We went down to St Ives with the Year 10 and 11 students yesterday. As always, it was a really enjoyable day, despite getting soaked on the walk up the hill to the coach park at the end of the day! I managed to get a lot of drawing done myself, making rough sketches for about a month’s worth of daily drawings, in between talking to the students about their work and discussing the exhibits. Or maybe it was the other way round… Whatever, it was a great day. We got a photo permit for the gallery too, so for the first time in ages I was able to keep a record of the day. My favourite shot, though, was taken outside. On my Flickr page I called it my attempt at a Tony Ray-Jones shot. He’s one of my favourite photographers, and I love the way he captured the people around him. I’m not a great people photographer as a rule, though I sometimes wonder if that’s just because I don’t have many opportunities. Not that I think I could ever be great, but you know, maybe just okay would be cool.
Anyway, I do really love that photo of the students waiting outside the Tate. I cropped the original very slightly, but there is still, I think, a lovely (albeit largely accidental) composition and many intriguing little relationships and interactions going on between the characters.
Also, there’s a shot on my Flickr page of two girls drawing, and for some reason it really reminds me of that old Belle & Sebastian promo shot of Stuart David (was it Stuart?) leaning over that sculpture of the prone nun. Do you know that photo? I have a folder full of those old promo photos in the Geek Lair somewhere. It is quite terrifying to realise how old they are now. And erk, having just mentioned them, I suddenly feel the need to listen to them. Nothing like a bit of nostalgia, is there?