Tim Andrew's exhibition of photographs from his snowballing Over-the-Hill project is on at Create Gallery in Brighton. It's been an honour to play a small part in it, and for Tim to include my image among the many and varied films and pictures.
Tim stipulated thsat the pictures should all be framed in white a2 and on a uniform window mount, and most photographers complied. One of the most unexpected effects for me, was to step back from the walls, before the private view, and see all those images from so many very different photographers, with one common subject, in one setting....how many different ways can a man be portrayed?
It's like a cross-section through UK photography, as it is right now. Looking at this exhibition and everything else that's out there, it seems like photographers have a greater affinity to conceptual artists than ever. It could be that the pressure is on commercially, to prove that we have something to offer beyond simply camera-operating (after all, in the iphone age, camera operators don't need to be that clever these days, do they?). It could be that as everyone takes photographs these days, almost as much as we breath or talk, we've become incredibly visually sophisticated and we all "get" conceptual art more readily, as we hunt for something fresh among the snowstorm of images around us. Maybe all or both or more.