28th November 2017
I paid a flying visit to the V&A at the end of a long day to see this exhibition. I think it’s the first time I’d ever gone to see an exhibition that was purely photographic.
The subject appealed to me as I feel like I can never get the image I want to when I take photos of trees. They’re so beautiful, but they always get lost somehow, I can never make the mystery or beauty of them appear so I was very interested to see how other photographers approach them.
My honest first thought was that I’m not as bad as I thought at taking photos of trees. I think they’re actually difficult subjects. But looking at actual prints from photographers like (my favourite) Alvin Langdon Coburn (which I nearly cried when I saw as I wasn’t expecting to see it and it’s the first time I’ve ever seen any of his work in the flesh), Ansel Adams and Henri Cartier Bresson was thrilling.
Tal Shochat’s images were probably the most unusual and I particularly liked Rimon (Pomegranate). But I think that photos from Edward Stechen (The Pool, 1899) and. Ansel Adams were my favourites.
Here’s the exhibition website. It’s on for a few more months, and if I get a chance I’ll certainly visit again.