William Morris: Pioneer of the ‘arts and crafts’ movement, writer, architect and socialist. I visited the Red House, that was designed and built for Morris as part of my work annual ‘away day’.
The house is unusual but I think pretty cool and has many gothic influences both inside and out. It was a real shame that they wouldn’t allow photography inside as you get to see many of Morris’ wallpaper and tapestry designs.
A cool old buffer was giving us the tour round and apart from looking really like my own grandad and occasionally forgetting stuff I thought he had real charm and enjoyed his style.
Last chance, before everything must go! This was a final public opportunity to see Battersea Power Station close up in it’s present, derelict state.
On the 12th and 19th July 2008 the public got free entry to the Battersea Power Station site and the opportunity to see this amazing and iconic building up close and personal. I went along on the 19th with my wife, little daughter and my cousin Matt.
Slightly disappointingly, we weren’t allowed access inside the building itself, but it was still really nice to get as close as we did. There were some nice clouds to add a bit of drama to the pictures.
This was clearly THE photographic event of the weekend as i’ve never seen so many top-end cameras and lenses in one place.
That it was all a bit of (clever?) PR by the company developing the site was forgivable, by me at least. Not sure I approve of their plans particularly, but the site needs something to it I guess.
As the weather was looking a bit iffy today, we decided to do an indoor activity.
Deborah suggested we see the hyperbolic space exhibition at the Hayward Gallery that crosses high level mathematics with crochet. Sounds unlikely, but in 1997 Dr Daina Taimina visually demonstrated the theory of Hyperbolic Space by using crochet. Nature, of course, had already done so in the form of coral reefs.
This exhibition marvelously combines crochet, coral reefs and hyperbolic space. I loved it and they nicely allow you to take pictures too.
Wondering what hyperbolic space is? This text might help.
Since the 1st of January 2008 I’ve been taking part in ‘project 365+1 2008‘, signing up to take a picture every day and posting it on flickr for all to see.
Today is the half-way point of the project and so far I’ve not missed a day. This is a far more difficult task than I would ever have imagined, I mean, how hard could it be to just take a picture every day? Well, if you want a nice one, then it can be a bit tough.
I went into it with no particular plan or goal other than to finish the year out. I kind of regret this now a bit as I think there is huge scope for projects within the project. I can still do many of these of course, but it would have been nice to have done them from the start.
I’ve tried to take good and, where possible, arty shots, but I think now that it may well have been more interesting to do a proper daily ‘photo diary’ documenting my life. I sometimes think ‘maybe next year’ but also ‘I wouldn’t put myself through this again’.
Quite a few people in the group have fallen by the wayside, but I feel quite determined to see out the year, It’d be a huge achievement.