Space Shifters at the Hayward Gallery

If you adore creativity, illusion and perception you will love this new exhibition opening today.

We were fortunate to have a press sneak peak yesterday and i have nothing bad to say about the whole exhibition.

It involves 20 talented artists Anish Kapoor, Yayoi Kusama and Richard Wilson but to name a few. One thing i will suggest is view it with an open mind stand still and absorb other items ill suggest you look up down and sideways but most importantly be imaginative. Its very innovative and at times i found myself leaning into what was real and what was an illusion. I loved every single piece.

This marks work panning over 50 years and ties in nicely with the stupendous space the gallery offers as well as its 50yr anniversary. Highly recommend a visit and please don’t rush it we were there 5 hours. Time flew most of all enjoy the creativity these artists have to offer.

https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/hayward-gallery-art/space-shifters

Olympus Workshop at Cahoots With Marcus Clarkson

I was fortunate enough to be invited to sample some Olympus products and challenge their equipment in low light.  The fabulous venue was in London and i have never been there before. Gosh i have missed so much.  It was called Cahoots and its a vintage bar with an underground theme.  Absolutely amazing venue.

We shot cocktails and them being made various recipes and varieties.  The event last a few hours with a vintage model shoot.  Im still editing so only have a few images to show, but i can assure you will agree they are great as was the equipment.  So huge thanks to Olympus for the invite.

Norfolk Charity Walk

Sometimes i like a challenge but usually im prepared for it.

Due to recent events this trip I was not ready at all.  You see i signed up to support the charity that assists disabled photographers in Norfolk with a charity walk.  Its called Summer Solstice its a walk on the longest day of the year starts at sunrise and ends at sunset. It took place in   beautiful Norfolk on 21st June 2018.  It should have been 12 miles due to circumstances it turned to 18.5 miles. (the tide was high and we could not walk along the coast on the beach so we had to hike up the cliffs and walk zig zag around the cliffs).  it was a tough one. We all survived bar a few blisters. Most of all it was fun and the coastline stunning.

It was my first time visiting Norfolk coast, Cromer Sherringham and a few other areas along the way ending up in Maudsley but it was truly breathtaking.

As i don't usually shoot landscapes it was fun to learn and i have produced some lovely images im very proud of.  it was extremely windy and keeping the tripod still was a tough one.

Doing photography has brought together so many of us and to go out as a group of 16 strangers having never met before, spending 19 hours together during our walk just proves how much a passion can bring so many like minded people together.

in hindsight, I struggled as i said i should have trained and i didn't but then again i did not assume it would be a long walk as such, the support and encouragement from one another in the group when they knew i was finding it hard with immense.  There is no way on earth i could have finished the walk without their support.

Motto, life isn't to be lived in your comfort zone! Get out and explore push your boundaries.

check out https://www.throughthelensworkshops.co.uk/product/summer-solstice-norfolk-coast-charity-photo-walk/

The charity we raised funds for: http://www.the-dps.co.uk

 some pictures on instagram https://www.instagram.com/through_the_lens_workshops/

some of my images https://www.instagram.com/sparkle71h/

The 2nd photo is c/o Sital Patel the last photo is c/o Venesha Thompson both who participated and their support was much appreciated 

enjoy the snaps

London Muslim Lifestyle Show 21-22 April 2018

 So looking forward to this event,  Luckily have obtained VIP passes to the fashion shows.  Ill be there on Saturday 21st - I had a few mini taster photoshoots and had lots of fun.

Would be lovely to connect with you for this cause which is close to my heart and putting forward muslims not as terrorists but humble beings just misinterpreted - photos of the fashion show will be uploaded with my honest review of the event.  I can't wait. See you there.

https://www.muslimlifestyleshow.com

Alicante in the Spring

Sometimes its always good to get away, sometimes we can't do long haul and its amazing what a few days away can do to the soul. 6 days in Spain was just perfect.

I ventured out to this part of Spain,  little town called costa Blanca also known as Benidorm.  Yes unfortunately it does live up to its name  its rowdy loud and there are lot of lager louts about, however having said that there is still so much charm about the the little town. Just make sure you pack the earplugs if you want an early night and your stay is Friday to Sunday night.

Aside from the good weather (the maximum temperature was 27 degrees). Yes I came back brown and very relaxed.  What I did discover this time round how easy it is to use their local transport system to venture out to the other cities.  Everything is within reasonably close proximity.

