Hanging Out – Photographs by Carinthia West
The Library Space, Battersea Park
Running from 21 September – 5 October 2012
You can bet that the minute my friend Claire or I spy an exhibition where the name David Bowie is mentioned that we will be there. Five minutes after spying that a Bowie fan page on Facebook had posted the link to a Battersea Park-based exhibition featuring a rare snap of the Think White Duke, we had locked the date in our diaries.
Looking back at her life in the 70s, Carinthia West (model, journalist and actress) she said: “At the time I was just living my life, but looking back I can now see that it was something quite remarkable.” She may have just seen it as “hanging out” with her buddies, but when your nearest and dearest happen to be the likes of Ronnie Wood, David Bowie, Anjelica Huston and Ronnie Wood it is no surprise that she finds herself hosting her first London photography exhibition all these years later.
With no photography training, a decent camera and a passion for casually snapping candid shots of her friends as they lived day-to-day, “Hanging Out” is a rare gem of an exhibition with photographs so charmingly simple that they almost feel out of place situated on the rather grand walls at The Library Space in Battersea Park.
For many years West’s photographs remained tucked away in privacy and it was only recently that she brought them out for public consumption when she was helping to put together an exhibition of her parents’ art collection. The exhibition displays just shy of 50 photographs, giving us a intimate glimpse at how the lives of these hugely famous subjects, without all the usual glitz and glamour we’ve become accustomed to. “It wasn’t a hair and make-up story,” said West, “I just snapped everything around me.”
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