So, do you remember my struggle to enter the “Life in Marylebone” competition? You can track my progress from this blog post (when I was fizzing with enthusiasm) through this one (when I was listing all my failures) right up to today (when I am celebrating).
I’ve just come back from the Life in Marylebone Exhibition. My photo of Marylebone High Street (similar to the one above) is framed and hanging on the wall at the exhibition. I’m so pleased. In fact I’m as happy as this stone (stoned?) dragon, captured in one of my entries which didn’t make the cut.
There are fifty photos in the exhibition, showing all aspects of Life in Marylebone. My favourites are all portraits – Simone Mazzucconi’s romantic image of a couple walking together on Chiltern Street, Colin Best’s passenger in Baker Street tube station, Robert Batchelor’s shoppers on Oxford Street, and Jamie Stuart’s joyous image of a worker at a car wash on Edgware Road. I’m going to study those pictures to learn more about photographing people.
The only person in my entries was the vague hint of a man walking towards the railings in the photo above, so maybe the judges thought I showed too much “Marylebone” and not enough “Life”. In general I think my photos were too simple. Next time I need to add some elements – ask someone to abseil down the wall cleaning the windows or pruning the ivy?
Looking around the exhibition of fifty photos, however, I don’t think mine is the worst entry, so I’m ranking myself 47 out of 50.
The exhibition will be open to the public for one day only – this Sunday, 15 June, from 11am to 6pm. It’s at the Hellenic Centre on Paddington Street, London W1. The exhibition is part of the Marylebone Fayre, an annual event which closes Marylebone High Street to traffic for a day and fills it up with stalls, music, people and fun. If you are going to the fair, please do go along to the photo exhibition. You can even buy a book, featuring my photo on page 23.