Sir Tim and the WWW: A painted bronze tribute to a great man
Father of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee at the age of sixty: He is without doubt the greatest enabler of modern communications and it is very hard to imagine life without instant access to a world of information. Those of us who can remember life before the internet and the WWW really know how to appreciate Tim’s contribution to modern society.
This interesting painted bronze caught my attention on Sunday. It is by Sean Henry and is currently on display at the National Portrait Gallery in the Contemporary Portraits section. It was commissioned in 2014 and made possible by funding from J.P.Morgan. Taking advantage of the new relaxation on photography at the NCP I shot this with the tiny and unassuming Panasonic GM1 married to the standard 12-32mm collapsible kit zoom.
The BP Portrait Award exhibition is free at the NPG until September 4 and is definitely worth a visit. However, I believe the Berners-Lee statue is a permanent feature in Contemporary Portraits. Another special event on my list is the William Eggleston Portraits exhibition which runs to 23 October. This is a paid section (£7).
The National Portrait Gallery is at St. Martin’s Place, WC2, near Trafalgar Square, and is open daily from ten to six, with a Thursday and Friday extension to 9pm.