In about 11 weeks time, The Image Circle group exhibition will be opening The Oxmarket doors to the public. On the 14th November to be precise. Between now and then the six members of the group will be making their final selection as to what to display, organise matting and framing, choosing titles and of course promoting the event. It would be a pity to go to all this work if no one turns up!
I can only speak for myself but as I will be presenting a body of work on Chichester Harbour, as opposed to a selection of individual images or smaller collections of photographs, the overall layout of the panel is of particular importance to me.
The gallery space has been divided between us and I will be using six freestanding panels. To help my deliberations on the photos to be hung and how they should be grouped, I decided to create a scale drawing on my iMac depicting the pictures in their frames. I can add or delete photographs quite easily and move them around to ensure a harmonious appearance to the overall display. This is a lot easier than laying photos out on a large table or worse still on the floor! Besides they are not yet framed and I think this makes a difference.
Although I have still to commit to the final layout and choice of images, the plan is definitely taking shape. I certainly don’t want it to get to the hanging day itself and still be unsure what goes where, so this is proving to be a very worthwhile exercise.
Above you can see two hanging plans depicting the six panels. I have printed these off, stuck them on the wall and I will live with them for a while. That way I may be able to tell if there are any changes required – at least that’s the idea!
Further updates on this exhibition will appear in the days and weeks to come but if you would like to see the work of the five other photographers please visit The Image Circle website.