I love making new friends and so when I met like-minded photographer Charlotte Fielding I was excited at the prospect of being able to work with someone who understood our trade. Someone who worked in the same way and actually cared about her clients and what she was producing in the same way that I do.
Our first meeting was in London’s prestigious Fortnum & Mason where we sipped tea and ate cake and discussed our ideas at some kind of collaboration. We explored everything and eventually decided that an exhibition of what we already had would as good a place to start as any, and so ‘Escape’ was born. That was July 2012 and nearly a year on we are about to open our first exhibition in Notting Hill.
‘Escape’ is all about seeing beyond the everyday with the pieces in the show bringing together all the different facets within the notion of the word escape. Whether it be a physical or emotional escape; an urgent flee or a daydream in your head there are a number of ways to explore these escapes and what they mean to an individual. Both Charlotte and I love to travel and this exhibition has given us the opportunity to show-off some of this personal work.
“There are some people you meet that just exude an enthusiasm for their craft that goes above and beyond ‘work’ and Philippa and Charlotte are two such people. Philippa has that eye that catches those fleeting moments and makes the ordinary, extraordinary. Her photographs always delight. When I first saw Charlotte’s portfolio the depth of subject matter and quality of imagery just leapt out at me, I knew I had to work with her.” Chelsea Davine of The Shed Photography
Choosing the content for the show has been a gruelling task but once we had the theme it made the process a little easier. It took one long coffee-fuelled session of brain-storming but we nailed it eventually and both settled comfortably on the word ‘escape’. It conjured up all sorts of emotions for us and suited the work we most wanted to show.
My ‘Help Me’ series of cars is a good example of how the word escape can be interpreted. I had been exploring Route 66 when I stopped off for a night in a scary motel read the full story here. My trip had been a knee-jerk reaction to a bad break-up, a time when I needed to run away from London and myself. I had the time of my life and came back with some fabulous photography and some thrilling stories. The emotional rollercoaster I was on and the sheer fact that I had run away from my ‘normal’ allowed this series quite a large space amongst our walls. In this case it isn’t the cars that tie them to ‘escape’ but the journey I was on at the time.
Philippa Gedge - California Ford
Philippa Gedge - California Nash
Philippa Gedge - California Volkswagen
Philippa Gedge - California Chrysler
Philippa Gedge - California Chevrolet
Philippa Gedge - Help Me
Help me series © Philippa Gedge
My ‘Navimag’ series photographed whilst exploring the Chilean fjords on a cargo ship were all shot just minutes after an enormous storm had passed. The world seemed so calm after the gale-force winds and violent sea-sickness we had all experienced for the past three days. At the time I felt lucky to be alive after such an horrific ride and honestly felt we had had a very narrow escape from the elements. Despite the beauty of the fjords I wouldn’t hurry back to the Gulf of Penas in a hurry. The clue should really have been in the name of the gulf we were scheduled to sail in, Gulfo de Penas translates as Gulf of Distress in English..
Philippa Gedge - Boat deck
Philippa Gedge - Girl gazing out 1
Philippa Gedge - Man reading
Philippa Gedge - Rainbow on deck
Philippa Gedge - Girl gazing out 2
Navimag series © Philippa Gedge
Finding the space for the show was also a tall order. It had to be affordable and not too far off the beaten track. It needed some natural light and we wanted it to be attached to a food and drink outlet. Charlotte trawled for a day and finally found the ideal solution that was close to home and didn’t want the earth in gallery fees. They don’t take a cut of sales and are flexible about most things. We were in.
Six months later and we are nearly there. The invitations for the private view are about to go out, the fliers and posters printed for local galleries and coffee shops and we are even working on a competition that we want to open up to a local school. There is so much to do and we underestimated vastly what was involved. Our bright idea of getting some funding early on has paid off and we now have seven really great sponsors, one of which is The Shed so thank you to Chelsea and Ben for helping to make this show both beautiful and hopefully a success.
We are confident that the chosen selection is a good one. It is varied but that’s the nature of interpretation.
Philippa Gedge - Diner chair, Flagstaff
Philippa Gedge - Yellow chair, Portobello
Philippa Gedge - Market chair, Roseau
Chairs series © Philippa Gedge
Both Charlotte and I work as commercial photographers in our own right and spend our time photographing weddings, events and portraits. We are hoping that exhibiting our personal work will become something we can do again in the future and invite you to come and see us. If you are in London in June 2013 then please do pop by. The exhibition details are as follows:
WHAT… Photography Exhibition with around 50 pieces forming an exhibition of “Escape”
WHERE… The Tabernacle, 34-35 Powis Square, London, W11 WHEN… 17th – 23rd June 2013
Philippa Gedge Photography
Charlotte Fielding Photography
You can also find details about the show on our blog and on Facebook.
Both Charlotte and Philippa are members of The Shed and you can BUY any of the images on this blog by clicking on the pictures above.