#ElexuLiveLounge’s photo reportage by Samantha Edgley

Monday, December 16th, 2013|Guest posts, Uncategorized|by ElexuCommunity|No Comments

Samantha Edgley, author of several posts for the Elexu’s blog, visited us two weeks ago to capture with her camera the best moments of the Live Lounge with Nate Maingard and Roaman.

Have a look to her pics…aren’t they fabulous?! 

 

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Photos by @Samantha Edgley

Behind the Scenes of the Elexu Live Lounge with our very own Nate Maingard!

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013|Elexu Live Events, Elexu Live Lounge, Uncategorized|by ElexuCommunity|No Comments

Where to begin…

This weeks the #ElexuLiveLounge was an experience words cannot describe! In the sense that it was soo relaxing, that everyone made themselves feel at home, aside the tech team in the background, who were slowly losing their marbles.

The atmosphere had a positive vibe and the afternoon felt soulful and pleasantly refreshing!

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This week our usual host was the guest of the show, Nate Maingard, with Roaman taking over Nate’s place.

These two couldn’t have been paired with anyone better! Both musicians were talking before the Live Lounge and after the Live Lounge, constant chatter! Which in fact made the event more entertaining.

The Live Lounge finished, and we still got them on camera expressing their love for one another’s style or shoes, or life or music. But I have to admit, that’s the beauty of someone’s personality, their openness and love makes you love them for who they are!

Just like Nate said “I’m a hopeful romantic, being romantic is a real possibility, as life is more enjoyable that way!

 

 
Nate’s concept of how he lives life, is inspirational and to some of us out there, relatable. Sometimes it’s nice hear & see someone who is reaching out to those who aren’t able to express themselves. His whole aura oozes of endearment and nourishing others with his vast knowledge of enhancing one’s life.

I’ve always been a big believer in living my life by taking an ethical & honest approach. And some people in my life haven’t been so understanding or supportive of my choices, but after listening to Nate talk with Roaman, I’m starting to believe that ‘If this is how I want to live, then so be it! No-one else’s opinion should matter if I want to make sure I don’t leave a misguided footprint in this life’ Enough about me, back to Nate!

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Everyone at Elexu hopes that Nate Maingard does get to travel the world and sail all the seven seas! Because his talent isn’t just with his voice or guitar, it’s everything else about him that makes him fascinating and beautiful. We hope your new EP ‘In the Shadows’ (which you all should check out!) is a great success.

I luckily received his EP as  a farewell gift and the tracks on there are amazing! It immediately touches your heart and puts you in a musical trance. No doubt Nate and Roaman will be legendary!

So this weeks Live Lounge was certainly an event I will always remember! Surrounded by artists who shine at what they pour their heart into and loving people. Keep checking out Elexu Live Lounge for upcoming talented musicians!

 

Till the 17th of December at 4.30pm, it’s time to bid adieu to you all!

 

Author:Ayshah Mubeen Butt

Music & Photography, Part 2 – By Samantha Edgley

Friday, November 29th, 2013|Uncategorized|by ElexuCommunity|1 Comment

After the first segment we published last week, here’s the second part of the post written by our guest blogger  Samantha Edgley about Music & Photography, two passions she regularly combines in her personal blog Beside The See Side. 

Enjoy it!


 

Rachel Elliott

8.Rachel

On Sunday 19th May, I photographed Rachel Elliott at Highgate Woods. Rachel is a multi-instrumentalist. She studied classical music at Reading University, but is currently branching out and finding her own style as a singer/songwriter.

 

Kate Steel

9.Kate

There was tree climbing, prom dresses, and oodles of colourful flowers and balloons when I photographed actress and music theatre performer Kate Steel at Hampstead Heath. A fun shoot!

 

Damsels Most Daring

10.Damsels

I got some live photographs when the Damsels Most Daring performed their full Edinburgh Fringe show at the West London Synagogue at Marble Arch on 27th June. The Damsel’s use of music, props, accents and ingenuity make this hour long show zoom by. Their show is lively, original & really entertaining.

