Last Saturday, around 70 photographers descended on the Mall Galleries in London to hang panels of their images, as part of the “Light and Land on the Mall” exhibition. The result is an extraordinary photographic exhibition worth visiting, if you are in London these days. It is running until 10 August 2015.
It is the second time I am participating in this group exhibition at the Mall Galleries with Light and Land. There is nothing better than to see a photograph printed, mounted and framed on the wall. It is the culmination of the whole process of making a photograph, the icing on the cake.
Last year, I was fortunate enough to grab 30 minutes with Joe Cornish, one of the UK’s leading landscape photographers, to talk about my panel. It was very insightful; and this year, while going through the agonising process of selecting the images for the panel, some of his advice came back to my mind. Hopefully, my selection for this year reflects that. Having to make choices for a panel to fit into a particular space may be agonising at times, but I find it a useful process. It forces me to clarify for myself what I want to say with my images, and which images communicate that message best.
For me, one of the most important aspects of participating in a show like this is the opportunity to meet fellow photographers and visitors, and to make new friends. It is almost comforting to know that most other exhibitors, be they enthusiasts who have just started out or seasoned professionals, go through the same difficult process when selecting their work, and have the same doubts and questions. Sharing the experience is always enriching and doubles the fun.
If all goes well, this exhibition will be a biennial event. The focus is on landscape photography from anywhere on the planet. So why not consider participating next time around?
I have been busy during these early days of August 2015. At the same time as the Mall Galleries exhibition, I am showing a selection of framed photographs from my book "The Elmbridge Hundred - A Visual Journey" in the Atrium of the Dittons Library in Thames Ditton until 20 August.