The 2013 Sony World Photography Exhibition

Last week visited the Sony World photography Exhibition at Somerset House and just like last year, I found the exhibition to be just as good. In the exhibition, each room covers a different category for example, people, Nature & Wildlife  and Landscape, so there are a variety of topics for people to enjoy.

There were lots of photographs this year that caught my attention, to the stories behind them and the power and beauty of the image. So I think that I might blog each artists name along with their work in another blog post.

Below are some photographs of the day.

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“One Day in History” by Andrea Gjestvang was my favourite out of the whole exhibition. The images were very powerful as it portrayed the after effects of surviving the  2011 massacre on the Norwegian island of Ultøya.

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Another photograph that I loved was Nenad Saljic’s “A Portrait of the Matterhorn”.

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‘I fink u freeky’ by Die Antwoord and Roger Ballen

I love this music video that was directed by Roger Ballen for the group Die Antwoord. I loved it because I see the video as a piece of art work compared to other music videos out there.

 

More of Roger Ballen’s work can be seen at his website rogerballen.com. Have a look.

Gillian Wearing and Out of Focus exhibitions

On Tuesday I went to two exhibitions “Gillian Wearing” at the White Chapel Gallery and “Out Of Focus” at the Saatchi Gallery. Both exhibitions were really good and interesting, I would recommend both to go and see.

A highlight for me at the Gillian wearing exhibition was the film “Bully” (2010) which is very powerful and emotional. It really showed that the effects of bullying can be left with a person for years and effect their everyday life.

Below are photographs from the exhibition

A highlight at the Out of focus exhibition was David Benjamin Sherry’s work. The colours and the sizes of the images worked well, in making them beautiful images.

Here are some other images from the Saatchi Gallery

Above images by Katy Grannan

Above image by Mikheal Subotzky

 

The Help (2011)

Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, Skeeter (Stone) is a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends’ lives — and a Mississippi town — upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen (Davis), Skeeter’s best friend’s housekeeper, is the first to open up — to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. Despite Skeeter’s life-long friendships hanging in the balance, she and Aibileen continue their collaboration and soon more women come forward to tell their stories — and as it turns out, they have a lot to say. Along the way, unlikely friendships are forged and a new sisterhood emerges, but not before everyone in town has a thing or two to say themselves when they become unwittingly — and unwillingly — caught up in the changing times.

Review source: Imdb.com

I’m going to buy the book because I really love this film and I’ve matched it many times. I recommend that you do the same.

Poem: If We Must Die – Claude Mckay

If we must die—let it not be like hogs
Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot,
While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,
Making their mock at our accursed lot.
If we must die—oh, let us nobly die,
So that our precious blood may not be shed
In vain; then even the monsters we defy
Shall be constrained to honor us though dead!
Oh, Kinsmen! We must meet the common foe!
Though far outnumbered, let us show us brave,
And for their thousand blows deal one deathblow!
What though before us lies the open grave?
Like men we’ll face the murderous, cowardly pack,
Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!

Poem by Claude Mckay, from the book “Poetry of the Negro 1746-1970″ edited by Langson Huges and Arna Bontemps

Poem: To Vanity – Darwin T. Turner

Doll, don’t be too proud of those eyes
Sparkling in their mascaraed skies;
Don’t be too vain that you now see
All hearts your captives; your still free;
And stop shaking that lustrous hair
And shedding dandruff on the air.
‘Cause that buck-nineteen rhinestone, dear,
That glitters from your pearlshell ear,
Will still be thought a pretty gem
When all your world of beauty’s dim.

Poem by Darwin T. Turner, from the book “Poetry of the Negro 1746-1970″ edited by Langson Huges and Arna Bontemps

Poem: I’ve Got A Home In That Rock – Raymond R. Patterson

I had an uncle, once, who kept a rock in his pocket–
Always did, up to the day he died.
And as far as I know, that rock is still with him,
Holding down some dust of his thighbone.

From Mississippi he’d got that rock, he’d say—
Or, sometimes, from Tennessee: a different place each time
He told it, how he’d picked it up when he first left home—
Running, he’d say—to remind him when times got hard
Enough to make him homesick, what home was really like.