 

Simon Lawrence

11.Simon

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I first met Simon when we both performed as singer/songwriters at the Kings Head in Islington. Since then we have collaborated as songwriters and also performed live together. Simon Lawrence is a talented jazz singer and multi-instrumentalist.

 

The Mitch Daniel’s Band Live at the Islington O2 Academy2

12.MD

On Friday 18th October, the Mitch Daniels Band played an amazing headline show at the Islington O2 Academy2, and they raised a lot of money for charity in the process.  I took some live photographs from this fantastic gig and also got some exclusive pics from the soundcheck. I was delighted to see my photograph of Mitch and Tom busking on the Southbank used as a poster for the show too. Fantastic evening.

Many thanks for looking at these pics, and also to the hugely talented artists/bands who have posed for my photos through 2013.

 

Author: Samantha Edgley

 

Screenwriting 3: “Dialogue” by J. West

Monday, November 25th, 2013|Guest posts, Uncategorized|by ElexuCommunity|No Comments

AfliePickle

 

FADE IN:

INT. LOUNGE – DAY

JAC (40s) wannabee screenwriter -- talks to herself. Nothing
new there then. Although there's no sound...
ALFIE (5) moggie cat, the local, writing consultant peers at
her suspiciously.
                    ALFIE
          Is it meds time?

Jac, as usual, ignores him.
                    JAC
          Dialogue...dialogue.
                    ALFIE
          Ooo I've got it! Don't tell me,
          this blog post is about dialogue.

Jac physically holds the sarcasm back --

                    JAC
          Why, Alfie. You're such a clever 
          kitty. Who knew?

Alfie throws Jac a sneaky look.

                    ALFIE
          I knew.
                    JAC
          Go on then, smarty, fluff-pants,
          how do you write decent dialogue?

Alfie closes his eyes, he takes his time to contemplate. He
snores.
Jac nudges him.

                    ALFIE
          Don0t be mean. I'm thinking.
                    JAC
          Yes. Exactly that -- be mean.

Alfie blinks his eyes open, confused.

                    ALFIE
          Eh. Mow?
                    JAC
          Remember to read through, and
          always edit. I find reading pages
          in the wrong order helps. And be:
          economical, natural, expressional.
                    ALFIE
               (mumbles)    
          Made up word.
                    JAC
          You get me.
                    ALFIE
          Yes, sadly, i do. Are we talking
          like young people now? Like.
                    JAC
          No. Wait. Are we? No, don't
          over-write accents. Leave that to
          the actors and director to sort
          out. You can hint at one now and
          again, to keep the character real,
          but, don't overdo it.

Alfie nods.

                    ALFIE
          I bet there's a whole list of what
          not to dos.
                    JAC
          A few. Avoid: stiff, forced, fake,
          dialogue. And try not to express
          every emotion or fact too.
                    ALFIE
          So avoid how people really talk, in
          real life, for really real?
                    JAC
          Yep, pretty much. Plus on top of
          that, try and give each character
          their own voice, to reflect their
          individual personality. So
          naturally, if that character is
          meant to be funny, their speech
          should reflect that. The challenge
          comes when you have to balance
          dialogue and the action lines to
          show a complex character. And
          unless vital to the plot, don't 
          allow one person to dominate too
          much, letting them go on, and on,
          and --
                    ALFIE
          Soliloquy alert!

Jac jumps.
                    JAC
          Ahem. Yes. That.
                    ALFIE
          Ooo eck. Does this writing malarky,
          ever get easy?
                    JAC
          Nope.
                    ALFIE
          Dammit.

Alfie stretches on the back of the sofa and sighs.

                    ALFIE
          Not sure this writing life is for
          me, ya know. I might just stick to
          professional sleeper.
                    JAC
          A tip for your writing thoughts --
          read your dialogue, out loud. It
          really helps to pick up something
          that doesn't sound right, or hear a 
          word that's out of place.
                    ALFIE
          Ah, of course, makes sense.

