Well it’s been a busy weekend of protesting. This photo is by Steve Lewis and is from the spontaneous Don’t Bomb Syria protest in London on Saturday. It really captures the mood – a sea of official and hand made protests held aloft as sombre faces listen to the speakers’ making their point. This pic was my favourite but I also like how he’s framed the two below.
Then on sunday, the climate change march was more colourful and lively. Apparently 50,000 people. There were many great costumes and motivating musicians. I’m just going to add this one as I love the colour. Thanks Steve.
I’ve been seeing more street photographers lately who often don’t use post production but there’s room in this world for both purists and digital artists. This photo of the week is more painting than photo (like Wozza’s green Thames, 6 weeks ago) and is by Lemanshots – the very talented Josephine, based in Germany. I love the moods she evokes in her digital art. That’s what she calls it, on her blog – https://lemanshots.wordpress.com/. She’s one click away but here are a couple more to tempt you:
I knew one of my friends would get a great fireworks shot for this week’s photo of the week so I put a shout out on FB. Jess came up trumps. I featured some of her other explosive photos back in the summer (photo-of-the-week-13/). This one below was a close runner up but there are more comped together below.
Yesterday, I saw a clever and moving exhibition called ‘RE:FORM’. It is a collection of art (in all mediums including sound and poetry) by prisoners, offenders on community sentences, secure psychiatric patients and immigrant detainees. I haven’t seen it before but it’s the 8th exhibition in an ongoing partnership between the Southbank Centre and the Koestler Trust,
The pieces have titles and numbers but no names or details other than what the artist chooses to share through the art. There is no judgement to be made based on background or circumstances, just the work in front of you. Along with a (very informative) brochure about the exhibition, visitors are given a card and asked to write the name and number of their favourite piece and why they like it. These cards (you can write more than one) are collected together in a box and the feedback goes back to the artists.
You can find out more about it here but if you’re in London, near the Southbank, make time to visit the Royal Festival Hall (Spirit Level) – it’s free and is open daily from 10am-11pm.
Art by Offenders, Secure Patients and Detainees from the 2015 Koestler Awards