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.
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
So this photo of the week was taken by me but it’s all about Lorena Turner. I saw these at The Photographer’s Gallery “We want more: Image-making and music in the 21st Century” exhibition. Since Michael Jackson died in 2009, Lorena has documented almost 40 other Michael Jacksons. Comments accompany some of these photos in a book called ‘The Michael Jacksons’. As this snap isn’t doing much for her art, you can find out more about the project at themichaeljacksons.com and more from Lorena at lorenaturner.fotovisura.com
I was saving this photo of the week for a nice wet weekend but I can’t wait any longer. It rained a little bit today but not like the total downpour seen here. It’s by Gagan Sadana, a member of the Street Photography London collective I saw at theprintspace’s ‘First Tuesday’ in September.
Most of his work is black and white with strong, bold contrasts but I love how abstract this is and that he’s seen and captured the beauty in this moment.
This photo of the week is by Alastair McAskill. He rediscovered it recently in his archive. I really like the movement and the mood – it feels like it should be an oil painting.
And there’s a bonus this week. Alastair’s photo prompted me to revisit his flickr feed and I was reminded of these fab hooping photos with even more colour and movement. You can see more from this night and some of his other events here: flickr.com/photos/joystickjunky/albums.
Or if you’re into hooping, visit www.facebook.com/Hoop-and-Glory-127884547233636/timeline/ and look out for the very talented Tracey (in the red boots). She tells me today (saturday) is World Hoop Day 2015. That’s worked out rather well for me then.
I like that the only colour comes from the two tfl staff sitting ‘in’ the bus. Lee doesn’t use post production so what you see is what he shot. I asked him about this great catch and he said “The ‘bus etching’ shot was quite interesting as I had taken numerous photographs on the day I travelled out of Victoria and as many again on my return. The shots taken on my return were better with the positioning of the gentlemen more satisfying with a real perception of them being on a bus but in a cartoon-like way…and with the added bonus of them being TFL workers!”
This photo of the week is by Walter Rothwell. He’s a member of the Street Photography London collective and I saw a presentation of their work at theprintspace on Tuesday. I’ll write more about that later but this is one of my favourites from Walter’s street photography panaramas, seen on his website.
I think his Hasselblad Xpan and love of shooting on film make his work stand out, but it’s more than that. He has an eye for a good shot and just recognises when a scene will be perfectly framed with the extra width of the Hasselblad or when his Nikon 28Ti will do the job too. Here are a few more to enjoy, or you can see more of his work at www.walterrothwell.com