T H E ( A L M O S T ) W E E K L Y P H O T O G R A P H
3 May 2016
Is This Man A Hooligan?
Photograph by Simon Harsent from his exhibition GBH, opening this Friday in Sydney. And no I don't know if the sitter is a hooligan - you'll have to attend the exhibition to find out!
Is it me, or does this gentleman look like a football supporter? I think it's in his eyes. Having read the press release, I know the photo is part of an exhibition featuring Great Britain's leading hooligans, but his white woollen jumper is somewhat incongruous. However, I am intrigued enough to tag along and, after all, anything that Simon Harsent shoots is worth looking at.
These days, advertising and art photographer Simon Harsent splits his working time between Australia, the USA and UK. Better Photography magazine featured his Melt exhibition of icebergs a number of years ago now and I remember Simon explaining it was challenging as a successful advertising photographer to be accepted within the contemporary art world.
For some people (but certainly not all), you need to struggle and starve for your art, so too much fiduciary success is seen as an anathema to true creativity. Simon's view back then was by self-funding his art, he was free of all financial constraints as he didn't need to sell his work nor fulfill the conditions of an art grant. Surely this was an equally pure approach?