Exhibition of Drifting by the Leeds & Liverpool

Exhibition of Drifting by the Leeds & Liverpool

I’m delighted to share my Drifting by the Leeds & Liverpool project with the people of Leeds and beyond in an outdoor exhibition around the Leeds Canal Basin area. The exhibition features installations that link the viewer to the film and project website through QR codes and mobile technology. It asks the question ‘what will you see today?’ as a prompt for viewers to engage in the everyday condition of the canal’s landscape; a theme that runs through the Drifting by The Leeds and Liverpool short film.

The project has a dedicated website that shares information about its making and collaborators in the making of the short film. So far, the work has been featured on BBC Radio Merseyside, in The Yorkshire Post and local press. It was also one of twenty finalists in the Association of Photographers’ student awards (places category).

Please visit the photos of the exhibition at https://leedsandliverpool.co.uk/exhibitions and let me know what you think in the visitor guest book below.

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Craig Sinclair from Wiltshire wrote on 11/09/2021
What a wonderful short film Andrew, you really managed to take the viewer on a journey along the water side and through the mind. Congrats and all the best for the future.
Amano - Photographic Studies wrote on 23/08/2021
I like the way you have introduced the presence of the observer by adding "Drifting" to the title; it is more than an exhibition about place, it is also about the human presence.
Michael Millmore wrote on 22/08/2021
An amazing and appropriate way to exhibit your project and bring it to a new audience. Excellent in so many ways, well done. The different ways you have displayed and repurposed the photographs is very original - love this approach of bringing art into public spaces.
Helen Jones from Bradford wrote on 17/08/2021
Just realised its not a tear but a tree in the picture ! Well done for collaborations as well e.g painting on brick wall excellent.
Helen Jones from Bradford wrote on 17/08/2021
Congratulations on your amazing work Fitz. I thought the film was brilliant but now you have extended the project to take it outside to the public in a new way. I can imagine a lot of hard work has gone into getting permissions, printing the photos and erecting them on the various sites. I hope many people will be drawn to your pictures and film and think more about the canal, its history and current state. Best Wishes for the future. I wonder on the longjevity of some as I see a tear and detaching of one of the posters but I guess this is inevitable with this type of outside installation.
Roger Sidney from Rancagua, Chile wrote on 15/08/2021
Well done Andrew for getting your work out in the public domain. It's take courage, determination and hard work. You're a real professional!
Duncan Astbury from Oban wrote on 15/08/2021
Love the work, love canals and I think you've done a brilliant job of getting the work out there, thanks for sharing.
PAUL from Cambridge wrote on 14/08/2021
Looks fabulous... I hope it generates lots of interest and views of your film... You'll be booking the local cinema next! Well done.
Helen Rosemier from London, UK wrote on 14/08/2021
Absolutely fantastic work Fitz - looks brilliant. Really well done.
Simon from Bristol wrote on 14/08/2021
Love the way that you have contextualised the posters etc into the urban landscape. Particularly admire the painted arch showing one of you photos that adds another layer to your project.
Keith Ledson from York wrote on 14/08/2021
I’m impressed by the way today coexists with pastimes, giving a connection to the origins of the city. The exhibition reminds us of our heritage and our roots in the industry of this country.
Catherine Banks from Chertsey wrote on 13/08/2021
I think this is brilliantly planned and completed, including aspects such as the QR code and visitors' book. Much more realistic than all the online exhibition sites I've seen so far - even the best of them. I had to double-check that this wasn't an actual outdoor Exhibition. Wishing you much success in the future.
Allan O'Neill from Worcester wrote on 12/08/2021
It's a fantastic piece of work on so many levels. Having grown up in the shadows of the Leeds to Liverpool canal I can instantly relate to this project on both contemporary and historical levels. Great work!
Johnathan Hall from London wrote on 12/08/2021
Wow Andrew, what a wonderful way to display your work! I am a big fan of canals (mainly Regent's canal) because there is so much variety to see in the landscape running beside them. For me they are very peaceful, serene places. I think your take on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal is thought-provoking with regards to land use while also captures the tranquility of the canal. I can imagine a lot of hard work went into turning the work into an interactive outdoor exhibition during these times so massive congratulations, it looks great 🙂
Sharon Mulberry-Rookes from Cambridgeshire wrote on 12/08/2021
Crikey Andrew, I'm amazed at how your film has grown into so many different venues and ways of showing the stills. Your images deserve to be seen more widely and I'm so pleased for you. The artwork has taken on a life of its own, a sign of a great piece of work. All the best.
Ugo Muin from Birmingham wrote on 12/08/2021
The way we view and use the landscape changes with time, places that are only a few yards away become invisible. This work demonstrates, for me, a fresh connection, a new way of looking at the landscape. The varied exhibition locations connects with each photograph and this adds context. I really appreciate all the hard work that has gone in to creating this exhibition.
Sarah-Jane Field from London wrote on 12/08/2021
Really impressed by your professionalism and tenacity - getting the work out there. Super culmination! Good luck with it. It’s going to do really well. SJ
Jane Weinmann from Luzern wrote on 11/08/2021
I have loved following this work. The Leeds and Liverpool Canal is, I think, the only canal in England that I have not travelled along. Even though I don't know the scenery always, the scenes bring back many memories. Thank you for sharing.
Nuala wrote on 11/08/2021
These are amazing Fitz. I love the idea of the distribution giving 'tasters' to the exhibition. I love the graffiti artists work too especially the bike in the tunnel. I absolutely love graffiti anyway. Great work and very well done.
Hazel Bingham from Lincoln UK wrote on 10/08/2021
Wow. Great to see how you have managed an exhibition of your wor to promote the excellent film uring these difficult times. Well done.
Lynda Kuit from Blind Bay, Canada wrote on 10/08/2021
Wow! Wow! Wow! This is a stunning exhibition Andrew. I really the way that you have spread it out along the canal sites, a little like Shimon Attie's work. Well done!
Wendy from Dover, wrote on 10/08/2021
What a wonderful collection of images, you have certainly made use of a variety of display areas. I am a canal boater and the vista each day is always different, a moving landscape, you have brought to attention the beauty and interest of canals. Congratulations on completing your degree.
Rob Townsend from Nice wrote on 10/08/2021
I was wondering how you were going to top that wonderful stills film and I'm delighted to see that you did. I love the in situ installations, they look great. The work puts me in mind a little of Sleeping by the Mississippi, and that's high praise from me as that's one of my all-time favourite photography projects. You should be very proud of your achievement!
Ali wrote on 10/08/2021
Impressive exhibition! Brings “Drifting “ to life in a different (but equally enjoyable) way to the video and soundtrack. Well worth a look!

Andrew Fitzgibbon

Yorkshire fine art and documentary photographer.
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