The Parents started off as a personal project by Photographer Colin Gray depicting his parents on visits back home in Hull since 1980. “The early pictures were looking at my relationship with my parents and their relationship with each other, often expressed in a humorous way. Many of the images involved enactments of a memory or fantasy, interwoven with past events, domestic rituals, and the encroachment of old age.” The project is now in it’s 27th year.
I’ve spent the last week in Iceland sitting in hot water, drinking way too much beer and moss, walking through freezing landscapes and checking out Design March Reykjavik. I’ll be doing a few more post of what I saw on the trip but first of all here are some photos by British Photographer James Appleton of the Eyjafjallajökull ice cap in Iceland where back in 2010 volcanic eruptions grounded air travel through out Europe.
By complete coincidence James was shooting a promo video for up coming projects when we visited the Gullfoss waterfall, that’s my photo of him above, putting himself in tremendous danger to take photos of the largest waterfall in Europe.
I was in Look Mum No Hands on Old Street in London today for a coffee and saw the work of Dan Mather pasted all over the bathroom (that’s not me in the photo, just and image from Dan’s site) You can buy his velocipede influenced prints through LMNH and see loads more of his graphic design and screen printing work on his site below.
Some nice limited edition screen prints from Argentinian / Wales based creative Paula Benvegnu. With a background in Advertising, Product Design and Art Direction, Paula is currently focused on the screen printing process, exhibiting her work in Bristol, Leeds, Cardiff and London.
I saw a video on the making of Little White Lies ‘Black Swan edition’ last year and since then I was hooked on the film magazine with the unique ever-changing aesthetic. Paul Willoughby is the creative director of Little White Lies and here is some of his personal and commercial work. The process shots of the Lawless wood cut above for Little White Lies can be seen here.
Fantastical illustrations from Andrew Groves. Along with working with clients such as The New Yorker, Google, Computer Arts magazine, The Guardian and Foundation Skateboards; Andrew runs Miscellaneous Adventures, which produces some really nice handmade wooden tools and utensils for the outdoorsy type.
I went to see the recent documentary ‘McCullin’ about the British Photographer Don McCullin last week and was very impressed. Directed by McCullin’s old assistant Jacqui Morris and her brother David. It is phenomenal what he achieved in his career. McCullin a one point talks of becoming addicted to wars and wished to cover at least two a year.
Don McCullin covered some of the last centuries worst humanitarian disasters including wars and conflicts in Cyprus, Congo, Biafra, Vietnam, Northern Ireland, Cambodia and Lebanon putting himself in immense danger and exposing himself to deeply tramatising circumstances, working principally for the Sunday Times until the 80s when Rupert Murdoch decided, McCullin tells us, that the paper should move away from his kind of harsh realism and concentrate on “the pleasures of life”. McCullin discusses the impossibility of any photographer today getting the kind of access he did as the military are now very sensitive in controlling their public image. McCullin’s very straight and open discussion of his fearless life is countered by his self-doubt, coming back several times to his position of documenting atrocities and feeling like a hypocrite, he describes himself as a humanitarian photographer doing his job but in effect exploiting someones misery, ‘I feel guilty because I’ve made a success out of my photographic life,’ he says. ‘Those pictures were of suffering, dying children. I cannot indulge myself by saying I was proud. I wasn’t. I was ashamed, if you want to know the truth.’
He now devotes himself to recording the British countryside, his reasons succinctly summed up in this quote; “I have been manipulated, and I have in turn manipulated others, by recording their response to suffering and misery. So there is guilt in every direction: guilt because I don’t practice religion, guilt because I was able to walk away, while this man was dying of starvation or being murdered by another man with a gun. And I am tired of guilt, tired of saying to myself: “I didn’t kill that man on that photograph, I didn’t starve that child. That’s why I want to photograph landscapes and flowers. I am sentencing myself to peace.” If you get a chance go see this film.
The first Publication ‘Create GB Volume 1’ from the online lifestyle and design magazine We Heart is here. “In the build up to London 2012, online magazine We Heart celebrated Great British creativity, shining the spotlight on up-and-coming and more established talents alike. From art to product design, fashion to food; Create GB showed the world that convention-prodding, thought-provoking and unashamedly eccentric British design and creativity is as thriving and resounding as it’s ever been.” ‘Create GB’ designed by SB Studio features the likes of Kate Moross, Kai and Sunny, Brewdog, Margot Bowman and Lisa Watson and is available here for 15 British bills.