Luton: arid moon of London or more?
Lutopia, is an exhibition by Luton based artist and photographer, Ben Hodson, which takes a new look at Luton.
Ben Hodson is showcasing a recent photographic project at The Gallery space on the 2nd floor of Luton Central Library. The 22 yr old has created the project “Lutopia” to look at the claim that Luton is no more than an arid moon of London. It’s based around two main collections of his work. Hodson says “The first collection watches the daily lives of Luton residents using black and white street imagery. The second, in contrast, looks at the environment in which the residents find themselves, using large scale photo-montages.”
The striking photomontages (up to 1m x 2.2m) are created by cutting, sticking and arranging 200 photographs onto hardboard. The photos are taken in rapid succession and show a whole scene caught in the equivalent of one second of time.
The project is on display in The Gallery space on the 2nd floor in Luton Central Library & Theatre. You can see it during all Library opening times and will be on display from July until November the 5th. The exhibition is also supported by a text from Luton based writer and poet, Keith Jebb. The exhibition was previously exhibited at “The Hat Factory” in May this year and received excellent reviews.
The original works of art are for sale and Ben has also produced an accompanying booklet to support the work. For further information on the exhibition visit: www.lutopiaproject.co.uk and for more on Ben's work visit: www.benhodson.co.uk
Ben is currently working on a new range of work which will go on display at London Luton International Airport later this year. The young photographer as been working commercially for a number of years and specialises in wedding, PR and editorial photography.
He has just completed his second year of a degree in Digital Photography at the University of Bedfordshire. For more information about studying photography at the University of Bedfordshire call 01234 400 400 or visit www.beds.ac.uk