Vanity be thy name is one of the seven deadly sins, but an exhibition exploring this so called 'sin', is surely something we can all enjoy - guilt-free. The 'Love Me' exhibition by multi-award winning photographer Zed Nelson is an exploration of vanity. He visited eighteen countries over five years photographing body builders, teenagers, housewives, beauty queens, cosmetic surgeons and business men.
Is beauty skin deep? Or is the surface that shiny and polished that we are blinded by the external? Or vice versa. Self-conscious questions arisen, this exhibition is set to be a hit. Prompting questions about the self, exhibition-goers might wonder about their own personal obsession with themselves. Everyone loves looking at themselves don't they? Even if we complain about our appearance, we say we 'hate' others looking at us, or being the centre of attention - vanity be thy name of many. It seem vanity is the ultimate sin, and let's face it, we're all guilty.
It's a funny thing, the self, one's perception of how we look, how others see us, and there is beauty to be found, if not a wonder at people who clam a detached satisfaction with how they look. We all have our imperfections personality-wise, but if we looked at our superficial 'flaws', then would we be happy? Or will we be the ones on the walls, hanging in Zed Nelson's exhibition ... it makes you wonder doesn't it?
Head down to the exhibition and see whether you can really look at yourself again.
Audience: I would say it's an adults-only event. It could prompt insecurity in little ones, or just sheer boredom. To save their spirits leave the kids at home and have a wander round this gallery with a few mates, or alone, either is cool.