Monday, 30 November 2009

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Etsy buy of the Day

Film of the Week

Director: Victor Kossakovsky
Running Time: 80 minutes
Country: Russian Federation
Year: 2003

Tishe ‘Hush’ consists entirely of shots of a street in St. Petersburg taken from the same window vantage point over the course of a year. Inspired by ‘View from the Window at Le Gras’, the first photograph ever taken and ETA Hoffman’s short story ’My Cousin’s Corner Window’, this a wonderfully observed comic masterpiece.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Pecan Tarts

Pecan Tarts

You will need mini-tart pans for this recipe.

This makes about 48 tarts. Shells: 6 oz cream cheese 1 cup butter (2 sticks) 2 cups all purpose flour Filling: 2 T butter, melted 2 eggs, beaten 1-1/4 cups brown sugar 1/3 cup pecans, pulsed in a food processor or chopped coarsely 1/4 t vanilla Soften cream cheese and butter to room temperature. Whip them together (for a minute or two) using a mixer.
Cut in the flour until dough starts to form. Use hands to mold it into a ball. Cover and chill for a few hours.

When ready to prepare tarts preheat the oven to 350ºF/180ºC. Mix well all of the filing ingredients. Take a good pinch of the dough and roll it into a ball (this part is very important; don't forget to roll it into a ball). Take each ball and press it into the tart mold evenly. Do this for the full tray and then add about 1 teaspoon of the filling into the tart shells. Bake for 20–25 minutes until the tart shells start to brown just a bit.

Notes: This is a time-consuming recipe to put together (the making tarts part I mean) and a gooey one. Don't expect to work this one out if you're in a hurry. It's also fun to have helpers on this one because they can fill the shells after you have prepared them. I also find these are best if eaten the same day you bake them but if you have to store them make sure they are in an airtight container.

Thank you 3191 Miles apart x

Monday, 12 October 2009

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Martin Parr made it to the Banksy Exhibition In Bristol 09

If any of you wanted to, managed to or did not want to stand in the rain for 4 hours to see the Banksy Exhibition in Bristol earlier this year, then take a lot at this!

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Thank you Nietzsche

All truth is simple... is that not doubly a lie?

A gentle recommendation for a film.

Sunshine Cleaning (2008)

A single mom and her slacker sister find an unexpected way to turn their lives around in the off-beat dramatic comedy Sunshine Cleaning. Directed by Christine Jeffs (Rain, Sylvia), this uplifting film about an average family that finds the path to its dreams in an unlikely setting screened in competition at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Once the high school cheerleading captain who dated the quarterback, Rose Lorkowski (Academy Award nominee Amy Adams) now finds herself a thirty something single mother working as a maid. Her sister Norah, (Golden Globe winner Emily Blunt), is still living at home with their dad Joe (Academy Award winner Alan Arkin), a salesman with a lifelong history of ill-fated get rich quick schemes. Desperate to get her son into a better school, Rose persuades Norah to go into the crime scene clean-up business with her to make some quick cash. In no time, the girls are up to their elbows in murders, suicides and other…specialized situations. As they climb the ranks in a very dirty job, the sisters find a true respect for one another and the closeness they have always craved finally blossoms. By building their own improbable business, Rose and Norah open the door to the joys and challenges of being there for one another—no matter what—while creating a brighter future for the entire Lorkowski family

Monday, 21 September 2009

Thursday, 3 September 2009

New Photographic Find of the Week

The DiHolga Archive

Students from Gorseinon College have experimented extensively with the Holga/Diana Cameras and have produced some exciting and wonderous imagery.

Drop in on their ever expanding and beautiful archive, you would be stupid not to!

Check it at:

Behold the world of Holga

If any of you have missed my rantings of the Holga/Diana Camera you are very lucky and at the same time missing a vital piece of information that could change your visual existance.

The Holga is an inexpensive, medium format 20 film toy camera, made in China, appreciated for its low-fidelity aesthetic.
The Holga's cheap construction and simple meniscus lens often yields pictures that display vignetting, blur, light leaks, and other distortions. The camera's quality problems have become a virtue among some photographers, with Holga photos winning awards and competitions in art and news photography.

I have been using the Holga for about 2 years now and although I had never really stopped using photographic film, this gave me the drive to extend its application in my work but also in my pleasure.

These cameras are cheap but obviously not as convenient as its digital peer but what you cannot overlook is the sheer aesthetic of the imagery.

So go on, grab a plastic camera today and snap away!!!

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Terrifying but beautiful

Bikini atoll test.

Cold War Thinking

The Cold War saw dawning of news ways of thinking and more importantantly visual exploration. Look at the imagey and design from the time and utilise as an artists source.

Saturday, 11 July 2009

The Bucket List

As each day passes my desire to experience anything and everything life has to offer becomes increasingly stronger and stronger. There is so much I want to do that my short term memory forgets my ambitions, therefore this Summer I shall be making my bucket list. The things I need to do before I enter that great dressing room in the sky. This is not a lesson on morbid thinking but an excersize in living each day to the full!

