After a fantastic few months working on the project, last weekend saw everything come together finally for our wonderful outdoor photographic trail at the Bloomsbury Festival. We started the weekend on Friday night with a private viewing at the Wellcome Collection for an invited guest list of young photographers, their friends and family, volunteer models and important people from the organisations involved.
So it is with great pleasure I reveal to you our centre piece to whole exhibition.
Photographs – All Project Photographers.
Collages – Project Photographers & Volunteer Models
Body Perception Sheets – Project Photographers & Volunteer Models
Text – Volunteer Models
“…physical diversity is becoming a thing of the past as… the fear of fat to the obsession with cosmetic surgery, personal contentment is increasingly focused on the perfection of our forms. Bodily discontent… is the hallmark of our age.” Cassandra Jardine on Bodies by Susie Orbach, The Telegraph, 23 Feb 2009
The centre piece of our photographic exhibition, explores our diverse and often contradictory thoughts, fears and fantasies about our bodies and the impact the media can play in shaping our reactions/responses.
Over 3000 photographs taken by our young photographers over the last three months make up this piece. 60 members of the public volunteered to model for our photographers. Each volunteer reflected on what they think of as beautiful and what they think are the influences on their perception of beauty through the creation of collages, body perception sheets and text. All of the pieces submitted have been added to the final mosaic, look closely and you will see some very startling responses.
For a closer look at the piece please click here.
To see all of the exhibition piece visit here.
On Saturday morning at a very early hour in the battering rain the legendary Boris Witzenfeld and myself spent a good couple of hours hanging the pieces for the trail. Here is a slideshow of the pieces along the trail .