Grassroots Photography: Wildlife of the World

(Bristol, 25th of February – 1st of March 2015)

In a daring endeavour of taking over vacant spaces around the UK and transforming them into temporary galleries, The Photographic Angle is an organisation that attempts to enhance public knowledge and understanding of the art of photography.

This week, Bristolians had the chance to explore ‘Wildlife of the World’, a touring photographic exhibition, created and supported by The Photographic Angle.

The home for the Bristol exhibition was Castlemead, where three vacant office floors were filled with art for one week.

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In the noble attempt to encourage visitors to make a somewhat personal pledge to help preserve the earth’s biosphere and fauna, the exhibition can be seen as a grassroots initiative that comes from the community (promoting both professional and amateur photographers) and for the social good of community as well.

As an introduction to what is to be seen, the Curator Adrian Stone says that whereas the desire to capture photographs of wildlife has risen globally, it goes in parallel with the incomparable rate of destruction of species and habitats. While realising that photographic exhibitions alone are far from sufficient to put a stop to the calamity, he proclaims hope of helping to increase the public awareness of the issue at hand.

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What protrudes from the exhibited images is the empathy with the photographed subjects and the photographer’s joy of being able to show them in all their glory. All of the 30 exhibiting photographers share the joy of replicating nature in its might and remind others of the worldly beauty.

Throughout the exhibition, the curator has thoughtfully spread inspiring messages to encourage creativity, quotes such as:

“You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life” –Joan Miro

“Patience is the essence of clicking great photographs!!” –Abhijeet Sawant

 “If it makes you laugh, if it make you cry, if it rips out your heart, that’s a good picture” –Eddie Adams

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“Looking and seeing are two different things. What matters is the relationship with the subject” –Christophe Agou

 “Which of my photographs is my favourite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow” –Imogen Cunningham

Given a lot of food for thought, the visitor is likely to leave inspired, but provoked to re-examine his/her individual relationship with nature and society, before finally looking at the larger picture – the world.

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The exhibition continues its tour to Reading, London and Weybridge.

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