In 2017 the western media has been ignited by 'Alternative Facts' and 'Post truth'. But how can we interpret it, or illustrate alternative facts? And are they necessarily falsehoods? Perhaps both alternatives can be valid and it's just about perception and perspective.
In the largest exhibition of work staged in its three year history, the photography collective based in Bath, PhotoBath has taken this theme for its 2017 exhibition of members work.
PhotoBath is all about fine art and documentary imagery and this exhibition is about each photographer's visual and storytelling interpretation of a given scene, rather than a politically motivated commentary.
All the contributors have submitted an eclectic and diverse range of remarkable interpretations to a theme which is prescient but difficult to determine and articulate. How do you photograph an alternative fact? Where do you begin to look and can you recognise it when you see it? One of those occasions that you don't know what you're looking for until you see it.
This richly endowed exhibition running for two weeks, consists of 46 remarkable, thought-provoking images; sometimes illustrating humorous juxtapositions or containing intriguing background narratives and reflections that challenge attitudes and interpret the theme perfectly.
They challenge what we might think we know: or illustrate a collision of contexts that we might decipher in everyday life; or even highlight the banality of our assumptions and the cheapness of our casual conclusions.
All work for sale, subject to the photographers' permission, but visitors may at least take away a newly discovered alternative outlook.
In November 2016, in collaboration with Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution (BRLSI) and celebrated platinum printers, 31 Studio, Photo Bath staged an acclaimed exhibition of work by renowned photographer, Sebastiao Salgado and is actively preparing future high profile photography exhibitions.