Jac sits up, smug.

                    JAC
           Why, does it explain all those
           weird conversations I have with you?
                    ALFIE
           No.
                    JAC
           Oh. Thanks a lot.
                    ALFIE
           Welcome.

Alfie shouts his eyes with a purr.
Jac deflated and stares forlornly at her laptop.

                                                                                       FADE OUT.

Author: J. West 

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Net The Bed – The Mitch Daniels Band live

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013|Event, Guest posts, Uncategorized|by ElexuCommunity|No Comments

After 12+ months planning this charity gig, finally the Mitch Daniels Band reached the long awaited day:Net The Bed!

Here’s a post written by Mitch for us about their performance at the O2 Academy2 Islington, and a follow up about the results the band reached through this charity gig.


 

A one night only show performed by The Mitch Daniels Band on Friday 18th October 2013 at the O2 Academy2 Islington

 

We had been planning Net The Bed all year and it was a major project for us, so when the day finally came around there was a mixture of emotions amongst the band from excited to stressed and plain exhaustion!

Once the stage was set however, the doors opened, the room started to fill up and all those feelings then turned into nervous excitement and energy. The room was buzzing when we came on stage, it felt incredible and we were absolutely blown away by the turnout and the response we got.

In total we raised £900.00, enough for 180 mosquito nets, all of which went directly to the charity Malaria No More UK which specialises in Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLIN’s) which have insecticide impregnated into the fabric of the net so it does not wash out. They work to save lives by investing in prevention, diagnosis and treatment and so far it has distributed over 5 million nets and is part a global effort that has seen a significant drop in deaths from malaria by 26% since 2000.

We now hope to build on what we have achieved and perhaps make #NetTheBed an annual event.

Once again, we cannot thank everyone enough for the support. To those who came, and to all those who contributed but couldn’t make it, thank you. It was a really great night!

Author: Mitch Daniel

Screenwriting 2: “Characters” by J. West

Thursday, November 7th, 2013|Guest posts, Uncategorized|by ElexuCommunity|No Comments

 

FADE IN:

INT. LOUNGE – DAY

JAC (40s) wannabee screenwriter -- scratches her head, and
slurps coffee. She takes a moment before bashing on the
laptop keyboard.

                    JAC
          Characters... characters.

ALFIE (5) cat, local, writing consultant -- is curled up, on
the back of the sofa. He tries miserably, not to nod off.
                    JAC
          Are you even awake?
                    ALFIE
          Yep. I’m with you. Mow.
                    JAC
          So once you have the bare bones of
          your story, it’s time to flesh it
          all out.
                    ALFIE
          My intelligent side says eww. My
          feline side says yummm...

Jac ignores the silly kitty.

                    JAC
          So, fuzzy, smarty pants, how do you
          write characters?
                    ALFIE
          Base them on smart cats you know?
          That’s me of course, not you.
                    JAC
          Ha. You could do. I hate to admit,
          some reality T.V. shows have a
          great range of entertaining peeps.
                    ALFIE
          Let’s not get silly here.

The two exchange a look.

                    JAC
          For me, it’s a combination of their
          words in their dialogue. And what        
          they do, in the action lines. One
          has to back the other up. The
          combination can create a real,
          three dimensional person.
                    ALFIE
          So it’s not great to have them say
          they’re sad, then go dancing, all
          merry like.
                    JAC
          Not really. Plus, you actually want
          to avoid people saying outright,
          exactly how they feel.
                    ALFIE
          Wait? What, you wouldn’t?

Jac shakes her head, and points to her nose.

                    ALFIE
          Doesn’t make much sense to me, and
          makes writing peeps doubly hard.
                    JAC
          Yep. But we’ll tackle dialogue next
          time. With characters you do need
          to concentrate on showing quirks,
          flaws and all.
                    ALFIE
          Claws and all.
                    JAC
          Geeze, you’re in a daft mood today.
                    ALFIE
          I would work better, if you fed me,

         perhaps.

