portraits of culture: 37/36

Throughout shooting this project I had one worry; that the first frame wasn’t going to come out. I thought that I hadn’t wound the film on enough before taking the first photo of the National Gallery. As I counted down I thought: “What if the frame is cut in half, or doesn’t come out at all? Then I’ve missed a massive part of the museums in London from my project!”. But really, that was the entire nature of the project; to shoot on a single roll of film. If it didn’t work out, then it didn’t work out! You may have noticed that one image in particular is quite blurry (Museum of London). I wasn’t going to leave it out and I wasn’t going to reshoot it because the whole point is these images belonging together physically on a single roll of film. Well, when I took what I thought was the final shot at White Cube, winding on the film I felt no resistance. I thought that maybe I had an extra shot, so held onto the film in my camera until I could make it back to the NG. And here it is, the 37th shot out of 36. I really enjoyed working on this project, although it was a challenge at times, and am looking forward to doing more single roll captures.

Photo © Jennifer Schussler

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portraits of culture: 6/6

The Queen’s Gallery – The Foundling Museum – The Jewish Museum
Barbican Art Gallery (within the Centre) – Fashion & Textile Museum – White Cube

All photos © Jennifer Schussler

I wanted to make a special note here as the series comes to an end.  You may notice that it ends with something not like the others. While most of these galleries & museums offer free entry to collections, paid general entry or to exhibitions, and are generally charities, I wanted to end on White Cube, a commercial gallery. You don’t have to spend a penny to get in, you don’t have to be a collector or buy anything. I enjoy going to Sotheby’s & Christies when they have the upcoming sales on display, free to enter and you don’t have to be serious about buying anything. I wanted to end on something different, but much the same, as the lines are starting to be blurred on public access to art.

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