“…Everyone wants some magical solution for their problem and everyone refuses to believe in magic…”
Mad Hatter – Alice in Wonderland
As everyday passess the whole Brexit debate gets more and more absurd. I believe this to be a statement that everyone can agree on whether they want Brexit or not. I haven’t got the first clue how to get around all the conundrums associated with Brexit and really if I did nobody would listen to me so all I can report on is what Britain is like as this political shitstorm dribbles down over us all.
Yesterday I was at the NEC for the annual Photography Show (now with added video – my addition.) As usual I spent more time looking at the people attending the show than the exhibitor’s wares. Certainly on weekdays we photographers seem to be a pretty similar bunch: white males who appear to have seen more summers than we would have liked. Most of the women appear to have attended as the plus one rather than have any great enthusiasm (I’m sure this is a great misunderstanding on my part but that was the impression I got).
Perhaps the most entertaining part of the show was away from the large corporate stands of the camera manufacturers and in the myriad small stalls who had any number of things and service to plug that were in someway photography related even if that was at the most tangential. But of course the best thing about the whole show was that for a few hours we could all get away from Brexit and talk F stop and dynamic range.
As I walked around the show I seemed to be the only photographer who was trying to document what was going on before him. This was a shame as I have to say there was a treasure trove of photographic opportunities.
But perhaps the image I like the most from the day was this one from the Hahnemuhle stand. Here we find two men in deep conversation about something which appears to have shocked the large lima behind them. However, to the side Brian Blessed seems to find the whole thing totally amusing.
Isn’t life absurd? This is the only way I can explain Brexit. Meaningful vote 3 anyone?