Visitors to the Southbank next week can take in a unique and eclectic photography exhibition as The London Photo Show (www.londonphotoshow.org) returns for its sixth year.
Among the work on display at London’s Bargehouse Gallery, Oxo Tower Wharf between 11 and 14 November will be a photo exhibition by a London nurse, who used photography to cope with the stress of the pandemic, is set to show the stark reality of what life was like on Britain’s Covid wards as coronavirus hit.
Hannah’s collection features her colleagues dressed in full PPE, looking like they’ve beamed right off the set of an apocalypse movie. Yet for 18+ months this was a daily reality for the staff at Paddington’s St Mary’s hospital, London.
Talking of how she came to start her pandemic photographic journey, Hannah recalls:
“I remember one day I was walking down the corridor and there in the doorway to ICU was one of my colleagues looking out of the window. It was a one-way system, and he was actually stuck at the door, dressed in full PPE. It looked like a scene from a scary movie.
“I love taking photos, it’s a huge passion of mine. I trained as a photographer in New York, and now I mainly do it in and around my other passion – nursing.
“I just looked, and I was like, wow, that’s a really good shot. I felt like I needed to take that picture. So, I asked his permission and he said, ‘yes, of course’. That was my first photograph.”
Hannah will be exhibiting her work alongside 60 other amateur and professional photographers including son of 80-year-old murder victim Lea Adri-Soejoko, who is set to memorialise his ‘Life in London’ at this year’s show.
50-year-old IT Support Analyst and photography enthusiast, Mark Adri-Soejoko has curated his exhibition entitled ‘Life in London’, as a way of ‘saying goodbye’ to the city that evokes both nostalgia and painful memories of his family life.
After the loss of both of his parents, Mark has set up a new life in Shoreham by Sea with wife Frances and three stepsons. He has used photography as a means of dealing with the difficult emotions he has experienced, talking more on the theme behind the exhibition he explains:
“During lockdown I didn’t pick up my camera for almost a year, but my wife had been encouraging me to do something and seeing the opportunity for an exhibition was a trigger for me, especially with the decision to leave London.
“The pictures relate to memories of my life in London and dealing with the loss of my parents over the last eight years. My father to dementia and illness in 2013, my mother’s murder in 2017 and now my decision to leave London this year.
The London Photo Show gives professional, semi-professional, independent and amateur photographers from all over the world the opportunity to exhibit their work to the public in a professional and high-profile location.
Visitors to the show will enjoy unique and inspiring images from over 60 photographers from around the globe, with a wide-ranging mix of subject genres including portraiture, fine art, wildlife, architecture, fashion, nature, travel, sport, reportage and landscape.
For a full list of this year’s exhibitors visit: https://londonphotoshow.org/exhibitors-2021/