Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Those ad-guys are at it again.

Just when you thought the novelty of a company creating a 'domino' effect with parts of its product had worn off, FedEx have gone an done it as well with their new film, Dominoes (creative title I know).

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Time to buy a new sofa

I've been looking for a new sofa to match an existing IKEA sofa we have for the last month or so and this week I managed to get a bargain one from everyone's favourite market place, Gumtree. Turns out there's quite the cottage industry for Karlstad. Enough about that though, I wanted to draw your attention to IKEA's new adverts which popped up whilst I was making my sofa search.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Rob Spicer's painting-like photographs (+mist)

Seeing all the photographs of London under the cover of mist on Sunday reminded me of Rob Spicer's photographs which I came across through an afternoons browsing through Flickr. Spicer is an advertising art director by trade but he's also a keen photographer, producing wonderfully atmospheric photographs like the ones you see here.

I caught up with Rob for a quick chat about his photographs

Monday, November 21, 2011

London gets covered in mist, people photograph it.

Yesterday morning my Twitter-feed was flooded with images of London covered in mist. It was only 9am and I did wonder why so many were out so early on a Sunday morning but I am thankful they were else we would not have got some of the Twit-pic gems you see before you.

I was so inspired by the images that kept popping up throughout the day that I made a Storify to track them. You can see the full feed on (tweet me @AllyAsh to add ones you've found to the list), but I've decided to show my personal highlights of yesterday's images below. So ooo and ahhh away…

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Severed head, sorry, olive on a stick anyone?

A new Tesco Metro opened on Tooley Street this week - before you click away, bare with me - aside from the fact that I can now get hot chicken on tap for 12 hours every day, I was impressed with their marketing people for taking inspiration from the local area for their advertising campaign at London Bridge station.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Paris Photo - The Greatest Hits

Last week it was all about photography, photographers and more photography as Paris Photo rolled into the Grand Palais for the first time in its 15 year history as probably the world's most prominent photo fair.

I crossed the channel to report on it for, where you'll find many more photos and features on the fair, but I'm going to share a few of my highlights below too.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

I'm off to Paree in the morning

This week sees Paris Photo roll into the Grand Palais for the first time in its 15 years as THE international photography event and I'm heading over the channel for

I'll be tweeting throughout the day (wifi-depending) on the @Phaidon account and on @AllyAsh (why aren't you following me already?) so make sure to keep up to date with everything in real-time there and look out on for all the gossip and goings on from Paris Photo over the next few days.

For now, take a look at a few of the photographers I'm going to be looking out for below (along with many others I have on my list).

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A last minute look at Monika Grzymala

Photograph courtesy Monika Grzymala

When I saw the images of Monika Grzymala's latest exhibition, Raumzeichnung, I hoped dearly that this would not be a 'looks great in the photos, but when you see it in person, it lacks impact' scenario. I am glad to say that it isn't. It's well worth a last minute visit before it closes at Sumarria Lunn Gallery in Mayfair on Friday (November 4).

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

It takes all sorts..

I love Twitter. Things start by Twitter, they get spread by Twitter and then solved by Twitter. It's not a one way street, you get to talk to people you don't already know, you can join in conversations half way through without fear of interrupting, you can find out news and get things done quicker than ever before. You are never alone, even when you're at home by yourself, you are not really, you're with a group of people who you have personally curated, that are into the same things you are and that you enjoy listening to what they have to say.

Chris Floyd has taken this one step further by photographing the people he talks to on Twitter in his aptly named project, 140 Characters. He started a year ago and now there's an exhibition of his photographs at HOST Gallery just off Old Street from November 3 - 17.

Here's the run down from Chris: “The idea for this came at a moment when I realised I had not seen or spoken to any of my closest, real and actual friends for over a month, I communicated with people on Twitter several times a week in bursts of 140 characters or less, yet I had never even met any of them,” he says. “As we are now well and truly living in a digital age I am aware that this ‘state of being’ is only going to deepen and the traditional ways our friendships play out, although they will not go away anytime soon, are going to have to make room for a new way of doing things.”

To find out more and to see what Chris is doing right now follow him @ChrisFloydUK

Monday, October 24, 2011

Global warming's got beautiful

If you've seen any global warming disaster movies, they always include some city being engulfed by waves of water rushing in from the nearby coast. Take The Day After Tomorrow, huge waves smash through the streets of New York and there's the obvious London disaster movie, Flood in which water rises over the Thames Barrier to cover the city.

