‘In 2011 photographers Carole Evans and James O Jenkins created Portrait Salon to show the best of the rejected images from the National Portrait Gallery’s annual Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize.’ Portrait Salon is now in it’s fourth year. For the first time, will be exhibiting prints which have been submitted to and rejected by the Taylor Wessing NPG Photographic Portrait Prize, in an exhibition which will tour the UK.”
Portrait Salon 2015
The Exhibition will open 0n Saturday 21st November 2015 at The Embassy Tea Gallery and will include all the portraits selected in this year’s Portrait Salon. Participants will have the chance to create their own, unique Portrait Salon ‘zine’.
In February 2016 the Portrait Salon selection will travel toThe Reminders Photography Stronghold Gallery in Tokyo where it will be part of a project called ‘I / Land’ in association with Miniclick and photography curator and editor Yumi Goto.
When Sir Patrick arrived at the Neo Studios in Manhattan, I was a complete bag of nerves. How do you go from being a complete fanboy over somebody’s work to actually meeting and working with them? Thankfully, I managed to push my Trekkie urges to the back of my mind and shook the man’s hand.
I was well aware that there are very few pictures of him that are not in character, so in our discussion before the shoot, I told him that I wanted to try to capture who he was as a person. We took a few pictures in order to get a grasp on his best facial positions and the appropriate height for the camera. From there, Sir Patrick did the rest of the work.
As a vintage actor, he so effortlessly performed the expressions and emotions we both thought suitable – matching his natural kindness with a fierce intensity. Throughout the entire shoot, he was curious, warm and extremely polite, making this thirty minute session an absolute joy to take part in.
With only three days to go I have been busy making the final preparations for the Exhibition. The last prints arrived today from DS Colour Labsin Manchester, and I have been busy framing.
Posters are now up all over Liverpool and I am hoping to have a good turn out on Friday and Saturday. Raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support, meeting new people and receiving feedback on my latest projects.