BRIGHTON PHOTO FRINGE 2012 EXHIBITION – BEING NOBODY, GOING NOWHERE
BRIGHTON PHOTO FRINGE – THE GRAND PLAN
Now the dust has settled on the Brighton Photo Biennial and the final days of the Photo Fringe are upon us, it seemed an appropriate time to share a visual tale of how I got from concept to exhibition for this years Fringe.
I have been working on a new body of work, on and off, for a couple of years, which has long had the working title of Being Nobody, Going Nowhere. As a brief premise, the work started out as a personal exploration to re-connect with the ‘act’ of photography – to try and re-establish the habit of looking for photographs on a daily basis. From this modest beginning it grew over time into a personal quest to search out and document stolen moments of beauty that are always around us. The things you walk past and make you double take. The ones that put a smile on your face.
The project could have gone on for ever (and probably will), so I decided to use the Brighton Photo Biennial & Fringe 2012 as a deadline to complete a coherant series of these images that I felt hung together as a collection.
HOW TO GET A VENUE:
Finding a venue was the first challenge and at the start of this year I began the task of contacting a vast array of different venues and exhibition spaces. However, finding somewhere I was happy with who were prepared to show my work proved a much harder task than I anticipated. Partly this was due to my grand designs of wanting to show the entire body of work rather than just a few images. Before long, I realised finding a space of this magnitude was going to be troublesome and perhaps thinking a bit creatively would prove more successful. So I contacted the landlords of various empty properties with the hope of establishing a pop up gallery and was met with a depressing amount of silence in reply. About ready to give up (but far too stubborn) I had a brainwave – could I print photographs on large weather proof panels and get them installed in the windows of a shop?
Luckily, from here everything fell into place. I remembered a photographer friend, Willie Robb, was master printer for a company called Standard 8 who printed outdoor exhibitions. I also walked passed the old Co-Op department store on London Road in Brighton and eyed it up as an amazing space. Willie confirmed he could print weather proof, photo quality images on adhesive vinyl panels and amazingly, the Co-Operative were excited about my idea and very keen for me to use their windows as my gallery.
The concept was born, the plans where made and after a huge amount of work – the exhibition was up.
Below is a visual diary charting certain moments in the journey. The work itself has been up for over a month and will be in the windows of the old Co-Op until the end of November 2012 (at least). If you can make it to see the images in situ then I hope you will, but either way you can view all the photographs and get more information from my portfolio website at www.johnhouse.co.uk.
(Click on an image below to view as a gallery)
For more information and to view the photographs from this series, please visit www.johnhouse.co.uk