But what would it be like the morning afterwards, when the watery city had settled? Filmmakers Olivier Campagne (of effects visualisation group ArteFactoryLab) and Vivien Blazi have tried to imagine it with their short film 5:46am. Take a look, it's eerie, but quite beautiful.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

X Factor signifies return of the Epic-Ad

There's been a rush of long play adverts recently. Saturday's X Factor saw the launch of the second Yeo Valley campaign. The first Yeo ad - complete with nodding owl - launched last year and quickly became a cult hit on YeoTube (gotta love their channel name). This time round Yeo Valley take inspiration from boy bands throughout history and even X Factor judge Gary Barlow himself with the Yeo band The Churned taking centre, er, haybale complete with spade props, choreographed dance moves and key changes.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Nap time with the Bouroullec brothers

"The Bouroullec brothers invite you to lounge on this expansive sensual field in the unique environment of the V&A's Raphael Gallery. Sit back and contemplate the surrounding cartoons from a comfortable new perspective. Relax and examine their complexities at your leisure." Don't mind if I do, Bouroullecs, don't mind if I do.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Marcus Bleasdale on show in New York

Some may think these photographs depressing or downbeat, but even so, this does not mean that they should be dismissed for having no other purpose other than to preach.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

I never really liked jellyfish, until I saw this...

I never thought I would say this, or even want to see jellyfish out of choice, but this conceptual video entitled Metamorphosis by Elle Muliarchyk, has just proved that jellyfish can be beautiful creatures - not just the gooey white things that wash up on a cold beach after a storm.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Revisiting the brilliant opening sequence for True Blood

One of my favourite programmes, True Blood has recently returned with a fourth season. Even if you're not interested in the story you'll certainly appreciate the title sequence for it's creativity and aesthetic brilliance.

Friday, July 22, 2011

10,000 digital paintings

This brightened my morning when it appeared in my timeline from @MatDolphin.

F'ELD have created 10,000 unique digital paintings for paper manufacturer GFSmith. The bright colours show off the digital sculpture and the printing capabilities of the HP Indigo 7500 digital press at Pureprint in Sussex. Just shows what can be done when you get good things together in one place.

Check out the video on

Monday, July 18, 2011

The first destruction of Lower Manhattan

In 1967, over 60 acres of Lower Manhattan was demolished in an effort to regenerate the area and make way for, among other things, the World Trade Centre complex. American photojournalist, and recent winner of the Missouri Honor Medal, Danny Lyon went into the buildings to document their destruction from the inside with his series The Destruction of Lower Manhattan.

Danny Lyon says: "The story here is not about people. It's about buildings. And these buildings were old and it was quite upsetting for me. I like architecture. New Yorker's were destroying their own city."

Check out the rest of my article on this week, there's even a gallery too.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Life in a bubble

This is one of those photographs which proves that even before the wonders of digital imaging photographers were just as creative, if not more, because they had to find ways to shoot their imagination in real life.

Nowness has a nice little Q&A with Melvin Sokolsky the photographer behind this image /via @WayneFord.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Instagram and the seaside

There's something about the seaside that just asks for photographs to be treated with Instagram. The subject and the medium just work so well together, they bring up our nostalgia for the 'good old days' of buckets & spades, the amusement arcades, 35mm and the warm tones of kodak.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Chemical Brothers light up Glastonbury

So you're the BBC producer for Glastonbury, what do you do when the band's lighting engineer decides to wash the stage with red and green light (two of the least camera ready colours) for their whole set?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The basics of fashion design - I'm in a book!

At university, I collaborated with the fashion and brand promotion students on many projects - working within our strengths, we each knew what our role was rather than having a whole shoot to form by ourselves.

This image - styled by Stefanie Cherlet - was more of an out-take than a final shot, but somehow it's made it into Basics Fashion Design: Styling representing the benefits of working in a studio.

This isn't really a coincidence as one of the authors of the book, Jacqui McAssey, is course leader for fashion promotion at UCLan. Jacqui with co-author Clare Buckley, fashion editor for The Guardian Weekend magazine, has created a top-to-toe guide for anyone wanting to know more about styling. It includes everything from learning how to communicate an idea to what a stylist actually needs to do on shoot, a must read.

Read more about the textbook at AVA Academia.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Graduates are let loose in Brick Lane for the Free Range Shows

Free Range Art & Design Show is back for it's yearly showcase of the country's graduates on Brick Lane (until 24 July). Get down to the Old Truman Brewery to see shows from the University of Central Lancashire (my old uni, no bias I promise), Westminster, Falmouth and Bournemouth as well as many others. Over the 8 weeks you can see everything from Photography and Fine Art to Graphic design and Interior Architecture.

