A visit to the Hepworth Gallery

Today I went to the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield to have a poke around the Martin Parr exhibition The Rhubarb Triangle and Other Stories.

Now, try as I might, I just don’t ‘get’ Parr’s photography. There are over 370 of Parr’s photos on show, covering a 40 year period of his work. I spent a good while wandering the galleries and the photos, whilst expressive, just didn’t really click for me. They seemed slightly… joyless and deadpan, with hardly a smile in sight, especially the rhubarb collection. I know that a great many people do love his photographs though, and am more than happy to be in the minority. Each to his own, and all that.

I do adore the Hepworth Gallery though, and it’s full of lovely art that I did like. The Barbara Hepworth sculptures are simply stunning and well worth the trip to see.

winged figure ~ Barbara Hepworth
winged figure ~ Barbara Hepworth
winged figure ~ Barbara Hepworth
winged figure ~ Barbara Hepworth
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Spring, 1966, plaster with strings

Having given up (reluctantly) on Parr, I took to mooching around making some of my own photographs (hurrah for galleries and museums where photography is permitted!).

 

works of art are fragi
do not touch the fragi art
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empty chair
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one of these things is not like the others
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stairwell
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corridor

It might not be art (or is it?, but I know what I like. And that’s good enough for me.

Instagram inspiration: @trashhand

Thinking about starting a new series on here looking at Instagram photographers I really admire.

First up is Trashhand, a photographer from Chicago. First came across his work on his Skillshare class Cityscape Photography. It’s a fantastic class and I’d highly recommend it. Blown away to discover he only started shooting in 2011!

I’d also recommend checking out his blog for some more superb photographs.

I was fascinated to see how he goes about making photographs for his instagram feed. Well worth a look.

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This may become a regular series. Who are your favourite instagrammers?

On photography

Sometimes when I’m out and about, I’m struck by a scene. Something catches my eye and almost before I know it, the camera comes out and I’m making a photograph. Something about the blacks and yellows with that little splash of red.

Garage

I’m sure that passers-by must think I’m strange – standing in the lit entrance of a parking garage with my phone out, moving slightly to the left, then back to the right, looking for the perfect spot.

Or, later on the walk up home, noticing the streetlights are out, but the lights on the bus stop aren’t, leaving an almost Hopper-esque image.

Then the bus showed up.

Blur

I do love a good long exposure shot.

black coffee

Iā€™m only taking my coffee black until they can brew a darker colour. #coffee #pressd #espresso #simplysqueeze #PressdCoffee

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The quote made me laugh. šŸ™‚

Creative reflections

Pinnacle reflections

One key part of my ‘create’ theme for the year is to get back into taking photos regularly. I’ve been watching a great set of lessons on Skillshare – Street Photography: Capture the life of your city.

It’s run by photographer Trashhand and consists of 15 short videos around a central 4-photo assignment. In it we’re asked to go out and show our city in four categories – street portraits, look up, motion and night. Each theme is broken down into a session where Trashhand looks at photos he’s taken and talks us through how and why he made the photographs. Fascinating stuff.

You’re then asked to put together your own four photos for an assignment, and comment on each other’s work. I’ve always been a fan of the ‘look up’ photography, especially as Leeds has some fantastic (and some not-so-fantastic) architecture.

I took a few shots on the walk up to work and will decide later which one to submit for my assignment, or whether to take some more. I love the reflections in the one above.

What do you think? Which do you prefer? Not Leeds’ prettiest buildings by a long shot, but interesting trying to get a good angle on some of the more brutalist architecture!

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