I’m taking a break from the job hunting today, to finally update my blog with the great and not so great things that have been happening over the last few weeks. Its really unfortunate that I don’t update more often (even as much as I used to!), because I’d forgotten how productive it feels to sit down and type it all out. Especially since I look forward to setting aside the time.
So where to start?
After about 3 months now, my work at Proud in Camden is due to finish next week. Where did the time go? I’m definitely making time post-weekend to reflect on my experiences, what I have learnt during this time and if it has made a significant impact on my thoughts towards my future. Certainly, spending time in a more sedate yet still creative atmosphere has been a healthy change for me, but it has made me question how highly I value being able to produce work and respond to visual tasks.
While getting to grips with the gallery structure, network and everyday routines, I have had the pleasure of being involved with some of the more behind the scenes tasks for special events such as book signings and private views/opening nights for exhibitions. Having spent time compiling guest lists and researching potential clients, the most gratifying event of this volunteering has been to help setup and supervise the unfortunately un-photographed private view of the Marco Sanges ‘Phantasmagoria’ exhibition. Featuring a tableau vivant and suspended dead mice amongst other haunting models and delights, the evening was certainly a privilege to be a part of.
I would also be remiss if I did not mention the Olympics, as I became better acquainted with temporary passenger diversions and hot-spots throughout the duration of both Olympic and Paralympic Games. I was lucky enough to attend 2 events in the Olympic Park and having chosen to bring my DSLR along for the rides, was rewarded with a handsome combined total of 700 images from the occasions. I would hate to think I didn’t do the opportunities justice!
I’m not entirely sure if I’ll miss the overnight bombardment of any and all Underground surfaces with burning magenta signage, but it brightened the place up a bit to say the least! My signage senses were kept suitably entertained while moving around the city, but for a good overview of the material, a quick Google search demonstrates the mixed reception that I think they received (ie. too much in too small a space, most of the time!)
And how could I ignore this gem as part of the immediate build up to Rio 2016?
Since its reveal, I have not been able to hide my adoration of the identity-to-come.
To finish on a good note, I also have rather exciting and unexpected news regarding some work I produced for a brief last month, which most definitely deserves a post of its own. So if you would like to hold your breath and step this way…