Photography Exhibition Highlights

6 months ago, I hosted my first photography exhibition.

Here is a highlights video – I would love to hear your comments. Enjoy!

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Paddington Views, photography exhibition


I was going to post this yesterday, but after the very sad news of Muhammad Ali’s passing, I wasn’t feeling up to it.

However, today, the shock has passed, and oddly I am reminded of his famous quote – ‘Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee’.

For those who know me, that quote has significant meaning for me, and has helped me to overcome the trials that life can sometimes throw in to make things, shall we say, ‘interesting’.

So it is with that notion, that I post a video of the highlights of my first photography exhibition, which was held a week ago in Paddington, London. I hope you will enjoy it.

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Thanks for reading and enjoy!

Geffrye Museum of the Home

The Geffrye Museum of the Home – Review

Geffrye Museum of the Home
Geffrye Museum of the Home

I had promised myself when I first walked past the Geffrye Museum a few years ago, to pay a visit. The grandness of the building looked intriguing and oddly, somewhat out of place within the local environment.

Iris and plant dresser display, Geffrye Museum of the Home
Geffrye Museum of the Home

Situated in Shoreditch in East London, an area of London currently undergoing redevelopment, the museum does stand out as a unique piece of period architecture.

I recently made a quick 90 minute tour, and left rather impressed.

Flowers and bee hives, Geffrye Museum of the Home
Geffrye Museum of the Home

The gardens are the show piece of the museum, and in my opinion, rivals any offered by similar visitor attractions.  From the moment you enter the herb garden, you’re greeted with impressive specimens, all beautifully presented. Then, a path leads you to the various, equally beautiful gardens covering the ages up to the present day.

If you didn’t manage to secure a ticket for the Chelsea Flower Show, you can do a lot worse than visit the Geffyre Museum. It’s hard to believe they offer so much for free entrance.

View from the cafe, Geffrye Museum of the Home
Geffrye Museum of the Home

As it was such a short visit, I didn’t have enough time to fully explore the interiors, but the little I did see again provoked my interest, and I hope to be able to look at the exhibits in more detail.

The Geffrye Museum is a definite must see, and I will make sure not to leave it so long before my return.

giant fennel, box circle and green house, Geffrye Museum of the Home
Geffrye Museum of the Home

Rating 4.5 out of 5

Tomorrow, I will review the Museum’s cafe, so please look out for that.  Thanks for reading.

Avedon Warhol exhibition, Gagosian Gallery, Britannia Street, WC

Avedon Warhol at Gagosian Gallery – review

Avedon Warhol exhibition, Gagosian Gallery, Britannia Street, WC
Avedon Warhol exhibition, Gagosian Gallery, Britannia Street, WC

Last month, I visited the much talked about Avedon Warhol exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery. I was pretty excited, as it’s billed as the first major exhibition to present Richard Avedon’s photography alongside Andy Warhol’s artwork.

Sadly, I left the exhibition underwhelmed.  There seemed to be more security guards than patrons, an imbalance which made the visit slightly uncomfortable. The receptionist on duty however really set the tone – she seemed more concerned with her computer work than with helping the visitors navigate their way around the exhibition.  When visitors  asked for assistance, I observed that the response appeared very cold and unwelcoming, almost as if they were bothering the receptionist.

The pictures and artwork are not labelled, so be sure if you go, to collect a free guide, which hopefully should be in the reception. You may have to hunt them down, but the exhibition will be easier to follow with the guide.  It is also a useful document for art students to add to their portfolios.  It would have been nice if there was someone handing out the guides as visitors arrived, as opposed to being greeted by stern and scary looking security guards, again adding to the cold welcome and sub-zero atmosphere.

The actual art work displayed was interesting, but more could have been made of the presentation. Unlabelled pieces, seemingly randomly hung, there wasn’t an obvious link between the 2 artists and their work. Outstanding pieces, displayed without context or relevance.

The overwhelming feeling I had when I left the gallery, was that of coldness. Cold reception, cold receptionist, cold welcome, cold environment and cold presentation. I would recommend this exhibition for anyone studying or working in the general arts field. But don’t expect to have an enjoyable time.

Rating 1.5 out of 5

The exhibition ends 23rd April 2016

Fashion Show, Atlas Gallery – review


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William Klein – Men + Mina + Simone, PIazza di Spagna, Rome 1960

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If you  have a spare 1/2 hour this week, and haven’t had the opportunity yet to visit the Fashion Show – 60 years of Fashion Photography exhibition at the Atlas Gallery, get your skates on, as it is due to end on the 24th of this month.

And it would be a shame to miss it, because it’s a delightful exhibition of fashion photography, featuring the work of high profile photographers, including Richard Avedon, Horst P. Horst and Lillian Bassman.

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Atlas Gallery Photo source

Atlas Gallery is located in smart Marylebone, not too far from Baker Street Station, with an atmosphere that’s welcoming, relaxed, surprisingly spacious and ideal for anyone interested in fashion, photography, history or simply like spending time looking at beautiful pictures by famous photographers in close proximity.

I also have to mention how kind, helpful and polite the receptionist was when we visited, sadly a rarity in many other similar establishments.

With space on the lower level of the gallery to sit down with friends to chat, and the opportunity to use the impressive collection of reference books provided on the upper floor, this is a must for any arts student, or those with a passing interest in this art form.

I had a wonderful time at the Atlas Gallery, and highly recommend going to visit this unique exhibition, before it ends on Thursday.

Rating 8 out of 10


Saatchi Gallery - Revelations: New Work by Aidan

International Women’s Day

Hello all,

Looking for something to do to celebrate International Women’s Day? Like the idea of spending a cultural day in London?  I can recommend a fun filled afternoon at the Saatchi Gallery, where there are currently no less than 3 exhibitions. Last chance to see, as they all end tomorrow.

Champagne Life

Well an exhibition called Champagne Life could not be missed by this website! And it didn’t disappoint. An inspirational and thought provoking collection of art pieces which challenges the notion of ‘what is art’, and it’s role in our society. Featuring an all-female artist collective, this collection has something for everyone, and of the 3 exhibitions, this is my favourite.

Revelations: New Work by Aidan

With sculptures that wouldn’t look out of place on a Star Wars film set, this is a must see exhibition filled with drama and atmosphere. The artist showcases multi media art pieces which portrays the veiled female figure and celebrates female hegemony and self-sufficiency.

Saatchi Gallery - Revelations: New Work by Aidan
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XX: A Moment in Time

Described as an exhibition of new works by contemporary female street and graffiti artists. The showcase includes the work of prominent artist such as Mademoiselle Maurice, Elle and Aiko. Over the next few weeks my ‘Artist to Follow’ series will highlight some of the achievements of the artists featured in this and other exhibitions held in London.

So for the cost of a travel card, you can enjoy 3 free art exhibitions, in one venue, at fashionable Chelsea. As a deal, that is pretty hard to beat.

But what do you think? Have you had a chance to visit any of the exhibitions mentioned above. What are you planing to do to celebrate International Women’s Day?  Please comment below with your thoughts and recommendations.

Thanks for reading.


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Champagne with a twist: Autumn focus 2015

Autumn palette 2015 champagne with a twist
Autumn palette 2015 champagne with a twist

Autumn is well and truly here, so I thought it’s about time to have a seasonal sort out and introduce a few new ideas to coincide with the season.

Over the next few weeks the focus is on what clothes to invest in, what to eat and how to enjoy London life in Autumn, without breaking the bank.

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