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26 October 3
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Liz Collini Typography

Under - Art, Design, Typography

Some incredible typography by London based artist Liz Collini.

I make different forms of texts using simple but often ambiguous words and phrases, mostly through printmaking and drawing. The written word holds many paradoxes, not least those of absence and presence. There are gaps and overlaps between reading and viewing, text and image, the hand and the machine. I try to create breathing spaces in which we can pause and look back at language. Whole narratives can be compressed into a single word or familiar phrase. The drawings’ resemblance to plans and blueprints reflects the strange provisionality of written language; the things about which we write are always elsewhere. I work only with Times New Roman (the default font) and my own handwriting to minimise questions of typography.

Source: Typetoken

2 August 1
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Photolog: British Museum

Under - My Musings, Photography, Photolog

Royal Lion Hunt bas-relief details, Mesopotamian Collection

‘Photolog’ is a new series of posts with predominant focus on photographs rather than text. I’ll be posting a selection of images from my photographic endeavors that are mostly around travel, nature, landscape and urban photography.

Starting with one of the world’s greatest museums of human history and culture the British Museum London. Its permanent collection, numbering some eight million works, is amongst the finest, most comprehensive, and largest in existence and originates from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.

The British Museum was established in 1753, largely based on the collections of the physician and scientist Sir Hans Sloane. The museum first opened to the public on 15 January 1759 in Montagu House in Bloomsbury, on the site of the current museum building. Its expansion over the following two and a half centuries was largely a result of an expanding British colonial footprint and has resulted in the creation of several branch institutions, the first being the British Museum (Natural History) in South Kensington in 1887… more

Bas-relief details, Mesopotamian Collection

Royal Lion Hunt bas-relief details, Mesopotamian Collection

Roman Sculptures

Crouching Venus, Roman, circa 1st century AD

Crouching Venus, Roman, circa 1st century AD

Parthenon marbles from the Acropolis of Athens – 447 BC

Colossal statue of Ramesses II, the ‘Younger Memnon’ – 1250 BC

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27 July 1
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Video painting by Sweatshoppe

Under - Art, Design, Media, Technology

New media art duo SWEATSHOPPE aka Blake Shaw and Bruno Levy are back from Europe with a new video that showcases their live interactive video wheatpaste in Berlin, Bristol, Belgrade, London and Paris. Over a two week period the duo pasted their videos in over 10 spots including the Berlin Wall, Les Invalides, Cordy House and even constructed a 5 meter telescopic electronic paint roller to create a two-story tall video painting in Bristol.

Video painting is a technology the duo developed that allows them to create the illusion that they are painting videos onto walls with electronic paint rollers they built. It works through custom software that they wrote that tracks the position of the paint rollers and projects video wherever they choose to paint, allowing them to explore the relationship between video, mark making and architecture and create live video collages in real time.

Pointe Shoes

Under - Art, Miscellaneous

A very informative and interesting short documentary by Galen Summer for New York City Ballet illustrating how important the shoes are to a dancer’s performance.

The story of ballet shoes, from the factory to the stage. Filmed on location at Freed of London & the New York City Ballet.

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London Bus Tour by Moritz Oberholzer

Under - Inspiration, Media, Photography

Who does not like looking out of the window while being in a bus? London Bus Tour, a short film by Moritz Oberholzer captures the everyday life with an array of interesting characters from London streets. Everything is shot handheld by Moritz with an HD camera and a DIY 35mm adapter while sitting in one of those red vehicles of London.

18 February 5
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One winter’s day in Black Park

Under - Art, Inspiration, My Musings, Nature, Photography, Photolog

Some photographs from Black Park Lake that I took one winter’s morning. The park offers a different kind of experience in winter when it is easier to get lost into the woods.

Black Park is 530 acres of woodland and heathland just outside London with a centre-piece lake in Wexham, Buckinghamshire, England. The site is next to Pinewood Film Studios and has been used for many films and TV productions such as James Bond, Harry Potter and Sleepy Hollow to name a few.





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17 January 2
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More London…

Under - Art, Inspiration, My Musings, Photography, Photolog

A top-up to my existing London photography collection … mostly in colors this time. Those of you who have explored London would know how beautiful the hour-long walk is from Westminster Bridge till Tower Bridge or the other way round. There’s so much to capture that I wouldn’t be wrong to call it one of the most photographed part of London. There are also ferry services that operate in-between these two bridges providing another view of the same stretch.

You can view the complete set at Flickr.








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22 December 4
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I have a confession to make…

Under - Art, Inspiration, My Musings, Photography, Photolog

I had been sitting on a stash of photographs that I’ve been taking since 2005 but never been able to process, upload and share them online. This is partly because I was busy doing everything else and never got the time to focus on photography. This is also because I’ve been inconsistent throughout in pursuing this passion of mine – but not anymore!

As time is passing, I’m starting to feel that the old relationship between my camera and me is reviving … which is indeed very old – nearly 20 years to be precise. This relationship can be divided into three phases:

Childhood
It all started with my father’s Mamiya SLR (which has long been discontinued). The excitement of holding a SLR camera at that time was more than the photography itself and the focus was more towards taking pictures of school friends and family. This was kind of an exploratory phase that resulted in serious consideration of this art for years to come.

Adolescence
This represents the time when I was at the art college. I also call it the golden-time as I had the opportunity to fully explore photography, from still to landscape and fashion to portrait. I was in fact able to earn a reasonable amount of money with my photography to fund this expensive hobby.

But, I can also be solely blamed for putting an abrupt end to this as I had to decide where I wanted to go professionally and, unfortunately, despite all the pleasures I had with photography, it wasn’t my destination as a profession. It was one of those strategic career decisions that one has to make early on, wittingly or unwittingly. My decision to adopt digital media over photography is something that I don’t regret, in fact it is something that I’m proud of, but this brought an end to this particular interest of mine before the potential could fully be explored.

Maturity or Amateur-ity
This is the present that started back in 2005 when digital cameras started becoming a norm for photographers opening up a whole new world of possibilities. Since then I’ve started seeing through the lens again with a serious resolve to make up for the abrupt end.

The pictures you see in this post are from the first batch that I uploaded on Flickr from the set called London. Keep watching the space on Flickr as I’ll be uploading more and more in the days to come.

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16 October 2
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Mojito shoes by Julian Hakes

Under - Industrial Design, Inspiration

Shoe design isn’t something that is discussed here quite often unless done by an architect!

Julian Hakes, an award winning London based architect, first released early images of the elegant and minimalist design for a new ladies fashion shoe back in September 2009 on a design blog where it became a viral and picked up by several leading online blogs resulted into generating media and fashion industry interest.

The Hakes Mojito is a unique shoe design concept. It is a single wrapped geometry which starts under the ball of the foot, sweeps over the bridge, then down below the heel before twisting back on itself to provide the support for the heel and ankle.

29 September Share your
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Mapping European Stereotypes

Under - Design, Geography, Illustration

This is something amusing by Yanko Tsvetkov, a Bulgarian-born London-based freelance designer, illustrator and photographer.

Europe According to Germany

Europe According to Germany

Europe According to Italy

Europe According to Italy

Europe According to Britain

Europe According to Britain

Europe According to USA

Europe According to USA

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