Firstly visiting the old town is a must, the quaint streets, the balcony filled buildings, the politeness of the Spanish people is very warming.  They are a little conservative, very strong in their faith and don't appreciate people walking down the shops in their bikinis, bear this in mind and cover up if your wondering around the town, often being told you won't be served without a shirt on, often offends. (Don't worry im not guilty of that)

The stunning Balcon del Mediterraneo is a popular spot which over looks the whole of Coast from one side to the other.  Fabulous at sunset, you will see from some of my photos the jagged edge of the cliff where the steps have been carved from has its own beauty.

From a short walk up the Levante Beach you come to Ave de Europa, from there nr the Pizza restaurant is the bus terminal, You can purchase most tickets for any trips from there.  I managed to venture in my favourite town of Alicante for a whole day, just keep an eye on the coach return times it took an hour door to door and cost a mere eight euros.  The coach was comfortable and the hour went very quickly. Unfortunately due to times i couldn't just stay for sunset.

Things to see in Alicante : MUST - Santa Barbara Castle,  Id never been read about it and i have to say wow.  the stone remains of the castle the palm trees the blue skies and the views - 360 degrees of Spain.  Took my breath away.  Very reasonably priced to go up and you can stay up there as long as you like.  Its kind of wheelchair friendly although with the grounds of the castle it may prove a little difficult.  There are slopes and steps in-between and various levels.  

Once your down from the castle take walk into the marina the beach and venture into the side streets, the buildings are very quaint with the balconies and intricate wrought iron details.  Don't forget the famous La Explanada De Alicante, walk the whole length enjoy the flooring the tiling is very unique and there are details at the bottom of the castle with a picture of its creator the Mayor Agatalangelo Soler 1954-1963.

Another trip I would highly recommend is to go to Guadalest (from Benidorm).  At the moment there is one bus that goes once a day it leaves at 1005 and returns into Benidorm at 1305.(journey time is approaching 40 mins each way. The tourist office will advise where to catch the bus from but from the balcone de Mediteraneo it's not far. Two hours is enough up there its very old and so absolutely beautiful the views are simply superb.  Nature is so overwhelming sometimes i think some of us just do not appreciate it.

Again from Benidorm, down load the bus bud app https://www.busbud.com  you can book your coach tickets online, fairly straightforward.  Don't panic if it states the drop off point in say is the airport as before that they will always stop at the bus station, just make sure you have done your homework and planned where you want to go and what to do.  Please jump on a bus to the bus terminal in Benidorm unless your super fit and have ample time, i luckily had ample time but it was a good 45 min trek from where i was, part of it is along side a main road - it was 26 degrees at 1015am -  i would not recommend coming back alone at night that way.  Going to Valencia for the day was I have to say the highlight of my trip.  sometimes there are places you just want to go, and considering i knew there was a lot of superb architecture im so chuffed I went.

The Cathedral is a must as is the tower, check opening times, allow ample time for your day in Velencia you will need it, i was there for 11am and returned on the 2145 back and it was great. Once there download the app My Taxi https://es.mytaxi.com/index.html - it very similar to uber. Quick and simple to use - and good if you want to wait for sunset but need to dash back to the bus station in time - remember the coach won't wait.  

Now ....a must is the city of sciences, ciutat de les arts i les ciencies http://www.cac.es/va/home.html if you start your day early you will gain entry to all the museums for a fee.  Part of it is up in scaffolding but not to worry there is so much to see.  Have a wonder take in the views venture into the museums.  Even after they are closed it seems to be a great place for families an friends to sit and enjoy the views.  Lots for the children to see and do and plenty of selfie fun for the adults, or like me architecture to photograph.  id say i think ive taken my best photos here.

I hope you found this review helpful any queries please drop me an email ill try and help.   As well as Calpe and Altea there are lots of towns to list even Barcelona, which is another world too.

Hoping now I can put in for my licentiate with the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photography and catch a certificate or two for architecture. fingers crossed.

Happy travels Anila

 

Berlin

Always wanted to visit and now i can finally cross this one off my list.

Great city immense history, a little like London and totally felt at home. Lots to see and do the most important for me was The Reichstag.  In fact this needs to be booked well in advance, and as i love architecture i knew i would adore this structure i booked two visits.  One for sunset and one for early morning in the bid to get it empty.

Brilliant building, a little military in passing through security and entering the building etc but obviously as its a government building its a must.  You must have your passport or some form of photo ID without that you cannot enter. You can roam at your leisure once inside go out on the balcony which shows off immense views over Berlin - loved every minute and we had a superb sunset.

