Only in England: Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr
Only in England: Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr by Catherine Poole
For my arts award I went to a photography exhibition at the Science Museum in London.
The exhibition was Only in England that contained specific photos by photographers Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr. These photos contain images documenting events within the 1960s and modern day, which were taken, by Tony Ray-Jones and theses then influenced Martin Parr to create his own interpretations. The photos are very interesting and contain black and white images mainly they are very impulsive yet have characteristic tones that set a scene and help give the viewer and insight into how it was.
I found the exhibition was very interesting as the photos were combined and as if were to question which photograph was by which photographer and to see if you could defer them. I found the older photographs from Tony Ray-Jones influential and more interesting as there seemed more substance to them but the elements of capturing scenes from the 60s and 70s appealed more to me. However I like how Martin Parr has used this artist influential and created his own spin on it. As well as how the people in the photos were unacknowledged and unaware they were being taken which adds to the theme.
The photos in the exhibition were laid out in a small space within the media centre of the science museum and had a very minimalist appearance such as those in white wall galleries. There was specific lighting which centred onto the pieces I found this influential as I liked the idea when presenting my series of photos to be highlight by the use of lighting and space to give it a detailed and minimal dynamic.
When in the exhibition there were various quotes along the walls I found this one helpful and gave me more insight to the on goings and exhibition itself.
“Fascinated by the eccentricities of English social customs, Tony Ray-Jones spent the latter half of the 1960s travelling across England, photographing what he saw as a disappearing way of life. Humorous yet melancholy, these works had a profound influence on photographer Martin Parr, who has now made a new selection including over 50 previously unseen works from the National Media Museum’s Ray-Jones archive. Shown alongside The Non-Conformists, Parr’s rarely seen work from the 1970s, this selection forms a major new exhibition which demonstrates the close relationships between the work of these two important photographers.”
I found the exhibiton has helped impact my arts practice because i am now aware of the various layouts i could possibly go down but also i have found the exhiniton has allowed me to decide what i want my arts practice to be . I am going to create a series of photos where a dress is used and styled in various ways this shows the journey of the dress and the alterations and different interpretations that can be made from one specifc yet everyday item. My practise is fashion photgraphy and styling. The exhibiton has helped realize that i want the purpose of this to be included but also that I could experiment with monotone and colours depending on what emotives i want to include. As well as this i found the exhibiton visit has allowed me to want to explore more types and differing photography and see how i can create a unique and special theme within these.