“Rejection is the grain of sand in an oyster, that niggling irritation which ultimately produces the pearl” - Andy Gotts
The first of two exhibitions being launched in September (you lucky people!) at Maddox.
'Thank You, But No', is a solo exhibition that is a very personal one for me. The three decades of treading down the path of a celebrity photographer has not always been champagne and canapés…I had many, many, many rejection letters to my request of photographic sittings.
These letters I kept over the years to spur me on and as a painful reminder I need to try harder if I want to achieve. Keeping to my motto WWAD (what would Avedon do).
The 'Thank You, But No' exhibition is a retrospective and celebration of my favourite 'rejections', and how I tracked down the senders of the rejections notes (in The Terminator style) and turned them into his most illustrious monochromatic portraits.
On show at Maddox Westbourne Grove location from 30th September - 9th October.