For a full round up of the week I went to visit check over at where there's gallery of nice pictures too! (well worth the look).

Image: Vina Patel, FdA Graphic Design at Barking & Dagenham College

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Will Cotton, the candyman

It cannot be helped that on seeing Will Cotton's name images of cotton wool, fresh sheets or candy floss will pop into your head; and this is not only because of his surname.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Pouring, squeezing, caressing: How Ink is Made

Who would have thought that the manufacturing of the ink that goes into printing our artwork is a work of art itself?

How Ink is Madedirected by Tate Young, written & produced by Ian Daffern with photography by Tony Edgar is set to Alfred Brendel playing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major. Peter Welfare, president & Chief Ink Maker of The Printing Ink Company talks passionately about the process and different stages involved in producing the perfect ink.

"The ultimate ink would have the best gloss, the best running ability, the best set speed, the best rub resistance" Welfare says. "I may never find that ink, but every day I'm looking for the next piece to get me there".

Throughout the process the pigment is caressed, poured and squeezed through rollers, mixers and quality control. A lot of time, effort and creativity goes into making ink, who knew.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Whilst clearing out my bookmarks I came across this little gem from 2009. Logorama, an animated short directed by the French animation collective H5 - François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy and Ludovic Houplain. Screened at Cannes Film Festival in 2009 and having opened the 2010 Sundance Film Festival it won 'Best Animated Short' at the 2010 Oscars.

The use of the different logos is ingenious and the pace is almost overwhelming as you are given a tour throughout the branding of modern society by the means of the original and thought provoking storyline.

Monday, April 18, 2011

The Disney 50: Cinderella

Watching films on a TV screen - no matter if it's HD and got surround sound - just doesn't compare to watching them in the cinema on the big screen. So I was over the moon when we found out that the BFI Southbank was to screen every single Disney animated feature film this year. 

The Disney 50 screens one film each weekend, it started in January with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937),  Pinocchio (1940) and Fantasia (1940) which sold out almost immediately. We found out which films we wanted to see early on and watched eagerly for the tickets we wanted to be released.

Last weekend it was the time for Cinderella (1950), one of our favourites. Disney films are just around in your childhood, you don't realise that the majority of the classics were made before you were even born. It was great to see on the big screen, it brought all of the sweeping ballroom scenes and cat & mouse chases to life and the colours & sound were brilliantly restored.

We didn't really calculate that there would be small children there - seeing Cinderella for the first time and most dressed as Disney princesses - but they didn't disturb the film as there weren't many screaming babies. And as it's the BFI adults get provided with a fact sheet detailing the history and critical acclaim of the film.

In May my favourite Disney film, Sleeping Beauty is to be screened; we've already got our tickets.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Martin Parr and Summer

David Birkitt of DMB Media came up in my Twitter feed this morning with this photograph by Martin Parr. Photographed for Urban Outfitters this image has Parr written all over it: the eye-poppingly bright colours, the colour yellow and the extreme closeup with just hints of the location squeezing in at the edges. A great way to start the day.

See more from the campaign on DMB Media's blog.

Image sourced

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

This is Tim

Last night was the London launch of this year's Guernsey Photography Festival. With major international photographers such as Martin Parr and Richard Billingham and newcomers like Jocelyn Allen it looks to build on the great success of the last years inaugural event.

One exhibition at the festival that caught my eye is Tim Andrews' project Over the Hill - in his own words "A photographic project involving a guy with Parkinson's Disease who has been photographed over the last four years by 129 different photographers".

You may have heard of him, he was featured in the Guardian recently and I first came across the project through Chris Floyd, a photographer who has recently been part of Andrews' project. Floyd describes his part in Over the Hill on his blog, you can also find Floyd's short film This is Tim.

The second Guernsey Photography Festival 2011 takes place this June and includes exhibitions by renowned international photographers Richard Billingham, Carolyn Drake, Samuel Fosso, Martin Parr and Tony Ray-Jones.

You can follow Chris Floyd on Twitter

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Are there too many good/bad images? (delete as applicable)

You may have noticed that my posts have recently been a little thin on the ground. It may be thought that I have not found anything to write about and have become disinterested, or it could be put forward that there may be too many good things to write about that nothing can stand above the rest and be noticed. Or perhaps it could be that everything is mediocre at the moment and once the sunshine comes and puts everyone in a better mood we'll have an onslaught of good things to contend with.

