Watch above or click HERE.
Tuesday, 17 January 2017
I love La La Land. I truly love it. It is worthy of a blog post, and all the other hype. This is my part review, part tribute, and partly me worshipping Damien Chazelle's creation.
The way I describe it is an adult's High School Musical, and I mean that as the finest of compliments. It had all the magic and warmth of a Disney movie, but with depth and grit, beautiful art direction, sophisticated melodies and cinematic precision. Okay, so maybe it's much more than an adult's High School Musical.
The use of bold block colours created a harmonious simplicity amidst elaborate dance sequences and set changes. Many scenes were shot in one take, giving the film a realness and fluidity. In addition to this, the dancing and singing wasn't flawless. It was fantastic, of course, but it also felt real, and accessible. A lot of musicals, understandably, provoke the reaction of 'that would just never happen'. But with La La Land, the audible raspy tones of Ryan Gosling's voice or Emma Stone's laugh in City of Stars made it seem genuine, feasible. The idea of Mia and Sebastian tap dancing on an empty Los Angeles road didn't feel like fiction, nor did their dance among the stars in the planetarium.
There were nods to the old Hollywood films it claims to pay homage to, attention to detail key for noticing the references when watching. Equally, it felt relevant today, due to it's combination of sincerity yet self-awareness.
It ignited a child-like spark of hope inside me. I came out feeling like the world was tough, but it could be magical, and that it was okay to view it like it was magical. I felt inspired and emotionally overwhelmed, and now I want to watch it and go through the journey all over again.
Friday, 6 January 2017
Happy New Year! To start off 2017 I wanted to share some photos from my trip to Sweden in December. These were taken in Skansen (which I've written about before), which was like a winter wonderland. It was icy and the Scandinavian sun sat low in the sky for the whole day, coating everything in golden light.
Coat - Vintage via Armstrong's
Scarf - Bought last year in stockholm
Leggings - Also stockholm
Shoes - Adidas
Thursday, 29 December 2016
Dotted throughout a few streets in the Lower West Side are hundreds of independent galleries, each with their own concepts and stories to tell. During my October trip to New York, we spent a seemingly fleeting hour hopping from one to another, posing in front of the various exhibits and dancing through the studios.
Each gallery had something rare and invaluable in New York City - space. Gaping white studios meant the art was the sole focus of your attention, not an easy task in a city known for its compact and loud industrial landscape.
Jochen Holz at Chamber
Mike Womack: Crawl Space
Jonas Wood: Portraits
Saturday, 24 December 2016
I spent two days in Stockholm. It was festive and felt like a giant Wes Anderson film set. Watch the video above or click HERE.
Merry Christmas! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Saturday, 17 December 2016
We were told in our last art lesson of the year that over Christmas, the walls are being knocked down and redone. Our A level class decided to make use of the blank canvas soon to be destroyed. Here is a video of the process.