Metro Spring Showcase: Carla Borel
We love showcasing our clients artwork in our front of house gallery, and even through we may not be able to open our doors and show you around right now, we can certainly introduce you to the artists and the work we’ll be exhibiting as part of our 2020 Spring Showcase.
Our first artist in the spotlight is Carla Borel, a London based photographer, focusing mainly on portraiture with a love of analogue processes. Her personal work addresses themes of transience, identity, community, isolation and loneliness. We have chosen the image ‘Lovers at the Soho House’, form Carla’s signature series ‘StillSoho’, to be shown as part of this years Front of House exhibition.
How would you describe your photographic process and practice?
My practice is very analogue based and I’ve been using the same camera for over 20 years. I like loading film, I love the noise my Pentax makes, and I love the permanency of negatives. I also love the unknown element of using film, that there are no guarantees. I would say I have an emotional approach to photography as opposed to wanting to achieve technical excellence.
Do you feel printing your images is an important aspect of your artwork?
Absolutely. To have a harmonious relationship with a printer and working together to make beautiful prints is a thing of joy.
Tell us about the particular image you chose to show at Metro Imaging for Spring Showcase…
‘Lovers at the Soho House’ is from my Soho series and was taken in 1999. I’d love to say that I took this shot as a passerby, seeing two lovers in a doorway but they are my oldest friend Louisa with her boyfriend of the time.
Do you have any new projects or exhibitions have you planned for 2020 that you can tell us about?
I am working on a book of my Soho series and hope to publish that next Spring. I am also in the very early stages of a new project called ‘My Mum was a Bond Girl’.
Could you share with us the best career advice you received to date?
The wise words of artist Kiki Smith: “Just do your work. And if the world needs your work, it will come and get you. And if it doesn’t, do your work anyway. You can have fantasies about having control over the world, but I know I can barely control my kitchen sink. That is the grace I am given. Because when one can control things, one is limited to one’s own vision”.
You can see more of Carla’s work on her website and Instagram feed, and once we’re back-up and running you’ll see her beautiful image on our front door as part of Metro’s Spring Showcase. Stay tuned to our news feed for more interviews with our Front of House artists.
IMG © ‘Lovers at the Soho House’ – Carla Borel