The Chance Gallery in London's Chelsea is sadly closing in the new year to make way for retail space. The last remaining slot to use this exhibition space was offered to me for this coming November. It doesn't leave much time for preparation, but it's an opportunity I can not turn down and with your support, I can make it happen.
It's a small gallery, which often promotes the work of up and coming artists. The exhibition will feature 13 large box-framed canvas prints and possibly a selection of smaller prints as well, depending on available funds. There will be an opening celebration on November 11 and the exhibition will run through November 17.
Earlier this year, I was involved in a group show at The Society Club in Soho.
CAPA International Education in Gloucester Road has a private collection of 13 canvas prints in their theatre and cafe.
This, however, will be my first ever solo exhibition and I'm very excited!
Why £2,300 and How Will It Be Used?
It's expensive to hold an exhibition, which is why I've turned to Kickstarter for support. The money will be used as follows:
- £800: The cost of renting the gallery space for seven days
- £1,500: The cost of printing 13 box-framed canvases, approximately .75 metre x 1 metre (about 30 inches x 40 inches) in size
- Any Additional Funds Raised: If I'm able to raise more than £2,300, the additional funds will go toward opening night, printing more photos to display in the gallery space as well as advertising the event, buying supplies to hang the images, candles and flowers to make the space feel welcoming and printing postcards to hand out during the event.
No Money, But Still Want To Help?
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About the Photography
When I moved abroad in 2007, photography became my way of exploring London. With camera in hand, I'd hop on a bus, alight off at a random stop and get sufficiently lost, photographing little observations along the way. I wandered down tiny alleyways, through back streets and to the outskirts of the city.
This photographic exploration, which still guides me through London and other places I visit today, developed into a greater concept in May 2009.
This was when I launched the blog "Little London Observationist". The blog became a place to share the images I was taking and it had a wonderful response. It has received almost 550,000 visitors and it is growing.
It's also a place where I connect with the community. I feature up and coming artists in a section called London Art Spot and ordinary Londoners who want to tell their story in a section called Listen to a Londoner. Between the two, I've done 165 interviews and counting with some pretty amazing people. It is this community that motivates and inspires me to carry on photographing London.
My approach to photography was inspired by an Andy Warhol quote that is tattooed across the wrist of a friend: “You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you.”
And I started to look at the city differently, dig into its nooks and crannies, search out its eccentricities and find the thrill of the little things in the buildings, the diversity and the art covering the brick walls of the East End.
The photography in the Little City Observations exhibition includes work from the last four years since I started Little London Observationist. It features not only photography from London, but from a few other cities I have visited and explored with the same approach.
There is a mixture of black and white prints and very colourful images.
I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I've enjoyed taking them.
Connect with me
- Little London Observationist Blog
- Little Observationist Blog
Risks and challenges
This is a work in progress and it's up to me to ensure all of the images are printed and hung on time and that it's properly promoted so people come in to enjoy it. There's little chance of it not happening as I have already put down a deposit on the space and am determined to make sure I see it through with your support!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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