From the V&A museum's Figures & Fictions Exhibition
It’s a boom time for photography in London at the moment, with significant exhibitions currently running at the V&A, Museum of London and the Deutsche Börse photography prize exhibition at the Ambika Gallery. I can’t remember a time when this has happened before.
The V&A’s exhibition is particularly good, with a wide variety of subject matter from a selection of contemporary South African photographers working across Africa. Pieter Hugo’s menacing shot of a Nigerian man with his captive hyena is there, as are a selection Nontsikelelo Veleko’s fresh street fashion portraits.
In addition to these well-known photographers there were lots of new faces documenting unusual aspects of life, which to me is important in a photography exhibition. Sabelo Mlangeni’s shots of cross-dressing men in rural South Africa show a side of South Africa I was completely unaware of. And Terry Kurgan turns his lens on the portrait photographers based in a Johannesburg park. A selection of their handiwork displayed alongside shows the pride people take in being photographed, something being lost here in the UK with the ubiquity of camera-phones.
On Friday 18 March, a determined gang of huggers armed with ‘free hugs’ signs and smiles arrived on Carnaby Street.
Their mission: to give out as many free hugs as possible to passers by. Many people were cynical at first, wondering what the catch was, but those who went for a hug all left smiling. Given all the disasters, wars, and cuts going on at the moment, it was great to be involved in a small event designed simply to cheer people up. And even though I was supposed to be on photography duty, I was even ambush-hugged by a passer-by!
Check out more photos here: www.sharpsharp.co.uk/photography/album/72157626296497538/geurrilla-hugs-on-carnaby-street.html
Find out more about Geurrilla Hugs here: www.guerrillahugs.com
Lake of Stars article
Lake of Stars’ press coverage continues to build with a spread in the Metro newspaper.
Both the printed and online editions featured my photography. They used a shot of the Noisettes’ heart-warming acoustic set with the Jacaranda school choir, plus a photo of this sharp-looking Malawian festival-goer. This is probably my favourite photo from this year’s Lak of Stars – the colours, the lights and the big smile really sum up the festival.
You can check out the original shots below.
Festival-goer at Lake of Stars
Noisettes acoustic set with the Jacaranda School choir
Café Oto in Dalston was a suitably off-kilter location for the launch party for Inch-Time’s The Floating World album. Icarus and AM/PM also played live to a crowded (but rather dark) room. View the rest of the photos.
Congratulations to Stefan for putting this atmospheric album together, get your copy at mysteryplaysrecords.com. While you’re there, don’t forget to order your limited edition Mystery Plays Records screen print by the talented Stefanie Posavec (and I’m not just saying that because I’m married to her).
Thanks to Q Magazine and Dumfries and Galloway Life for featuring my photos in their coverage of Malawi’s Lake of Stars festival.
Q used a shot of Mistajam which I took as dawn appeared from the far side of Lake Malawi. I had to stay up until 5.30am at the Beach Bar to get the shot, life is so tough sometimes.
My photos also accompanied an article in D&G Life by Sid Ambrose, organiser of the Wickerman Festival, all part of a raft of press coverage that Lake of Stars generates each year.
See my full collection of photos from Lake of Stars here: www.flickr.com/photos/sharp-sharp/collections/72157625238586924/
The designs for this year’s Christmas cards in aid of Ganet’s Adventure School, Malawi are inspired by the hand painted signs and advertising which can be found across Malawi and much of Africa. I worked with two Malawian sign painters and artists, Peter Madede and ‘George’ Weya to create them during a recent trip to the school in Malawi. The quotes are sourced from the much-loved Christmas Carol ‘We Three Kings’ by Reverend John Henry Hopkins, Jr. and the well-known Christmas poem ‘A Visit from St. Nicholas’ by Clement Clark Moore.
The cards are available to purchase online now, £4 from each pack goes direct to the school, in Malawi: www.ganetsadventureschool.org/?p=408
Here are some of the signs which inspired the designs: www.flickr.com/photos/sharp-sharp/sets/72157625429958250/
Christmas card printing and finishing donated by Preview
Paper donated by Mason’s Paper
The Lake of Stars festival in Malawi is a unique festival, with huge acts from the UK and Africa teaming up on stage and also getting involved in local development projects. Add in the stunning location on the shore of Lake Malawi plus a crowd of party people from every continent and it all makes for an amazing experience and an amazing place to take photos.
Acts included: Noisettes, Afrikan Boy, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Oliver Mtukudzi, Peter Mawanga, Mistajam (BBC Radio 1Xtra) and Eddie Temple Morris (XFM).
You can view more photos from day one here: www.sharpsharp.co.uk/photography/
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All photos © Steve McInerny 2010
This marine themed image continues the combination of smooth and sharp, this time combining a rounded pebble with a spiky sea anenome. Video was produced using Processing, click on the screengrab below to view it in YouTube.
And here’s a clip from the night, with music:
Tactile poster May 2010
Staying with the sharp/soft theme this month, the watermelon colour ties in with the mono watermelon photo. I’m hoping to put my new Processing skills to use with this month’s animated visuals on the night, Processing looks like a really useful tool for this kind of work.
Raise the Roof poster
Raise the Roof flyer front
Raise the Roof flyer reverse
I created these designs for promoter Tim Merricks, who is organising this gig in aid of Ganet’s Adventure School, Malawi. The lo-fi blues and surf sounds of the bands fit the handpainted style, which was also inspired by the signs and adverts found painted on walls everywhere you go in Malawi. Both backgrounds are composite images made from my own photography of Malawi; I also created the handpainted lettering myself (zero budgets force you to be resourceful!)
More about the gig can be found here.