Once again it’s that time of year where the excellent Modern Panic art exhibition is on.
As per before – I had the pleasure to attend the opening event and take photos there.
I have a few friends that are exhibitors there.
It’s a great show and I would highly advise taking a look. As well as the original art – some exhibitors have prints on sale. If I had a big house I’d buy so much from this show!
OPEN TO PUBLIC:
SAT 8TH – SUN 16TH NOV 2014
11am – 7pm | £3 Admission | Support The Arts
Apiary Studios, Hackney Road
458 Hackney Road, E2 9EG London, United Kingdom
Modern Panic links:
Links of some exhibitor friends:
Also includes some photos of MisSa Blue’s performance
During my usual lunchtime blog viewing I came across a couple of videos I thought I’s share.
I love inspiration videos – of various guises – to create art, help those around you, share knowledge, find new skills etc and these are similar but a little different. They show how we shouldn’t give up – that over much of time “success” (however you judge that) often isn’t a quick thing, isn’t immediate. I think the films are correct in stipulating that in the modern age we’re used to getting everything quickly – the hear and now – which can mean we’re more impatient than we used to be. So hopefully they may help anybody who thinks it’s too late for them to “make it” or similar.
I do feel this occasionally – photography is my passion however not my career – I work in IT, but at least in a photography related industry. As with many people with a passion but not profession in such field I sometimes wonder if I could/should/would be any good as a professional photographer – but also think that maybe at 38 it could be too late. Thankfully it’s never too late …. or so say these videos 😉
Here’s a quick set from my friend Jess’ press event for her gallery opening.
Jess is combining an exhibition of her artwork using textile sculpture and a charity event : “#bigswingingovaries is an exhibition, exploring and incorporating art, feminism and recycling.” during World Woman’s Day.
Last night was the press event but tonight is the official opening.
You can find further details here : http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/big-swinging-ovaries
Here’s a video she’s made
And my photos, using my old backup camera as the shiny D800 is in for a repair.
A continuation of my personal photo project of friends with interesting jobs or past times – Jess de Wahls – again…
I’ve already photographed my friend Jess for this project but as mentioned then – that was for her hair stylist work. This time it’s for her artist side.
Jess has used several different media – including a fair bit of Acrylic on canvas but of late she has moved to using fabrics a lot. A lot of these have been recycled from garments etc in the past. A recent project of hers has been Monsters and Ink where she would make custom made creatures from recycled (or up-cycled) clothing – so that each piece would be unique and tailored to the customer or person donating the clothing. Recently she has moved towards making art pieces to hang but out of fabric and made to be 3D – she calls this process Retex-Sculpting.
Jess has recently launched an IndieGoGo campaign called #BigSwingingOvaries which is “an exhibition, exploring and incorporating art, feminism and recycling“. Her goals and inspiration for the show are:
I want to inspire people to overcome preconceptions about what it means to be a feminist.
I want to open conversation, not just between the genders but with everybody ho still believes that the notion of feminism is redundant.
I want to show, that something valuable can be created from things that others think are worthless
that something valuable can be created from things that others think are worthless
And most importantly,……………
I want to support a remarkable project called #techmums , lead and initiated by my friend Dr. Sue Black. An organisation, empowering women through tech.
Half of the proceeds from the pieces sold at the show will go to the #techmums cause.
In order to produce promotion material for the campaign and exhibition Jess needed some new images of her and her art and knowing I was keen to do a shoot along these lines, gave me a call. So we’ve just done a shoot this Monday and here are some of the results. You may see some on London underground posters soon!
As time was of the essence we had minimal time to plan and do the shoot and so maybe not as diverse a collection of images as we may otherwise have done – but generally happy with them. I had a bit of an issue with flash triggers as I’d only brought one receiver with me – having left the other plugged in at home – however after a bit of fiddling I was able to get the second speedlight to act as a slave/remote to the first with the radio receiver.
Techie bits: Nikon D800, 2x SB-800 on manual, Elinchrom Skyport trigger
Images are below.
Jess’ art websites
Big Swinging Ovaries
Continuing my newish personal project of doing location or environmental portraits of my friends with interesting jobs or hobbies – here’s the second.
This is my lovely friend Jess De Wahls – she’s both an artist and a hair stylist. My intention is to do two shoots with her – this first one at her salon at Soho Theatre in London and then the second will be in her art studio. I have a couple of friends who I might do two shoots with – I know an interesting bunch of people and love it.
We did this shoot after decorating her studio with artwork from various friends of hers after it was newly decorated. There are even two prints of mine there amongst the others. It’s certainly worth a look.
Because of the space available and travelling on public transport I used speedlights on this occasion. One significant challenge was the mirrors and pictures in the studio – was quite a job to take photos without having too much reflection of the lights – or even myself in the mirrors or glass. Would have liked to do different angles and sides of the salon and maybe even her at work doing someone’s hair but unfortunately it wasn’t possible at the time.
You can contact Jess for a haircut (or art) via:
One extra tidbit of information – Jess and I share a birthday! We’ve joined forces on birthday celebrations more than once. Oh and yes Jess has cut my hair 🙂
Nice little video on/from Magnum photographer Christopher Anderson.
Talks briefly about how he became a photographer, “fell” into war/conflict photography and then out again.
Bit of an arty piece – uses words such as “engaged”, “conciousness” etc which all too often can be used in far too much of a high-brow manner, but in a very down to earth way. I appreciate that.
Unfortunately I can’t embed it – wordpress.com doesn’t like script embedding – boo WordPress/oolaya
Thought I’d share some photos that I was working on last night – from an art gallery (of sorts) opening on Friday. It’s still open until the 12th of June (7pm) so if you like what you see , or just regardless anyway, you can still go down there. Has a bit of everything – Photography, paintings, sculptures and some more bizarre stuff. All – what I guess you might call alternative, but not necessarily “modern art” (which on the whole I’m not keen on)
Here’s Ben’s blog post on his set : http://therealbenhopper.com/blog/2011/06/09/photographer-ben-hopper-presents-in-a-box/
On the opening night there were also a fair few performances randomly scattered around the place….. Oh of court when it’s about art it ‘s called “Space”. And it is fabulous “space” lovey darlings 😉 No really – it is. The place is called “The Old Abattoir” and I’ve seen other events being held there but never been before. No idea if it was a real abattoir or not. But it’s a wonderful mix of old walls, with or without plaster in various states, columns and pipes. Wonder if they do shoots there at all… hmm.
Anyway – you can find out more details at these links.
So some photos. Mostly of the exhibits/art but also people and performances. Click on them to see a larger image.