Tuesday, April 24, 2012

London Festival of Photography is back

The London Festival of Photography is back with a vengeance. After the first event last summer it has dropped the 'Street' in its name and has expanded to cover documentary, conceptual and street photography in over 50 events, exhibitions and workshops, including 18 exhibitions around the King's Cross and Euston area. As well as exhibitions at the Museum of London, the Horse Hospital and the Orange Dot Gallery in Tavistock Place there will also be events at the British Library, British Museum, Tate Modern, the V&A - coincidentally some of my favourite venues in London.

I'll be featuring some of my picks over the next few weeks in the run up to the festival so that you can be sure that you don't miss anything. For now here's a few highlights:

The Great British Public at St. Pancras International from 1 June - 1 July and features long time talents such as Peter Dench, Martin Parr, Simon Roberts, Ewen Spencer and is one of the festival's "headline" exhibitions, if you can only see one of the shows, this is it.

Camera Obscura - Minnie Weisz at her studio on St Pancras Road from 1 - 29 June. Wiesz uses one of my favourite techniques to create her photographs by projecting the surrounding area onto the walls of her studio.

Student Street Photography Award Competition at Orange Dot Gallery from 15 - 29 June. See the future of street photography featuring six young photographers from around the UK

This is London - Peter Dench at the Burlington Arms on 18 and 29 April. A two day weekend workshop to help with your approach to photographing people in public spaces. Get tickets

Photo-walk with David Gibson starts at Rivington Place on 23 June. Street photography in East-London, for appreciators of street photography, for those who want to know more and those who just want to be guided to the best places to take their own photographs. Get tickets

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Let's look at some pretty flowers down Columbia Road


I'd heard about Columbia Road Flower Market and had always wanted to go so last Sunday I was in the area and decided to pop down for a quick browse. Once you get past the amount of people (so many people), the market itself is a feast for the eyes. Just one bunch of flowers can bring a whole room to life, now imagine a whole road FULL of flowers. It was brilliant.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Damien Hirst at the Tate Modern

"It's dead" a little blonde haired girl points at Damien Hirst's formaldehyde preserved sheep Away from the Flock which is currently on show at the Tate Modern. Kids are used to seeing animals at the petting zoo, cute fluffy and smelling all sawdusty and licking your hand as you feed them a carrot, not seeing sort of rotting, sliced in half carcases with misty eyes.

Damien Hirst's first extensive show in London is a good way to introduce to children - in a fun and colourful way - that things die. That's what the show is about, life cycles, life and death whether it's a that of a sheep, butterflies or the human race.
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