Today I visited Derby to see the FORMAT International Photography Festival. The festival featured a huge range of different photographers and artists, in a range of different locations across the city. With around 14 different locations to visit, I enjoyed a whole day of viewing a wide range of diverse and contemporary photography, displayed in a vast variety of experimental and unique ways. In terms of my degree show task group, curation, this was the perfect way to get an understanding of how a wide range of photographers with very different practices are brought together with the same theme; Habitat.
I left this exhibition feeling incredibly inspired, it encouraged me to consider alternative ways of displaying and presenting my photography. It highlighted how certain techniques can bring a vast collection of different practices together. I think you get so used to seeing work displayed in the same old way that it becomes boring, so seeing these techniques really bring a fresh and contemporary feel to the photographic work. I also think that holding it in Derby was a really good decision as it meant I got to experience and wander a city that I’ve never been to before and I really enjoyed it. I definitely received some inspiration and influence from the festival and will be keeping it in mind when it comes to setting up my degree show.