I was in London again two days ago to see ‘David Hockney – Printmaker’ at the Dulwich Picture Gallery. A fascinating and brilliantly curated exhibition of his early Etchings and his subsequent work using Lithography up to the end of the 20th century. I hadn’t realised quite how ground-breaking he was as a technician using those particular techniques particularly as they evolved during his time in California. As usual I’ve got to this exhibition shortly before it closes, so it’s a bit late to encourage you to see it unless you can make it there by 11 May. For a review of this exhibition click here.
On the way back through London I stopped off at London Bridge for a quick look at The Shard (Europe’s tallest building) at which point it started to rain so I retreated inside to wait.
I found an out-of-the-way corner at the foot of a staircase to wait and immediately saw the potential for an image of people on the staircase with the vast area of glass behind it – a perfect environment for a silhouette. I could picture the high contrast posterized final image that I was looking for in my mind’s eye.
I waited about ten minutes. More people were descending towards me rather than climbing up it. I wasn’t happy at the idea of shooting those descending – a little too brazen, I felt, even with the G10. How I wished I had a camera with a flip-out screen that would make me feel less obtrusive. I just wanted that one isolated person close to the mezzanine level. I had to keep waiting. Finally two women stated to ascend. This was my opportunity. I was running out of time.
One of them was just reaching the point I wanted, but the women on the left side of the stairs had stopped for some reason and was leaning against the wall. That really annoyed me at the time, but I still shot the image.
Back home, it was only as I started processing that I realized that rather than trying to work out a crop to remove the women on the left, she actually added to the tension, balanced the composition, and also asked questions.
Was I right? As always it’s good to get your feedback – do make a comment.