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Open submission photography: Art Jericho
Art Jericho’s second open photographic submission has attracted enthusiastic and imaginative responses from a wide range of photographers, resulting in more than 60 images in the exhibition.
They represent a broad span of interpretations of what togetherness can mean. There are some recurrent themes: people in couples and the sea and coast, for example, but each is given a very individual interpretation. D. Ryan’s digital print The Beach (San Sebastian) captures the seaside togetherness of hundreds of holidaymakers living out their own individual experiences as part of a huge beach scene, with strong echoes of Brueghel as cameos of life lived make up the Gestalt of an overcrowded beach.
F. Newhofer’s Mostly Together, captures a couple in theatre style seats in the act of rediscovering they have after all something in common. A. Catton’s Together 2012, explores the kinship and fragility of five girls preparing for a night out, hair tongs, eye shadow and full make up all being applied, while one of their number sits ready — but for what? — her make-up including a stencilled moustache and facial tattoo.
Reproduced above is D. Godliman’s digital print Walking Together, a black-and-white image of two sets of legs and their shadows determinedly setting out for their chosen destination.
Some of the images are close to abstraction where colour and form are the true subjects. At this end of the spectrum is J. Credland’s G&T, where the smoothly architectural shapes of a green gin bottle, a clear flask of tonic, a slice of lime and a glass come together with droplets of ice cold water hanging on to the contours of each.
The exhibition provides the opportunity both to reflect on the wide range of interpretation of togetherness that exists within the collective imagination and to enjoy the technical expertise behind each image.
The exhibition is at Art Jericho, 6 King Street, Oxford (artjericho.com). It is open Wednesday-Saturday 11am-5pm, until September 16.