On Friday, from the cold of London I took a welcome break and walked into a warm red room to look at art. I was at the Pre-Raphaelite Exhibition, which is open to the public at Tate Britain until the 13th of January.
It’s time for a new feature on the blog of wonder, video interviews!! I am very excited to share with you the first video in the What Keeps Me series! Photographer Angela Dennis (if you remember I got the chance to dive into her world of photography), now shares what keeps her inspired and humble amongst other things!
2. cloud in a jar
3. cooking set
Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde is finally getting the 8 year old in me closer to her wish list. His recent work Nimbus II was created with the perfect humidity, lighting and a smoke machine. It lasted only for fleeting moments at HotelMariaKapel in Hoorn, good thing Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk was there to nab this beautiful photo.
So badass. Check out his other works here.
I’ve been dreaming of summer since the last of the snow melted and high street stores began teasing me with all their summer wear that is too cold to wear. Although, I will take those espadrilles in pink, blue and cream, thank you very much.
This is where Alicia Bock comes in. When I look at her photos I can feel the scorch of the summer sun on my back and hear the sound of an approaching ice-cream truck. In her own words, Bock’s photography is ‘the search of light and shadows, pretty things in pink, the feeling of the ocean, and a blue moon’. Growing up in Michigan and Florida surrounded by water and colour has greatly influenced her work.
Hurry up already, summer! I want to rock my espadrilles!
You can see more of Alicia Bock’s work on her website.
(I am aware that my last few posts have been largely oestrogen filled so, I promise the next one will feature some manly manliness (maybe some abs and flexing) ).
Before Garance Doré, The Sartorialist or Jak & Jil- there was Bill Cunningham. Standing on the corner of New York’s streets capturing everyday fashion as people go by, Bill Cunningham is known as the street fashion photographer. A documentary of this very talented man was directed by Richard Press and released earlier this year. I’ve got to say, it’s prettty rare to admire a person’s character as well as their work.
Below is the preview. It’ll have it’s UK release on 9 January 2012.
This year, Angela Dennis won first place in the International Photography Awards in the still life category for the above photo. When not shooting her personal work, she also assists for renowned photographer Andy Barter. (I must mention that she is also very good at suggesting awesome nights out in London.) In what free time she has left, Angela very kindly agreed to spend some of her Sunday answering my questions about the world of flash.
The Wonder: Angela!!
Angela Dennis: Hellooooooo!
TW: how are you?
AD: I’m good thanks, just enjoying a lazy quiet Sunday.
TW: i love Sundays
TW: so are you ready for your interview?!
AD: ready ready
A couple of weeks ago, I submitted my photos to be part of the lomography exhibition at the Media Workshop. They were added to other volunteers’ photos and here are the results!
For those not in the know (and I wasn’t until this project) lomography has its origins in the Russian and Soviet block ‘basic’ cameras, such as the 1920′s German Leica 35mm. They’ve really taken off again as a digital backlash and also because people love all things retro at the mo.
Get silly and get shooting!
The Lomo exhibition will be available to view in Southampton until December.
To start with, the photos of Edward Burtynsky are awe-inspiring. Over the last decade Burtynsky has travelled to developing countries and shot beautiful landscapes. But these landscapes are not classically beautiful, they may even be thought of as unappealing. In the documentary Manufactured Landscapes, we are able to see with the clear focus I believe only a photographer has, the effects of economic change in China and India. Photographs of factory workers, mountains of metal scrap and seemingly bottomless gorges that have been excavated for materials to make our irons lluminate these changes.
The juxtaposition of the natural and manufactured landscape brings forth a range of emotions from the viewer: shock, anger and disbelief. Our environment and landscapes are being affected by globalisation and this documentary suggests that we have to find a new method of discourse that is more developed than the polemic ‘good’ or ‘bad’.
Your eyes and your emotions will both be touched by this inspiring documentary. Below is a preview and you can watch it in full here.
At the Media Workshop on Thursday was the launch party for the exhibition Free Time. It’s simple, but I can’t think of a better title. With the free time volunteers had, they went to different locations to photograph other volunteers who were in turn giving up their free time for a cause.
The photos below are the fruits of labour of the Media Workshop staff and volunteers. (If you are in Southampton on a Thursday, I recommend you pop in and have a gander at the rest of the photos, they really are amazing). What are the fruits of your free time? It’s a wonder what can be done with a few hours sacrificed and team work. I am so proud of us!