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Snap, Crackle and Pop

In Uncategorized on March 22, 2013 at 3:36 pm

It was back to ‘snapping’ this week with a shoot at the home of  photographer and documentary maker Jane Hilton whose pictures of the workers in the legal brothels of Nevada will be on show at the Eleven Gallery in May. We were blessed with a glimpse of sunshine and Jefferson made the most of it when shooting the rooms on the first floor.

Jefferson Smith looking for the shot

Jefferson Smith looking for the shot

We also employed one or two tricks to get the images to work, for example raising a stool on a camera bag to close the gap between it and the framed collection of belt buckles on the wall

Use of camera bag, No 25...Stool extension

Use of camera bag, No 25…Stool extension

‘Crackle’ was the sound of the delicious toasted sandwich I had with House & Garden Picture Editor Owen Gale, and also the crispy mini croissant I tucked in to when having coffee with photographer Sarah Hogan. The ‘Pop’ was courtesy of champagne house Perrier-Jouet at the Saatchi Gallery launch of the tree they have made in collaboration with Tord Boontje. The tree features the Perrier-Jouet flowers as ceramic blooms and instead of fruits there are flutes of champagne. Not a bad way to wind up the week.

Detail of Tord Boontje champagne tree

Detail of Tord Boontje champagne tree

Flowers and flutes

Flowers and flutes

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Views and Vistas

In Uncategorized on March 17, 2013 at 2:32 pm

I didn’t need to stumble along with my poor French to interview designer Sarah Lavoine because her English is as immaculate as her Paris apartment, overlooking the Tuileries Gardens. The interview went well and the pictures are great so something to look forward to when it goes in to print. That was Parisian high society ( Lavoine’s father is a Prince) and next in the diary was a high-level view of London. Virginia, the design brain behind Roddy & Ginger reckons her home is one of the highest in south east London, perched as it is on top of Sydenham Hill, and through the blur of snowflakes the view was spectacular.

London from the top of Sydenham Hill

London from the top of Sydenham Hill

On Thursday I lunched with Jenny Granger of Andart at the excellent Medlar at World’s End. Jenny is curator of Habitat’s Platform exhibitions and also works on various presentation and art projects. I was almost late because the bus was held up in traffic on the Kings’ Road by some mayoral looking cars inconsiderately parked on yellow lines outside an arts and antiques fair at the old Chelsea Barrack’s site. It seems to me that there are still some who think that they are above the law and have no regard for the free flow of traffic through London.

A trio of badly parked cars outside the arts and antiques fair

A trio of badly parked cars outside the arts and antiques fair

From Ham to Bow

In Uncategorized on March 12, 2013 at 9:23 am

The week started with breakfast at The Wolseley, well it nearly didn’t because I was meeting Jenny Hildreth of ARC PR and the Maitre d’ seated us at separate tables, but once we had found each other we had a very useful chat about beds, kitchens and bathrooms ( all Jenny’s clients). Then there was a trip to  north London to meet photographer and documentary maker Jane Hilton followed by a dash to Hoxton to the opening of the new Goodhood Life Store at 20 Coronet Street,

The Goodhood Life store

The Goodhood Life store

On Thursday I went to visit an Emerald Faerie in Bow ( an enigmatic jewellery and lighting designer)  and in the evening it was the opening of Interwoven at Habitat’s Platform Gallery, where we looked at the various designs by Gone Rurual, Coralie Bonnet and Nadia-Anne Ricketts

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Kensington and Chelsea-20130307-00341Kensington and Chelsea-20130307-00342And the week wound up with a visit to Jennifer Newman’s house in Ham where we discussed a shoot that we will do in a few weeks time.

In London’s Fair City

In Uncategorized on March 3, 2013 at 11:42 am

I spend  more time than most dashing around London, from north to south and east to west – visiting locations, catching up with PRs and going to shows and exhibitions, but this week I got to appreciate our fair city in a new way by going to the viewing platform of The Shard. It is an extraordinary perspective of the capital and is a good way to get to grips with quite how bendy The Thames is. I tried to find the Olympic Village and took my bearings from the twin towers of the old Naval College in Greenwich, but was looking too far to the east, the large oval of the Olympic Stadium proved to be much further north behind the City, and the same happened when trying to track down Clapham Common, seen from The Shard it is more westwards than I thought.

A Shard high view towards Tower Bridge

A Shard high view towards Tower Bridge

I also caught up with the terrific Roy Lichtenstein Retrospective exhibition at Tate Modern, queuing with designer Henry Holland to buy our postcards and bumping in to Tim from my Yoga class, so a very sociable visit as well as visually stimulating. I loved the unexpected Chinese landscapes and felt that one sculpture in particular gave a visual interpretation of how I sometimes feel when bombarded by emails, text messages and phone calls.

visual interpretation of the numb side of the brain which occurs from over bombardment of information

visual interpretation of the numb side of the brain following over bombardment of information