Argh! How has May been and gone already?! Here are some highlights:
Last month I mentioned that Contemporary Applied Arts (CAA) launched a new special exhibition in April - Bloomin' Jewels: The blossoming of the floral in contemporary jewellery, guest curated by Corinne Julius. I took some installation shots to show it all set up:
Pika by Rie Taniguchi
Unfold by Kayo Saito
I photographed the Business Woman's Network's May meeting with speaker Mark Pettit, who spoke about how to 'power up productivity and profitability'. As always it was very informative and full of great opportunities. I'm trying to use my time better using Mark's tips!
I took a much needed inspiration day and went to visit 'Legacy: Photographs by Vanessa Bell and Patti Smith' at Dulwich Picture Gallery, which was lovely. I really enjoyed both 'Just Kids' and 'M Train' by Patti Smith so it was wonderful to see these photographs in person.
Then I popped along to The Photographers Gallery to see the Deutsche Böerse Photography Foundation Prize. Dana Lixenberg was a well-deserved winner - her project 'Imperial Courts' was incredible, but I also found Sophie Calle's 'My All' hugely moving.
That evening was the opening of Accumulate's 'Made by Us' exhibition at the Guardian, which was fantastic! It was wonderful to see all the hard work everyone had put in come together in such a brilliant exhibition. Shutter Hub are now running an appeal to ensure that the participants can continue their photography - #CAMERAAMNESTY. If you have an old camera sitting gathering dust please do consider donating it to this fantastic cause!
I collected my prints from my recent holidays - instant cameras from Reykjavic and Italy, and a roll from a Kodak Beirette that I picked up at the Farleigh Hospice charity shop in Moulsham Street, Chelmsford (they regularly have old camera events). I particularly liked this shot from Reykjavic, and the one below is from the Beirette. I hadn't quite sussed out how to rewind the film, which is why there's a light leak, but I quite like it.
I managed to get to the seaside again for a friend's birthday and had a great weekend of sea air, hearty meals and laughter round the campfire.
I wondered if people are interested in other things I enjoy, like music and TV shows? I get a lot of inspiration from them and I love when people tell me about what they're listening to/watching, but not sure if mine are that interesting, particularly as I'm terrible for not finding new bands, just being stuck in the past. I'll give it a go, and you can tell me if you'd rather I didn't!
In my headphones: I've been re-discovering Björk (definitely influenced by travelling to Iceland), I really liked the new At The Drive In album In-ter a-li-a too, and my friends Rad Pitt launched their album Pink which is pretty awesome. Of course I was listening to the Slam Dunk bands quite a bit in the lead-up to that too, so I've had quite a lot of Ska in my ears.
On my TV: Netflix - the brilliant Master of None was back with an excellent second series, series 3 of Better Call Saul (visually gorgeous as well as everything else), Always Sunny in Philadelphia season 12(!) and Designated Survivor was back too. Big Little Lies was excellent, and we've also been really enjoying The Good Fight - one of few shows to be talking about America now, in my opinion.
That should do for now, but you can join me on Twitter or Instagram if you'd like to see snippets of my view of the world - there are quite a few shadows at the moment. I'm also trying to share a few Instagram Stories to show what I'm up to on a day-to-day basis. I've also got a newish newsletter you can sign up for below - I'm trying to share useful tips and things in that so let me know if there's anything you'd like me to look at.
Have a great June!