Sunday, 20 March 2011

HERE & THERE...

Just a couple of shots of my whereabouts over the last couple of weekends... I've stayed up in London a few times lately and took these snapshots...

A poster and vinyl store in one of the Camden Arches in Camden Lock


An old Police telephone with a sign saying the following; 'an original Police telephone, free for use of public. The telephone is no longer operational, please use nearby payphone.' - Found this just along from the Museum of London.

The view of St Paul's from the new 'One New Change' shopping centre in the city.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

HAVE YOU JOINED THE GELERATION?

Have any of you (girls) tried the new 'geleration' manicure yet? I got some salon vouchers for Christmas and decided to use them to try it out. I went to a RUSH salon who charge £40 which is quite steep but if you can get a recommend a friend discount (50%) makes it much more bearable! They used the Jessica Geleration range.

I don't usually ever get my nails done as I quite enjoy doing it myself and like the end results. However I was interested in trying this as it is meant to strengthen your nails and isn't supposed to chip. I have never had fake or acrylic nails as they aren't great for your nails, but this isn't anything like that. It is literally a nail polish. It is applied like a nail polish and doesn't make your nails look really thick. 

I would recommend this treatment, especially if you're used to forking out on getting your nails done. My first manicure lasted ages - it didn't chip, my nails were stronger. They survived being bent back from getting trapped in doors / drawers without chipping or breaking. They did look a bit ridiculous by the time I could get them done again but only because my nails had grown out so much that there was a significant gap between the base of my nail and the start of the polish!

When I went to get them re-done the manicurist actually said 'you should be an advert for this treatment' they'd lasted so well! 

I'll post an update of photos later on to illustrate how they last (I forgot to do it with the last one!) But below are images from getting them removed (they put remover on cotton pads in foil and leave for 10 mins as it is that bit more tougher than normal polish) and then new finished result!

Overall, if you're the type who is happy to splurge a bit on personal appearance I would suggest this treatment to you! There are rumors about that smaller salons have started doing it as well who are cheaper so if you're interested ring round for the best deal.

Getting the old ones taken off...

My nails - 5 days in...

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

LONDON STREET PHOTOGRAPHY AT THE MUSEUM OF LONDON

 George Reid, C Museum of London

On Saturday I went to the above exhibition, which was free, always a plus! I have a genuine interest in photography, I love photographs and the memories they hold and have more often than not been accused of having the 'snap happy' approach to photography! 

I was keen to see this exhibition as it combines two of my favourite things - photography and London. It proved to be a very popular day to go, as I had to get a ticket to view the exhibition at an allocated time due to how busy it was - so if you plan to go, check in at reception to see if you need to get a time ticket.

The exhibition starts with a video of some of the photographers involved in the exhibition, discussing what photography meant to them and how they got into street photography. I particularly liked Matt Stuart's piece, he came across as very down to earth and explained how it is 'important to work out who you are as an artist,' and that you get 'inspiration from others but you need to make it your own and not just imitate it.' I thought this was an interesting point as this can be applied across the board, not just in photography. We all get inspired by different people and is it always great to have inspiration but it is also important to use this in the right way to create your own mark. 

There was a great character in this film - Wolf Suschitzky, who talked about how it was much easier to photograph in the street in years gone by as no one really paid any attention, unlike today where people will always notice a camera. 

The photographs themselves take you on a journey through London's history. I think my favourites were the older photographs as they help illustrate a time I have no connection to and so help tell a story. I particularly liked one of Henry Dixon's shots from 1882 as you could see a poster / advert in the foreground for Singer sewing machines; a 'trendy' antique to have nowadays. 

A couple of other favourites were Paul Martin's 'Street Urchins' which illustrated three young children sitting on the pavement - two without any shoes on, and George Davison Reid's shot titled 'Crowds outside the newspaper house' Fleet Street 1930. (image above) This crowd was all men and they all were wearing bowler hats, except the young boys in flat caps. It shows a different era, a time when it was deemed unsuitable for men to leave the house without their hat on. 

Life did look much harder in the early 1900's and you can tell this in some of the subjects faces - yet there is a clear sense of unity as there were several shots from the Queen's coronation which showed families setting up the street for their celebrations - something you'd struggle to find nowadays. 

The more modern shots had a much more playful side to them and were entertaining for a different reasons. I liked a shot taken on the ground of the lower half of a pigeon walking alongside the legs of men in suits. 

Overall I think it was a great exhibition and would highly recommend to all, not just those from London but everyone. The fact that it is free is a great plus and reminded me that I need to make the most of all free exhibitions in future!

Henry Grant, 1967-04 C Henry Grant Collection, Museum of London on display for London Street Photography at the Museum.




C Paul Russell, Courtesy Museum of London

With thanks to The Museum of London for the images.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

MEGAN FOX FOR ARMANI

Below are the new shots for Megan Fox's latest campaign with Armani. I'll be the first to admit I have a girl crush on her, she is hot - there's no need to beat around the bush... however, there was one image that shocked me a little... wonder if you can spot which one...

Here with very little and natural styled make up - exposing her famous tattoos. 

Glammed up in sexy backless dress


And then we have this one - at first glance a beautiful shot and I love the black backdrop - but then you notice... the stomach... 

All images via Daily Mail

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

MY PHOTOS ON THE SKINS APP

Hi all - this is a little bit of self promotion here - but I've near completion on a project with Clearasil / E4's skins where I have provided them with some photographs for the new Skins iPhone app...if you wish to download the app click here.

You can see my photos in the 'style' section...and there's a bunch of other great stuff on there to, if you're a skins fan it's a must have to keep up with all the gossip from the show!

Enjoy!

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