Poem by Raymond R. Patterson, from the book “Poetry of the Negro 1746-1970” edited by Langson Huges and Arna Bontemps

Chino Otsuka – Finding Me and Michael Jackson Pepsi Ad 1992

I love Chino Otsuka’s “Finding me” project. I think what I particularly like about it is the older self visiting the younger self and visa versa. She has used old holiday photographs and has edited them very well that you would believe her older self was originally in the photos. But without the dates under the image, I think that a lot of people would have thought it was another woman in the photograph.

1976 and 2005, Kamakura, Japan

1982 ans 2005, Paris, France

[Images from chino.co.uk]

These photographs remind me of Michael Jackson’s Pepsi commercial, which is on the Dangerous DVD. It’s such a lovely piece as the older Michael sings the song “I’ll be there” then the younger Michael joins him and they sing together.

Watch the video below, it is so beautiful.

Letters from a great grandmother

I cannot believe that I have discovered some letters from my great grandmother to my grandmother. She seems closer then ever now. Before she was just a name but now she is real because I have a part of her, if only I could hear her voice.

This now is the only thing that I have of my great grandmother.

I am Slave

Made in 2010 “I am Slave” directed by Gabriel Range is “based on the real-life experiences of Mende Nazer,the story unfolds as twelve-year-old Malia [later played by Wunmi Mosaku], daughter of champion wrestler Bah,is abducted from her Sudanese village in the Nubar Mountains by pro-government Arab militia and sold into slavery to a woman in Khartoum,who beats her for touching her daughter. After six years she is sent to London,where her name is changed,but her miserable life of servitude continues. Her passport is taken and she is told that her father will die if she goes to the authorities. Fortunately she meets a sympathetic person who seems to offer her the hope of escape and reunion with Bah,back in Sudan. For all the film’s optimism an end title states that there are around 5,000 ‘slave’ workers currently in Britain.”

[From imdb.com]

I truly recommend this film for others to watch. Everything is portrayed so well and it is very effective.

Cakes and Cupcakes

I don’t understand why I haven’t posted these photographs up of my baking. I haven’t made that much and I am still learning, so they don’t look the greatest. But I thought I’ll share them anyway.

2nd cake

4th cake

4th cupcake (these were so nice)

5th cupcake

Zhe Chen and Tom Stoddart

I had two artists work in August who stood out to me among the more popular artists ands these were Zhe Chen and Tom Stoddart.

Zhe Chen explains her series “Bees” to be about “A marginalised group of people in China, who, faced with violence, chaos, alienation and irredeemable losses in life, feels propelled to leave physical traces an markings on their bodies, in order to preserve and corroborate a pure and sensitive mind from within” [1]

The series “the bearable” is about the artists self-harming on her own body, which she say was a great help getting the images for the “Bees” series. Check out her website, Zhe Chen.

Tom Stoddart’s work was discovered on a road outside of Prestina. There were a lot of bodies, clothes and belongings. It was here where he came across albums and wallets filled with photographs. “They were beautiful…the sun and the rain had made the colours run. They showed all kinds of people- young and old, lovers embracing, more communist-style, formal portraits. If you have just five minutes to get out of your house, you will take your famillies, some money and your photographs. On this road – ‘the Road of Death’ – people had taken entire albums with them” [2] Click Tom Stoddart to see is work.

[1] ‘Inge Morath’ in British Journal of Photography, August 2011 p12

[2] ‘Family Matters’ in British Journal of Photography, August 2011 p17

Cupcakes and a birthday cake

Yesterday was my nieces birthday and so I decided that I was going to make her a birthday cake with cupcakes. I’ve never baked anything in my life, so this was a new experience for me. I think for a first time, these came out looking really good and were extremely tasty. I’ll be making these more often from now on.

Something different

I decided to post something completely different from what my work is usually about. I think the main reason for this is because I’m not blogging as often as I would like, and it’s mainly to say I’m still here.. So here is my first landscape image, enjoy and tell me what you think 😀

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