Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

Feeling like the coffee is not enough this week.

Looking at Some contemporary Japanese photography as a prelude for attending Hokusai at NGV this weekend. Portraits by Hideaki Hamada and Irwin Wong. Two contrasting approaches to portraiture, one light, the other darker, more moody…

Listening to Monoral

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Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

At some point recently, I passed a milestone of working 35 years and while I have occasionally thought about what retirement could be like I realised that it’s a lot closer now, even if I have to work until I’m 70 to afford it.

This recent New York Times article on Annie Leibovitz caught my attention. I don’t think Annie is planning her retirement anytime soon but why would she?

Listening to some electronica curtesy of Scottish band CHVRCHES (not misspelt!) I always had a soft spot for this genre ever since The Art of Noise released Close to the edit back in 1984. Lauren Mayberry has this delicate child like quality to her voice that isn’t forced and group shows how much a three piece band is capable of.

Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

Been revisiting old posts in this blog from early last year. Back then I was looking forward to graduating, getting time back to catch up with family and kick off a new portraiture project with a lot of energy and enthusiasm.

That didn’t happen. This has been a hard year and it’s not over yet. That simply means I have to work harder and smarter to get back to work on the goal.

Looking at work by Clay Cook and Kerik Kouklis

Listening to Kings of Leon

Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

Events over the last week have reminded me that nothing is impossible, no matter how seemingly unlikely it seems and that any plans to travel to Europe may be more complicated. I only hope the underlying tensions in the United Kingdom start to subside quickly. I deal with enough politics as it is so there will be no more mentioned here…

Time for some fine art photography from Mary Anne Mitchell The work has this old world feeling to it, with a hint of surreal, which seems in keeping with recent events.

Listening to the Moon Loungers doing 80’s covers with some really clever acoustic arrangements and harmonies. I like to retreat into nostalgia… It’s like a nice cup of hot chocolate and an open fire on a winter’s day.

 

Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

My ISP is having difficulties again. Since they own the cables there is no point changing to another provider. I cannot be bothered logging a call since they also insist on making you go through a pointless troubleshooting exercise before making you repeat it with a service desk person working off a script.

Between connection dropouts I was looking at the work of Ines Rehberger on Flickr.

Listening to Perfect Tripod

Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

I did not plan on spending time looking down through the hole in a physiotherapy table… You never do but I prefer it to the pain in my neck these last few days.

They really should put a tv down under the table, if only to distract you from what is happening above..

In between the appointments I was looking at work by Neil Bedford and liking it.

Listening to a new album from Joe Bonamassa “Blues of desperation”.