Art in January.

I tend to hibernate in freezing degree weather as I wasn't made for the winter, so gallery visits were a bit light, but anywho, here's January's roundup:

The Eye of Modern Mali

The Eye of Modern Mali is a photography exhibition featuring the works of late Malian photographer, Malick Sidibé. Photographs date from the 50's and 60's, capturing the lives and culture of Mali around the time of the country's independence.
The accompanying soundtrack (curated by Rita Ray and available on Spotify) fits perfectly with the energy and excitement expressed in the faces of SidibĂ©'s partying subjects.

The exhibition is at Somerset House until 26th February and is free to attend, so there's no harm in checking it out.

Barbican Centre

I made a few trips this month to the Barbican centre for work and it's a great venue. There's always something going on and I'm looking forward to Basquiat: Boom for Real in September!

Young People in The Arts

I wrote a post for Young People in The Arts Blog about apprenticeships and why they're as important as degrees from a former apprentices point of view. It's my first guest post and whether you agree or not, do give it a read!

Five on Brexit Island - Enid Blyton

This was my Secret Santa gift, but I chose not to read it over the holiday period as I wanted to enjoy it and I thought this would surely dampen my Christmas spirit.
It's a quick, one hour read and I surprisingly enjoyed it. It provides some light-hearted humour on a not-so light-hearted subject. Though cheerier than the title suggests, it's also a painful reminder that Brexit is real.

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Written by Herself - Harriet Jacobs

This had been on my Kindle for a while but I never got round to reading it. Once I did, I couldn't put it down. It's a powerful true story about a young black woman's horrific experience as a slave in the 1800's and her fight for freedom.
What with the current events, it felt like a right time to read it.
Whilst I'm not trying to compare the level of suffering occurred during that point in history, it's still very relevant today and can never and will never be forgotten. We're not progressing as much as the deluded believe; we're taking steps back and it's scary. In short, this is a must read.

In other art news, I got a new tattoo in December (it does count right?) and will be my next post :)

Have you seen any exhibitions/shows/art-y things this month?

Old Film.

Barbados, 2004. Thought I had no photos from this holiday!
If you didn't wear Von Dutch in the noughties, were you even cool? 

Deep inside the under-the-stairs cupboard, there's a bag of film that's been collecting dust for at least a decade. As digital photography took over, they were pushed further back and soon forgotten about. "I really should get them processed", I'd say whenever I came across them.
Now I've finally made a start; some of them date from the 90's!

From my first Fisher Price camera to my current smartphone, photography has always been something I've enjoyed (like us all), though I've not pursued it further than a hobby.

In this first batch, there were a few disappointments as some were taken in poorly lit areas, but the ones that DID come out well, paired with the excitement of discovering what was captured all those years ago brought back happy memories. Cringeworthy outfits, loved ones no longer with us and the random photo of gifted teddy bears.

I'm glad that film photography is still alive and that it's still relatively cheap to process.
(Though the same can't be said for 110 film.)

Do you have any old unprocessed film from back in the day? If so, get them done!

Dear Future Self.

First of all, Happy New Year! We made it!

"New year, new me" NOPE. I'll have none of that.

I used to set myself New Year resolutions but like most, I'd be annoyed with myself when I failed to achieve them. I'll always set goals for myself as it's important to have something to aim for but instead, I have more general life goals and more realistic mini-goals for each month.

January 1st 2017. I'm scrolling through HNY messages and looking back on the memes that got us through 2016 and I get a notification. It's an email I sent to myself a few months ago to be read on this date. "WTF is she on about?" I'll tell you. allows you to send emails into the future - up until to 2067 which is insane - and I might make this my new annual tradition. The first day of every year (or close enough), I'll read the email I sent a year ago and compose a new one; reflecting on the year gone by and motivation for the year to come.

Do you set yourself goals for the new year?