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Friday 25 May 2012


On Tuesday evening I went to the private view of "Out of Focus: Photography" at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea.  This was a very interesting exhibition of work by different contemporary photographers.  I was very stirred by Katy Grannan's portraits of people who displayed the ravages of time and lives that had not been easy or pampered. Each had their own individual style of dress, bravely showing their wrinkles, cellulite or obesity.  To me these were candid pictures of real "street-style".  I also loved Sohei Nishino's Diorama of Paris, one of a series of maps of big cities, where the streets seemed to come alive.

The Saatchi Gallery is located on Duke of York Square.  This former historic military site underwent a redevelopment about a decade ago. Now it's an attractive public square with an art gallery, shops, cafés and little fountains springing up from the ground.  It provides a very pleasant venue for shopping in the summer with a variety of fashionable shops including Joseph, Zara, Jigsaw and L K Bennett.  Patisserie Valerie is great for lunch or tea, or an ice cream would be nice in their Gelateria Valerie, a small pavilion in the middle of the square.

Seeing the Saatchi exhibition made me resolve to learn more about photography.

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