These have been in front of my eyes and ears very recently. I was listening to Babylon 5 in the car on the way back from Bath. Making Comics is a nightly dip in and out of. Fear Agent from Image Comics was suggested by rp as it’s set in space and its a great comicy art style. I read Alien Dust to Dust recently. The cover art work is epic! Space Ritual, the classic Space Rock album – well, we were born to go… Mustn’t forget Kraftwerk. The Man Machine contains the track; Spacelab so very pertinent.
I don’t envisage that MEET ME AT THE JUMPGATE will look or sound (ah yes, there will be sound) like any of the above but they are influences.
I’ll share more as we make our way through rp‘s extensive music and comic collection.
We took an impromptu day out and went up to London to Tate Modern. We’ve not been for a few years now and an injection of art was sorely needed. Actually, if truth be told we went to London to visit the Leica Store Mayfair as rp wanted a fix of extremely expensive but oh, so beautiful and focussed solely upon photography fix but hey, one bird, two stones…
We travelled up in the Space Wagon, our new but old transport which performed admirably – we made the Kessel Run in just under 12 parsecs! We parked in Twickenham and went into Waterloo via train. It was nice to pull into Grimshaw’s station (not actually his you understand, he was just the architect, along with his associates), rp’s a particular fan. It was then into the underground.
We emerged at Bond Street and headed for Duke Street. We thought we’d take a look at Selfridges. Most of the time we spent inspecting and photographing the outside. We went in (I wrestled with the revolving door) and basically came straight back out again. It felt expensive, looked expensive and probably was too expensive! We revolved straight out. Finally arriving at Duke Street, we headed down the wrong part of it, then headed back in the correct direction and found the hallowed temple of red dot. They actually let us in! rp played around with cameras and lenses, trying to look knowledgeable while I looked around the Leica X Belstaff exhibition. Some documentary photographs showing amazing clarity and I adored the black jacket.
With rp’s photographic needs sated we headed off to Tate Modern, by way of Pret A Manger and their vegetarian New Yorker on Rye which I can thoroughly recommend. We bounced around the underground once more and finally emerged, pinball like at Westminster. This allowed us to make for St. Paul’s and eventually find our way to the Millennium Bridge. I never tire of crossing this Norman Foster bridge as the first time we attempted it, it had just opened but was closed due to wobbling!
Tate Modern is a masterpiece of design, housing the periods of art we love. It’s a repurposed building and the vastness of the turbine hall always brings awe to a visit. We spent time on the Blavatnik side as opposed to our normal side of choice; the Natalie Bell. We even bought a map. The Blavatnik Building has steps and windows that are a street photographer’s dream; harsh sunlight throwing industrial shafts of light and shadows, just begging visitors to walk into and be snapped for posterity.
Ana Lupas’s The Solemn Process and Explore Art and Activism through Bloomberg Connects were two pieces that caught our attention. There were many others but I could easily spend a whole day at this place. In fact, we’ve decided to visit once a month taking in Tate Modern and one or two other things the capital has to offer.
No day would have been complete without visiting the Café or shop (or shops as there are several). rp bought a book on photography and I bought a tote Tate bag 😉
Our Tate Modern X Leica Store Mayfair day was a great success and we ended it in Shoreditch with Tim (our son). Got to see Hirst’s formidable Cock and Bull formaldehyde work at the Tramshed. We ate Vegetarian!
rp took this photograph of me many years ago, when we first met, in the ’80s.
It captures an essence of what was important then and is important now, namely; I’m painting and rp is photographing.
We’ve managed in some form or another to keep these two things going to a greater or lesser extent, over a period of many years. It is now that we are focussing on what we want to do. I’m developing A Delicate Fantasy; a website to showcase my watercolour work and rp is developing murpworkschrome; a website to showcase his photography.
The photo was taken on Pentax K1000 on black and white film but the exact details are lost in time.
This morning I became a photographer’s assistant. I say this morning but I’m sure it was the middle of the night. It was certainly early, for me 🙂
It entailed a lot of hanging about. I wish I had brought my sketchbook and a flask of something warm. I hadn’t even had my morning cup of tea before I was dragged out into an early misty morning.
The morning was beautiful though. It was silent and with the mist, it gave the woodland an ethereal feel. It was very peaceful. Although we were up early, we had missed the Dawn Chorus (so it couldn’t have been that early).
Don’t look too closely at the photo, I don’t look my best first thing in the morning, before that first cup of tea 🙂
The next time I’m a photographer’s assistant, I intend to be more prepared…
RP and I are moving onto a narrowboat. We’re in the process of buying it at the moment. The waiting‘s not easy.
I’m No Square
One of the things I’m busy with at the moment is making something out of nothing. I’m taking all RP’s old (and not so old) jeans, cutting them up into squares and then i’m going to patch them together which is going to make a cover. This cover will form the basis for a visitor’s bed. Obviously it will have to have some substance so I’m also busily scouring the web for some foam that I can have cut into shape. There will be 3 pieces that will stack but ingeniously lay out into a bed when required. I also need foam for the Dinette as it needs replacing.
Convince Me of Something
RP’s not convinced as yet, not just because I’m cutting up all his jeans (he says he needs new ones anyway), he needs to see what it will look like. Patience!
I was originally going to make a quilt cover with the denim but I think it’s going to be quite heavy so, I’ve adpated my approach 🙂
I’ve been using paper to make my squares but I need to make a more robust template; thin metal or maybe even wood. That’s the next thing on my To Do list. I can then hopefully push on and make a bit more progress.