I mean, I do like cinema. I do prefer some actors than others and do feel enthusiastic about some movies coming out. I am nothing like a cinephile or film-lover. But I do have to admit, when I walked through the Behind the Mask exhibition at Somerset House, I fell in love with the lens which captured another face of cinema so well.
There is nothing better in life than facing the unexpected. It’s 11 o’clock, I am sitting in the metro perpetually wondering what will be the next exhibition I will come across. I open the newspaper, slowly turn its pages and find this article promoting an exhibition in central London. I mean, I do like cinema.
There would have been no exhibition, I would have still be filled with satisfaction only by walking through the buildings of Somerset House. The place is gorgeous.
But I stepped in.
I didn’t realize it would display so many photographies. I got used to tiny exhibitions in central London, where you walk around wondering if there’s not a line you’ve missed under a picture just to convince yourself you didn’t make all the way here to leave after 10 minutes.
And I believe this is where I understood the whole purpose of Mister Andy Gotts; “showing people with their mask down”. We’re used to seeing them all made-up for the cameras and looking perfect on the red carpet. Here they are; nutty, messed up hair and slight make-up.
I won’t start this never-ending debate on make-up and retouched pictures in the media, but from my perspective, these two images only show the talent of the photographer and the success he had at pursuing his aim.
Now run to the Somerset House, it is worth the journey.
My article on it for Findme4u