In December, while I was on my way to see the Haunted Palace exhibition at Kensington Palace, I came to pass Anish Kapoor’s gigantic conave C Curve sculpture. It inverts the light when looked at straight on and gives a twisted view of your surroundings.
Maybe I should have picked a different day to visit this sculpture, or calibrate the photo editing software to brighten up the day, but British winters are certainly very depressing and the film captures the colour temperature spot on.
Although it really isn’t as cold as winter in Beijing or Germany, the consistent chilling and lack of sunlight can really depress people. Every morning when I stand besides the Northbound Overground platform, I see how hundreds of people fight their way onto a crowded escalator.
I would think that they are changing at Canada Water to pursue their high flying career in the ‘Wharf’. In the morning, most people seem disconnected from the world, going into auto navigation mode. Fortunately for me, when the train empties, that’s when I get on.
Pure London and Pure Spirit combined are the UK’s leading fashion trade event. Over the past few years, my other half and me have visited Pure London to source high quality fashion accessories. This year, the trade show has expanded and taken up not only the Olympia Exhibition Centre, but also half of Earl’s Court exhibition Centre with a shuttle bus connecting the two.
Most of the fashion accessory brands could still be found on the upper level of the Olympia Exhibition Centre. Some brands such as Maison Boinet and Cuir et terre, makers of high quality French belts and bags respectively, were absent this time. This could have been due to an upcoming trade show in Paris.
From a commercial perspective, many of the hand made English brands such as Tamara Fogle have come out with innovative new designs aimed at the high end market. One of the most unique products I have seen are their German flour sack bags from recycled antique textiles. The price point for these bags are 120-620 GBP retail, making them relatively unsuitable for export as a novelty brand.
It is with some sadness to announce that I’m leaving Line Industries for another developer job in the City of London. I have been enjoying the last 21 months working on their CMS PubliSite and wish them well for the future.
This picture was taken with a Leica Summilux 50 pre-asph about 1.5 years ago by a busy Oxford Street traffic light.
Just found a great Introduction to Linq in C# here:
It’s pretty easy to work through, wow, I need to spend more time on filling up my brain cells. Learning more stuff while scanning negatives using my Nikon Coolscan v is pretty cool.
THe following shot was scanned and cropped to 1600px width and comes from the recent London Regent Street Taste of Spain event at which I volunteered for as a City Guide. It is Spain’s lucky year, Nadal winning Wimbledon and their National Team winning the World cup. Still, Germany made it in 3rd place… Mehr Glück beim nächsten Mal.
Vor einigen Monaten war ich mit meiner Freundin bei Anita’s Vintage Fair im Londoner Battersea Arts Centre (kurz BAC), und habe nebenbei diese Aufnahme gemacht. Kirin Ichiban ist ein leichtes kohlensäurearmes Bier aus Japan und hat in diesem Moment auch sehr gut zu dieser Atmosphäre gepasst, vor allem das Bierglasdesign ist sehr elegant und transparent. Der benutzte Film war glaube ich Fuji Neopan 400CN (Prozess C-41) mit meinem Summilux 50 Asph Objektiv.
This shot might have been taken with Ektar 100 film, processed in a high-street boots shop.
The lens used was the much coveted Leica Summilux 50 Asph. f 1.4 As you can see, the shot was taken through the shop window and the people in the shop are captivated by the Fudge making process. I didn’t get to try it, but it is located just opposite the famous Roman baths in Bath, Somerset.
I was thinking of getting myself a Nikon Coolscan V 35mm film scanner, but the cost has so far been prohibitive.
Recently, during my holiday in China, I saw this while walking through Haikou City on the island of Hainan. Just how the driver managed to drive it onto the concrete ball was a mystery to me. All I saw was that half an hour in the Adidas shop later, the baffled motorists still didn’t figure out how to wedge the car off.