ResonanceFM (London’s first radio arts station – providing “a radical alternative to the universal formulae of mainstream broadcasting”) is raising money so it can stay on air, buy a new antenna, etc. Even if you’re not in London, they’re worth supporting so that me, you and everyone else can listen online.
This is mainly a plug for a course I’m running at Photofusion in October but as ever, you can ignore the text and just look at the picture (click to enlarge). The course is called ‘Starting Digital Photography’, it runs for three days (3, 4, 5th October) and is aimed at people who want to get the most from their digital SLR and an introduction to Photoshop. More details on the Photofusion page. The course is limited to eight people but if you’d prefer something more tailored, or shorter, I also do one-to-one tuition.
I have to admit that being invited to submit pictures to a show called Snapping Little Britain had me a little worried but it turned out to be better than I expected. It’s a group show which, although it had too many seaside pictures for my liking, I wanted to be positive about by linking to some of the other work. Unfortunately I can’t find any useful web links (I thought all photographers had web sites!). The show is at the Orleans House Gallery in Richmond and runs until April 30th. It’s in a nice location if you fancy a day out by the river. If you can’t make it, my three pictures are here (removed), including one which I did as an A2 lightbox. This picture was taken after the private view last night.
I have to plug this because one of my daughters is in this band. Also, ResonanceFM is worth plugging anyway. So, The Dominoes will be performing 3 songs live on Resonance 104.4 FM between Midday and 1pm on Saturday (29th). They’ll be on the Dexter Bentley Hello Goodbye Show. If you’re not in London you can also listen here.
Another wander with Jawed and Jiri, who suggested we go to Silvertown. Strange place, probably waiting to be demolished. This picture was taken outside the Tate and Lyle refinery. We ended the day at the UK premiere of Eggleston’s Stranded in Canton. I wanted to enjoy it but it was too much like watching home movies. In fairness, most people seemed to be clapping enthusiastically when it finished so maybe I dozed off one time too many.
For the previous two years on London Open House weekend I’ve intended to visit the William Booth College but never quite managed it. Mainly I wanted to try the view from the tower but because the site covers a large area and is surrounded by high walls it also has an air of mystery.
On the way I noticed another building that was in the Open House scheme. I hadn’t seen it on the LOH web site because it’s described as ‘Stealth House’. This picture was taken inside (more information on the architect’s site – click on What’s New and Grove Lane). For a view I shot from the William Booth College tower, click here. Apart from the view it was all very austere and not at all mysterious.
Watching the New Shock of the New on Saturday, I was surprised and disappointed that Mr Hughes highlighted a spelling mistake in a Tracey Emin piece. Finishing on an extra ‘L’ in beautiful seemed more stupid than the spelling mistake to me and undercut his argument somewhat. Still, I’m looking forward to the re-run of the original series, which I haven’t seen since it was first shown.
In trying to work out the date of the first transmission, I came across this tragic tale. I’d assumed the stick was just old age.
I discovered Smoke today. It fell open on an article called Sham City about Paternoster Square – “London’s new architectural theme-park” – which was making me laugh. When I looked at the back and realised it was only Â£2 (twosquid, blimey!) I thought I’d better buy it. It’s a shame all the pictures are black and white but for 50 pages you can’t grumble can ya guv’nor (People don’t seem to call London ‘The Smoke’ anymore, do they?).