Whichever way you want to put it, it did get me thinking about how many images we see every day.  The story is even more true for people who deal with images as part of their job. The picture people, the people who are at the picture desks of the worlds news teams.

Phil Coomes, Picture Editor for the BBC website said in a recent blog post that "at times we might feel that we have seen it all before and on some days the photos seem to blur into each other and are little more than illustrations of the text".

Whatever my reasons for not posting on here, I'm sure they will pass when something extraordinary stands out.

In the meantime I was cleaning out my hardrive and found some scans of family photos I did for a project at university. The image of my Nan above is a particular favourite of mine.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Double Visions Interview Part 2: The artist - James Hines

Illustrator and graphic designer James Hines designed the cover artwork for Munch Munch's debut LP Double Visions. His colourful, inventive and humorous works - made by collaging found images together - are used as posters, flyers and record covers frequently.

Read part 1 of The Double Visions Interview, I spoke to Richard from Munch Munch on how they chose their cover artwork and the reactions they have been getting in response to it.

In part 2 of The Double Visions Interview, I speak to James about how he got started, the sometimes difficult creative process of designing album artwork and where he sees himself in the future.

Monday, March 14, 2011

The Double Visions Interview Part 1: The band - Munch Munch

Double Visions cover artwork designed by illustrator James Hines

The kaleidoscopic pop group, Munch Munch's first full length record, Double Visions was released on Upset the Rhythm - the collectively run, London label with a DIY ethic - towards the end of last year to great reviews. Drowned in Sound described it as 'an engagingly haphazard concoction of ideas that bewilders, confuses and occasionally astounds at every twist and turn.' But I can leave you to make your own mind up about the sounds as I'm not pretending to be any sort of music critic.

The final artwork for Double Visions was designed and created by illustrator James Hines - more from him in The Double Visions Interview part 2: The artist - and last summer I was asked to photograph the band head-shots for the inside cover of the then unnamed record; having grown up with Richard from the band, I was only to happy to help. 

I left James and the rest of Munch Munch to do what they wanted with the final images; based on their previous e.p. artwork and videos - in particular a demo cover designed by Alex Ostrowski and individually decorated by friends of the band - I was pretty sure that the photographs wouldn't be used in any standard form.

Once the record was out I spoke to Richard about the process of getting the right artwork for the record cover - inside and out - and the reactions they've been getting in response to it.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Money, Money, Money: Nikolai Ishchuk on Big Bucks

'Is there anybody here not concerned about money?' Nikolai Ishchuk asks his audience - the select crowd who gathered at Diemar/Noble gallery last Tuesday night to here him talk about his larger than life series of photographs Big Bucks.

'I want you to think about what money is, it is not a thing, it doesn't need to have any physical form, it also doesn't have any practical application, if you put it in soil nothing is going to grow out of it. So money is concept that is a symbol, and like any symbol it abstracts and represents something - but what is it that it stands for?'

Friday, March 4, 2011

Friday Favourites from Venice Biennale

Sometimes you see a set of photos and they just can't communicate what it was like to actually be there. 

This is just one of those such cases; Cloudscapes, an installation at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010 is a collaboration between the Japanese practice of architect Tetsuo Kondo and Stuttgart based climate engineering firm Transsolar.

See the full gallery and read more about this project on

Tetsuo Kondo's personal photographer manages to communicate the atmosphere of the installation through his images even better, see my favourite on the LookSeeNow + AllyAsh Tumblr.

Image source

Monday, February 28, 2011

Where has LookSeeNow been?

As you may have noticed LookSeeNow hasn't been updated over the past week. Whilst this hiatus continues - for only a short while longer - I give you a few links to other places you can find me or things which I've recently found interesting, which you may not have read yet. 

Where I have been:

Reviewing Shadow Catchers: Camera-less Photography at the V&A for

Reviewing London Street Photography at the Museum of London for

I've also updated the AllyAsh + LookSeeNow Tumblr.

What I have seen that you should see too:

Photographic collages by Damien Blottierre for Dazed & Confused (December 2010)

Detroit's Beautiful, Horrible Decline by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre /via

More abandoned theatres on Desolate Metropolis

The beautiful photography and gluten-free recipes on Aran Goyoaga's blog Cannelle et Vanille

Director Philip Bloom's addictive time-lapse films, particularly Room with a view, Sky, and the details in Salton Sea Beach.

The shoes, coats and soundtrack of the Burberry AW 2011 show at London Fashion Week and the dresses at the Gucci AW 2011 show at Milan Fashion Week.