                    JAC
          Too early, but nice try.
                    ALFIE
          Meh. So reality sucks. Ergo.
          Question!

Alfie shoots a leg up. Duly cleans said leg.

                    ALFIE
          Do all characters have to be real

         like?

        JAC
          Depends. For comedy for instance,
          or even horror at times, you can
          get away with less developed
          people. But I think, for any story,
          especially like a drama, it helps
          to have your characters grounded on
          convincing personality traits.
                    ALFIE
          Hmm. Interesting... so they can be
          as simple or complex as you want.
          Use yourself, and what would you do
          in that situation. Like method
          acting, darling...
                    JAC
          Whatever suits the story needs.
                    ALFIE
          Well I can tell you now, this furry
          character needs feeding.
                    JAC
          You, my kitty friend, have a one

         track mind.

                    ALFIE
          No. I also think a lot about
          sleeping.

Alfie yawns.

                    ALFIE
          And as exciting as this chat is, I
          might just close my eyes for a
          while. But please believe me, when
          I tell you that I’m listening, that
          I’m not.

         JAC

    Thanks.

                    ALFIE
          You may pay me in tuna.

Jac snaps the laptop shut in a huff.

                                       FADE OUT.

 

Author: J. West

 

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Rock Band Vs Vampires: a feature film written and directed by Malcolm Galloway

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013|Event, Film Community, Interviews, Uncategorized|by ElexuCommunity|No Comments

Comedy Horror Movie

A great passion for music, past experience as music journalist, and an innate multitasking personality. This explosive mix led to Malcolm Galloway’s comedy horror feature film Rock Band Vs Vampires.

Malcolm, songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist, is the driving force behind rock band Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate. He has previously made  a few short films and performed in the London 2012 48 Hour Music Video competition runner’s up prize winning While I Still Can. Rock Band Vs Vampire is his first feature movie in which he is the scriptwriter, director, and one of the producers and actors at the same time!

A few weeks ago I had the chance to meet with Malcolm at the Belsize Park Station in Camden to talk about his new project.

 

A. “Hi Malcolm! Tell us about this movie. What’s the storyline of the movie?”

M. “It’s the story of Jeremiah Winterford, an old-school vampire whose mansion has been burned down and most of his clan killed by a rival. After these tragedies he is persuaded to move to Camden, the heart of the music scene in London, to rebuild his entourage. A local unsuccessful rock band, Sorcerer’s Tower is invited to play at the re-opening night of Angelfish, a Camden music venue now under new management…”

A. “Where the idea come from, and where did you get your inspiration?”

M. ”I don’t remember exactly why I picked vampires. In June 2013 I suggested the idea of a comedy-horror story about an unsuccessful rock band caught up in the middle of a vampire feud to some of my colleagues, and the reaction was so encouraging that a couple of weeks later I had a first draft to share. A lot of the story is quite autobiographical. Except the bits with vampires. Edgar Wright’s films are also an inspiration.”

A. “How things are going and what will be next steps?”

M. We’ve just starting filming, and so far it’s going extremely well. We’ve got two scenes filmed on schedule so far, and three more scenes coming up this weekend. We plan to finish principal photography by the end of this year, and it should be out in time for Halloween 2014.

I really would love to have the possibilities to give back to each member of the crew a physical DVD with the movie. You know, digital version is fine; but having it physical, it’s another thing!”

A. “Are there any celebrities among the actors?”

M. There are a lot of people who worked or are working in the movie field, and we were delighted that Gyles Brandreth, writer, broadcaster, and former member of parliament, joined us for a cameo scene! We’ve also got the former model and scream queen Dani Thompson in a major role. We’ve some other surprises to announce soon.”

