Sunday, October 5, 2014

Some Photographs from Paris

la cremerie vins nature paris

I am living in Paris again, as a visiting student at the École Normale Supérieure, until next summer. It's wonderful so far! I thought I would put a few photographs on this blog, though I haven't really taken that many over the month since I've arrived.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Southbank Centre's Festival of Love, London

Museum of Broken Relationships Illustration

I wrote an essay, slightly more personal and slightly less academic than usual, about the Southbank Centre's Festival of Love, and my friend Melisa Trujillo drew some pictures for it. My essay looks at bodies, nostalgia, language, the Museum of Broken Relationships, friendship, dressing up like Elvis in Jessica Voorsanger's I Think I Love You Lounge, telephones and mass weddings. It's up on the King's Review website now, with lots of other interesting articles. I would also really recommend going to the Southbank Centre's Festival of Love, which runs until the end of August.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

A Very Short Blog Post

I have an article up at King's Review on Michael Gove and lithographs from the First World War.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Lisbon, Portugal

My friends tell me I take too long to show them photographs. It feels as if I went to Portugal more than a few months ago, and I haven't taken many photos (save favours for friends - pictures of parties and portraits exchanged for dinners) since then. But winter in Europe feels like an endless dusk, and in Portugal's cloud-empty twilight colours glow and bounce, and inside museums are dark corridors filled with cold and gold, a gold that is cold, a cold that is gold, et cetera. I'm writing this in a casual, moody sort of way, but I could say, empirically, these things are true: this city has only a few clouded days each year; its wealth is from a period when everything was ornate. Photography is (or should be) about light, the trapping and imprisonment of light. Lisbon was inky, shadowy, saturated, and lit with quiet drama.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sintra's Shadows and Silhouettes

Before going to Lisbon, I had seen an intimidating number of photographs of Sintra. They're almost always of the same things (that staircase at Quinta da Regaleira, Pena Palace atop a hill, coloured tiles) and they give the impression that the town is perhaps too twee, too packed with tourists.

Friday, January 24, 2014

The Politics of Hidden Images: Display and the Gurlitt Collection

As usual, I haven't had much time to update this blog, but for those interested, I have an article up at King's Review on the discovery of artworks in the Munich apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt last year. I wrote it immediately following the revelation of events in the media, though I think most of the points I make in the article still stand. Jonas Tinus, a PhD candidate in Social Anthropology, has written a more theoretical response to my piece, which can also be found on King's Review, linked at the end of my article.