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My First Photography Exhibition

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I’ve been keeping myself so occupied that life has just literally snuck up on me but I’m finally able to share my recent dream that came true as I took part in my first photographic exhibition.

It was held recently and was hosted by the London Photo Festival which is an annual event, held in Borough, London. The festival gives new and emerging photographers a chance to exhibit their work.

Having taken the plunge in quitting my mundane job in January to pursue my passion in photography, and as nerve-racking as it may seem for beginners like me, having my images printed up large and hanging on walls was one of those boxes that had to be ticked as part of my growth this year.

Nervous as I was to have my work critiqued by the players in this field, it was a moment I can only feel proud of.  It’s always a bit of a nightmare when the professionals look at your work and you’re not quite sure what they’re saying or how they’ll approach what you’ve done, but I’ve learnt criticism is what’s needed to improve the quality of your work. Hours prior to the private viewing I was a little uneasy as I didn’t know what to expect, will people stop and take a look at my images or will they just pass them by.

We were given a brief to submit photographs based on the following elements: Fire, Water, Air and Earth. I chose to submit three pieces which I thought represented what was required and hoped it met the judges approval.  It was interesting to see how the other photographers interpreted the brief and who was thinking a little outside the box.

There were 63 exhibitors and the event  attracted some 1500 visitors, which was great!  The exhibition had an ‘F’Factor’ competition where members of the public encouraged to vote for their favourite photograph. The top three winners were well deserving of their achievement as their images were truly remarkable. But what totally threw me was that I also secured a ‘high score’ with my image ‘Why Hello There!’ along with 20 other photographers which I’m delighted to say, was also sold. Thank you so much to the buyer 🙂

'Why Hello There'! - This was one of the more difficult photos I have taken. The squirrel and I played hide and seek before we eventually locked eyes and I was able to snap this lovely image.

‘Why Hello There’! – This was one of the more difficult photos I have taken. The squirrel and I played hide and seek before we eventually locked eyes and I was able to snap this lovely image.

I watched as people looked at my work and tried to catch their comments but it was awfully humbling to see them looking and seriously paying attention to what my photographs were trying to say.  My image of the squirrel and dog attracted a lot of attention.  I was even asked if the squirrel was real!  It seemed to sit there, waiting to be photographed!

The organisers and co-founders of the event, Emma Mapp and Kit Shah truly put the spotlight on amateur/emerging photographers giving them the exposure and opportunity that is so needed in this field.
 
Below are the rest of the images I exhibited. I hope you enjoy!

'A Dog's Delight' - This dog played excitedly with the jet streams of the water fountain. It frantically tried to catch the water with its paws and drink it at the same time. I captured this image moments before the dog made another quick dash into the main part of the fountain.

‘A Dog’s Delight’ – This dog played excitedly with the jet streams of the water fountain. It frantically tried to catch the water with its paws and drink it at the same time. I captured this image moments before the dog made another quick dash into the main part of the fountain.

'Good Afternoon Fallow' - A lone Fallow Deer being used as an eating pad by some black birds. Capturing this image was a little tricky as they were all moving ever so quickly.

‘Good Afternoon Fallow’ – A lone Fallow Deer being used as an eating pad by some black birds. Capturing this image was a little tricky as they were all moving ever so quickly.

Peace and love,

 

 

 

“Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.” — Diane Arbus

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Author: Sóla Snapshot

Photographer and blogger - Street | Architecture | Travel My photographic adventures, whether close to home or far away. Lover of good food, dogs (even though I don't have one yet), orangutangs and travelling the world.

6 thoughts on “My First Photography Exhibition

  1. Love all three of your images. Congrats on your high score image. Sounds like a great 1st exhibit.

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  2. How sweet of you Beth! Many thanks for the love and so glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

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  3. My favorite here is the image of the fountain and dog, it seems so appealingly classic to me (but I also like the humor of the deer picture). Congratulations on participating in your first exhibition, Sola! It’s a great step in your evolution as a photographer, opening your work up to different audiences.

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    • How sweet of you to say Jason! Thank you very much for you kind words and really glad to hear that you enjoyed the post. You’re definitely right about the deer image – the black birds did make me chuckle as they hopped around on the deer’s back picking at its fur almost as if they were grooming it.

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  4. Beautiful photos and congratulations!! So glad your new venture is working out and turning into a success!!

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