Saying Anything To Mary McCartney(London 17/5/18)
Late Shift Lecture:Photo London: Mary McCartney(pic:Meredith Evonne)Welcome Folks! Once again, it's time for another ES-Say in which we break from the norm of "Not Saying Anything To Paul McCartney" and "Say Anything To Someone Else." In ES-Say #62 , we said Anything To Stella McCartney, but now, 52 ES-Says later, it is finally time to pull out the Beatle Celebrities Scorecard again for.....*drum roll*
Mary McCartney....*Jazz Hands*-Photographer and first biological child of "The Paul McCartney" and born in 1969.
However, I had the extreme pleasure to interrupt Mary personalising her book for me when she asked if my first name was spelled "M-E-R-I-D-"
STOP RIGHT THERE, Mary!- "NO! It's M-E-R-E-D-I-T-H" and then the nerves I had a minute earlier waiting in line to meet her in the museum gift shop subsided. (Well, it was nerves and bewilderment that an £8 event was now up to £32 after purchasing this book for £24.95)
Signed Mary McCartney, Twelfth Night, HENI Publishing, 2016So, after my name was properly spelled, I went into the less awkward topic of getting the opportunity to attend her lecture in the first place, last minute. "Oh, what a busy day!" I started, and once I said "I saw the event from your Instagram Account..." It was a familiar middle ground for Mary to comment back on positivity for, leading into her explaining what "Photo London" had to do with this event when I asked (I still don't really understand but Somerset House had been mentioned, and all I could think about was finding someone to take our photo before my time would be up).
The signing caught me off-guard. I thought I was only meant to attend an audience lecture, featuring McCartney speaking about her career at the National Portrait Gallery. And that's how it began at 7pm, as part of a four-day London photography fair(Photo London).
I had a good view of the stage in the small theatre as Mary spoke with Martin Barnes, a photographer curator from the V&A(The McCartney's have recently been planning to collaborate with the V&A with Linda McCartney's photography archive). They had a calm and chatty, one-to-one conversation onstage with a slide show of selected photo works by Mary. As expected, she promoted her work discussing the range of different subjects and people whom have shaped her spontaneous style of photography.
Mary McCartney's Photograph of her father and eldest son, in 1999(pic: Meredith Evonne)
When she spoke about her mother, Linda, she described Linda's photography as being revolutionary and the audience got a good sense of how it has influenced Mary's own work and interest in the field of Photography. Paul McCartney was mentioned least often but more casually and part of her general discussions of her family where appropriate("Those were Dad's hands...That's my Brother...my 15 year old asked about"...etc).
Mary's photo of brother James(above photo), presumably photographed in the 1990s.(pic Meredith Evonne)
The audience gasped in appreciation of her colourful and well-lit photographic examples that were shown on the slides. There were some jokes from Mary to the audience about taking up all of our time. In all honesty, I like art, photography, and jokes, like anyone would. I've never audibly made noises of appreciation when shown a photo, but maybe this is what hardcore photography fans are known to do when shown ballet dancers leaping in the air. Mary's photography is better and more accessible to public admiration than many of her peers, but the artsy Senior audience sprinkled with University aged students made me feel like a smile for a McCartney photo was clearly not enough reaction. Would medics have to be on-hand at the Sistine Chapel? (Clearly, I don't belong with a National Portrait Gallery crowd.)
After Mary answered a few creepy questions from the audience (anything that starts off "I remember seeing you when you were Six..." from someone in the front row, doesn't seem appropriate to me), the talk ended, and as remembered that there was a brief mention from Barnes there would be book signing following the chat and I hauled a£$ to the NPG Museum Book Shop. It turned out to be the wrong place and I sprinted in my uncomfortable red shoes to find the gift shop. Even though I complained of the price of a theatre photobook, I was happy to be sold this least expensive item to have signed and enjoyed meeting with her. But, one look at her official shop on the website-http://marymccartney.com/shop/ prices ranges from £24.95-£1,118.
If I was going to spend £1,000 in one evening, "Dad" is going to get all that money if he ever decides to tour the UK again. Mary is better off selling a scarf for a Grand to someone who would display it on their wall.
(It's not creepy at all that, I want to have an opportunity to do that. is it?)
Next Time On Not Saying Anything To Paul McCartney(the Blog), We discuss why Percy Thrillington should have stayed back in the 1970s, where he rightfully belongs....