Perception of Art

David Peat Retrospective

Last week I visited the Trongate 103 Gallery in Glasgow, which houses Street Level Photoworks. There, I saw a retrospective exhibition of the work of the late David Peat. Shot in monochrome, the images formed two selections; the first, Glasgow depicted in 1968, and focussing on the Gorbals, Maryhill and Tradeston; the second, a body of work captured in different places around the world.

This afternoon, there was a talk by Ray McKenzie, which looked at Peat’s work and offered a commentary on some of the images from the collection.

At the end of the talk, I had the opportunity to meet and talk with David Bruce, former director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival – and the man responsible for bringing Peat’s photography out into the open. David Peat was primarily a film-maker, but one who enjoyed photography and who – to begin with – observed the street urchins and the crumbling decay of Glasgow in the Sixties, creating a body of work comparable to that of Oscar Marzaroli. And that body of work is perhaps more powerful now than it was then, offering social commentary, wry humour, and that ‘decisive moment’ captured in an age past.

David Bruce very kindly agreed to allow me to make this portrait of him, standing beside David Peat’s image entitled ‘Mask, Barcelona’. My thanks to Mr Bruce – both for his kindness today, and for his endeavours regarding the work of David Peat.

You can read more about the exhibition in this article in The Scotsman.

Art Installation, Summerlee

Art Installation, Summerlee - © willomailley.com

Art Installation, Summerlee - © willomailley.com

Visiting Summerlee yesterday, I was pleased to find there was an interesting photography and art exhibition, courtesy of PhotoMedia Studios, who have a studio at Summerlee. Encompassing various photographic themes, the prints on display were actually very good and I was pleased to see two pieces by a friend of mine at my Camera Club, Joanne Deas.  Amongst the work being exhibited, there was an art installation which was an audiovisual look-back at the history of the local area.

The installation was contained within a small booth, in which were four chairs. This immediately attracted my interest and I considered this might make an interesting image in it’s own right.

Three

Three - © willomailley.com

Three - © willomailley.com

I quite liked capturing people experiencing art works of various kinds. Art should be perceived and experienced and observed. On this occasion, I was at the Tate Gallery in London and I liked the way this young man was looking carefully at these three paintings. He closed his eyes just as I made the image and on looking at it later, I had the impression that the three frames were almost like cartoon thought bubbles coming out of his head.

Perception of Art X

Perception of Art X - © willomailley.com

Perception of Art X - © willomailley.com

The image in the frame on the wall is my favourite artwork on this floor of the GOMA in Glasgow. However, on this particular occasion the photograph was overshadowed by this lady’s wonderful wellies – they were the real star of the show.

Perception of Art IX

Perception of Art IX - © willomailley.com

Perception of Art IX - © willomailley.com

This man stood for a long time looking at these framed photographs and reading the small note on the wall which gave the history of the photographs.