I probably shouldn’t go to exhibitions. I discovered this on Saturday when I went to London (I know – on a Saturday – that is practically against my religion) to meet up with a friend for a lot of nattering and a visit to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.
It is a brilliant exhibition and I loved it. I just don’t think the (very quiet) people around really appreciated my rather vocal approach to it all. Don’t get me wrong – I wasn’t shouting, or even talking loudly. I just did my usual thing of not stopping the words in my head from falling out my mouth.
- When I started a conversation with a rather startled lady about whether the 10 year old winner of the Young Photographer of the Year would go on to do amazing things.
- Or when I announced to my friend that I didn’t like the landscapes.
- Or when I got the giggles over a crab. And the penguins. And the walrus. And the seal….
- Or when I got upset that those two newty things were not, in fact, having a cuddle.
- Or when I informed quite a few people that that lizard was very beautiful, but he clearly knew it and that wasn’t a very endearing trait in anyone.
I think I did overstep the mark though, when we got to the overall winner and I said ‘I don’t like it’. But I didn’t. It was an amazing image, but it wasn’t a happy one. And, as you probably know, my personal preference is for smiles. (You can see the winning photograph here.)
I’m no photographer, but it must have inspired me when, on Sunday I realised Norman was sitting on the conservatory roof. Some of the photographs had been those brilliant ones where things don’t appear as they really are, so I thought I would emulate this (only without the years of set up, building of special devices and the patience that those in the exhibition all seemed to have in bucket loads) and tried to get a picture of Norman flying. I failed. Miserably. But as I can’t post any of the exhibition images on here because of copyright, it’s all you’re going to get:
I told you. Utter failure! But did it make you smile, just a little bit? :o)