14 February 2017

Artist Michael Henley with one of his works at The House of St Barnabus, Soho


Michael has kindly agreed to answer the questions for my Interviews with Creatives series over at my website here. I'll put the interview up once it is completed.

1922 (Warning: A bit sweary).

I'm not on the best of moods at the moment - tired and mardy. And one of the things annoying me is that, in terms of lighting for cameras, we're virtually living in Edwardian times. Look at all this shit:



All I wanted was a portable softbox, nothing difficult. But I had to spend £130 to get a shit-list of heavy duty crap that I have to haul around and put together like the sort of tent that Jerome K. Jerome would have recognised. Hello?! It's 2017 - minute round black screws that will get lost the second time they are used are not needed. Steel knitting needles like tiny tent poles that you have to force into a piece of round plastic with the attendant risk of ripping the reflector / cutting open your palms are not needed. Flimsy horrible black nylon bags with velcro fastenings are not needed - what IS all this crap? Have you been to a festival in the last 25 years? HERE'S A CONCEPT FOR YOU, ELINCHROM: POP UP TENTS. They're a thing, they have been for decades. You don't use frigging poles any more, you don't risk injury putting the tent up. Plus the thing is so cheap you can leave it behind at the end of the festival. If your pricing structure were applied to camping people would buy original Airstream trailers just to go to Bestival. Come on, design some easy to use modifiers, reasonably cheap - otherwise I'll have to.

11 February 2017

Anselm Kiefer at White Cube, Bermondsey

I hope to go back next weekend as I only had about five minutes in there today but whoa! It brought me up short - I've visited White Cube a number of times previously but I've never wanted to go back to revisit something I've seen until today. It's late and I'm tired so I'll not write now - hopefully I will have more to say after a longer visit. All I would say is that if you get the chance, do go - it's not particularly child friendly, I'd suggest, but for adults it is thought-provoking, stimulating.


Oh, and for the photo nerds: taken with a Fuji X-Pro 2 and 35mm f2. I don't know what shutter speed or aperture - sorry! A bit of fiddling in photoshop to straighten it up and here it is.

UPDATE: 
Went back yesterday and the exhibition was in the process of being dismantled. :(

Cabbage Leaf