Sunday 30 March 2014

The Turner Contemporary Margate and photographing the ghost of Edmund De Waal

A first attempt at a review of Atmosphere the new exhibition at The Turner Contemporary Margate by Edmund De Waal.

I hope you can see the whiteness, the ghost, whatever it is in the middle of this photograph, it is was flickering (wrong word) frisson is the wrong word too, but then the right word would obviate the point of visual expression.

Edmund De Waal, apart from being the heir with the amber eyes who wrote The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance, he is renowned for whiteness and or pots.

Edmund De Waal looks a bit like this sketch.

I enjoyed his book very much, his recent pots, like a lot of contemporary art I don’t understand, whiteness, on the other hand; it’s four fingers and a thumb isn’t it.

Anyway it was the whiteness I went looking for.

Here is the link to the rest of the photos I didn’t take a decent camera as I thought it would be tempting fate and that photography would be banned, but it wasn’t, so these are only mobile phone snaps.

In a sense I was, or thought I was, photographing something that perhaps wasn’t there, my hope is that some people will also be able to see it in some of the photos, or better still go and have a look at the exhibition. 

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