Megan Dowsett is a freelance creative consultant working with museums and galleries.

Through the name Norris and the Flamingo, she shares the sense of adventure that runs through all of life, wherever we are on our journey. A sense of imagination, of possibility and discovery, for children and adults alike.

Her core values come down to two simple things:

People: At the heart of everything she does, people are there – be it audiences of any age or background, volunteers, staff or freelancers and apprentices. She believes that the best projects take everybody with them on a learning journey.

Creativity: In every role she’s taken, creativity has played a key priority. Working in Museums and Galleries, creativity brings a valuable opportunity to think about the same things in a different way.

Museums and galleries are the perfect place to bring the joy of discovery and magic of adventure to everyone who passes through the doors - and to invite those who haven't yet braved these sometimes intimidating buildings, to do so in a dynamic and inviting way.

Over twelve years working in these exciting settings, Megan has developed extensive experience in both managing and delivering creative projects that engage with a wide variety of audiences.

19 July 2011

The Magic of Thomas Struth

I have just met the photographs of Thomas Struth at the Whitechapel. I don't often have the patience to take in what is unique or creative about the photography of professionals, but I find myself rather bewitched by these. Is it their size? Is it merely a cheat that he blows the photos up so large that they become mesmerising? But it's not only this. There's something in the clarity and balance of light that is ... well, perfect. Consistent clarity and brightness in what should be a dingy photo of electricity cables.

Something else. There is something disturbing, or rather intriguing, about the special relationship between myself and the buildings or people in the photos. They feel so near, so close, and yet he fits so much into the picture. Then, the lining up of vertical lines with the edge of the picture is impeccable. If I did that, the lines would inevitably converge. It is a kind of technical magic that mystifies me on both a visual, responsive level and on a logical, investigative level. My camera doesn't do that.