Double Exposure at Horsham Museum
10 May 2010
For many people the thought of seeing other people’s photographs is a polite chore they do to remain friends. The photographs are then put away in albums never to see the light of day again. But a particular group of friends asked Horsham Museum if they could expose themselves not only to friends but also to complete strangers. Having seen just some of the stunning photographs Horsham Museum was delighted to offer the small photographic gallery to the friends in an exhibition called Double Exposure.
Double Exposure is, for those not photographically inclined, an accidental or deliberate technique that can create amazing, amusing as well as awful photographs, where images are superimposed on each other. It can be a very creative force, and as the exhibition shows the photographs on show are just that, so it is rather apt that the group of friends, who met in 2006 while studying for a City & Guilds qualification in photography, decided to call themselves after the technique. This is the first public exhibition by Double Exposure.
The exhibition certainly shows a wide range of photographic skills and techniques, from the fractured world of ice to the all enveloping cold fog that hides a Sussex landscape. There is also the world of the world, where travels taken across the globe have been captured in images which are beyond the holiday photograph. Looking at scenes of mountain landscapes and distant shorelines bedecked in maritime huts are definitely not those excruciating holiday snaps that are the bedrock of many a suburban comedy. You would never become bored looking at the powerful, colourful and richly textured views on display here.
Double Exposure also reveals how photography can capture humour, from the two zebras their black and white stripes standing out against an acid orange landscape. Another captures the drama of contrast between two religions, the Buddhist monk and the chanting football crowd, yet both sharing the sense of joy. This sense of contrast is played out with captured moments of fire and water, both expertly frozen by the camera. Talking of frozen moments, one photographer has produced powerful images of the most delicate moments in a flower’s life.
All these and more images by Double Exposure, a group of friends who met to learn and share a passion for photography are on display in Horsham Museum’s Photographic gallery.
Double Exposure opens on Tuesday 11 May and closes on 3 July 2010.
For more information please contact Jeremy Knight, Curator and Heritage Officer.
Horsham Museum, 9 Causeway, Horsham,West Sussex. RH12 1HE
Tel: (01403) 254959.