Thursday, May 31, 2012

The sun shines on The Shard, people photograph it.


Yesterday morning I looked at my Twitter feed as I got into work to find that I had missed a spectacular sight. As the City of London was covered in a haze of humid light the sun had aligned in such a way that it bounced off London's newest landmark The Shard.

"Did the Shard architects plan this for hazy, sunny mornings? If so they are geniuses." Tweeted @HawksmoorLondon.

And what a sight it would have been had I not been on a train heading directly west away from it. Luckily Twitter came to the rescue (much like it did during the London Mist) and here's some of the best photos I found of the phenomena which I'm looking forward to seeing each year. Thank you architects of The Shard.

Check out some of my favourites below. The photo above is by @evanstomd

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Omega officially starts up Olympic Madness

By now we're all familiar with what I'm affectionately calling 'Jubilee Madness' but there is another more ferocious monster on the horizon, actually it's already halfway here: Olympic Madness.

And who better to start/kick off/keep the marathon going than The Official Time Keeper of the London 2012 Olympic Games OMEGA? I do love a bit of slo-mo and this new advert - which you can get a sneak preview of below before it's released on our TV screens this Friday - has it all.


Olympic hopefuls U.S. swimmer Natalie Coughlin, British heptathlete Jessica Ennis and U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay among others rock out to the Rolling Stones' Start Me Up! There's everything you could want from an Epic Ad; slow motion walking out into a stadium, the splashing of water and the focus on each individual droplet as well as the last calming breath before the start of a race all climaxing in the firing of the starting gun. EPIC.

Check out the 60-second commercial below and click here to see more Epic Ads.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Andrea Galvani to show at Flowers Gallery

Flowers Gallery have announced the photographers who will be taking part in their summer show Uncommon Ground and as I mentioned before curator Chris Littlewood has chosen a really great mix of photographers, two of which I interviewed earlier this year for Phaidon.com. I thought I'd post some excerpts from the articles so read Andrea Galvani's below and you can catch Scarlett Hooft Graafland's here.

Andrea Galvani, Higgs Ocean (2009/2010)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Scarlett Hooft Graafland to show at Flowers Gallery

Flowers Gallery has announced the photographers who'll be featured in their summer show titled Uncommon Ground  and curator Chris Littlewood has chosen a really great mix of photographers: Peter Ainsworth, Edward Burtynsky, Chris Engman, Andrea Galvani, Andy Goldsworthy, Scarlett Hooft Graafland, Nadav Kander, Jason Larkin, Alastair Levy, Jaehyo Lee, Tom Lovelace, John MacLean, Robert Polidori, Simon Roberts, Aaron Schuman and David Spero.

Burtynsky's series OIL is currently headlining The Photographers' Gallery re-opening and Roberts has a solo show as part of the London Festival of Photography next month but there's a couple of other photographers who I'd like to point out: Andrea Galvani and Scartlett Hooft Graafland both of which I interviewed for Phaidon.com earlier this year. I thought I'd run a few excerpts from each interview - Scarlett Hooft Graafland's is below and I'll put up Andrea Galvani's later so be sure to check back.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Photographers' Gallery reopens



Yesterday saw the reopening of the Photographers' Gallery in London. After a £9.2million refurbishment the gallery, which has been serving photographers in London since the 1970s, opened its doors for the first time in nearly two years.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Download the London Photography Exhibition Guide now


The London Photography Exhibition app has been released this weekend for iPhone. It includes all the information any photography fanatic will need to find their way around the photography galleries and shows in the capital including The Photographers' Gallery which opened today!

As well as list of all the photography exhibitions going on in London at the moment it features a frequently updated news page where you can make sure you're not going to miss any soon to close exhibitions such as Gillian Wearing's show at the Whitechapel Gallery which the app conveniently tells us has 30 days left (at the writing of this post).

 

And if you just want to find a new gallery to have a browse around there's a full list of all London photography venues including, addresses, phone numbers and websites so that you can find a place to see some photography at the touch of a couple of buttons no matter where you are in London.

The London Photography Exhibition app is available to download now from the iTunes App Store and is soon available for Android and Windows
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