“Days With My Father”

Curation Workshop

In this weeks session we had a curation workshop. In groups of 6, we looked at many photocopied images and had to select 6-20 which the group liked and fitted within a theme which we got to chose. Once we had began to look at the images, our group decided to look at images which were portraits, but not the average head and shoulders shot. This image is an example of the kind of images we were looking to find.

Image by Barbara Bosworth, Indigo Bunting 2003

Image by Barbara Bosworth, Indigo Bunting 2003

Once we had selected our images, we began to sort them into sections and put them up on the wall. Some images were easier to put together as they were from the same exhibition, whereas others did not seem to go with any other images. Ones which did not fit at all we removed from our selection, or tried to add to match with them. It took a lot of moving around to get the images in a place where the whole group agreed they fitted. Unfortunately, I found it very difficult to work with some of members in my group as they would not listen to others thoughts and I did not agree on the final presentation of our chosen images.

In three weeks time we will be presenting this work. To get to our final outcome, we must research artists and find other images. Our group have decided that we will each do our own research and then come together to discuss what we have found and progress from that point.

Image by Phillip Toledano, From the collection “Days With My Father”

This image is by Phillip Toledano and comes from the collection of photographs “Days With My Father”. The images tell a story of how his father is living with dementia, after his mother suddenly died. He tells it very truthfully without over-dramatising to make it seem worse than it is. He uses humour to lighten up some images, but others are utterly heart-breaking.

This is the kind of image which would fit into our collection because it isn’t the normal kind of portrait you would see but still fits into that bracket. The emotion felt in this image is so intense, there is no need for the image to show their faces as enough can be read from just seeing their hands. The light coming from the father shining onto the hands is natural and subtle making it feel intimate. The way Toledano’s father is using both hands to hold onto his hand makes it seem as if he wants to feel close to him and not let go.

As much as I like this image, I perhaps feel it could be hard to find something with such emotional depth in the meaning to go with it in our collection.