Student's debut photography exhibition a 'great success'

A Bedales Sixth Form student and aspiring photographer who hosted his debut photography exhibition in London this month has described the event as a “great success”.

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13th March 2020 — A Bedales Sixth Form student and aspiring photographer who hosted his debut photography exhibition in London this month has described the event as a “great success”.

Dan Hall, who is currently in 6.2 (Year 13) at Bedales, organised and hosted the exhibition – Eternal Youth – at J/M Gallery on Portobello Road, London, from 6-8 March. He welcomed 900 visitors to the exhibition, raising almost £2,000 for charities Age UK and Young Minds through the sale of his prints and photobooks.

The exhibition showcased a series of Dan’s photographs shot exclusively on 35mm film, which focus on self-reflection and self-consciousness, exploring the contrasts and similarities between the young and the elderly. Photographing people close to him for the project for over a year, Dan discovered that despite having different attitudes to beauty, both age groups share similar feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Planning for the exhibition began last summer, when Dan launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds to host an exhibition to celebrate shooting his 100th roll of film. In the build-up to the show, Dan secured press coverage in a range of publications, including i-D magazine and the British Journal of Photography. Bedales Art teacher Kate Thorne described the effort as “a huge undertaking and an incredible journey”.

Dan said: “It was brilliant to see my work in big sizes on the walls as I have only ever seen my pictures on a laptop screen. Thank you to everyone who donated at the beginning. Thank you also to those who visited or supported the charities by purchasing a book or print.”

Head of Bedales Magnus Bashaarat added: “This exhibition is a great example of student initiative. Dan will have learnt a lot from taking the concept through from initial idea to exhibition and photobook production. Congratulations to Dan.”

About Bedales School

Bedales School is one of the UK's top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Bedales Pre-prep School, Dunannie (ages 3–8), Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893, Bedales was founded to be different. Where other independent boarding schools imposed conformity, we have always nurtured individuality, initiative and an enquiring mind.

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