And finally...

Arne Jacobsen's Room 606 arrived from the warehouse this morning for me; I'm very happy about that.

Back soon in full force as this week alone is all booked up with things to do and people to see.

Image source Shadow Catchers: Camera-less Photography

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The ten dimensions of Rosie and Thomas Wylde


March Vogue Cover Star, Face of Burberry, Victoria's Secret Angel, Transformers 3 Actress, is there no end to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's talents?  (can I call them talents?)

She's managed to get in with some of the most forward-thinking people in the fashion industry and carved a name out for herself as one of 'fashion's most influential people' - according to The Evening Standard's 2010 list, The 1000.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Robin Hood: good things come to those who wait

On Friday night, we sat down to watch Robin Hood, not the Kenvin Costner version sadly, but the 2010 remake with Russell Crowe taking the role of the the aforementioned Robin Hood and fellow Australian Cate Blanchett as love interest, Maid Marion.

The film itself, breaks no boundaries, and Crowe's accent is, as I'm sure you've already heard, something that I hope will be sent to depths of Hollywood and never resurrected again.  But it is not the film that I want to focus on.  It is the end titles.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

QuickLook: Lumas Valentine's 10% off

Michael Wissing, Aurum II (2005/2010)

Another little Valentine's announcement: Lumas are offering 10% off all exhibits at their London Gallery until 14th February 2011.

So replace those chocolates and flowers with some of the beautiful prints and photographs from Lumas.

LookSeeNow featured the opening of the London Lumas Galllery on Conduit Street in October 2010 as - the affordable part of - affordable and not so affordable art.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

QuickLook: We make the perfect pear

For those who love to give gifts that bit of DIY flare, Kathleen at Twig & Thistle - the download and do it yourself blog - has designed these great, print yourself, stickers.

From you're the apple of my eye, to I'm going bananas over you, you are sure to find a design suitable for any relationship or fruit preference.

And even if you're not one for surrendering to the valentine's day charade (a bit like me) you can appreciate the great idea nevertheless.

Download the stickers and see all the designs on via A Cup of Jo

Friday, February 4, 2011

Are we there yet?

The design of Rosie Whitehouse's Are we there yet? Travels with my frontline family is a perfect balance of detail and simplicity.  The white background acts as a simple base to on which snapshots of Whitehouse and her family's time in the Balkans are placed.  The finished effect resembles the many layers of history, people, cultures and nationalities at play in the Balkans and covered in the book.

Monday, January 31, 2011

The Art of Christmas is over

Camille Pissaro, Foxhill Upper Norwood (1870)

The thing about Christmas, is that it comes and goes so quickly.  Shopping for presents, food, finishing off the last bits of work before the break and parties to go to, there is never a chance to take anything in that isn't on a list of some kind.  So that's why I'm glad that the Christmas windows of Fortnum & Mason on Piccadilly were still on display into January.

Changing with the seasons, the Fortnum & Mason windows reflect some of the most intricate and artistic displays in london. Chief Designer & Visual Presentation Manager, Paul Symes and his team collaborated with the National Gallery to create Art of Christmas; 3D versions of some of the gallery's most famous masterpieces, with added elements of Christmas.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

QuickLook: The A-Z of Typography

Urk, from Bangkok Thailand has been experimenting with speakers, cornflour and what I can only imagine as lots of black food colouring.

The texture, depth and contrast of the black liquid against the white letters makes them seem to be enveloped out of nowhere and leave no trace on the surface once they are gone.

If it hasn't been used for the titles of a film already, I'm sure it will be soon.  So keep a look out.

Watch the video on Vimeo.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Brit Insurance Design Awards nominations announced

Nominated in the graphics category: Homemade is Best, Forsman & Bodenfors

The Brit Insurance Design Awards nominations have been released and the competition, now in it's fourth year, looks set to be the best yet.  

Across seven categories, this years nominations take in the best international designs from architecture and transport to graphics and interactive media.  There are many of the more well known nominations, Apple's iPad in the product category and several apps to accompany it in the interactive category including the apparently addictive Angry Birds and the Guardian's Eyewitness together with the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme (more commonly known as BorisBikes) in the transport category.

Particular lesser known nominations to look out for are Karo Architekten's Open Air Library in Magdeburg, Germany, the UK Pavillion for the 2010 Shanghai Expo designed by Thomas Heatherwick Studio and Irma Boom's minature epic Biography in Books.  

A final nomination to take note of is Forsman & Bodenfors' Homemade is Best, featured on LookSeeNow in October as a cookbook not meant for cooking.

