Wednesday, 15 June 2016

'Common Sense'


Everything in The Hepworth is worth seeing but I especially went along to view the current exhibition of the photographer Martin Parr's work. It is entitled 'The Rhubarb Triangle and other stories'. At its heart is a new commission of photographs of the famous 'rhubarb triangle', an area near Wakefield that specialises in growing the sweet and delicate Yorkshire forced rhubarb, grown in dark sheds and harvested by candlelight. Alongside were many of Martin's other photographs, among them his documentary series focussing on the seaside and the middle classes in the 80s. If you don't know his work, do look him up. He manages to be both funny and poignant, and some of his images are a scathing commentary on life in Thatcher's Britain towards the end of the twentieth century.

The wonderful collage shown above is called 'Common Sense' - highly saturated images of 'bits and bobs' of life in the 90s, wonderfully kitsch and quite bizarre but somehow a fascinating archive.
The four people were watching a video about Martin Parr, listening through headphones. Every now and again they'd all guffaw with laughing, which added to the slightly odd feeling, since you didn't know what they were laughing at.

5 comments:

  1. Hi Jenny - love this .. wish I lived nearer and I'd be over to visit. Parr has had a fascinating life ... I love rhubarb and how it's grown etc ... brilliant to see this - thanks for highlighting for us .. cheers Hilary

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  2. This shot for example Jenny, I love the composition and humour :)

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  3. I love the composition of your photo - brilliant!
    Love rhubarb too!

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  4. Interesting stuff on his site, Jenny! I like your pic.

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