There is nothing more British than a bank holiday weekend, except maybe a bank holiday weekend by the sea, so what could be better than an exhibition all about what makes this island home.
This particular bank holiday saw many Southsea residents flock to ‘Interrupted’ the first solo exhibition from local photographer David Tuckwell. Hosted by Yes Creative, this thoughtful and honest exhibition showcased Tuckwell’s work over the last 12 months.
The studio proved the perfect backdrop, with its clean lines and bright open space which complimented the monochrome framing of the photographs perfectly.
Tuckwell captured the beauty of our city throughout the seasons, starting in May 2016 with the sadly departed big wheel on Clarence Pier, captured at sunset. This was then followed by a blend of Southsea’s famous sights (the pier, Canoe Lake and the beach to name a few) finished by that famous Southsea sunset before reaching ‘The First Bottle’. It was really interesting to see where it all began and how far these infamous bottles, showcased on a stufftailormade table in the centre of the room, have come.
Perhaps the most striking photograph was the poignant, thought provoking and moving ‘interruption’ image, ‘Swan Lake,’ drawing the eye to the end of the studio and acting as the ideal focal point of the exhibition. This cleverly showed a change and development in the photographs, with the remainder of the exhibition showing not only the sights of the city from a different point of view, but many more atmospheric shots of the sea.
In my opinion these were at their most captivating in the ‘cold room’, a smaller room of 4 images exploring the sea in the fog. This room immediately followed ‘Swan Lake’ and seamlessly merged 2016 and 2017 together. 2017 started with a sunrise and ended with the warm sunset of ‘two trees.’ The images in between showed not only a starker side of the sea, but also the less familiar sights, in subtle contrast to the vibrant images across the room.
A debut exhibition for both Yes Creative and Tuckwell, it can definitely be classed as a success, especially if the sore heads on Saturday morning were anything to go by, with the success continuing across the weekend.