Bindi Vora: A SHADE OF PALE x 180 The Strand

May is a busy month for the London photo world-  between Photo London, Peckham 24 and Affordable Art Fair it’s hard to keep track of the diary. Here at The OGC HQ we’re highlighting some of our ‘must see’ exhibitions for the weeks ahead. Photo diaries out folks!

First up, A Shade of Pale at 180 The Strand and the debut of contemporary photographic artist Bind Vora’s latest series white in the sea on show as part of this exhibition launching May 16th.

“White in the sea explores my intrigue and curiosity with the surface of the sea. Captured over the course of a single day, this study observes the water reflecting and refracting natural light. Documenting a variety of seas and coastlines in Britain and across the world. The photographs on show will bring together over ten volumes of seascapes, captured in Cornwall, The Jurassic Coast, Normandy, Schevenigen and Nusa Lembongan amongst others.” says Bindi of this work.


A Shade of Pale is an exhibition curated by Carrie Scott and features works by Luca Anzalone, Lorena Lohr, Tom Munro, Federico Pestilli, John Pawson, Marina Shacola, Ellie Tsatsou, Bindi Vora, Marco Walker and Walter & Zoniel.

The works in the exhibition, however, consciously bear no relation to one another; this is not a group show. Because of the uniquely monumental space afforded by the 180 Strand building, A Shade of Pale takes a curatorial leap that very few exhibitions can, bringing together totally disparate works that can co-exists in the same space but can also be simultaneously independent.

Taking its name from the consciously impenetrable 1967 hit single by Procol Harum, the exhibition focuses on the intricate journey one takes when looking at a series of photographs, rather than embracing a linear conceptual conceit between single images. Each artist was therefore selected precisely because of the way his or her series draw the viewer into a unique world, building narrative slowly, over time, across multiple images. At 180, each body of work is allowed to both figuratively and literally exist, just as they must in their author’s heads; singular, complete and coherent in both photographic language and aesthetic. In every instance the collection of imagery by each photographer – not isolated image – is the object and while graceful visual comparisons between the artists do come up, this is a happy accident and one born from the strength of each series not by organising the installation.

Whether it more established artists like John Pawson or Tom Munro turning their hand to a new format – Pawson is of course best know for his architecture, not his photography: at 180 Strand he will show all 320 images from his photographic series Spectrum – or fashion photographer Munro’s ambitious installation, a collaged narrative document of his 72 hours spent photographing in Tokyo & Kyoto which is so different from the work he typically publishes – or even a more emerging artist like Ellie Tsatsou, Marco Walker or Bindi Vora showcasing a body of photography in a sculptural way, all of the pieces in the show identify with an immersive, filmic tradition, whereby each artist takes a long- term approach to building a story, constructing these bodies of work across a number of frames, or even years, to create a visual narrative, to build a landscape. The joy in seeing them together is discovering a rhythm to each series that reverberates against the next. A grouping of groups, a gathering of creative visions, an assemblage of aesthetics.

The exhibition will be on display from 16 May – 3 June. Opening hours will be Tuesday – Saturday from 10am to 6pm, but we will operate special hours to coincide with Photo London from the 17th to the 20th of May. Opening hours will be as follows: 17th of May 12pm – 8pm, 18th of May 12pm – 7:30pm, 19th of May 12pm – 7:30pm, 20th of May 12pm – 6:30pm.

For more of Bindi’s work and process see her website or follow her instagram.