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.