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Monday, 30 May 2011

...Textures: Dulwich Village...

here are some images are took in and around dulwich in the south of london, on, what was a beautiful saturday. i promise i haven't got many left to show you...










that's all for now folks.

xxx

Saturday, 28 May 2011

...Great World Thinkers...

John Berger completely changed my outlook on art when I read his collaboration ‘Ways of Seeing’. Studying Aesthetics as part of my philosophy degree had initially got me thinking about how we perceive and define art. That book summed everything up: we are all capable of ‘looking’. As long as we are aware of the process in which we looking. Scrutanizing and observing all that is around us.

Seeing him in the flesh on Wednesday, listening to his words, threw me into a state of shock. I was hooked. I wanted to run backstage and hug him, literally not joking. Tilda Swinton made a guest appearance, reading extracts from his new book, ‘Bento’s Sketchbook’. Everyone listened intently being drawn into the story. This is precisely what Berger suggests we should be doing. Engaging with our experiences, using the same habits as a storyteller, painter, writer etc, and applying them to the “chaos of life”. When we create something, ultimately, it’s that ‘frontality’ of an object that’s interesting. Getting closer to an object, we want to enter into it, becoming aware, noticing that this piece of work is related to many other things that are not necessarily a part of it.
 
A quote from the evening that clarified what he was saying perfectly was that we must “look fiercely at the world in which we are living”. Looking fiercely with, as Berger suggests, indignation and love, which in turn will help us over come our ignorance, knowing exactly what is happening on the ground. This is an utterly fascinating view to uphold. The fact he is referencing one of the greatest 17th Century philosophers, Bento de Spinoza (hence the title of his new book) makes my stomach do summersaults.
 
During the discussion of his new book, a question was posed, which resulted in Berger answering that he would need at least 2/3 days to think on it all. It was too complex to explain then and there. This is what I need; time to think and digest. It was about the parallels, if there are any between drawing and reading/storytelling. Berger suggested that possible, yes...there are but there's more to it than a simple yes or no. It is these small insights into his mind that gripped for the entire evening. I urge you all to read some of his work, even if it is just a snippet. This man is genius in my eyes.

I hope what I've written makes any sense to you. This is mostly my ramblings and interpretation of Berger's work. I'm still attempting to understand everything I experienced on Wednesday. All I know, it was one of the best experiences of my life. By the book now!

Friday, 27 May 2011

...Things I Like...


well there are numerous things i'm liking this week and that have interested me. first being the barry m shatter nail effects. probably the last person to jump on the blogging band wagon about this product, but 'o' to the 'm' to the 'g' is it brilliant. below is my little trail. so weird watching it dry and crack...

excuse poor quality

also found loads of textures and interesting things round london this weekend. have been posting images and will continue to do. like a small project of mine...

 




and this week i've been utterly engrossed in this blog...

 
this is relatively new blog to my reading list. but i love it. spent one afternoon just going through all her old posts. her style is so cute and i really want her collection of brogue. take a look if you don't already read it.

xxx

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

...Textures: Oxford St...


here's another lot of images for you to feast your eyes on. they may not be to everyone's liking but i really do urge you to go out and see what you can find where you live. once you start, it seems like everything comes alive...


i have some very interesting news, obviously you are aware i won the image contest at work. have been banging on about it on facebook and twitter. but tonight is the night i get to see john berger talk. i will definitely be reporting back on this like a good little blogger.

enjoy you 'hump' day.

xxx

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

...Textures: London...

i had trouble deciding on what photos to put up here. whether to do group them in their actual forms of textures or of where they came from. i took 136 images so it was hard. but i came to find that uploading them here, from the place they came from is probably easiest. so this post will largely consist of my images from london. to be more precise carnaby street and oxford street. enjoy and maybe it will inspire you to go out and see what you can find in your neck of the woods...acuatually i was just flicking through them and i may do carnaby as it's own psot and the same for oxford street.

so without further ado, here is my experience of carnaby street...


there you have it. tomorrow i will be doing oxford street. hope you liked them. feed back is always welcome.

xxx

Monday, 23 May 2011

...Textures...

my weekend consisted mostly of taking pictures. now isn't that a change for you. ha. no, well it was for a project my work has set up for all the employees to take part in. we have to take pictures of london. more precisely of textures. now the task was to take five each. however, i found out that one of our design directors had a ticket going spare to see john berger give a lecture. this man changed my life during univeristy. reading 'ways of seeing' completely made me think about the way we view images in new and exciting way. 

now a few other people wanted this ticket too, so basically the task was to take as many pictures as possible. i took over 150 images. obviously i will not be putting them all up here, but over the next few days i will be uploading some in their various clusters. i will also be putting them on my flickr, so keep your eyes open, and as always let me know what you think...

just a little taste of what's to come

xxx

Saturday, 21 May 2011

...Paris, trois jours...

 

and finally my last day in paris. we spent the entire day up in north paris, hanging around montmartre and sacre coeur. it is my favourite place in the whole of paris. my fave piece of architecture. i really had to slim line the pictures i was uploading on here to show you. a little too trigger happy with finger. so, once again apologies for the overload of imagery...enjoy...


i would of taken pictures of our journey on the ferry back, but as it was so late, i was just to damn tired. all i can say it was not fun. by that point i wanted my own bed...


bye for now...

xxx

Friday, 20 May 2011

...Paris, deux jours...

here are my pics from day 2. again another overload. i've tried to scale them down as much as possible...






we didn't do as much on our second day. still lots of walking but mostly just round the streets taking everything in. the queues were all so busy. it was the architecture that interested me the most. stunning, stunning pieces of work. think james got teeny annoyed with my constant clicking. just loved it...


again the weather was superb, if a little bit chillier. but that was a nice welcome change from the day before. was almost too hot for us...


xxx