I HAVE AN EXHIBITION
At the end of last year I went to meet the lovely curator behind the Clocktower Cafe, which a) has awesome food and b) is a thriving indie business with walls constantly being refreshed with work by local artists. Every week, there’s something new to see in the cafe – whether it’s landscape paintings by a local art group, or a photographer’s latest prints.
I love the concept of the cafe, which brings together two of my favourite things. (Eating and photos, if you hadn’t guessed). And I wanted to be a part of this unique space in Croydon’s Arts Quarter. So here we are with a month long exhibition of my photos!
When I booked my gallery space all those months ago, I had no idea what I was going to display. I just wanted to set myself a huge goal for the summer: getting my work out there. I toyed with multiple concepts over the first half of 2018, but recently I settled on my “Concrete Maze” collection.
These images were only produced a couple of months ago. My A Level brief was on “changed spaces,” so I took to the streets of London to capture its brutalist history, focusing on Croydon and the Southbank. My studies fell at exactly the right time: while I was shooting and editing, anniversary celebrations were taking place at Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Croydon’s RISEGallery was also running a series of events on brutalism.
So I chose to display these images because they definitely coincide with the sudden resurgence of brutalist appreciation – but they’re also just, simply, some of my favourite images ever. I really took myself out of my comfort zone with this project, with an architectural subject and a lot of experiments in Photoshop.
I am so proud of the outcome, and would love for you to visit the gallery! By doing so you’d be supporting two awesome things: my creative ventures, and a wonderful independent business. Grab a coffee or a bite to eat in the cafe, and take some time out of your day to admire all of the artwork that’s currently in the space.
The images on the wall are for sale, and I’m also selling A4 prints of each image for £6 each if you’d like to support my work in that way! I’m not looking to make a huge profit off of this – I just want to get my work out there and all print sales will help to cover the costs of my exhibition. Please email me for purchases – email@example.com.
I was meant to publish this blog post at the start of my exhibition, but promptly forgot… So I’m posting today after my mini “launch” event. Croydon’s Mayor and Deputy Mayor came along to look at my work, which was pretty cool.
CONCRETE MAZE IS AT THE CLOCKTOWER CAFE UNTIL AUGUST 2ND!