A few weekends ago I had my monthly meet-up with my ex-colleagues (now friends, can't believe it was 14 years ago we all met), and it happened to coincide with Photo London. We spent the most part of a day walking through all the rooms at Somerset House, looking at what 90 photography galleries from across the globe had to offer. There was a lot of rubbish (in our humble opinions), but also some great work from various photographers. I wanted to take home the large print of the chimney pots (2nd picture), but I didn't have thousands of pounds spare (funny that). Yes, everything was for sale, and I spotted up some below par Saul Leiter prints for £16 000 a piece. Ouch. Mind you, there was also a William Eggleston one for sale for £135 000!! Still, it was really inspiring and if nothing else, I certainly got some great ideas of how to mount prints. Have a great weekend yo!
A friend of mine has recently started on a photography course, and asked me a few weeks ago if we could go for a camera walk on Hampstead Heath. She wanted me to show her how I take pictures, and it was such an interesting experience. To try and verbalise how I do something I don't actually think about and do intuitively was really fun. I'm not saying that I'm a teacher or that I know it all, but I pointed out that there are certain things to look for if you want to make a picture more interesting. In a nutshell: light, shadows, the negative space, scale, angles (get down on the ground!) and one of my all time faves: silhouettes - the one that my friend was most excited by. They turned out to be a revelation! Next time I'm taking her to the Barbican, which is my favourite place in the whole of London to take pictures. Can't wait to see what she makes of it.
What do you know... I'm behind with blogging again. Groundhog day anyone? I find that I just don't want to park myself in front of the computer these days, but as it's raining and pretty horrible today, I might as well sit myself down and get on with it. A few weekends ago we met up with friends and went to Tate Britain, which we all really enjoyed. When visiting museums or galleries with children it always feels like you're in there on borrowed time, and that at any point they could get bored and want to leave, way before you yourself would want to (which is why I sometimes go twice to an exhibition). Most places cater towards kids and will offer art trails and packs that turns your visit into more of a game or an art hunt. This time I realised that it takes away from the experience and that you quickly walk around the exhibits, ticking stuff of a list instead of properly looking and talking about what you see and what it makes you feel. From now on I'm going to try and ignore those trails and enjoy hearing the kids interpretations, as they're so much more fun and interesting!