This year we were lucky enough to have been asked to contribute towards a collaborative project with lighting designers Anglepoise®, Portsmouth & Southsea culture blog Strong Island & The University of Portsmouth.
The Aim ~ To both celebrate a design classic as well as local creativity within Portsmouth.
The Brief – 10 artists twinned with 10 photographers and an Anglepoise® light.
As well as being part of the London Design Festival, the exhibition has also been selected to be part of the Icon Design Trail 2013 by Icon Magazine. The exhibition was also featured soon after the opening in various different places including the highly respected and independent Creative Boom website, and it was also featured on the front page of the Financial Times.
Here’s our story …
Anglepoise® lamps were given to each of the 10 participating artists/designers and the 10 photographers were instructed to use the lamp in anyway they chose to document their given artist.
We were teamed with children’s illustrator and author Neal Layton, and his painter and print maker wife Sadie Tierney whose home is their studio and constant source of inspiration. We decided to use the lamp to light and document the artists within their home, showcasing how they work and how they create – The aim was to produce an image that best reflected them, their work and their lifestyle of creating a balance between home and working life.
We decided to incorporate the technique of double exposure using both our range of film cameras and our digital SLR’s. The idea being to take images that juxtaposed the couples conventional married life and home together with their artistic practice.
During each collaboration session, University of Portsmouth BSc TV and Broadcast graduates Massimo Marzullo and Jonas Jakunas documented the project, producing short films for each collaboration.
Here’s our film ~
Then, last Thursday saw the opening of the Creating Balance Project with an exhibition at Speakeasy Cafe as part of the London Design Festival. The exhibition consisted of the final photos taken by all 10 photographers of their 10 artists as well as all 10 of the collaboration films. The exhibition runs until the 25th of this month.
Thanks go to Claire Sambrook of the University of Portsmouth and to Tristan Savage of Strong Island for organising, arranging, co-ordinating and promoting this project, and for also included us in it. We are very grateful and can’t wait to bring the exhibition back to Southsea in January to the Aspex Gallery.
For more information about the project, to watch all of the films and to see loads of photos visit:
Or head on over to the Festival and check it out yourself ~ Details below!
~ The faces of Creating Balance ~