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. The show is at the National Portrait Gallery until the 22nd February 2015 and then tours to the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield from 1st May – 16th August 2015.
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.