photographer feature: david seidner

The photographs of David Seidner are interesting in the way that he exposes the mirage through reflections, fragmentation and framing. I found a quiet calm in the photographs I chose to show here and they all exude a certain elegance that I find attractive in a fashion photograph.

Rosima with vase, 1984

Rosima, Italian Vogue, 1985

Yves Saint Laurent, ca. 1983

Yves Saint Laurent, ca. 1983

Woman lying on bed with telephone in her hand, ca. 1986

Taya Thurman, Madame Gres, 1980

Azzedine Alaia – Francine Howell, 1986

Yves Saint Laurent, ca. 1983

Betty Lago, Chanel, 1985

All images from International Centre of Photography

my fashion education

My obsession with Chanel showed me that there are great stories behind the beginning of each fashion house and meeting Diane von Furstenberg & listening to her speak about her life was just so incredibly inspiring that I want to further my own knowledge on fashion. This year I’ve had little splurges and bought quite a few fashion books, half of them are V&A published because of staff discount and clearance sales and then a mix of others. I have, unfortunately, not read through all of them and so now I am making it my mission, I want to further my fashion education! So I am going to share with you the books and what I discover and make a little series of it. So watch out for ‘my fashion education‘ posts coming very soon!

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photographer feature: berenice abbott

I’ve been aware of Berenice Abbott’s work for a while but it that way when you know an image when you see it but you don’t know who made it. After looking more deeply into her work I found some interesting aspects that I quite enjoy such as the photos taken of skyscrapers partly obscured by a balustrade.

Squibb Building with Sherry Netherland in the background, 745 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan. (November 21, 1935)

Lamport Export Company, 507-511 Broadway, Manhattan. (October 07, 1935)

Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, 168th Street and Broadway, from 165th Street and Riverside Drive, Manhattan. (November 16, 1937)

Murray Hill Hotel, from Park Avenue and 40th Street, Manhattan. (November 19, 1935)

40th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, Manhattan. (December 05, 1935)

Oak and New Chambers Streets, Manhattan. (October 28, 1935)

Herald Square, 34th and Broadway, Manhattan. (July 16, 1936)

Under Riverside Drive Viaduct, 125th Street at 12th Avenue, Manhattan. (November 10, 1937)

All images from NYPL Digital Gallery

tottenham court road

Tottenham Court Road is one of my favourite places to visit in London because of my familiarity to it and the surrounding streets. Studying in Bedford Square for 3 and a half months last year meant that between classes I could explore while still having a sense of where I was. I think being new to London and having to spend time in one particular place means it can act as a safety net. And it is pretty handy for some good shops: Paperchase flagship, Tiger, MUJI, Primark (a bit too close to Oxford St mayhem though), West End Cameras (still the cheapest place to get my film developed that I’ve found), a great newsagent with incredible range near Warren St (the name, I forget) as well as good places to eat: easy Pret, EAT, Itsu, Wasabi, Franco Manca and now a Leon (I wish it had been there when I was studying!) as well VQ 24 hour diner and Gail’s Bakery on side streets. All that and I’m yet to mention the architecture! I adore the mishmash of buildings in London and certain details on this street draw my eye. My favourite way to approach this street is to get out of Warren Street Underground Station and walk down towards Centrepoint and Oxford Street. Diverting down side streets into Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia is half the fun of a visit to Tottenham Court Road so I highly recommend it if you want a city adventure without the ridiculous crowds you find on Oxford Street.

Heal’s. I dream of being able to afford to furnish a house from this store. And the decorations on the exterior really tell the history of the company.

J&J Goddard ghost sign. Always makes me happy to see it because it really stands out above all the boring shop signs.

Sneaking around a corner to find Gail’s and Bedford Square.

I was wondering where the usual 50 pigeons puffed out sitting on the ground were and then found them all in this tree. Ground must have been too wet!

sunday adventure: hampstead heath

Although the weather promised to bring rain and wind and general unwelcoming outdoor conditions I decided to go for a walk over Hampstead Heath on Sunday. I have been once before, little over a year ago, so I felt it was about time I went back. I was looking forward to seeing all the leaves turned brown and falling but not all were brown. In fact, it was mostly still green so lovely anyway! I had a stand off with a cute little puppy and enjoyed watching all the other dogs (there were so many!) bounding about the hills and trees. It was a lovely afternoon to walk and I ended it all with a chives and gruyère scone from Gail’s which was delicious and eaten embarrassingly fast as I had very much worn myself out. I will definitely have to try and make a walk on the Heath a more common activity.

browsing shoreditch

I’ve been to Shoreditch a few times since coming to live in London and it is definitely what everyone says it is. Vintage, hipster, everything. I took a few snaps on a recent wander around and, as usual, I was attracted to the buildings. I don’t think I’ll ever get over London architecture and I don’t really mind fuelling my obsession. Snaps taken with my trusty Olympus Trip 35 and cheap as chips £1 Agfa Vista 200 film.

 

horniman museum and gardens

On the very good advice of a colleague (Laura never lets me down with advice!) I took a trip down to Forest Hill to pay a visit to the the Horniman Museum and Gardens and took my Olympus Trip along for the ride. I saw a variety of animals (alive and stuffed) including a goat, some sheep, the famous Walrus and a Westie with a fashionable red bandanna. It wasn’t all about the animals though as the Museum has an amazing display of worldly treasures including an impressive display of instruments. I found the V&A loaned hurdy gurdy, which was important to me due to a small inside joke held between me and a friend because we just find the name so ridiculous. It was a beautiful day so a lot of my time was spent outside in the gardens and admiring the view of the city from the bandstand. Unfortunately my choice of film and probably the fact i didn’t change the ISO settings on my camera (oops!) you can barely make out the London skyscrapers but if you squint and imagine shapes like gherkins, cheese graters and shards you will probably see them all there (or have a peep at a digital shot if your eyes can’t manage the puzzle).

Iconic Horniman Museum clock tower

Just admiring the greenery

Victorian conservatory outside the café

Can you see it? The city is far away and the gardens are lovely and peaceful (except for the families having a good noisy time)

Trying to make feathered friends. I don’t know why they didn’t like me…

Cat’s Tails in the garden

Beautiful flowerbeds

Friendly goat

Sleepy sheepy

I don’t like climbing hills but this one was worth it

Standing in a London street, dangerous yet effective

I very much like Forest Hill, if it didn’t take so long to get there on the Overground I would like to live there