Wednesday, 18 November 2015

After thoughts.

It is 1am, I am tired and drained yet I cannot sleep. I am afraid of falling into a nightmare. Sometimes I dread waking up. I spent my weekend in Paris with friends, we were taken care of and put into safety. Looking back now, what seemed like eternity has become a blur, I barely remember what happened as we sat and waited for endless hours until the boarder opened for us to go home.
One of the most difficult things is snapping back to reality, I cannot seem to accept that I am back home ready to finish my university project. I do not feel certain that everything is back to the way it should be, something feels different but I cannot grasp onto it.

A few friends of mine are in fear of returning to Paris, but I am thankful of already being able to see the city multiple times. The second time I visited was with my school at the age of twelve, I loved every moment of it, I thought it would be a similar experience attending with a large group of friends. I hope I can come to terms with everything about this past weekend soon, I hope that I can still enjoy the time with incredible photographers.

Pentax MG at the Marché Bastille in 2014

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Pear, Stem Ginger and Almond Cake.

I have watched the leaves fall from the tree outside my window countless amount of times, it is that time of year when I appreciate fruit such as apples and pears more so than usual. This recipe is light and warming after returning home from a refreshing long walk with your new favourite dog. But the stem ginger refreshes the palette so you don't get too stuck into the comfort during a cold season ahead.

- 100 grams of butter
- 100 grams of self raising flour
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 2 teaspoons of ground ginger
- 100 grams of golden caster sugar
- 100 grams of ground almonds
- 4 large ripe pears
- 3 free-range large eggs
- 75 grams of stem ginger in syrup
- A handful of flaked almonds

1. Turn the fan oven onto heat at 160º and line the base of a 23cm spring form tin with a spot of butter and greaseproof paper.

2. Weighing out the flour, baking powder and ground ginger, sieve into a large mixing bowl. Add the golden caster sugar and ground almonds, set aside for fruity goodness.

3. Peel, core and chop the pears into chunks, place into the dry ingredients bowl to create a light coating around the pears. Drain the stem ginger and cut into small chunks.

4. Melt the butter over a low heat (or the microwave) and beat three eggs in a separate bowl. Roughly make a well in the centre of the bowl for the butter and eggs to be added and carefully mixed in. I used a spatula to bring the outside dry ingredients into the centre and then making long lines in the mixture to help create an even consistency.

5. Pour the cake mixture into the springform tin, using a spatula to spread over evenly. Scatter over the flaked almonds for an aesthetic touch and crunch! Bake in the oven for 30 - 40 minutes until the cake is golden and firm.

6. Leave to cool in the tin for fifteen minutes or so before removing the sides. Slice and serve with a delicious hot cup of milky coffee, macchiato or caffé latte. (which I didn't do.)

Monday, 2 November 2015

Barber Details.

At the moment I am in the making of creating a book about Barbers, I admire the care and clarity that goes into many different style's that men have collected. Mens lifestyle does not receive the same amount of coverage as womens lifestyle. Just by looking at the amount of mens fashion magazines have to offer compared to women, or the unbalanced variety of each gender in a typical high street fashion house.

I am passionate and have finally found what I shall latch onto once I finish university, only a few months left to go.

(more photographs to be exposed soon)
featuring Freddie and Thisseas
Shot on Ilford HP5+ 400, Hasselblad 500

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Ellis (2015) Directed by JR.

(via Instagram)

Ellis Island

1. an island in upper New York Bay: 
    a former U.S. immigrant 
    examination station.

Yesterday I visited one of my favourite independent galleries, Lazarides. I climbed up three floors worth of stairs to find myself comfortably sitting on a leather chesterfield in a large pitch black room. As I looked ahead I spent ten minutes of my time completely submerged in a blanket full of cold, emptiness.

I listened to one of my favourite composers, Nils Frahm while Robert De Niro gently told a story that was beautifully scripted. There was a moment where my heart dropped, it was breathtakingly beautiful yet desolate. French artist JR has directed a short film titled Ellis, it deserves to be shown throughout numerous cities. He has created something incredibly powerful during a time where Ellis Island can be reflected onto our current troubles in the world. Immigration contains the spotlight in our daily news, JR's Ellis film is a peaceful response and an important statement for our society today.

JR's trademark slowly reveals itself throughout the duration of the film, floors are covered with paste ups. The graffiti reminded me of the installation of steel faces I once walked upon at the Jewish Museum in Berlin, created by Menashe Kadishman.

Source photograph of JR et De Niro.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

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JamieWei Haung and J S Shin at the Freemasons Hall.

My success at fashion week hardly counted at all compared to last season, being a photographer and not being placed in the pit was the hardest of them all. Arriving late and getting second row made me wonder why I even bought my camera with me. I barely got to admire the garments as iPad's and twitter screens invaded my small spot of opportunity. It made me wonder how many of the guests were actually looking at the clothes without a screen in-between.
better luck next time.