Tate Modern is a curious place, it’s where new cutting edge art is housed in what appears to be an old power station, and from the outside it perhaps doesn’t look as grand as the or the in the US but on the inside it more than makes up for it.
I used to work opposite the gallery and would sometimes wander round the various exhibitions during my lunch hour, and I have to say some of the work on display I just didn’t get, I mean I really couldn’t see the point, however some of the work was astonishing. I have to admit to not being a lover of modern art, and that I guess is a bit of an oxymoron as my work could well be labeled as modern art..hmmm…
Tate Modern has become quite a landmark in London and receives around 5 million visitors a year, the UK’s second most visited location (Blackpool pleasure beach is the first, if you were wondering), and I suppose the lack of any entrance fee certainly contributes to the massive amount of visitors.
If you’ve ventured inside then you’ll have seen the ‘Grand Turbine Hall’, and it’s for this reason I hold Tate Modern with special affection as this is where I want to exhibit my work.
You see, with my joiners being so large I’m struggling to find anywhere large enough which can take them when they’re printed to scale, and to the best of my knowledge the turbine hall is the only place big enough to hang more than a couple at a time.
You’ll notice at the bottom of this joiner is some sort of dredger floating in the Thames, I almost left it out when I photographed the building, but decided last minute to include it (I figured I could always exclude it later if I needed to) but once I’d put the joiner together I loved it!
The dredger’s a nice bit of foreground interest, plus it supports my aim of recording the scene as it is rather than ‘doctoring’ it for asethetic reasons.
BTW, I just love the clouds on this joiner, they look so angry and menacing, maybe I’m getting closer to my elusive goal of becoming a photographic ‘Turner‘.
So, if you’re from Tate Modern, give me a call..
To view this joiner at it’s best, do the following
– Plug in headphones
– Hit the play button on the audio player below
– Sit back and enjoy the joiner as it was meant to be enjoyed!
Dimensions: 4.83m wide by 3.4m high (16ft x 11.3ft)
Song inspiration: Moby, In this world