Thursday, 20 December 2012

Bambi on Ice

So, so psyched for Christmas now! Feeling festive after some late night ice-skating at Beckworth Emporium. Despite the initial fear, all those years of rollerblading round the block must of paid off as we both magically, managed to avoid face planting and having a wet bottom. Slinking round the ice at super speed, trying to gangnam on ice, getting the giggles... Beckworth, we'll be back next year to perform our bolero!

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All that glitters..

Four days, eee!

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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Journal // Poet of the Lens

I'm not sure whether it's because everything seems infinitely more romantic in the winter, but this time desperately calls for cosy days spent meandering and looking at pretty things. A notion inspired by a recent trip to LDN, and an afternoon spent on its glorious Southbank. A cup of salted caramel latte in hand to compliment the visual delights that are on offer would be the icing on the cake.  Unfortunately, my current place of residence is neither near city nor gallery, and my diary is currently jam-packed with day to day responsibilities (...how atrocious) so, putting that plan into action is at a standstill. So I settled on plan-B: 'internet art perving'...

With the eruption of the notoriously violent Mexican Revolution during his childhood, it would seem inevitable that photographer Manuel Alvarez Bravo would go on to showcase complicated ideas of identity, life and death within his work.

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How small the world is, 1942
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Bicycles on Sunday, 1966
 
Although I'd been aware of some of his images before, I hadn't ever really took the time to delve into his whole body of work. His collections span over a wondrous period of time and are all so breathtakingly beautiful. However, it's his work in the 1930s that I absolutely adore. The bloodshed of the Cristero War had not long ended, counter-revolution had fought back, and Manual Alvarez Bravo captured and represented the intimates of his culture in the height of social change.

Through perfect compositions Bravo (every time I write his name down, I can't help smiling at how brilliantly, fantastic is it!), transcends the usual boundaries of what we understood as documentary photography. Pioneering the creative renaissance of the image, Bravo took inspiration from modernist movements, using composition to warp meaning, spiralling realism into the surreal.

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Absent Portrait, 1945
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Laughing Mannequins, 1930
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Frida Kahlo, 1930
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Flight over the Sea, 1939
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The Crouched Ones, 1932
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Optical Parable, 1931
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The familiarity of a portrait shot: the subject absent, a pile of clothes lying in their place. A candid image of a marketplace, populated with laughing mannequins. And his work with Frida Kahlo? Delightful.

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Figures in the Castle, 1920
 
In his pursuit of exposing the 'everyday' -  the landscape, its personality, its juxatpositions - Bravo encourages the spectator to tear apart first appearances and search for the story underneath. A visual labrynth of textures and attitudes, layered with ancient symbology.
Poetry.

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A Big Ladder, 1930

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Wednesday, 12 December 2012

snow scenes

christmas is coming, sparkles have been resurrected from the depths of narnia, tree is up, temples' tour is done, wine is mulling, fire's burning, layers of thick knits are increasing. snow is falling... or, at least hinting at the prospect. the tease. dipping in and out of our lives, casting a glaze of tremendously stubborn frost over our car's windscreens every morning now and yet, failing to fully deliver the goods.

snow, please fall here again soon...

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Monday, 5 November 2012

Now Playing: Clear The Air



With James starting his tour with Temples in the fine old city of Amsterdam last weekend, it's only right that we give a nod to Netherlands based Neo-Psych artist Jacco Gardner, who has kept our record players a-spinning of late. 

Most excellently put by one listener on his youtube channel, it evokes 'tea cups full of LSD', with heavenly pysch-soaked melodies and a dreamy baroque groove. This is 'Clear The Air'. So, so good. Enjoy!

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ps. one week until Temples single 'shelter song' hits the shelves...!
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Monday, 29 October 2012

A pretty, pretty, pretty good pumpkin!

At the weekend, we were gifted a rather wonderful, monster-sized pumpkin. As neither myself or James had really excelled in pumpkinery before, we spent a while evaluating our ambition versus our skills. We debated cats and bats, haunted houses and temples...and settled upon, Larry David's face.

Pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good!

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Vintage Voodoo

With the horrors of war still lingering, perhaps it was an inherent response to the cataclysmic upheavals of the previous decade; an empathy with violence, chaos and bloodshed, or a much needed distraction. Maybe, they just really got into the spirit of this frightful night...Either way, in the 1920s, Halloween costumes were on a whole other level of creepy.

Buried behind full body costumes and faces masqueraded by haunting, expressionless masks, these costumes are nothing less than terrifying. A far cry from the playful pumpkins and bats that frequent today's Halloween theatrics. Dehumanising their wearer, they almost look a bit cult-ish. These must surely be some of the earliest Halloween photographs too!

If you're stuck for ideas, how about this cute adult cat costume...?

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All images sourced via pinterest

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