Sunday, July 28, 2013

Dream On

I am currently really obsessed with this video clip 'Fall' by The Presets. The video is done by the guys over at Collider and it features the Kim and Julian-masked French champion free-dive team doing their thing over Costa Brava in Spain. That moment when they jump out of the plane...beautiful and euphoric...

In other news, this is my wish list. More of a reminder to me...let me indulge.

1. Daniel Wellington wristwatch (gold & silver - I can't decide!)
I need an everyday watch. I have one with two clock faces that I adore from Antwerp in Belgium, but it is a bit too fragile for my everyday life.

2. R.M. Williams Boots
I think these would be the best investment. Durable, look great and can wear with anything. I really want a pair to travel in and to replace my old boots that are pretty shabby. They are extremely steep in price if you ask me, but I think they will last forever and won't really go out of style. The Craftsman or Yearling, Black of Brown? I don't know.

3. Film Camera.
Now that I got my DSLR purchase of the way I want a film camera - thankfully a lot cheap! I need to do more research over what one I want but maybe a Pentax Spotmatic, Olympus Trip or Canon Program AE1.

4. Britta Sandal
I have to admit I hated clogs when they were the rage. Chunky, clunky, bulky and just obstructive. I don't know why but I've really warmed to these shoes and they'd go great with 'my' cigarette pants seen below. Navy or Natural coloured, I'm not sure. Probably Navy. You can purchase these from Nordic Fusion.

5. Philosykos Diptique Roll-on Perfume Oil
I'm allergic to synthetic fragrances so finding a perfume that I like is hard, lucky for me Diptique uses essential oils. I've come to love roll-on perfumes because I always forget to apply perfume at home. Roll-on perfumes are small and fit easily into any handbag or clutch, roll it on and you're good to go!

6. Cigarette Pants
These ones are nice by Thomsen Paris on My Chameleon.

Images via Daniel Wellington, My Chameleon, Nordic Fusion, R.M.Williams, and Wikipedia.

Friday, July 26, 2013


A recent trip to Japan (let's pretend you didn't know I went to Japan) has given rise to my new obsession with ceramics. I just want it all! I've even looked into signing up to a pottery class with Hazelhurst Gallery (saving it for after I finish my degree in 3-ish months!).  I am also keen to check out Chinaclay in Clovelly which stocks artisan ceramics... I have a feeling this will be window shopping as I think there is something really beautiful about making my own!

Images via Broadsheet, Hickoree's and Andrei Davidoff.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Back Log

Seriously amazing stuff that I've only recently discovered.

1. Christo and Jeanne-Claude -'Surrounded Islands'
In 1983 in Greater Miami the artists surrounded islands in hot pink polypropylene fabric that floated on the water. I think this artwork is extremely beautiful. I was kind of worried about the impact the plastic would have on the environment, even though it was only installed for 2 weeks. Fortunately before they installed this project they had recruited land and marine crews, including engineers and mammal experts, to clean up the refuse (included an old mattress, garbage and old boats) and prepare the area for install. I read somewhere that both Christo and Jeanne-Claude have expressed that their work has no deeper meaning, it just is.

Images via here.

2. Richard Mosse - 'Infra'
This work is freaking brilliant, with so much force through both aesthetic and content. Initially one may think that this is a series highly manipulated photographs, but in fact Mosse used an infrared film that converts green colour to red. Obviously there is an extreme amount of weight to these images because they are actually taken in the conflict dominated Congo. There is something so striking and almost upsetting about such beautiful imagery from a not-so-beatiful state of politics and humanity.

There is a similarity between my project and Richard Mosse's work, in fact I had a big, boring discussion about originality this morning. I discovered Mosse's work after I had already created most of my imagery and was somewhat disheartened by my seemingly lesser take. It is strange that people so isolated from one another can produce similar works, without ever crossing paths. Following from my originality discussion today - where Mosse and I differ is our content. My work DIGITALUSH is about a hypothetical digital hybrid reality, Mosse seems somewhat almost photojournalistic in his approach and the circumstances in the Congo are very much real.

Images via here.

3. Exhibition: 'Living In The Ruins of the Twentieth Century' curated by Adam Jasper and Holly Williams.
This exhibition was actually showing at my university's gallery, which is great! It referenced the research archive of the New York magazine Cabinet, and featured unusual artworks to document the previous century in an unorthodox way. 

One piece that really stood out to me was Collateral Damage: a series of vivid photographs of misty mountainsides; lush and beautiful (one image seen below). I later discovered that the artist, Gianni Motti, had contacted Agence France-Press for images of the Balkan conflict that the agency was unable to sell. These lush landscapes were deemed “too aesthetic” for the documentation of war. What seems to be mist is actually smoke billowing from bombs that have been let off over the hills. It is really interesting to realise that our concept of aesthetically pleasing imagery can actually blind us to war-torn scenes, and it is for this reason that these images are so powerful. (As can be said for the work by Richard Mosse)


Images are via here. I actually recommend you visit the site for the exhibition and read about the works. They are all very interesting.

Japan Edits

I went ahead and edited some photographs from Japan just so I could potentially build up my here they are. All imagery by me.