Sunday, 10 April 2011

When The Sky Fell Down

Some how i've only just heard that there is a documentory being made about Guy Bourdin fashion photagrapher who i've always loved! There has so far been a lot of hype about it including this video from YouTube but the release date hasn't even been revealed yet. 

I couldn't pick a favourite as his images are consistently incredible being a perfectionist, his use of colour pioneered aspects of colour [fashion] photography, playing with eroticism and using wit and humour in much of his work clearly influencing more recent fashion photographers such as Rankin. Cannot wait to see the documentory- one to watch...

Sunday, 3 April 2011

In The Mood For Love

Recently at film club (cool) we watched In The Mood For Love by director Wong Kawai.

For weeks after i couldn't think about anything else but the film and its soundtrack, quotations, visuals...The one song that kept going round in my head and that i've recently used as a way of getting to sleep is this: 

The film is in Cantonese with subtitles and although it requires concentration throughout there's something so beautiful about the language and watching a film in subtitles means at times you concentrate more on the visuals than the dialogue. Kawai uses specific cinimatography that creates emotive images sometimes slowing down the shots and focusing on something visually beautiful. I guess it classes as an arthouse film but the plot is still so poignant as it's about how closely people live in Hong Kong but how different their lives are, two people whom are more a lie than they initially realise fall slowly in love but their circumstances are complicated.

Definately worth watching it's just stunning, so different to any film i've seen before...


"Chow Mo-wan: In the old days, if someone had a secret they didn't want to share... you know what they did?
Ah Ping: Have no idea.
Chow Mo-wan: They went up a mountain, found a tree, carved a hole in it, and whispered the secret into the hole. Then they covered it with mud. And leave the secret there forever..."

Tube Life

Art On The Underground is an on-going project that wants to "Provide a world-class programme of contemporary art that enriches the Tube environment and our customers’ journey experience; and continues the long-standing tradition that excellent art and design is at the core of London Underground's identity and services."

So many times i went past this image on the bys on my way into Elephant at Southwark station;
This piece is called Linear by Dryden Goodwin and consists on 60 portraits of staff on the jubilee line. Each drawing is quite intricate and i find the piece itself such a great idea.

Once, i was on the district line sat opposite a woman who was completely absorbed in her sketch. As i was coming to my stop i stood up and looked at what she was sketching and realised it was the bloke who i'd been sat next to. At first it looked like scribbles and she was not at all embrassed that people were looking at her and as she carried on it turned into this perfect portrait of this man. I can't stop wondering why she was doing it. Was she actually an artist or just..practising?

Although there's many negative things about using the tubes (sweaty people, stuffy air, a very u nispiring view) there's one thing i love about it. As no one has signal on the tubes no one can use their phones. And there seems to be this unwritten rule not to speak too loudly or indulge too much in conversation on the tubes. For that small period of time that i'm on the train i can sit surrounded by people but without any contact or communication. People might listen to music or read their books/newspaper but everythings feels extremely calm and to be honest- it's really nice. Then followed by the chaos of changing tubes and leaving the station it seems like a strange juxtaposition but one that i'll continue to do occassionally while i live in London.