Sunday, 21 November 2010

Sun Flower Seeds

I have caught a little of the press concerning the installation of Ai Weiweis 'Sunflower Seeds' at Tate Modern but I have to say, though I liked the idea and was fascinated by the fact that the vast number of seeds were all made by hand somewhere by someone, I haven't really made any effort to find out more about it. Tonight however I came across a post by Robin Wood on his excellent blog which included the video [below]. I hope I shall get to see the Sunflower Seeds now as I understand [I think] a little more of what its about and what a huge amount of work by so many people that it has taken to bring it to fruition.


Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Huntress with Buck

This picture of a teenage girl from Alabama on her first (and by the look of it fairly successful) hunting trip in South Africa has won the 2010 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, awarded by the National Portrait Gallery. David Chancellors shot was described as "powerful and beautiful" I have to agree on both points, a truly striking image.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

The Ox Cart Man

The Ox Cart Man - Donald Hall was first published in The New Yorker magazine as a poem on the third of October 1977. Hall later lengthened and adapted the poem to make it in to a children's book and had illustrations created for it by  Barbara Cooney, repeating the partnership which bought them their first Caldecott Medal. The Ox Cart Man published as a book in 1979 won the pair their second.
This is a book which I have been returning to periodically for just about as long as I can remember. Not only has it Cooneys wonderful, evocative illustrations (below) whose subtle details transport you straight the simple rural life in the New England landscape of the 19th Century. It also still has, despite the adaptation to book form, the heart and sole of a poem. A poem of an existence which involves people in the cycles of the seasons in a way which we might these days find ourselves a little two far removed from.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

The Adventures of Tintin (The Secret of the Unicorn)

Despite the usual tentativeness one experiences when considering a film adaptation of a favourite book I am rather excited about the up coming Tintin film from Spielberg/Jackson. I suppose the potential ruination of ones mental images of characters and places is lessened in this case because a: Tintin is a comic and b: Jackson has CGI'ed the actors to make them look like the stylised comic characters.

Tintin was just about all I read for a number of years of my childhood and early teens as I was pretty poor at reading. Add to that the fact that I have largely based my personal style/wardrobe on his for the last 6-7 years and I must admit that he has been a significant factor in my life, so it will be fun to see him up their on the big screen. These shots look great!