I’ve been traveling around a lot recently which makes a nice change, especially when you’re off to exhibitions and festivals and photo shoots I could get used to it! I miss writing about things like this so I’m making a point of going out and seeing more like I used to do and not letting the work rota rule all.
So first off, I went back home to Liverpool last week for The Light Night Festival which I’d been planning to go to since April, and it didn’t let me down, however there was so much to squeeze into one evening! Damn time restraints. Anyway, I met up with mum after she finished work and went for coffee, naturally, then we were met by the Brouhaha International Carnival making it’s way down Church street with a gathering of on lookers:
It was a fun sight- the colours, the smiles, the dancing and the drums; it was a bit mesmerizing against the grey sky and it was great to see people on the streets joining in and getting their photo taken with those involved in the parade.
Next, we made our way down to the central library as it was holding it’s grand reopening. It’s beautiful! I hope the people dressed up as Alice in Wonderland characters stay all year round, especially the flamingoes. I used to go there quite a lot when I was revising for my GCSE’s and A Levels; I’m a bit jealous now that it’s all changed and improved and I can’t spend all of my time there now, though mum said she will be there everyday on her lunch break
Personally, I thought it looked like a cross between a new modern university library and a newly polished, glossy grandeur traditional library, but given the fact that there were several levels and rooms that opened up into the library out of Beauty and the Beast, that’s pretty much what it was. I’ll shut up now and show you the images:
Apologies for the low quality of the images, it’s just for the blog- I’ll be uploading them full size onto flickr soon.
Next was the Walker Art Gallery for a look in at the Look/13 international photography festival and the exhibitions; Alive: in the Face of Death and Every Man and Woman is a Star. We continued the photography festival tour the next day at the Bluecoat gallery, another one of my old haunts, for exhibitions I Exist (In Some Way) and the Sander/Weegee Collection. As this festival continues until June I’m hoping to go back and produce a more in depth article To be honest, it’s been a few months since I’ve written an analysis and I’m feeling a bit rusty; it’s definitely time to throw myself back into it!
I hoped to see more over the one-night arts and culture festival, like the Do You Remember Me exhibition at the Pier, Fragments at the Cathedral and many, many other exhibitions, but time caught up with us and before I knew it, after hours of walking, we were at La Vina so next year I think I’m going to have to plan a route!
So my next trip this week was to London for a photo shoot. If you’ve been reading recently you’ll know I’ve been taking photos for the Lincolnshire Co-Op’s Recipe of the Month which appears in the Lincolnshire Echo, and I was given the opportunity to see a shoot done by an experienced food photographer for the Co-op’s Members Magazine (you can read more about my shoots here). It was a great day- I haven’t been to London for years; my last visit was for a school trip and we stuck to the art galleries so it was great to see a new side to the city. The shoot itself was a valuable learning experience- I haven’t seen many professionals work in the studio so it was great to see it all done in front of me and to see how to match colour palates. I won’t say too much about it or the food, but it really helped me see where I can go the next recipe is all done and you’ll see that soon! The next couple of months consist of meatballs and ribs so I’ve had a lot of inspiration and idea for what I can try out with them.
Other than that and spring cleaning the house and an interview this morning, I’ve made a Dr.Who bag charm and completed my HP bead piece ttfn!