IN A DARK ROOM
John Stoddart exhibits: Flowers in a Dark Room at La Galleria, Royal
Opera Arcade, Pall Mall.
3 - 17
An ambitious and unusual project
has been undertaken by the photographer, John Stoddart, in a multi-layered, dual
exhibition of his work, accompanied by words from the renowned poet John
The Gallery is separated into two
distinct and different bodies of work.
The first is a body of work of a number of images echoing a central
triptych, the foundation theme, based on Caravaggio’s painting of
‘Salome’. Each panel of the triptych is
accompanied by a poem by John Armstrong, the strength of the words colouring
and referencing the imagery. The
Exhibition then moves on, showing many more of John’s portraits both old and
new. Examples being a beautiful Tilda
Swinton in the days when she was Derek Jarman’s muse, to a modern study of
Marco Pierre White that would easily pass as a Bond villain. The overall theme of the exhibition has a
melancholic thread running through each individual portrait, which reflects the
some time fickle face of fame.