at Newport. Colquhoun's blog - click here.
Danny Land: Beautiful fashion pictures and a film that was gorgeous to look at, but a bit clunky in parts. He wanted the audience to be engrossed in the visuals, to become part of the world on screen. At various points this worked for me - I loved it. The only problem was when the model did a 'Miranda' and spoke directly to camera and out towards us. I'm looking forward to seeing the next collaboration between Land and the director, Mike Flaws.