On Sunday I took some of Age UK Barnet’s Art Appreciation Group to the Photographer’s Gallery. The group started because a number of clients, 3 of whom were retired artists and 4 retired art teachers, told us they really missed visiting galleries. We also visit private collections in people’s homes and we always make time for a bite to eat and a chat.

I love these trips. Whatever the work we go to see, it always sparks a stimulating conversation and this trip was no exception. Everybody loved the merry, decadent Lartigue, the clever Motherlode digital screen, and the exquisite Samallahti exhibitions. The Home Truths  exhibition was more challenging, exploring some of the darker aspects of motherhood. For one woman the raw intensity of the images brought to the surface equally raw emotions about her infertility.  It also brought up questions about how you manage as an older disabled person if you don’t have children. This led on to the disclosure that one of the group had not left the four walls of his home for 5 weeks.

If you want to know more about the exhibition (which I loved, even if others didn’t) check it out here, but before you do, I should probably mention that this link, and the Monomondo link below, contain images of female nudity (especially for you Mrs Angry):

Given that we were there, it seems like a good moment to talk about some of the photographers who have promised cards to the Secret Postcard Sale. And a good place to start is Simon Roberts, a photographer who is represented by the Photographer’s Gallery. The prices for his work there start from £500+VAT.

You can see his work on his website. It is really worth a look.

Another photographer who has exhibited in the Photographer’s Gallery, in their Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed exhibition, is Nadege Meriau

Her website, showing her extraordinary work, is here

Next up Robert Phillips, whose work has been picked for the Taylor Wessing prize exhibition, and who is just back from the Unseen exhibition in Amsterdam. His website is here:

Next up is Paris based photographer Cormac Hanley. His website is here, but you can see more of his work if you click through to galleries who represent him

Peter Kyte is an urban photographer, who is also a member of East Finchley Open Artists.

And last but not least, there is the lovely Anne-Marie Sanderson, photographer for the Barnet Press. Not only has she contributed to the sale, but she, like Simon Roberts, has also been busy recruiting others to help as well. Her website is here

There are other photographers, amateur and professional, who have promised cards, but I hope this gives you an idea of the range and quality of the work we will be selling. I want to thank all of them, whether they got a namecheck or not, because without their kindness this event would not be possible.

Now, will you be able to spot these photographers on 23 November?


A welcome drop onto the doormat this morning prompted this update. a lovely selection of postcards by two members of Barnet & Finchley Photographic Society – Vaughn and Ruth Sears

And a couple of people I should have included in my original post

Minnie Weisz

And Matt from the Local Gallery

Thank you all.


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