Exhibition and Event Photography at Durham University – Hearing Voices Exhibition
I was pleased to be invited to do some event photography at the launch of a new exhibition at Durham University’s beautiful Palace Green Library overlooking Durham Castle and Cathedral. The exhibition Hearing Voices: Suffering, Inspiration and the Everyday is the world’s first major exhibition on voice-hearing. The exhibition is linked to Hearing the Voice, a large interdisciplinary study of voice-hearing led by researchers at Durham University and funded by the Wellcome Trust.
For the photographer, the venue, whilst visually stunning was a little challenging, given it's a dimly lit exhibition space within which (I was rather belatedly informed) no flash is permitted. I was therefore happy to be carrying a relatively light and compact kit of two Fujifilm X-E2 bodies, Nissin i40 flash (still useful for shots outside the gallery) XF56mm, XF18-55mm and a Samyang 12mm manual focus lens.
Nevertheless, some judicious use of high ISO settings and a lot of wide apertures managed to capture the evening, thank you Fujifilm for great low light work again! The visitors took a key interest in what is a very serious and well researched exhibition, evidencing the team's efforts to get the exhibition ready on time.
Certainly for the shots before the visitors arrived I would have much preferred to have maybe taken the time with a tripod to set up the shots but as it was, even with some of them at ISO6400, the images are very useable, especially for the web.
it actually turned out to be a very busy night's work as the the original brief of - turn up, take a few shots of the exhibition and the visitors for a couple of hours, changed somewhat. It became, document the whole exhibition in 45 minutes (without flash!), capture a range of visitors viewing, oh and can you also do around ten headshots of our team please! So two hours became four and a half but that's just the way events go sometimes and you just need to go with it. In the end if was a very enjoyable and challenging experience.
I couldn't help help putting in the monochrome headshot below as the subject was very keen to 'capture the moment' and struck an excellent pose for me.
The exhibition and associated website can be found at this link http://hearingvoicesdu.org/ or via the Durham University website