Next is the Jewish Museum. Sad eery and so intense, i left feeling so sad i can't even tell you.  But its a must if you visit the city.  If you have a gold card (3 days travel pass) you do get a lot of discounts entering most sites so i would suggest getting one.  It acts like a hop on and hop off for all the transport.  Its your mini passport around the city and we used it from 6am through to gone midnight.  We must have walked in excess of  35 miles around the city the 4 days we were there.

There are may rooftops you an visit most bars have an external terrace and you can also attend the Park Inn for €4 and visit the top fab views.

 

Copenhagen

When you have family aboard you don't often see much of the city as its all shopping centres and get togethers.

Having visited after 6 years i was fortunate enough to be taken everywhere by my lovely nice and nephew in turn they discovered a few places they had not been to or could not remember. 

Yes it was cold grey and a little miserable aside from one day we caught a spectacular sunset even though my fingers froze.

Its easy to get to and lots to see. The architecture in denmark is something else.  You can also visit malo which is only 30 mins via the bridge and the emporia shopping centre is rather spectacular. 

Will update more tomorrow

Lisbon

Well Lisbon was amazing lots seen and done - the rain was imminent however its such a gawjus city.

How a city can look so colourful in the rain is beyond me.  The stunning architecture the history the steep roads and sidewalks  and the stunning views over the city from so many vantage points was just simply stunning.

The people warm and friendly a city where time actually stood still for all of 5 days.  The kind of place you return from and feel as if you had been away ten days rather than just 5.

If you plan where you want to go well you will almost see everything.  Apart from the striking architecture, coloured houses, sloppy streets, you will find lots of stunning mosaic pavements - paved in marble the shapes and intricacy just stunning.

My advice if you go don't take any luggage buy everything there, its very economical warmer than London and only 2 hours away.  Im already planning to go back 

 

Chinese New Year - LDN -Soho

ill update more on here over the weekend, heres a few items to wet your appetite 

The weather was good the crowd huge and the performance and parade wonderful can't wait for next year.  Top effort to the organisers

 Chinatown always looks great all year round, but for the New Year celebrations, the year of the dog, everything comes alive.

Chinatown always looks great all year round, but for the New Year celebrations, the year of the dog, everything comes alive.

 The Museum Of London kindly let me come and snap their event, i just about caught the dragon dance, they held on lots of arts and crafts for children from the community all day long, there were a lot of happy little faces.

The Museum Of London kindly let me come and snap their event, i just about caught the dragon dance, they held on lots of arts and crafts for children from the community all day long, there were a lot of happy little faces.

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 so good to see os many people out enjoying themselves

so good to see os many people out enjoying themselves

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Lots for sale

 I adore when London gets cultural if it was up to me there would be something cultural every week, the new lanterns to celebrate the year of the dog

I adore when London gets cultural if it was up to me there would be something cultural every week, the new lanterns to celebrate the year of the dog

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 the parade 

the parade 

London Fashion Week Part II

The second day kicked off with a press pass from Fashionfinest held at the grandeur Connaught Rooms in Holborn.

I felt out of place but i love shooting fashion and was very excited to be there , even had a trial walk up the runway as well as the obligatory selfie in front of the board.

It was such a fabulously well organised event, lots of hard work went into it, the show started and one after the other the designs blew me away i  nearly forgot to snap (hand over face emoji)

The fabulous designers displaying their collections were:-@olyasookie @wearableartcollective @designbyujjwala TijanaT Alpaca Samka@helenhoweatelier @alpacasamka .

http://www.fashionsfinest.com

http://www.fashionsfinest.com/gallery/fashion-week/item/5114-olya-sookie-aw18

http://www.fashionsfinest.com/gallery/fashion-week/item/5113-wearable-art-collective-aw18

http://www.fashionsfinest.com/gallery/fashion-week/item/5112-ujjwala-aw18

http://www.fashionsfinest.com/gallery/fashion-week/item/5111-tijana-t-aw18

http://www.fashionsfinest.com/gallery/fashion-week/item/5110-alpaka-samka-aw18

 http://www.fashionsfinest.com/gallery/fashion-week/item/5109-helen-howe-atelier-aw18

 

 

Parallax Art Fair

So the weekend started with visiting the Town Hall at Kensington and Chelsea London Borough.  http://www.parallaxaf.co/pressrelease.html

sure what to expect but I was after visiting one particular stand and it was @LisaBousfieldart.  Please give her a follow on instagram.  Such a lovely young lady and a true creative.

