Friday, 10 October 2008

Victoria and Albert

Trajan's column at the V&A museum, London

The Victoria and Albert museum was huge. To look around it properly would take a least! The museum houses a vast collection of artifacts that include jewellery, metal ware, furniture and photography.

The photography section was smaller than i expected but the images were well worth a visit. My particular favourite exhibited photograph was by Chris Killip but another that got my attention was Robert Polidori’s 'Auditorium in School #5' image. It's a very chilling photograph of a abandoned school auditorium taken from a series made in the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear plant in the Ukraine. Abandoned in 1986 because of the radioactive fallout, the school hall has decayed, faded and taken on a rather haunted look; part of a horrific monument to a nuclear disaster that took place over twenty years ago.

The image above was taken in the Cast court of the V&A where huge casts of Trajan's Column dominated the vast room. An awesome sight. It's not surprising that we never got to see a fraction of what's on offer at the Victoria and Albert museum. A return trip is definitely required.

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