So today is an exciting day. Mark Mathews’ first official single has been released. If you wonder why it excites me, then you perhaps don’t know that I’ve been keeping busy following Mark around and getting footage together for a short doco I shall be putting together in the upcoming weeks. We have just spent a weekend in Greenwich filming his next music video for his song “The Girl”. A lot of material there and hopefully it will come to life soon. I met Mark when I did an arty video for his song “Dust” (a bit of scrolling down will reveal it). This was one of my favorite projects by far, working with my friend and choreographer Sidoney Carey-Green and communicating ideas with Mark across the globe (literally). It’s been about a year and a half since then and a lot has changed I believe. I watched the video recently and had a bit of a contemplation of how different it is to the look of “London Lives” and of what I expect to see in “The Girl”. I am not sure if it represents his music and style that well but it definetly expresses the way I feel the song that is still my favourite one of his! I know that when it was all completed, I was most chuffed about the fact that the video got 60 000 hits when Mark put it up. To me this is my first work that reached such a scale and will always exhilarate me when i think about it. After this weekend just gone (better to say after surviving it as i had to stay up for over 50 hours but that’s another story for another blog), I feel encouraged to complete the projects I have started in the past couple of months, including the documentary for Mark and a promo/documentary for the current exhibition at Phoenix Brighton. I am also currently producing a short film with Brighton Film School, so it’s a busy time for me and plan is to generate a smoother flow of creativity on my page. Anyway, I’m using the chance to update you on my recent media ventures and to disperse the impression that I’ve had a very long wintersleep or an artistic hibernation as I may have thought myself. I’m waking up now and i’m planning further exhilarating collaborations! For now, enjoy the atmosphere of the making of the video for London Lives. It was SO MUCH FUN!
Photos from the preview night of Delaine Le Bas’s exhibition exploring the culture and history of gypsies in the UK and Europe. Central to the gallery space is a constructed environment that resembles the structures built and inhabited by gypsies across the continent. Delaine’s artwork, embroidery and photography is scattered across the different gallery rooms and creates an immersive experience for the visitor. For more information and to follow up the upcoming discussions and interactive events, visit Phoenix Brighton website:
A shoot with Lady Luck and the Late Night Players. Casino style - cocktails, tricks and funk.
With thanks to Revolution Brighton for hosting us.
Next show on May 2nd. Details at: https://www.facebook.com/latenightplayers
Candlelit gig from OnaMata at J.W.Lennon’s on Feb 22nd 2014.
Beautiful sounds in a blend of instruments and genres that takes the listener to a better place.
A very enjoyable performance, the lack of light created some really grainy images, but I believe that they are well saturated with emotions.
Check out their Facebook for upcoming gigs: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Onamata/175533499213602
Stills from the opening of 20 Painters Exhibition at Phoenix Brighton.
A show celebrating contemporary art gets together fine artists from the South East. Curated by June Frickleton and Patrick O’Donnell.
For more information, visit the event page: http://www.phoenixbrighton.org/exhibitions/20-painters/
The exhibition is open till the end of March 2014.
And again, Lady Luck and Late Night Players at the Prince Albert, Brighton. January 30th.
Funky acoustics in monochrome. The very exciting news of last week are Lacy Luck and Late Night Players, an upcoming band based in Brighton and Hove that started off from BIMM students. To me each player has a very different attitude and vibe for music but when they come together the symphony they create is very vibrant, funky and jazzy at the same time. As a member of the band says, they just get together and rock out some tunes. A very lucky compillation, I would say.
Saturday Sun’s gig at the Prince Albert, Brighton.
The first time I’ve heard them play and I simply fell in love. Very nice and gentle acoustics with delicate but overwhelming vocals that haunt even after the song is over. As described on their website bio, Saturday Sun’s music is at once “delicate and demanding” (Dayrotter), It does indeed “washes over you like the tide slowly creeping in or like the sun on your back”.
As a succession to my winter walks, I went on an adventure with my fellow photographer Natalie Kate Lloyd in the woods of Stanmer Park, Brighton. Not typically drawn to nature photography I was experimenting with exposure times, exploring the play of light.
Due to the course of events, the Liverpool event didn’t happen and I left the “Picasso Project” unfinished. A few months later, I came across the hundreds of prints I had lying around my house, waitng to be rejoined at some undefined moment in time, and I decided to make up for my model’s time and efforts and to bring a vague idea to life. Taking some time off work over the Christmas period, I am determined to “unfold” this project.