The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014 Exhibition is now on tour from the National Portrait Gallery and is currently at the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield from 1st May – 16th August 2015.
I am honoured to have my image – shown here on the left – on show alongside, on the right, the 2nd Prize winner Jessica Fulford-Dobson with her Skate Girl image and on the far right, the Euromaidan Protesters by Tom Jamieson.
I attended the opening of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014 Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery this week. One of my images was selected for the show and I was delighted to attend both the opening and press preview over a couple of days whilst down in London.
I am honoured to have my image on show alongside, on the left, the 1st Prize winner David Titlow with his Caravaggio-esque scene and, on the right, the Euromaidan Protesters by Tom Jamieson.
My own image reflects on the nature of boys and childhood. Without the text, the image shows a boy and a stick-gun. He is paused mid-play from a “battling” game that most boys engage in – making their weapons from sticks, lego, fingers… anything really. With the exhibition text, supplied after selection, the viewer learns that this play concerns the fictionalising of real life events; in this instance, the game was called “World War III, Russia versus Ukraine”. A weaving in of the real into the fantasy scenarios of childhood play.
It’s a really interesting and diverse show with work from 59 photographers displaying different approaches to the photographic portrait. Congratulations to the winners and fellow exhibitors, it was a pleasure to meet and chat to so many of you.
I found out a couple of weeks ago that one of my photographs has been selected for this year’s exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery as part of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014.
There were 4,193 entries of which about 60 portraits are chosen for exhibition so I am obviously delighted to be in the show. It will be on 13 November 2014 – 22 February 2015 in London and thereafter touring. I will update once I know more dates and venues.