National Portrait Gallery

Headed along to the National Portrait Gallery to see the 'Beatles to Bowie' photo exhibition.   It was 11 quid!   So, we never went in to that, but just had a look at the rest of the exhibition.

There was loads of paintings in the permanent exhibition which are worth having a look round.   Some of the more modern ones were really great!   But again, the main reason to head to the portrait gallery was to see the photography.   There is a great free exhibition on at the moment, the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.  

This selection of photos really redefined the portrait for me.   I've always thought of portraits as either quite a formal style of photography or more of a controlled style in a studio.   Most of the portraits were as much about the sitter as about their environments that they inhabit.  

This is a much more interesting style for me and something that I may have to try out.   It means that I might have to start playing with flashes and reflectors but I'll have to figure out how to use these things but keep my kit small.