The Summer Exhibition is one of the highlights of the London art scene
An open competition which covers every 2d and 3d artform
The process involves a 3 stage judging process spread over several months, to say that my fingernails were bitten on the notification days would be an understatement.
I was ecstatic this year when on May 21st, I heard that both of my submissions would be hung in the exhibition, I was away on holiday at the time which is the same as 2 years ago when I was selected (last year I was at home and didnt get in) so will have to make sure im always away in May. It was my birthday as well which made the news even more special
Here are the prints that are being shown
This photo composite which in part takes its title from a Dj Shadow track [you tube] was taken in Tunisia at the actual film set prop used in Star Wars Episode IV.
These places were all found off the beaten track, no signposts or markings which would give away their locations and thankfully no giftshops to be seen at all. I had all the locations printed out on paper before I went there which helped a lot. Actually seeing these in real life is like every kids dreams and I was no different.
This image was taken in an abandoned theatre in Belgium, the cold and silent building was a stark contrast to how it would have been with music and dance filling the hall. The single row of chairs facing the fallen curtain enhances the sense of emptiness.
and some photos from the exhibition
The hanging position was great too, Curtain Call was quite high but it was above a really interesting piece where somebody had created a streetmap of london with just the street names
so it will hopefully still get seen
This was taken in a small grubby room at the end of a walkway underneath towering silos
it was an old brewery in Italy and this particular morning the place was bathed in an orange glow from the sunrise
This was one of the houses on our short trip of Italy
I wasnt really prepared for the interior of the grand looking mansion on the top of a hill
but the whole 1st level was room upon room of intricate mosaic filled splendour
there were rooms all in white, colour and everything in between
Sometimes I reflect on my hobby and it does seem a little crazy
5 days in a car in Italy driving from Rome to Turin and some stunning scenery
Rome, Florence, Bologna, Turin – some of the most stunning cities (apparently) and I didnt get to see any of them
Instead I decide to seek out the abandoned and derelict places in the outskirts of these cities
Still it was an amazing trip, over 1500 kms some stories to tell and photos to share and memories which is the most important thing