A. “How are you managing the costs to record and produce the movie?”

M.Rock band Vs Vampires is an extra low-budget comedy-horror feature film produced with the help of over 200 volunteers. it has been inspiring that so many people want to get involved to try to help make the project happen. I’m incredibly grateful to my colleagues, who bring with them such a range of skills, experience and talent. I’m also extremely grateful to the businesses that have supported us by providing their locations for filming (including the Zigfrid Von Underbelly in Hoxton, the Underworld in Camden, The Fiddler’s Elbow in Camden, and Curry Manjill in Belsize Park as well as friends offering their homes.) and the Goltic Shop for their support with costumes.

We’re also putting on a fundraiser for the film at the Fiddler’s Elbow in Camden on Halloween, where there will be featuring performances by Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate (the film will feature music our debut album Invisible) and others involved in the film. We’re also very grateful to those who’ve supported our Indiegogo Campaign.

 

Thanks to Malcolm Galloway for the nice chat while walking on the amazing Hampstead Park!

Don’t miss the fundraising gig for Halloween in Camden Town…it’s gonna be terribly fantastic!!!

 

Author: @AlicePodenzana

 

 

In conversation with Larry H. – Part II

Thursday, July 4th, 2013|Advice, Interviews, Uncategorized|by ElexuCommunity|No Comments

In continuance to conversation with Larry H. – Part I

Born in England in 1977, Larry Hallegua is an award-winning street photographer based in London. Larry strives at capturing candid moments of everyday life, trying to incorporate elements of art, fun and surrealism in his photos. His subject(s)’ are generally unaware of him capturing their emotions, Larry states, ‘’If emotion is on the street it must be poured onto the page of the photo, for all to learn and benefit from.’’

MB: Elexu Senior Associate, Meng Bean
LH: Photographer, Larry Hallegua

A good street photo

MB: Have you ever asked yourself the question – ‘’Am I shooting to please just me or to please my audience?’’

LH: I always shoot for me in the first instance. When I edit I try to think whether it’s a good shot, by how difficult it was to take, what it’s trying to show, as well as how interesting it is for the viewer. A great photo in my opinion, is one that you can look at and enjoy for more than a minute or two, that makes you want to come back to it for repeat viewings.

So many factors make a photo aesthetically pleasing and interesting to view – the composition, colours, subjects, etc… I think street photos are unique in that they are not necessarily reportage or documentary, although I think there is sometimes a crossover, they can purely be showing a quirky or fun scene. I do enjoy reportage and documentary shots too but I’m usually drawn to quirky or funny situations.

shooting to please

Funny, quirky and surreal

MB: Except for fun and quirky I notice that you define your work also as surreal, so what is surrealism to you?

LH: I guess in its widest definition it’s when something ordinary becomes extraordinary and reality is being played with through the exploitation of chance effects or unexpected juxtapositions. A good example would be “Light Being” which was hanging in Urban Picnic’s gallery in the UK, during May this year, I was one of 30 finalists in Urban Picnic’s International Street Photography Competition.

Light

Artist or anthropologist?

MB: You said that “if emotion is on the street it must be poured onto the page of the photo, for all to learn and benefit from.” Do you think of yourself more like an artist or an anthropologist?

LH: Maybe both at times. But I don’t study my subjects, the art comes first definitely.

artist or anthropologist

Photographer’s perspective

LH: I often think my photos say more about me than my subjects. People see your perspective on things, the world through your eyes. It is open for all to see, you cannot hide it.

MB: Do you feel insecure about it?

LH: No, not insecure. I am lucky as I enjoy the method, the hunt as it were, as well as the obvious satisfaction of having taken something that people find interesting and engaging to look at.

photographer's perspective

All rights reserved

MB: I notice that you don’t normally put watermark on your photos, do you mind if somebody uses your work for other purposes without giving you the credit? Have you ever struggled with protecting your own intellectual property?

LH: I don’t like watermarks. When I started doing this, particularly on Flickr I was using an attribution licence. My images were used for various things but they always credited me. With the Internet and website like Flickr, it is even harder to protect my work. I guess I am too busy shooting to care, but I should be getting serious about that.

all rights reserved

Advice(s) to young people if they want to be a street photographer

1. Get a camera
2. Look at some good examples of street to get you going (Henri Cartier Bresson, Martin Parr, Garry Winogrand, Bruce Gilden, Lee Friedlander, Vivian Maier, Alex Webb, Jun Abe, etc… as well as lots of amazing street photographers on flickr)
3. Do not wait to be inspired, go out there and start shooting
4. Shoot, shoot and then shoot some more
5. Be confident and don’t be afraid. I shoot normally within a few metres of my subject or even closer. The more you do it, the more it will start to become very natural.

so many factors

Additional information about Larry Hallegua

Prize:
2012, Runner-up of Practical Photography & Digital Photo Magazines’ 2012 Photographer of the Year, Round 6 - photo
2013, 2nd prize in Chicago Photographic Society’s Annual Street Photography Competition - here
2013, Finalist in Urban Picnic’s 2013 International Street Photography Competition - here

Featured:
2012, Eschon Street Photography website - The role of SPNC in street photography
2012, Professional Photographer, Photo of the Day 19/12/12
2012, Alex Coghe’s blog – “gallery of the month” for Dec 2012 - “Noodles”
2013, Alex Coghe’s blog – “gallery of the month” for Jan 2013 - “Profile of a Woman”
2013, Urban Picnic’s Street Photography website, Featured Photo of the Day (Best of Feb) - here
2013, Urban Picnic’s Street Photography website, Featured Photo of the Day (Best of Feb) - here

Exhibition:
2013, March, Chicago Photographic Society’s Annual Street Photography Competition in the gallery section of Calumet Photographic in Goose Island, Chicago - photo
2013, April 12th – May 2nd, Urban Picnic’s Street Photography Exhibition, showcasing the 30 finalists from their International Street Photography Competition - exhibition details
2013, May, “Useless Useless” Exhibition in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photos selected from over 17,000 international contributions, organised by You Are Not A Dinosaur - photo

Published:
2012, 2012 Photographer of the Year, Digital Photo & Practical Photography Magazines, Nov Issue

In conversation with Larry H. – Part I

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013|Advice, Interviews, Uncategorized|by ElexuCommunity|No Comments

Larry Hallegua

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Born in England in 1977, Larry Hallegua is an award-winning street photographer based in London. Larry strives at capturing candid moments of everyday life, trying to incorporate elements of art, fun and surrealism in his photos. His subject(s)’ are generally unaware of him capturing their emotions, Larry states, ‘’If emotion is on the street it must be poured onto the page of the photo, for all to learn and benefit from.’’

Larry Hallegua’s pictures have been exhibited across the UK and US. You could also check out Larry’s collection:

Webpage: http://larryhallegua.wix.com/photography

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hipnshoot/

500px: http://500px.com/LarryHallegua

Intro

Currently teaching English in Tokyo, Larry spends the rest of his time capturing the city through his Fuji X100 (current camera of choice) or Leica M2.

Before we started the interview online, he just got back from his shooting in Harajuku – a fashionable district in Tokyo. So, our conversation started from there.

MB: Elexu Senior Associate, Meng Bean
LH: Photographer, Larry Hallegua

Confrontation with the subject

MB: Is there any difference between shooting British People and Japanese? I heard that Japanese can be shy and less open to strangers.

LH: Well, the reaction is generally better, and less confrontational. British people are becoming more and more defensive over having their photo taken in public, I think this is due to a number of reasons but is definitely affected by the popularity of social networking sites like facebook and how quickly and widespread information can be shared nowadays. Japanese people can appear much more forgiving or less wanting to engage in a confrontation, which makes my job easier. I have also experienced a much more positive attitude towards street photographers from the Japanese compared to the British public.

