31 August 2014

Roaming. Autosloperij.

Shootin' Gallery. Den Haag. Gates. Netherlands. Yellow.

30 August 2014

Roaming. Blue.

Shootin' Gallery: Blue. Den Haag. Netherlands. Plastic Bags.

29 August 2014

Roaming. Prized Possession.

Shootin' Gallery: Den Haag. Furniture. Netherlands.

Today's Tale. The Pigeon Waterer.

It was a busy and balmy summer day at Scheveningen. The strandtenten were packed with scantily clad people basking in the warm sun. Nearby a tattooed man with a large beer gut, tough-looking disposition and a long grey handlebar moustache sat with his family. He stood up suddenly and walked over to a pigeon, picked it up and let it sit in the palm of his hands. He moved gently to a tap, pigeon in palm, and let the bird lap up the cool water and splash about. He put the pigeon down, again gently, and returned to his seat and beer.

28 August 2014

Roaming. No Op Shop.

Shootin' Gallery: Den Haag. Netherlands. Signs.

Popcorn. Lucy.

Lucy is Luc Besson's latest film, a rollicking sci-fi adventure with Scarlett Johanssen in the movie's namesake role. It's great fun — I'd stretch to excellent or super — as well as being a clever visual feast with smart references to a range of films including some outside the genre. The idea of human intelligence is explored with wit and wonder in this fast-paced curious film that has me pondering existence and the mysteries of the universe.

27 August 2014

Spin. Monument.

High Rotation. Cool clip. Super Song. Robyn & Royksopp.

Roaming. Fluoro Spill.

Shootin' Gallery: Den Haag. Footprints. Netherlands. Red.

26 August 2014

Roaming. Passing By.

Shootin' Gallery: Den Haag. Green. Netherlands. Stripes.

25 August 2014

Roaming. Hanging On.

Shootin' Gallery: Den Haag. Netherlands. Orange.

24 August 2014

Roaming. Henry & Hetty.

Shootin' Gallery: Den Haag. Netherlands. Windows.

23 August 2014

Roaming. Pop.

Shootin' Gallery: Den Haag. Netherlands. Windows.

22 August 2014

Spin. Ready To Start.

High Rotation: Ready To Start by Arcade Fire.

Today's Tale. DJ Stormtrooper.

It's not everyday you're treated to a Stormtrooper DJ spinning tunes in a store, a shop I knew would be an experience as soon as I saw the Geen Kringloop sign on the door. I met the owner, and for a while she followed me around speaking in both Dutch and English relaying her story of living in Ibiza. Why? I'm not sure. I don't think I've ever seen such an odd mix of furniture for sale in one spot, the leopard print speakers above give just a hint of what to expect. Some of the displays were right off the set of a Bond film or 1970s porn. Truly intriguing. Stay posted for a unique table.

Roaming. Waning Summer.

Shootin' Gallery: Den Haag. Murals. Netherlands.

21 August 2014

Art Martha. Leve De Mens.

I think I've just seen my favourite exhibition of the year, Leve de Mens! at the Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde in Leiden. It's the work of Jimmy Nelson, someone I've not heard of before, who has travelled the world to document fading culture in remote communities. From the first step you're confronted by evocative imagery projected onto large screens as a sombre soundtrack makes the outside world disappear from consciousness with darkened gallery rooms adding to the atmospheric vibe. At this point you're not aware that the real work is still many rooms away. The second room features a ring of small screens showing what is effectively a making of documentary. You're treated to interviews, snippets of video and out takes. Oddly engaging. Watching people interact, completely absorbed in what they're watching was as beautiful to see as the work itself. At one point I felt as if I would melt — I can't believe I've just written that, but it's true.

A corridor featuring images from the museums collection of tribal photographs from around 1870 to 1890 is truly fascinating. Stereotypes are called into question with a text-based wall posing questions on the role of photography just before a gallery of images reflecting on these points. I felt a little unsure, it seemed trite and clich├ęd. Was it trying too hard? Or not hard enough? Why were certain images included here, including a couple featuring the photographer himself? Attention to authenticity? A little debate ensued with my companion (their favourite image was from Vanuatu), more images pondered, more questions left unanswered yet discoveries made. Another room, this time circular with LED screens projecting an array of changing portraits stare intently at us the audience sat on swivel chairs watching them.

The final rooms featured very large portraits of the tribes. The one above, The Nenets, very nearly brought me to tears. Why? I'm not sure, but I couldn't stop looking at it. Completely rapt. I don't think I've felt as moved by an image as I did with this. Maybe it's where I am at right now? I wonder whether I've felt happier or more secure in myself than I do right now, and yet I have no idea what the future holds. Maybe an exhibition is made not by what is presented, but what we the viewers bring to it. Do we bring along our own pre-conceived ideas of what we should see or feel perhaps influenced by others or do we let go and feel for ourselves. I let go yesterday, finally. It seems apt that the accompanying book is called Before They Pass Away. Leve de Mens! is on until 7 September. It's beautiful, flaws and all.

20 August 2014

Pinboard. Lurker In Helsinki.

The next run of Lurker covers are ready to go. We're back to Finland for the next batch with ten or so from Helsinki, moving onto Turku and then Mariehamn. Stay tuned.

19 August 2014

Pinboard. Earth Overshoot Day.

Today, August 19, is Earth Overshoot Day for 2014. It's the day each year that marks the point when humanity demands more from the earth than it can renew each year. My current Wunderwall, showing now at Peri in Turku, took this idea as inspiration. If you break the Wunderwall into twelve equal segments you'll find footprint images that subtly mark today. Something to think about as we continue to grow our population and demand more and more from our planet with little consideration for the other species we share it with.

14 August 2014

Pinboard. Photo Grab.

The first Photo Grab will take place on 31 August 2014 between 15.00 and 18.00 at Photographic Centre Peri in Turku, Finland. It'll be your opportunity to take as many photos as you like from the Wunderwall. Free. Vapaa. Gratis. Come along and join the fun.

Pinboard. Turun Sanomat.

So pleased to see such a nice article in the Turun Sanomat about current Wunderwall That's Just a Nun with a Bag of Oranges. Stay tuned for news about the Photo Grab coming at the end of August.

08 August 2014

Pinboard. Wunderwall Five Opening.

The fifth Wunderwall, That's Just a Nun with a Bag of Oranges, is now open. Here's a quick shot from last night's opening. It's on at the Photographic Centre Peri in Turku, Finland until the end of August 2014. A massive thank you to everyone who came to the opening and made it such a fun night. It was nice to be able to speak with so many new people and to see and hear so many warm responses to the work. Thank you Turku. Thank you also to Sade Kahra for your inspirational words and the opportunity to exhibit. Thank you too to Taru for your amazing help with the installation, intriguing stories and your general wonderfulness. Greatly appreciated. And lastly, a big thank you to everyone who came from afar: Fiskars, Haarlem and London. I feel very lucky.

07 August 2014

Roaming. Geflossd.

Shootin' Gallery: Flossers. Green. Los Angeles.

06 August 2014

Roaming. World View.

Shootin' Gallery: Globes. Paris. Wheelie Bins.

05 August 2014

Roaming. Horny Devil.

Shootin' Gallery: Drawings. Faces. Paris.

04 August 2014

Roaming. Wrapped Heads.

Shootin' Gallery: Heads. Paris. Wrapped.

03 August 2014

Roaming. Homeless Parisiene.

 Shootin' Gallery: Black. Paris. Plates.