Friday, 25 May 2018

Under The Microscope: Martin Parr

I've always had a tremendous soft spot for the way Martin Parr candidly documents British life. The motley crew of strangers, precarious angles and vivid backdrops help create the symphony. All of these minute details build a story, create statements about society and pose questions to its recipient. Martin's sublime street photography has been a significant inspiration to me in my own work.

Think of England, 2000.

I've had a passion for street photography for a while but seem to run into the same moral debate in my mind. Here's Martin's take on the subject of whether SP is exploitative, which is rather enlightening: I think that all photography involving people has an element of exploitation, and therefore I am no exception. However it would be a very sad world if photographers were not allowed to photograph in public places. I often think of what I photograph as a soap opera where I am waiting for the right cast to fall into place. In more recent years I have photographed much closer where bits of people and food become part of the big picture, and one advantage of this is that it means people are less recognisable.

Luxury, 2009. lol

Whenever I have my own office, a print of this will take centre stage. It's my absolute favourite.

These following shots are from Martin's speculator 1997 Benidorm series Common Sense:

The man himself:

I can't wait for winter so I can get my own monogrammed House of Holland football scarf. 

If you also like to dabble in street photography, read 10 things Martin Parr can teach you about street photography. Then read it again!

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

The Babe With The Power

You can keep your Birkenstocks, you can keep your Ray Ban wayfarers, this summer all I want is Gaia's the babe wicker pig bag. Yes, you read that correctly.

The search is over. They say when you know, you know. Finally all the songs are making sense.

(& I have the audacity to wonder why I'm single)

Sunday, 20 May 2018

When Love Is The Way

Two people fell in love and we all showed up.' - Bishop Michael Curry.

Yesterday saw the marriage of Prince Harry & Meghan and we showed up. We showed up in our masses.

I don't think lime green was even an option on the sweepstake ~ well played, your majesty!

The goosebumps inducing cover of stand by me by the Kingdom Choir was spectacular. Nineteen year old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason's performance was also profoundly moving. It's also been reported that the couple's first dance was to Whitney Houston's 1987 banger I wanna dance w somebody. 

The Guardian keeping it real.

I love that VB and golden balls were there.

How could I not mention the magnificent Bishop Michael Curry? 

The empty chair...
I'm not crying, you're crying.

Did you know that Prince Harry hand picked the flowers for Meghan's bouquet the day before.
Melts your heart!

Meghan's Givenchy and Stella McCartney dresses were utterly divine and exceeded all expectations.

The morning after...