Olympic Torch Relay: Creative Reporters Exhibition, Blyth Sports Centre
PUBLISHED: 20:38 24 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:57 20 February 2013
Olympic Torch Relay: Creative Reporters Exhibition - 6th September - 26th October Blyth Sports Centre, Bolam Park, Blyth, Northumberland
To celebrate the journey of the iconic Olympic flame and the communities it reached in South East Northumberland, Simon M Foster was commissioned to explore the Olympiad themes as well as capture and respond to the unique journey of the torch, in his own artistic practice and perspective.
This exhibition showcases Foster's first commissioned work since achieving a Distinction in his Diploma in Photography at Northumberland College earlier this year.
I was honoured to be commissioned to document this once in a lifetime journey. The torch would be the focal point for many spectators however I felt it of great importance to document these spectators, they created the superb, unique atmosphere of the journey despite the atrocious weather conditions.
The general public turned out en masse and created a fantastic spectacle of which I am glad I played a part in. Simon Foster
About the commissioned early stage Artist, Simon Foster:
Through the combined influences of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank and Paul Graham Simon Foster has developed an admiration and a great desire to work within the genre of reportage, documentation and con-temporary photography. Like these photographers Foster has an overwhelming need to comment and document the unusual that can be found within the usual everyday occurrence.
Foster has worked on many varied projects over a number of years. The most renowned to date would be the on-going documentation of Ashington Football Club.
For Foster's latest work he has travelled around the United Kingdom documenting the cultural and social differ-ences between communities he has visited.
I have always been intrigued by travelling. It creates fresh avenues and facilitates exploring different boundaries.
Simon M Foster (b. 1978 Ashington) is a social-documentary photographer based in Northumberland, England, UK.