Monday, 6 July 2009

Song of the Week

Neil Young - Such a Woman (taken from the Harvest Moon album)

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Great Resource

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Excuse me young man...

This artist has been brought to my attention today (thanks Rik). Dont you just love this work?!

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Album of the Week

The Smiths - The World Won't Listen

A note to my special girls.

'all together' by Lisa Golightly
Lets float together my beautiful sisters!

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Slight Suggestion.

Everyone should own a bike, it's quicker than walking!

Album of the week.

Drop Nineteens - Delaware

Summer of Zine

One of my projects for the Summer is to create my/our very first Zine.

What is a Zine I hear you ask?

A zine (an abbreviation of the word fanzine, or magazine; pronounced [ziːn], ("zeen") is most commonly a small circulation publication of original or appropriated texts and images. More broadly, the term encompasses any self-published work of minority interest usually reproduced via photocopier on a variety of colored paper stock.

There are a few of us artists and writers collaborationg on this first Zine, to be released at the end of the Summer.

What this space...

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Fortune cookie thought.

Every obnoxious act is a cry for help.

Friday, 12 June 2009

The city that suprised me and took my heart

For many years I have yearned to visit NYC and throughout this time visualised how I thought it would be. It's probably the most visually over exposed city in the world, therefore, we all conjure an idea of how we think it may be. The sound of constant traffic, the steam rising from the sidewalk, the characters, the landmarks...
however, what I did not expect was the unbelieveable sense of belonging I felt. The city opened its arm's to me and made me feel safe and wanted. It has so much to offer and exceeded all my hopes.
I walked the streets, rode in a 'big yellow taxi', smiled at Liberty and promised I would return very soon.
NYC is different for everyone I realise, but that is its the beauty, individuality, and a place that will except you whoever you are with no judgement. I see why it has been a retreat for so many artists and musicians.
If you have never been put it on your bucket list!

The most beautiful song ever written.

This is probably the most beautiful song ever written, from the words of the wise Joni Mitchell.

Both Sides Now - Joni Mitchell

Rows and floes of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons evrywhereIve looked at clouds that way

But now they only block the sun
They rain and snow on evryone
So many things I would have done
But clouds got in my way

Ive looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
Its cloud illusions I recallI really dont know clouds at all

Moons and junes and ferris wheels
The dizzy dancing way you feel
As evry fairy tale comes realIve looked at love that way

But now its just another show
You leave em laughing when you go
And if you care, dont let them know
Dont give yourself away

Ive looked at love from both sides now
From give and take, and still somehow
Its loves illusions I recallI really dont know love at all

Tears and fears and feeling proud
To say I love you right out loud
Dreams and schemes and circus crowdsIve looked at life that way

But now old friends are acting strange
They shake their heads, they say Ive changed
Well somethings lost, but somethings gained
In living evry day
Ive looked at life from both sides now
From win and lose and still somehow
Its lifes illusions I recallI really dont know life at all
Ive looked at life from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
Its lifes illusions I recallI really dont know life at all

Friday, 5 June 2009

Album of the week

Yo La Tengo - and then nothing turned itself inside out

The students meet the infants

A select group of students from Gorseinon College Photography Department and Foundation have worked with the children from Gorseinon School to produce a body of innovative photography.
The themes that the children followed ranged from Colour to Alien Landscape.
An Exhibition of the work will take place in Gorseinon in July. Date to follow. Please take the time to see the world from the eyes of a child (once again) it truly is a breath of fresh air.

Diane Arbus in Wales

National Museum Cardiff will host a major exhibition of Diane Arbus's work
Exhibition Preview: Diane Arbus, National Museum Cardiff, Cardiff, May 9 – August 31 2009
The work of cult photographer Diane Arbus will go on display at National Museum Cardiff in May as part of the national Artist Rooms Tour.
Featuring 69 black and white photographs which are widely considered to include some of the finest works of the cataloguer of the fringes of society, the display will be one of the first exhibitions to be shown in the Art Fund-supported venture.
"The name Diane Arbus might not be familiar to everyone, but her portraits will be," pointed out Nicholas Thornton, Head of Modern & Contemporary Art at National Museum Wales.
"As Arbus's pioneering approach to the art has greatly influenced photographers across the world, we hope this exceptional exhibition of her work will have a positive impact on new and existing visitors to the Museum."
The New York photojournalist was best known for her voyeuristic portraits in the 1960s, including Identical Twins, the spooky picture of two young girls in matching outfits which inspired Stanley Kubrick to mimic the scene to horrific effect in The Shining.
Arbus achieved notoriety before committing suicide in 1971, and was the subject of a film starring Nicole Kidman in 2006.

Thursday, 4 June 2009

A quiet thank you to Mark Rothko

"Silence is so accurate." Mark Rothko

The Birthday Party

The beautiful work of Photographer Vee Speers.

Little Edie

If you have never had the pleasure of being introduced to the life Edie Bouvier-Beale, then just take 5 minutes to learn about the most eccentric and true woman to have graced the land. Born into aristocracy in Madison Ave, 1917, her unique life is a true inspiration and lesson in embracing our own eccentricity and belief in ourselves.