Excuse the photograph, but here’s something I snapped yesterday.
Although this is the second school year that I am spending in Bristol and I am fairly familiar with the hidden places and the little secrets of the city, I still feel like there is so much more under the surface, always another layer to be discovered. The Edwardian Cloakrooms are definitely among the mysterious treasures of Bristol. On the corner of Park Row and Woodland Road, the old cloakrooms are used sometimes as pop-up shops, sometimes for vintage fairs or for concerts, but this weekend they hosted Unveil’d, a collaborative photo show, which was accompanied by a photo book exhibition and a zine fair.
Thanks to the divided gallery space, visitors could go and see not only one, but two exhibitions. The first one in the ladies cloakroom, put together by Peachy ‘n’ Keen, was dealing with female identities, while the other in the gents room, organised under the supervision of Young Shot Press, was exploring the different portrayals of the male. I found this exciting not only because of the artists’ different approaches to the themes, but a huge plus was that the space itself had this gender-divide, and thus I felt that the exhibition could not have been more powerful anywhere else but in the Cloakrooms.
If I had to pick my favourite things about Unveil’d, the first would be that the curators used the space in an incredibly creative way. I was blown away by the photo zines hanging from above in the old toilet cubicles and the handmade decoration in the ladies cloakroom, which created an almost surreal atmosphere. The other thing I absolutely loved was of course the photos themselves. As the organisers did not give any restrictions to the submitting artists regarding the representation of the given female/male themes, the works on the walls covered an unbelievably wide spectrum. Next to the photos of innocent girls, I found the extremities of female sexuality. On the other side of the wall, the ideas about male identities were ranging from transsexuality to aging, from the sensitivity of a man to the depictions of his inherent strength.
Quite simply, Unveil’d had everything I needed on a rainy afternoon: photos, fantasy, and surprise. The show was on only for three days, so I seriously hope that Young Shot and Peachy ‘n’ Keen will return to Bristol soon…
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I have been watching the channel 4 coverage this weekend of the international space station. I have been watching in awe and enjoying the footage. Watching this made revisit a website that I used to look at a lot and that is the gallerys for the NASA apollo missions. I think these images really speak for themselves and act as a memory as well as a precognition for all the awesome things we have done as a species and will do. Here are some of my favourites.
Crew of Apollo 11
Apollo 12 on the pad at night
Hopefully you find this as interesting as I do.
The photographer Rachel Sokal uses leaves as natural photographic paper and “exposes” them to create these amazing images. I first saw them about 2 years ago and they have stuck in my mind ever since. I believe she has won awards internationally for these pieces.
The chlorophyll in the leaves photosynthesises with the exposed areas, darkening them and creating the picture, however, the lack of sunlight eventually destroys the leaf itself.
Ed Clark was a photographer for life magazine that I have admired for years. Any time I want inspiration to just pick up my camera and use it, I look to him.
Recently I’ve really gotten into the work of Hunter S. Thompson, mainly because his fast paced, jumpy style is the perfect distraction from various deadlines. In Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Thompsons work is accompanied by Ralph Steadmans illustrations, depicting the surreal world of the journalists hallucinations. After reading the book I started to research Steadmans own work, and found it really inspiring. Take a look HERE
Earlier this year Jonylah Watkins died from bullet wounds. She was only 6 months old.
Here is an excerpt from George V Higgins’s terrific novel Cogan’s Trade. His strong point is dialogue, which 99% of the novel consists of but the action scenes are always this detailed:Gill stopped the 4-4-2 with the open right rear window even with the driver’s window of the Cadillac. Trattman looked lazily at the car. He looked back at the traffic light. Cogan ran the 30-06 Savage semi automatic rifle out the rear window of the 4-4-2 and fired five times. The first bullet crazed Trattman’s window. Trattman lurched off to the right and was snubbed abruptly. Cogan said: ‘Good for you, Markie, always wear your seat belt.
And here is how the scene looks in the 2012 film Killing Them Softly: