IN TWO MINDS?
POINTS OF VIEW IN PHOTOGRAPHY
AN EXHIBITION BY ROGER LEE & DEREK MEDHURST
26 July – 12 August 2023
Photography is the most democratic of the arts. Everyone is a photographer: one estimate suggests that five billion photographs are taken every day – each involving a point of view.
And yet the question “Why?” is rarely asked of these photographs.
Through the work of two photographers who share many similar views about photography – as well as disagreeing on many others – the exhibition explores a variety of responses to this and related questions.
Visitors will be able to consider whether photography as story-telling or photography for its own sake – in exploring textures of light, for example – is more appealing; to discover whether a photo that prompts the question “what is that all about?” or one that presents immediately graspable content is more satisfying; to evaluate monochrome vs colour; to assess whether a single image is more striking than multiple images on the same theme; to consider whether there is any significant difference between photography as fun and photography with apparently more serious intent.
Although such questions underpin the purpose of the exhibition, the hope is that differences in the two photographers’ preferences and ways of seeing give rise to a diverse and enjoyable experience. But, above all, this exhibition is about the viewer not the viewed. It is an invitation for you to judge what might make photography work for you and what leaves you unmoved.
IN TWO MINDS?