And now we are pleased to introduce you to a new contributor to Dirt Cheap, Rich ‘RT’ Taylor a multidisciplinary artist from Northern England, now based in London. He will be contributing his musings, reviews and artwork from now on, we think you will dig his stuff. First up a look at Gallery 71a’s new show ‘Polaroids’ by Andrew Reynolds…
Firstly, having only been moved to London very recently I can already say Gallery 71a has some awesome exhibitions. The previous show, ‘Artist Beer Visions’, showcased a number of artists and illustrators. On the opening evenings the venue tends to get very busy with a crowd of completely different people at each event. This time was the opening of the show ‘Polaroids’ – photographs by Andrew Reynolds.
The series of Polaroid pictures capture the young life of the professional skater in Florida. Reynolds took most of the pictures inside his home where, evidently, he and his friends had some good times. Although initially Reynolds had no plans to showcase these pictures, or become an accredited photographer at all, it was through this personal documentation of experiences and memories, that people from all over the world can relate to the snapshots shown.
The venue was packed with skaters and other creative people, and the whiskey chasers were flowing. Everyone analyzing the pictures; pointing out the people and discussing similar stories they’d had. In this way there was a sense of nostalgia (especially with the Polaroid format) and community as people connected with the photos, which is what makes these images so successful.
Words and Photos by RT