If they notice, I usually make some kind gesture of thank you or point out what it was that I found beautiful and shot. Today, when I was shooting in Harajuku I used ‘kirei’ (beautiful in Japanese) quite a bit after photographing people, mainly to avoid any uncomfortable moments. No one here has asked me to delete anything, in fact some encouraged me to take more once they realised what I was up to.

Brit and Japanese

Capturing the moment

MB: Do you carry a camera everyday or go out and shoot for a particular topic or area as you did in Harajuku today?

LH: I try to carry my camera all the time, very rarely do I leave home without it. I even take it to the University here when I am teaching.

Do you carry camera

MB: Has there been a time that you took out your camera too late and missed a moment that you regretted?

LH: Oh yes, that happens. I try not to regret things as there are always more moments. I will go insane if I am hard on myself all the time for missing shots. But sometimes I hit the air with my fist in irritation that I missed something.

I think the key is to keep your eyes open. Since starting this over a year ago, I have definitely developed my eye even more and now I am much instinctive and also getting better at editing down the good shots from the bad. Sometimes it’s hard not to fall in love with some photos, even the bad ones.

MB: So you care more about the moment than the person’s life story? Unlike Humans of New York, I feel they are trying to peek into normal people’s life from that one fragment of time.

LH: I do sometimes focus for a few minutes on a subject that I find very interesting but I am not trying to carry out a social study. If that comes out of some of my photos then great, but it is not my initial intention. When I shoot it is usually very impulsive and I like to shoot candid, not posed.

unlike humans of new york

To be continued…

Visit to ‘The Other Art Fair’

Thursday, May 16th, 2013|Elexu Team Posts, Event, Uncategorized|by ElexuCommunity|1 Comment

Over the weekend of the 25th-28th of April 2013, The Other Art Fair took place at London. The Other Art Fair serves as a platform for undiscovered artists to independently showcase their work to gallerists, curators, critics and collectors. The four days provided artists not just to sell their work, but also to evaluate the reaction of the public to their pieces and build contacts for future collaborations.

The Other Art Fair not only helps artists during the four day fair but throughout the year. They support artists through free seminars and workshops, provide opportunity to sell online and connect individuals with companies and associations. Through the connection with The Other Art Fair, artists have been able to gain work with galleries in London, Paris, New York and Berlin.

One of the greatest advantages of visiting The Other Art Fair was the interaction with various artists. One gets to discuss the art pieces with the artists like finding the meaning behind them or understanding the different techniques used in the creation processes.

When visiting The Other Art Fair, I found a number of talented artists showing all different forms of art that were on display, making it an interesting environment. All of the artists were more than happy to talk about their pieces and what their inspirations were. I enjoyed the personal conversation about the artists and their background. Their conversations gave me a greater appreciation for their work. Also, I thought it was nice that they had an area where children were able to go and create different crafts.

theartfair

The top 5 artists that I found are:

1) Rachel Ann Stevenson who had amazing statues that were a combination of realistic yet abstract characteristics. The pieces had a sense of darkness yet were beautiful at the same time, which is what really drew my interest. My favorite piece of work that was displayed was a man who was wearing a top hat with bunny ears. To me the piece had a very elegant appearance and reminded me of a ballet dancer.

2) Cat Soubbotnik with amazing photographs. They were many normal objects that she was able to add a distinct and interesting twist  to.

3) Nigel Moores with beautiful paintings. His work was very deep and made me look at all aspects of the painting. His work was more abstract than some of the other artists, which made him unique and hence his art stood out from others.

4) Urbantag with beautiful and artistic photographs. His pictures were very moving and made you think deeper into what was actually being photographed. I liked his use of different flags shown in the photographs.

5) The Family Business had very talented artists doing live tattooing. This was interesting because the artist must be able to create an image that someone else is imagining. The work shown at this station was all very neat and clean. Some of the tattoos that were on display looked very realistic and looked more like a painting than a typical tattoo.