A cold, windy day out on the South Bank with my best friend. We were very cultural and went to the National Theatre to see 'The Half' exhibition. We both really liked the photos, which were taken over the years in the half before a performance goes up. There was a real nostalgia to the exhibition and the actors were incredibly well captured.
Wednesday, 19 November 2008
Monday, 17 November 2008
This is an exhibition on at The Oval House Theatre at the moment and it is brilliant! Some of the images were funny, others disturbing and some I didn't understand at all. If I could afford the £250 that some of these photos are selling for I would definitely buy one, but I am a poor, struggling student so I guess I will have to wait until I'm rich. But it was given me a bit of inspiration to go on the London Underground with my own camera and see what I can capture!
The Surreal Line
BY YUSUF OZKIZIL
The Surreal Line is a series of images taken from an ongoing project, documenting moments of chance on the London Underground where static billboards and posters coalesce with the world around them.
I'm interested in how these advertisements, specifically designed for delivering one message, can have that story completely hijacked - often by the mere framing of a window - creating an entirely new context. Commuters, who are somewhat static, withdrawn, and locked in their own private routines, are oblivious to these momentary collisions. I'm fascinated by these chance encounters, and needless to say I gave up reading on the tube after my first trip on the surreal line.
I was very excited about seeing this play. Its directed by Peter Hall, who obviously has a good reputation for his Shakespeare. I saw his Uncle Vanya last year at the same theatre; The Rose in Kinsgton and I loved it. The set, costume, sound, lighting, acting was consistent with eachother and the play made sense to me. I had never read it before and was expecting it to be a little boring but I was pleasently suprised. However, when I went to see Hall's Shakespeare I was not very happy. The acting was wonderful, the play was coming to the end of its run and so the actors were all comfortable with the text and eachother. But the set, costume and lights were not great and not consistent with eachother. The set had large iron gates in the centre which looked lovely but on either side of the stage there were two jacob ladders (thats what Al tells me they are called). I think the jacob ladders are apart of the The
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
Channel 4 Dispatches aired a programme today about the belief in Niger Delta which says that some children are witches. Sudden deaths, poor harvests and other ailments are often blamed on small children, who are then abused, abandoned and even killed by their families and communities. Once a child is stigmatised it is often very difficult for them to be accepted back into their communities. The documentary is focused on the situation in Akwa Ibom where the Child Rights and Rehabilitation Network has the only rescue centre for abandoned children in the area. Gary Foxton is an englishman who with his charity Stepping Stones Nigeria helps to fund the rescue centre. He is a regular visitor to the area even though it is very dangerous westerners to go to. The programme comes to an end with Gary taking the children from the rescue centre to lobby government. He wants Akwa Ibom to enforce a law which is enacted elsewhere in Nigeria which makes the abuse of children illegal.
During the summer I went traveling through Thailand and Malaysia, I had a really wonderful time and met some amazing people who I will hopefully keep in contact with. During my time overseas I felt there was a huge backpacker community and wherever you were you always had the ability to meet people and become friends. Even though the same questions get asked and usually have the same answers you know you can sit on the beach or in a cafe and meet someone who you have something in common with. The long journeys on small mini buses with crazy drivers who seem to not have the ability to use a brake are scary but you always find people to share food, stories and games with.