Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Waiheke Island on The Island Review

My laptop completely broke yesterday, which isn't at all good, so I can't post any photographs on this blog today, but The Island Review have just published some of my pictures of and paragraphs on Waiheke Island.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Exhibited at Brussels, 2015

I really loved the labeling of all the plants at Kew, and all the history behind them. This plant, exhibited at Brussels in 1864, was quite close to a plant labeled 'GHOST PLANT'.

Monday, April 27, 2015

At Kew Aquarium, 2015

I haven't been perfect at posting pictures every day recently. I've been in the UK for a conference, and then on Wednesday I'm flying to Canada for another conference. I went to Kew Gardens for the first time on Saturday, though, and it was like a Virginia Woolf story. I drank tea and aeroplanes flew over us as we walked; their direction changed with the wind. I hadn't read about the aquarium in the basement of the Palm House, though, and it was lovely trying to photograph fish and seaweed.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Paul Géraldy, in L'Architecture Vivante, 1925

“But, he asked the president of the commission, by what criteria should we recognise that a work is modern?
It is that which resembles nothing else, he responded to him.

On which the juror, stunned, resigned.”

Cours de Danse, 2014

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Le Progrès, 2014

I took this photograph in November last year, at about five pm. It's so strange, now that it's light until after eight, to think of how dark it was in winter.

I had a short story accepted this morning; I'm happy about that.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Recommendations: More Love Letters

Recommendations: Isabel Martinez at Paris Fashion Week

I'm absolutely enamoured of Isabel Martinez's photographs of Paris Fashion Week, which have been published as a slideshow for W Magazine here. If you're not able or inclined to flick through over a hundred images, some of my favourites are here, herehere, here, and here. I think the collection is best seen together, though; it's dreamlike, being guided through a world so full of fantasy. I love the way Martinez's photographs hide and reveal things, the way faces disappear and the focus is turned upon the details, like the embroidery on a collar or a bracelet dripping onto a bag.

I did my eyeliner today like the eyeliner at Anthony Vaccarello's show. I enjoyed it, but received from strange looks from strangers in my building. It also doesn't really work with a fringe and glasses. I might try Vivienne Westwood eyebrows tomorrow.

Sheep at Castle Howard, 2011

This is another photo taken with my now-broken half-frame film camera.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Deconstructed Pavlova, Christmas 2014

100 Days of Public Scrutiny

I'm terrified of showing people anything I do (writing or photography) before it's been approved by some external body, and this kind of gets in the way of things — I'm afraid of sending enquiries or pitching articles to editors I don't know well, and even posting on Twitter makes me nervous. As such, I've decided to use The Great Discontent's 100 Day project as an incentive to change this, to gain a bit more confidence in the value of my work, by putting something I've done into the world on a daily basis.

This is largely because I'm a bit worried about what I'll do after my PhD, and I think a major thing holding me back in life is my fear of self-promotion, which often just manifests itself as a reluctance to engage with the wider world, to email strangers or post on Twitter. I'm hoping this helps me gain confidence in sharing my work.

I would aim to send a pitch to a different publication every day, but if I tried to do that I'd never finish my PhD, so I've decided I'll be a little less grand with my ambitions. Each day I'll either post a photograph on this blog or submit something to a publication, and I'll also count presenting (on academic work) at conferences. I'll put something I've created out into the world each day, and hopefully this daily deadline, combined with the fact that I do have to finish my PhD soon, will mean that I'm not too precious/obsessive about proofreading and meticulously editing my own work.

I'm very nervous about this, so if anyone has any advice (on this or on anything, really), I'd like to hear it!

Recommendations: 'Songbook' by Alex Soth

These photographs by Alex Soth, currently on show at San Francisco's Fraenkel Gallery, are really great.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Recommendations: 'ISIS to Exhibit Floating Pavilion of Art Destruction at Venice Biennale'

"We are tapping into the increasingly experiential and embodied nature of aesthetic experience. Everyone is talking about the potential for art to go viral, and we know how to do that better than anyone.”

Hyperallergic's article on #ISISinVenice is the funniest thing I've read in ages.