By my third day in London, which was essentially my last, I was pushing myself to the limit of exhaustion. We had to prioritize each activity, as we there were so many things to do in such a short amount of time.
My impression of London is one of diversity, history, and paranoia. CCTV cameras are everywhere, thanks to Britain’s dubious distinction of being the most CCTV monitored country in Europe.
After a stop at Monmouth, where we were served by a Chinese girl with very heavy British accent (which I found quite novel), we headed to the National Portrait Gallery to see the shortlist for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010. The interesting thing about this gallery is that being accepted into it is considered very prestigious, and yet anyone can enter.
It hit me more than any of the other galleries I visited, because the subject of the human condition always speaks to me more than still life, abstract, or any other kind of photography. Perhaps it’s just more accessible.
At night, we went to the The 27th AOP Assistants Awards, for photographer’s assistants, where Emma had two entries selected as finalists. As Mike pointed out, these are the next generation of photographers, and to see their work when they’re half your age is somewhat scary. I understood how he felt, as I’d been surrounded by professional photographers this entire time, and felt extremely self-conscious about the snaps I was taking.
She ended up winning a merit award for a photo from her series of precocious kids. Without knowing the concept of the series — children made to look like adults — I guessed the theme simply from the expression on the girl’s face and posture of her body. Check out the rest of Emma’s awesome work.
And to celebrate the win, we headed to a posh Thai restaurant, who didn’t serve iced tea but was willing to make it as well.
Europe 2010 travel diaries
- France: Arrival
- France: Day 3, Chartres
- The Partisan
- France: Day 5, Chartres
- Baby Scary Party
- France: Day 6, Paris
- Call me McNgangus
- France: Day 7, Rochefort-en-Terre
- France: Day 8, La Roche-Bernard
- France: Day 9, Rochefort-en-Terre
- UK Detour: Day 10, Chartres to London
- UK Detour: Day 11, London
- A passenger in London
- UK Detour: Day 12, London
- UK Detour: Day 13, London to Ullapool
- UK Detour: Day 14, Ullapool
- UK Detour: Day 15, Ullapool
- UK Detour: Day 16, Ullapool
- France: Day 18, Paris
- France: Day 19, Chartres + Paris