There was a time earlier this year when E.A.S.T thought the only way we could exhibit Transformation was by having an online exhibition. It made us consider the benefits of inviting a professional photographer take images of our work. So on our first in person meeting back at Messing Hall we invited Charlie of Farlie Photography to spend the day with the group.
I know I wasn’t the only one who found it really useful having someone from outside the group look at our work from a new perspective. It was also good meeting up with each other and seeing pieces without a screen. Still not quite ‘normal’ but we feel like we are getting there. And it was a truly lovely day with a buzz of excitement.
Over the next few days and weeks we will be adding our photos to our website, and not wanting to give too much away this is just detail of one piece of my work – a beaded ‘journal’ that documents a week by week experience from toilet roll shortages to my first vaccine (one year, two days).
As Charlie’s particular passion is for portrait photography she also took some portraits – us with our work. She invited those who are Essex based to take part in her own project – Essex Women Create. It’s a project which aims to promote creative individuals identifying as women in Essex.
I took the plunge and, despite an initial reluctant even to want to sign up, I found it was an enjoyable experience because Charlie and I shared a lot of interests. It made me think about portraiture more generally, particularly having recently visited the excellent Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. (The exhibition continues until the end of October 2021.) Queen Elizabeth I had the right idea when it came to portraits – she insisted on artists using an image of her face that dated from when she was aged around 20 or 30. Her clothes changed but her face remained the same.
Contact Charlie if you want to know more about the Essex Women Create project at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you agree to take part you will be asked to complete an online questionnaire to learn a little more about your thoughts on creativity. Then Charlie will arrange to visit you at home (or wherever you work) for a very informal session. And if you want to know about Charlie’s work more generally you can follow her blog.