All the nominations will be on show at the Brit Insurance Designs of the Year exhibition at London's Design Museum from 16 February to 7 August  2011 with category winners announced on the 28 February 2011 and overall winner announced 15 March 2011.  Look back here for more as it happens.

Image source Agent Bauer.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Friday Favourites from Selling out on Venice

Canaletto, The Entrance to the Grand Canal, looking West, with Santa Maria della Salute (about 1729)

Each week in honour of #PhaidonFriday I pick one of my favourite features from the Agenda.  Today it's Alastair Smart's article Selling out La Serenissima: has Venice been lost to the ad men?.

Far away from the beautiful scenes found in the National Gallery's recent exhibition- Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals- the centre of Venice is now at risk of being covered, dome to gondola, in advertising all the name of funding the restoration of the sinking city.  But don't just take my word for it, read the article here.

Venice: Canaletto and his Rivals finished at the beginning of this week but you can see what you missed if you didn't get a chance to go in the gallery accompanying Alastair Smart's article on

Image, courtesy The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The Robert Lee Blaffer Memorial Collection, gift of Sarah Campbell Blaffer.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

QuickLook: Inside Outside Tucson

Photographer, Eric Thayer, arrived in Arizona in the wake of the Tuscon shooting.

Together with his photographs, he describes the scene for Reuters: "Arriving at the scene of the Tucson shooting, I really didn’t know what to expect. There is always a nervous energy driven by adrenalin. You know you have to be there. You know it’s going to be bad, but you know you have to be there. Someone has to tell the story. Someone has to show it to the rest of the world."

You can see the full article on the Reuters Photo Blog.

Image sourced from

Monday, January 17, 2011

Big Bangs, Big Bucks

Geoffrey H. Short, Untitled Explosion #6CP (2007)

This week saw the opening of Big Bangs, Big Bucks (14 January-12 March), an exhibition of works by New Zealander, Geoffrey H. Short (a recent nominee of the Lacoste/Elysee Photography Prize) and Russian, Nikolai Ishchuk at Diemar/Noble Photography just off Oxford Street, London.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Friday Favourites from Hella Jongerius

Each week, in honour of #PhaidonFriday I pick one of my favourite features from the Agenda. This time it's the video of Hella Jongerius's Special Collectors Artwork of 300 Unique Vases from just before Christmas which I think deserves a second look at. 

Dutch designer, Hella Jongerius specialises in creating hand crafted objects with unique design features and brings them to a broader audience by producing them on industrial scales (with help from Ikea, Nymphenberg and Kettal over the years).  A limited edition of 300 unique vases has been produced to accompany special signed and numbered collectors editions of Jongerius's book, Misfit

This video goes behind the scenes at The Netherlands: Royal Tichelaar Makkum, for a tour of the beautiful factory with Managing Director, Jan Tichelaar, to see where the vases are being made. The production, depth of field and light used in this video makes it one of my favourites. The details that stand out and the colouring which fits so well with the feel of the book. It's definitely worth a look even if you are not normally one for ceramics.

Jongerius has an exhibition by the same title of her book, Misfit at the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Netherlands until the 13th February 2011. You can see more Hella Jongerius features at including a gallery of selected works from the book Misfit which I will definately be using my employees discount for! 

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Once it's over, it's over: Photography with Elizabeth Fleming

Elizabeth Fleming, Earth (2008) from the series, Life is a series of small moments

New Jersey based photographer and mother Elizabeth Fleming is not one of those 'I photograph my kids in black and white and put them smiling on the wall' kind of mother/photographers.
Having had work published in online magazine f-stop and this month features in New Directions 2011: Moments of Being- an exhibition curated by photographer and editor, David Bram- her photographs are not your average family snaps.

LookSeeNow spoke to her about her photography, what she looks for, or doesn't, the unintentional ingredients in her images and how her photography is changing as her children grow.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Photographic Wars

World Press Photo Winner, Adam Ferguson talks with Simon Robinson, Thomson Reuters' Enterprise Editor for Europe the Middle East and Africa about being a war photographer on assignment in Afghanistan in a discussion at the Frontline Club in London.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Lower their voices,
 And raise their minds

Rafael Neff, Admont Abbey (2008)

Here is where people,
One frequently finds,
Lower their voices

And raise their minds.
(Library, Richard Armour)

Libraries seem to be a popular subject over the last few months, they have have been cropping up on the net, in galleries, on my travels and I've even managed to find some books I want to read in my local.
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