Our visit to National Portrait Gallery (London, UK)

 I always struggle with blaming myself about not spending more time with my girls, so, this time I just had to force myself to find that time. Saturday was a perfect day for our visit and it was, actually, my first visit to a photo gallery where we saw Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition. Em.. I was excited ’cause it was something really catching and I could really feel what every author wanted to say, I think. Later, when we got home and I went online to watch those photos again – I experienced a strange feeling –  these portraits were like people – I’ve already known from the past.. The exhibition, as you might expect, was a bit boring for my girls but we tried to read as much as we could and talk about things we saw. My younger one had a flyer with some photos in it and she was excited to find all of them on the wall. I really want to encourage my children to look for more diverse things in life, to find a beauty of a moment in them, to observe it and fill it with their presence.  I think, what got me most, was big size portraits –  you can look closely and directly into woman’s or man’s eyes.. and of course – a little story behind the scenes which gives a photo a living experience you can “touch”, which is quite important to me.. So, if you have a chance – simply find time and go there! 

Some facts from online:

“The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013 is a unique opportunity to see sixty new portraits by some of the most exciting contemporary photographers from around the world. Through editorial, advertising and fine art prints, the exhibition explores a range of themes, styles and approaches to the photographic portrait, from formal commissioned images of famous faces to more spontaneous and intimate moments capturing friends and family”.

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