 Lisa Bousfield is a Manchester born artist, and despite relocating to the sunnier climes of Ibiza, where she lives with her husband Richard and two children, Lisa will always view Manchester as her home. Lisa held her first exhibition in 2013, with the Centenary Centre Art Group at the Centenary Centre, Peel, Isle of Man.  Since then she has been a featured artist in The Ibizan newspaper (March 2017) exhibited work in Cafelito Manchester, La Maison De L’Elephant Ibiza, Sluiz Ibiza, Nude Cafe Ibiza, and White Cactus Ibiza. She tells me she drafts from a picture and all she sees is light and shadow.  http://www.lisabousfieldart.co.uk

I found that absolutely fascinating. Her proud nan her best friend  was there too and she was just as chuffed to meet everyone. An absolute pleasure to meet her, she kindly let me take her portrait among her art works.

The exhibition in itself was of a varied and creative nature.  So many amazing pieces of art on display, sculptures made from glass, jewellery, paintings, canvas  - it was lovely to meet so many artists.  The venue was huge but extremely cramped im hopeful they will take heed to my suggestion and have a better "crowd flow" later in the year and have a one way system so that we can all enjoy the art.  It should definitely not be over two days.

If you went let me know about your favourite pieces, I've added snaps of mine. Sign up to their mailing list so you know when their next event is on.  There was something for everyone of an extremely high standard.  A very inspirational start to February for me and gave me an awful lot to think about.

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Source: http://www.parallaxaf.co/pressrelease.html

Mercedes X-Class Launch Party 26.1.2018

I don't often win competitions but lately I have been fortunate to Im truly grateful for the experience.  

Last night I had the privilege to attend the launch for the new and stunning Mercedes Benz X Class launch - #60minuteswithX and our guest appearance was Tinie Tempah himself giving an absolutely exhilarating concert for 60 mins - what a fabulous evening canapés, drinks, music and an array of Mercedes on display.  Having owned a CLK Coupe in the past it really was the best car I've ever driven and its not an #ad.  The vehicles on display were just amazing i won't even look at the prices.  Huge thanks to our @uk_shooters @hubrick and @mercedesbenzuk for the invitation organisation and an excellent night out.

There are some videos and sneak clippets on my instagram/twitter take a look. Were you there? are you in my photos? get in touch.

 

 

 Attendees striking some poses with the illuminated Mercedes logo

Attendees striking some poses with the illuminated Mercedes logo

 Undecided if I adore the black or the white but it an amazing piece of machinery

Undecided if I adore the black or the white but it an amazing piece of machinery

 Top effort to these young ladies that make my role more fun

Top effort to these young ladies that make my role more fun

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 #60minuteswithX

#60minuteswithX

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 ...now i like white.....

...now i like white.....

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 captivating the crowd for an hour absolutely fabulous night

captivating the crowd for an hour absolutely fabulous night

The Halcyon Gallery

Ive never been to the gallery, it can be found in Bond Street. Founded in 1982 it hosts exhibits from established and emerging artists.  Its an absolutely stunning place. Over two floors of space to explore it really is equisite.

Its currently exhibiting superb exhibits from the artist Dale Chihuly -  Chihuly Now  until 22nd April, . His work is truly tremendously beautiful made from glass.  The stunning details at which the items are created, the manner in which light travels through each tiny aspect of the display is just beautiful.

If for any reason you cannot get to this gallery go to the Victoria and Albert Museum in Cromwell Road you will find the most stupendous chandelier directly above reception, I would also suggest you go upstairs and look at the chandelier from another level.  It truly is a work of art.

The exhibition I thoroughly enjoyed.

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 Jaw dropping window display red glass i adore the shapes and how the light hits it

Jaw dropping window display red glass i adore the shapes and how the light hits it

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 This is one of my favourites, the displays over water their reflection just simply perfection, there are may other items around the gallery what i have shown is merely a sneak peak. Please do go and pay it a visit.

This is one of my favourites, the displays over water their reflection just simply perfection, there are may other items around the gallery what i have shown is merely a sneak peak. Please do go and pay it a visit.

Hayward Gallery Preview

The exhibition was interesting some pictures were great.  `The gallery itself was rather fabulous use of space and light, it was a little rushed but there is definitely potential to visit again in better light.

The brutalist staircase is fabulous the area as a whole is vast the amount of light drawn in is great concept and it opening after 2 years was worth the wait.

The current exhibition of Adreas Gursky is on 22.1.2018 to 25.4.2018.

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Lumiere London 2018

Lumiere London 2018 - due to commitments Anila was unable to visit all the sites she wanted to - she did however managed to get some superb images of the stunningly lit Westminster Abbey.  So many colours and and so much to take in.  I hope you will agree this image taken yesterday sums up how much stunning architecture london has when so beautifully lit.

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