Don’t know if you guys know it, but I am into photography since like… forever?
My dad used to love photography, that’s why I have boxes full of pics back home that I still need to put into albums. So I guess this is where the passion came from and my parents are the ones that bought my first Canon back in 2008, that is the same that I am still using now.
I have been spending my Sunday morning cleaning the house and making lunch, so I really wanted to go out without spending too much money. Luckily I got the Waterstones newsletter (if you’re not a member, I strongly suggest you become one. It’s free!) and they always have discount for the exhibitions in the main museums. I was really tempted to go to the British Museum because they have two very interesting exhibitions: one about mummies and one about German stuff, meaning objects from like 25 years ago when the fall of the Berlin wall happened. The German history is always been so intriguing to me, I also wrote my BA thesis on it so when I saw that exhibition I was really keen to go. The only thing is that you need to book the tickets online and they don’t sell it for the same day. Never mind, I will plan to go the next weekend.
But yes I was like ok, so what now? And then I remembered that the National Portrait Gallery usually hosts photographic exhibitions.
The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait 2014 is been there from the 13th of November and will keep going till the 22nd of February 2015. It’s an exhibition about some contemporary photographers from around the world, displaying family or friends portraits.
I always admired portraits photographers. It’s a difficult job, you need to see. And by that I mean proper see, beyond the person you’re about to take a picture of. You need to tell a story and you need to be able to explain it to someone else.
Most of the portraits displayed at the gallery are beautiful, showing real people, taking you into their lives.
My favorite is not the one that won, but another random one that is showing a mother hugging her newborn in the delivery room. It almost made me cry, as well as the one showing a woman with awful scars left by an acid attack and her man was just standing next to her.
Tickets are just £3 and here you can find some more info about the exhibition.
Ironically, photography is not allowed in the exhibition so no pictures for you. Just some of the museum and some of the awesome sunset in Trafalgar Square.