FlashMorph

Sunday, March 1st. The Tate Modern. 2pm. An army of Morphs:

FlashMorph #72

Nearly 200 of them, in fact, arranged in tribute to the late Tony Hart. I didn’t know anything about the event until an invite early on Sunday, but I thought it sounded lovely, so I jumped on a train. I figured it would be a fairly small-scale event until I checked the Facebook event page and found nearly 800 confirmed guests. I arrived just as things were getting started: people were mingling and comparing Morphs of all shapes and sizes. Some were clearly labours of love; others were put together on nearby benches, and there was plenty of plasticine lying around. I had no Morph, sadly, so I figured I’d do my best to document the event.

There were many, many variations of Morph:

FlashMorph #49 FlashMorph #54 FlashMorph #80 FlashMorph #81 FlashMorph #82 FlashMorph #83 FlashMorph #69 FlashMorph #67 FlashMorph #68 FlashMorph #33 FlashMorph #53

FlashMorph #15 FlashMorph #43 FlashMorph #56 FlashMorph #57 FlashMorph #48 FlashMorph #79 FlashMorph #76

Plus one made from cardboard, and another (rather oddly) making a political statement.

Hundreds of passers-by came to take a look, and a crowd gathered on the steps of the Millennium Bridge:

FlashMorph #55 FlashMorph #45

I wandered around getting crowd shots for a while, then parked myself at the front of the competition area. Professional photographers with Rather Expensive Cameras were doing the same thing, and I did my best to blend in. A few media-people were interviewing anyone they could get hold of, and BBC News turned up (at least twice) and went live on News 24 to show Tony Hart’s daughter presenting the prize for best Morph.

Everybody I saw spent a lot of time smiling, and it was a completely charming couple of hours. Isn’t it great that things like this happen? I was happy with the photos, and one made Londonist1. Editing them was good fun, too. Now they’re finished, I really want some plasticine.

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