This was one of my favourite photography pieces from the whole show - love the colours and the dreamy landscapes. Oh, and the bulldog clips to hang the pictures of course!
Origami paper crane installation created to commemorate the Japanese earthquakes and tsunami.
My photo does not do this piece justice - it was an installation comprised of hundreds of lightbulbs filled with water. The room was actually really dark (I opened the curtain to take the photograph) and there were small lightboxes dotted around the space with slides projected from them.
Simplicity will always appeal to me - these glass bottles held relics of the past including items such as love letters from sweethearts who died long ago.
And finally, one of my favourite pieces from the entire show. Each jar is filled with formaldehyde, the chemical used for preserving human bodies. Inside each jar is a photograph, representing the artists attempt to preserve, quite literally, the dying art of film photography and darkroom printing. Of course formaldehyde is not intended for preserving photographs, and so you can literally see the images fading away before your eyes. It was a message that resonated deeply with me - the idea of photography being an attempt to preserve memories and imagery, but the fact that we are doing little to preserve this method of preservation.
Of course I couldn't pass up an opportunity to wander around Brick Lane whilst I was in East London, and I snapped a few of my highlights from my afternoon off work.... Iced coffee from Rough Trade is always a winner.
A spot of reading whilst waiting to meet my friends for dinner. The book is 'Let the Right One In' (which is an amazing book, do read it if you haven't already. and watch the film too. the swedish original though, not the crummy remake.) The bookmark is a tag from a present sent to me by Emma.
A wee wander around a vintage clothing market. I didn't buy anything because I am very, very poor, and also because I am a total cheapskate.
Snacking on freshly fried doughnuts which I have become addicted to. They always have vans selling them at car boot sales, and I can't leave without getting one. I tell myself the sugar rush is necessary when waking up at 5am...
Does anyone else have this problem? I always see gorgeous light coming through windows - really soft and diffused, usually with a pink or a peach tinge. So I take a photo and think "yes, nailed that shot" and then when I get it back it just looks like any old window.....
And a little poster I spotted which I mentally filled the blank in to read 'the end is extremely fucking nigh.' (which, in case you aren't a total geek like me, is a quote from '28 Days Later.')