As I spend a lot of time in London visiting my boyfriend, I thought I would use some of my free time to visit a gallery. I find seeing a photograph in large print is one of the best ways to experience the joys of photography. Being a student, I have little money to spend on seeing exhibitions, however, visiting the National Portrait Gallery cost me just over ten pounds, a bargain! (including underground)
I visited two exhibitions on my visit, 'Snowdon: A life in View' and 'Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize'. I intentionally went to the gallery to view the portrait prize, however was captivated by the photographs of Lord Snowdon (Exhibition on until: 21 June 2015). Using Black and White portraiture, Snowdon created some truly marvellous portraits, with some amazing subjects including Princess Anne and Prince Charles. Many of Snowdon's portraits filled the walls of the gallery including works from his 'Private View' book, one of my favourite portraits being of Dame Barbara Hepworth.
For the cost of just £3, I was able to explore the works of many talented photographers who each had contributed to the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize (Exhibition on until: 22 February 2015). With 4000 entries to the 2014 competition, a panel of talented judges were able to choose the very best for all of the public to view. I myself, was truly overwhelmed by the true talent of many amazing photographers. Unfortunately, you are not allowed to photograph in the gallery, so instead I made notes of all my favourite images as I walked through the exhibition. A few of my favourites included 'Together we Stand' by Sara Al Obaidly, 'Boy with Drape' by Heiko Tiemann and 'Thinking about my Father' by Ivan Maslarov.
If you are a interested in portrait photography or photography itself, I would hugely recommended spending some time at these exhibitions!