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 🙂
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!
Peace and love,