I must admit I was really nervous about this exhibition. I’ve recently become part of a small collective (5 of us) of street photographers from the Newcastle Area. One of our number arranged for us to put on a small exhibition as part of The Late Shows event in Newcastle over the weekend of 18-20th May. Our venue was a volunteer run cinema called The Star and Shadow Cinema, which has re-opened after a venue move and rebuilding.
All my time as a photographer I have never had my images on display outside of social media. So it was very nerve racking having 7 of my images printed and framed then put on show next to 21 others. The pictures were actually on display in the passageway leading into the venue so nearly everyone went past them at some point.
What I really enjoyed was the large number of people who stopped and looked for some time at each image, making comments to their friends. Then when some actually talked to us photographers asking questions and making observations on our photography style etc. To me that is what stood out. Nowadays it’s all about likes and 1 sec glances at images on Facebook, Instagram et al. Which is the current and future way images are generally viewed (I do understand and accept that). But the visceral feeling of your photograph on a wall being looked at by strangers…one of the most humbling and pleasant things on my photographic journey.
Hopefully this will be the first of many such events. But if it’s the last..I will cherish it forever.
These are the various links to the NE1 Street Collective and the individual Instagram links.