this place, wherever it is..
Here’s just a few pictures of the My Granddad’s Car exhibition (it’s up! I can’t believe it!), from set-up to finished piece.
We went to terminal five to watch the stand and photographs go up, getting a late train there at 11pm, and an early one back at 5am.
I spent most of the set-up like this:
but I did manage to wake up in time to see it finished (well, this was night 3 anyway).
..with Dries van Noten’s Summer 2010 collection. Get over it right? Never! This stuff revives my hope for the fashion world - along with the dapper kid, Italian Vogue and Tim Walker. Dries also introduced me to ikat fabric, for which I am eternally grateful.
Sergei Mikhailovich Produkin-Gorskii (1863-1944), a Russian photographer who invented this beautiful early colour photography technique. He was commissioned by the last Tsar to document the Russian Empire from around 1909 to 1915, producing thousands of images of people, landscapes, architecture, objects and scenes of industry and daily life around the empire. I love the strips of colour that border each image - they show the filter technique used to produce such vibrant colours (this kind of thing makes me cynically wonder if photography is degenerating). You can find the images (colour and black & white) on the Library of Congress website.
It started with Valentine’s Day cards.
Now Sayed and I have signed ourselves up to a drawing course (free, casual and under our own tuition). How far it goes? We’ll see, but our Sunday afternoon of drawing in the British Museum got us going (and left me pretty knackered).
Sayed’s magnificent Kinnari bird lady..
..and my pitiful attempts.