Jan 24 2013 By Michael Russell
EALING Music and Film Valentine Festival is not only enabling people to see pictures by world renowned photographer Clive Barda but giving them the chance to have their shots judged by him in a competition.
Reporter Michael Russell spoke to the acclaimed photographer to find out more about his career.
AN ‘ADDICTION’ to photography and a love of classical music led Clive Barda to become globally renowned for his work which spans more than 40 years.
The Hanwell resident has photographed composers instrumentalists, conductors and performers across the world and his pictures have been exhibited as far as China.
He puts his remarkable success down to his fascination with watching an artist at work and his enthusiasm in capturing it.
The 68-year-old, said: “When you love what you do you do it better.”
It’s a philosophy which can be applied to his subjects who inspire his acclaimed work.
He said: “Good musicians are completely wired up to music. I’ve always been fascinated by what makes any artist dedicate their lives to their art form.
“When I’m photographing a musician I try to connect with whatever it is making them do what they’re doing and then go along with it and capture it in visual terms. The great thing about photography is it enables you to capture a split second. Only photography can capture that intense expression.”
Mr Barda, who has lived in Hanwell for nine years said he was particularly looking forward to the concerts by the English Chamber Orchestra and the Ealing Symphony Orchestra.
He added: “There’s a very active arts and music world here and I’m delighted to be involved. I hope the festival will encourage people to support it.”
Mr Barda’s career began when he was commissioned to photograph a harpist in 1968. He started capturing opera in 1974 and later turned his attention to dance as well.
He does not have a favourite picture but 40 images which he particularly likes will be exhibited at the University of West London in St Mary’s Road, South Ealing, during the festival.
He will also be judging a photography competition themed around the expression of live music. Marks and Spencer vouchers are up for grabs for the winners.
He said: “I’m looking for a photograph that shows an original mind at work, that has a sense of composition, of emotional content.
“People always ask what’s the best camera but you’ve got to remember that the picture is taken in your head. You need to learn how to use your camera to convey that.”
The festival runs from February 14 to 17.
filmfestival.org for details.