Exhibition: une rétrospective de Vivienne Cole, Médiathèque Ludovic Massé, Céret
When I returned frames I had borrowed from my local Médiathèque (an exhibition of paintings for ‘La Ronde Céretane’), I was asked if I was interested in filling a cancellation. The first floor salon, usually booked a year in advance, was available in two days! As I believe in seizing opportunities that present themselves, if they feel right, I found myself saying “yes”.
A retrospective of my photographic career ensued, centred around my love of black and white printing on archival papers, and then experiments in both platinum palladium printing and solar etching. Leather bound travel diaries and a collection of historic cameras set the scene, as the past was evoked. Tales were told through pictures, accompanied by a collection of then ‘essential objects’ of the trade…
I found myself talking to other photographers, artists, printmakers and film makers. I was also able to meet like-minded travellers and inhabitants of some of the places I had captured, like Praque.
We discussed the ‘soul’ that exists in hand made prints — the profound depths, the way light resonates — and how traditional film techniques still ‘captivate and evoke’ as they have a presence and subtlety that digital has not been able to reproduce. Visitors also responded to the cameras on display, as they had memories of using them with their grandparents, for example. There was a certain mood of nostalgia, as we were reminded just how quickly ‘things have changed’… it was a wonderful ‘exchange’ with the public and industry professionals.
My heartfelt thanks to the directrice and team of the Médiathèque — you were exceptional.