Still The Water

Went on a Sunday trip to the GFT to see Naomi Kawase’s Palme d’OR nominated Still The Water last night.

The film set on the tropical island of Amami is a slow moving, very Japanese coming-of-age drama which has received quite mixed reviews, some saying it’s a little too schematic for it’s own good or that it takes an awfully long time to say not very much. Personally I thought the rhythm and pace of the film was just right and found the whole thing very enjoyable and even quite mediative to watch.

My favourite aspect of the film was how every emotion the two main characters (teenagers Kaito and Kyoko) felt was reflected in the natural world around them. A few too many poetic shots of crashing waves or rustling trees for some maybe, but I felt it represented the therapeutic and redemptive power of nature better than any film I’ve seen in a long time.

Inka & Niclas

In love with this website belonging to one of my favourite duos, Stockholm based artists Inka & Niclas Lindergård.

Inka & Niclas’ work focuses on expectations on nature and the landscape, and how photographs have formed those expectations. Together they travel and explore all of the different components that constitute the powerful psychological effects of different natural phenomena and landscapes.

One of my favourite projects by the duo is their series “Watching Humans Watching” in which they spent four years capturing the dynamic between people and nature by taking an objective approach to their subjects, much like the way wildlife photographers document wild animals.

Around the same time they created the “Saga” series which was photographed in almost all of the same locations as those in “Watching Humans Watching” but this time the artists actively intervened in the surrounding nature, using painted props, coloured smoke-bombs and flash bulbs as means to deal with their own mystification of nature, influenced by myths and fairy tales.

You can check out their most recent body of work Becoming Wilderness and other projects here on their website.

Azuma Makoto

Reading this wonderful article on Freunde von Freunden again about one of my favourites, Japanese botanic artist Azuma Makoto.

Azuma Makoto’s work was one of my biggest inspirations for my project Hanami. By uniting unsual and exotic flora he creates striking large-scale flower installations, blooming decorations for fashion houses and beautifully composed art books such as the Encyclopedia of Flowers, a collaboration with botanical photographer Shinoki Shunsuke.

Take some time to check out this lovely interview by Antonia Märzhäuser and beautiful images by film photographer Gui Martinez of Azuma and his studio space in Minami Aoyama, Tokyo.

Azuma Makoto on Freude von Freuden.

The Lookout Bothy

After a few days camping on the Isle of Skye, we spent the night of my 23rd birthday here at The Lookout - a former coastguard watch station at Rubha Hunish, the most northern point of the island. The front part of the building (the watchroom) was built in 1928 for the coastguard but by the 70’s was no longer needed and so became a favourite haunt for whale spotters, bird watchers and those just looking to enjoy the panoramic views from the large bay window. In 2005 a bad storm blew out all the windows and so the MBA agreed to renovate the building so it could remain available as open shelter. On this night we shared the bothy with a group of skydivers from England and played card games, drank beer and listened to stories all whilst enjoying the views of the stormy skies and sea.

Booooooom feature

Very pleased to have some new photographs featured on one of my favourite websites, the wonderful Booooooom.

For those who don’t know of Booooooom, it was created in 2008 by Jeff Hamada and quickly became one of the internet’s biggest art blogs. I’ve been following the blog which showcases ‘hand-made work by unknown people’ since the beginning of art school, so I’m particularly chuffed to have some work up here. 

Here’s the link:

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