NIB The Herne Hill Piano

The piano in Herne hill has inspired and become part of a documentary about street pianos, made by film and documentary makers Maureen Ni Fiann and Tom Rochester. The film took three years to make and has screened in South Korea and Los Angeles. The first London screening will happen on the 9th of December in Holborn.

Cavaliero Finn Exhibition – NIB

On December 9th and 10th Cavaliero Finn, the contemporary art and design gallery will be hosting a whole range of contemporary artists and their work, including names such as Caroline Popham and Gill Rocca, a recent feature in observer magazine. The exhibition will feature up and coming artists along with Cavaliero Finn exclusive and regular artists. Such as Tony Beaver, Jessica Thorn, Sandra James and Daniel Reynolds.

The artwork on display will be different than in previous exhibitions showing not just paintings but a whole collection of paintings, ceramics, sculptures and textiles. The exhibition will consist of all one of a kind designs by a collection of the UKs top artists.

Caroline Popham is a London based graphic designer, according to her website a portion of her work is based on human habits and routines, and during her career as a graphic designer she has worked with a range of high profile clients such as Louis Vuitton, due to her highly sought-after work.

Gill again is a London based artist specialising in landscape oil paintings, having studied fine art at Leeds university. On her website, she describes her work as aiming to create “a dreamlike tension between reality, memory and the imagination”.

The gallery will be open to the public, and artwork can be purchased in store or online.

 

 

 

Restaurant Wahaca – Review

Wahaca, a Mexican street food restaurant founded by Master Chef winner Thomasina Miers. Being located on the South bank directly facing the river Wahaca offers beautiful river side views while you dine on authentic Mexican street food, accompanied with music, out door seating and probably the best guacamole you will ever taste.

Being made up of huge metal shipping containers the unusual exterior of the restaurant unlike any place I have encountered before is possibly the reason for drawing in so many customers, with waits of up to an hour for a seat, completely worth it however as the food and cocktails match up to the restaurants reputation, offering all traditional Mexican street food such as enchiladas, burritos and a creamy guacamole made with fresh avocado, salt limes onions and a mix of herbs.

Inside the multi-coloured storage exterior lies an abundance of fairy lights, posters and buntings all following the Mexican theme, with friendly and fast service from experienced waiters, a drinks list ranging from tequila shots, to cocktail pitchers, to wines, beers and spirits, practically any alcohol that takes your fancy.

All courses and drinks are reasonably priced, a starter, main course with extras, and a drink can cost under £20 and guarantee to have you completely stuffed by the time you leave.

 

Social media and the Photo Journalist

Russell Boyce is a photojournalist, having worked with a company called Reuters, an online website that provides photo packages of global events to be used in all areas of news be that print, online or broadcast, for over 20 years. Russell has worked in London as an international news photographer, a job that consists of travelling the world to take pictures of global events, and Asia as chief photographer. He describes this particular experience as “shaping the news coverage of a turbulent region”.

In London Russell Boyce was responsible for instructing and coordinating a rage of photographers based all over the world to produce the picture packages that the website Reuters that he works for offers. Both him and the company say that they aim to make these picture packages “tell an in-depth story behind breaking news”.

Despite companies and professional photographers working together to produce high quality packages, with breaking news requiring images quickly for release the up rise of smart phones and social media can essentially render photo journalists redundant at times. With members of the public able to take and send a photograph of an event directly and instantly to broadcast and online news companies, the speed of this can sometimes outweigh the need for quality that a company such as Reuters can provide.

Photo journalists however are essential for covering events in areas such as the Middle East and Africa where the use of social media and smart phones is practically none existent, being able to provide otherwise unseen images of events.

When speaking at London South Bank University Russell spoke of the ability to tell a story through a photograph, an element that news companies are willing to sacrifice the element of time for in order to uphold a story using a photograph, something that images from the public can usually not provide.