Get Featured: Benedict Sin
Benedict shares with us not only his shots of London, but his experiences in setting up a solo exhibition. Check it out.
As my first public exhibition opens, I would like to share some experiences for those wanting to take a similar plunge.
I think it is fair to say that to many amateurs and enthusiast, a public exhibition is arguably a pinnacle reached. Posting ones photo online seems the to be the medium nowadays, but going to a gallery and seeing a live print is a totally different experience, period.
As I have just completed the set-up, I think its a good time to reflect on perhaps what I have accomplished personally. I have also come to realise several aspects which I would like to share below.
As a Whole: Looking back when I first had the idea of exhibiting and when I had to make a pitch. Its easy to pull together say 5 outstanding images but when I was looking for a whole series of 15 images, it became much harder. What I came to realise was that you could have say 10 outstanding images all related to a common theme, but when all pulled together as a series, it doesn’t necessarily work. Balance is very important. Its not to say that one should include “weak” images but I think as a newbie, the common line of thought would be to show what the presenter this is the very best images of their portfolio, but I feel that one needs to select images that arguably “talk” more to each other rather than have 15 individual stand-outs.
Collection through time – If I look at the images which I eventually selected, they spanned a time period of circa 3 years. Although one naturally assumes they get better over time, don’t discount or forget past images.
Style – the buzz word, but difficult to explain and quantify. I’m not sure if I even have one but having to display a series of photographs definately requires thought into harmonising the set of images to be presented and as a result, one needs to have a certain level of consistency in the output. Having gone through this process, I think it has allowed me to have greater awareness and clarity of what I like to capture and what I need to have in place for “it” to happen.
If any of you ever thought about this then make it a reality and keep trying until you succeed!
#LiveLondon 18-29th June (sadly this feature is a bit late)
The Arts House Singapore
The Arts House
1 Old Parliament Lane
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