Archives for posts with tag: Life

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Untitled digital photograph, 2012

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Photograph four was taken just in front of the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square. One and two were taken on the South Bank. Number three – I know the street but not by name and number five is anyone’s guess – the losing myself trick is working!

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Air (for Nikki Light), 2012

1979’s Fear of Music was Talking Heads’ third LP, and their second with Brian Eno as co-producer. It came wrapped in a black cover with an embossed pattern reminiscent of checker plate metal flooring, designed by the band’s Jerry Harrison. There are a number of tracks with one word titles: Mind, Paper, Cities, Air, Heaven, Animals and Drugs.

When I got round to buying it in 1985, (having been entranced by a documentary on the band, which pre-dated Stop Making Sense, and featured footage of the band in rehearsal and live, interspersed with clips of TV evangelists, disasters, planes landing etc), it seemed like the most intelligent, dark, minimal, conceptual, artistically relevant LP I’d ever heard. Something about its urgent urbanity  tripped switches in my brain. I was living with my parents in Kings Worthy, a suburb of Winchester, and desperate to get out and do something real. The message I took from the album was that city dwelling was rich and strange and full of mystery. It was one of a few factors in making me decide to come and live in London, for which I am very grateful David Byrne et al. Now, I’m going to give the CD a spin.

If you want to know more about the LP, there’s a very good Wikipedia entry here.

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RIP Maurice Sendak

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These were all taken in different parts of London, UK. Images two and four were taken on the South Bank. I think the barbers’ shop was taken on Holborn. I was lost when I took three, and I’m not going to tell you where one is.

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Also: As you can see, I’m experimenting with slightly bigger images which, when they are clicked on open the file, so that you can see an even larger version. Please let me know if this causes problems/ is an eyesore.

And: Leanne Cole has come up with a brilliant new award and I’m one of the recipients, for which I’m very grateful. You can read more about it here.

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Hurry On Sundown (for Chris Hunter), 2012

Hurry on Sundown is the first track on Hawkwind’s eponymous first LP. Dave Brock, the only constant in a seemingly ever-changing line-up (ex-members include Lemmy,  Michael Moorcock, Nik Turner, who wrote the brilliant Brainstorm, and Robert Calvert), started out as a busker on the streets of London (sit down Ralph McTell).

Hawkwind will be forever associated with Ladbroke Grove in West London. None of the above photographs were taken there.

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These were all taken in Central London, UK apart from the fourth, which was taken at London Bridge Station. I took loads of shots of the two people in number four. They kind-of didn’t interact in such an interesting way. Anyway, Spring is in the air.

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These were all taken in Central London, UK apart from the first, which was taken on the South Bank. The three people were tourists and, feeling a bit jaded, I decided to follow them around, because I thought they would lead me to interesting and perhaps unexpected scenes. Er…

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The above were all taken in London, UK in April 2012.

City Life is a 1996 album by the American composer, Steve Reich. Like all of his work, it’s worth checking out if you’re into repetitious, minimalist, modern composition.

According to Glass: A Biography of Philip Glass by Robert Maycock, in the early days when Steve Reich and Philip Glass couldn’t make a living from music, they started a removal firm. When they weren’t shifting stuff, they hung out with the artists Richard Serra, Bruce Nauman, Chuck Close, Sol Le Witt and Carl Andre. Not surprisingly this, and not the removals, is where Steve’s break came from – artists would invite him to their exhibition spaces to soundtrack their work.

I love these kind of stories, and always wonder what Steve and Philip talked about in the van.