National Portrait Gallery, London.

Taylor Wessing Portrait Photographic Prize 2014

This half term I was lucky enough to go to London to visit the National Portrait Gallery to see the Taylor Wessing Portrait Photographic Prize to give me some inspiration for my own portrait project for my Specialist Production Project.

This image below is the one that won first prize.  I love the lighting in this – it makes the subject choice look almost biblical!   The image reminds me of the works under the series ‘Persons Unknown’  made by Tom Hunter  (Woman Reading a Possession Order is my favourite).  I wonder if David Titlow also takes his inspiration from Johannes Vermeer’s paintings as Hunter does?

Konrad Lars Hastings Titlow,

David Titlow for Konrad Lars Hastings Titlow

The exhibition was surprisingly good value for money, with a full priced ticket being £3.  If you are clever enough to bring the correct change with you then you can skip the long ticket queues and go straight into the exhibition by paying the concierge at the exhibition entrance.  If you are planning to buy a program for the exhibition then your ticket price is deducted from the price, which made mine a wonderful £12 for a fantastic brochure to treasure.

One thing that did surprise me about the exhibition is that the frames were not in perfect condition, with chips and splinters out of some of them, and fingerprints on one of the mounts used.  This could be of course that the exhibition is showing signs of wear and tear as it has been running for some time.

Definitely a show worth visiting if you are in London.  Details of the exhibition can be found at:

http://www.npg.org.uk/photoprize1/site14/index.php

I found the technical details of some of the images really interesting and being able to see what range of camera equipment was used was enlightening.  Details of the technical details can be found on this link:

http://www.npg.org.uk/photoprize1/site14/downloads/TWPPP2014_technical_details.pdf

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