As much as we may love London, even the most hardy, concrete-loving, city dwellers have to admit, you need a break from the big smoke occasionally. So why not make a date in the diary to take a trip to one of the Channel Islands for a cream tea and a good helping of world-class photography?
Jean Christophe Godet started the Guernsey Photography festival only a year ago, and it was such a success that they are back at it again. This year the festival theme is Identity and all the immediate photographer heavyweights that spring to mind are going to be there; Martin Parr, Richard Billingham, Samuel Fosso (pictured), and Tony Ray-Jones are amongst the many taking part. In total, there will be around 20 exhibitions and over 30 recreational and educational events. Also, the exhibitions won’t be confined to just a white space but will be found in various locations around the town. They’re all free and open to everyone which only adds to the countryside, community feel that you could only get outside the capital. Could this be proof that London doesn’t hold the monopoly on cultural events in the UK? I guess we’ll have to go to find out! (Words: Laura Thornley)
Visit www.guernseyphotographyfestival.com for more info.