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healing oil – chloe dewe mathews

24 Oct

deep in the background of the viscous history of our black gold, on the agricultural planes of azerbaijan, nests naftalan: a village where oil is extricated from its tangled web of money and power, and refined and celebrated as a therapeutic cure for the body in an oxymoronic reversal.

commonly blamed for toxic emissions, rising cancer rates and countless wars, the azerbaijani crude’s tale of healing seems like either the product of a febrile PR mind or one of those extraordinarily improbable tales native to the former soviet union.

chloe dewe mathews‘ photograhic essay on this community’s relationship with oil – from natural remedy to newfound oligarchy money – has been awarded this year’s british journal of photography prize, and will be on show on london’s host gallery from november 22.

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to fly, to serve

11 Oct

i grew up by the time airline travel was inexorably way past its glamourous climax: bye bye groomed attendants, free drinks, sexy uniforms… hello strip-down security checks, exhaustive bag-weighing, extortionately expensive limp chicken sandwiches…

flying was never a more democratic and yet more alienating experience: even brandy has been stripped down of all historical privileges to be peddled in plastic sachets.

and so it is in these sappy fits of nostalgia for the mad men-inspired, foxier times of yore that british airways have resuscitated their old motto: to fly, to serve.

to which i, with my tongue firmly in my cheek, will gladly raise my glass.

i leave you with this luridly colourful william eggleston (‘glass on plaine’ untitled) print.

 

 

wallflowers- emma hack

6 Sep

australian artist emma hack cleverly blends models into the background with her mimetic body paint. i wish i had that magical power.

dark light – abbas & melisa teo

25 Aug

captivatingly moving images from two giants of photography with conflicting styles but a very similar spiritual journey: magnum’s abbas and melisa teo.

the joint exhibition, called dark light, will be on show at 2902 gallery in singapore until september 23rd.

 

la selva- carnovsky

16 Aug

dreaming of getting lost in these amazing wallpapers and prints by italy-based design duo carnovsky.

the intricate patterns reveal further depths depending on the colour prism under which you scrutinise- a bit of rgb detective work, and the perfect backdrop for a g&t and a chat.

a good excuse to go night-life hunting in shoreditch, if you ever needed one.

on show until september 21st at jaguarshoes.

double black and red- zdenda lesovsky

11 Aug

found this snap while perusing the site for the museum of london’s street photography exhibition- this one won a public competition this year.

it’s tres tres london

field day fun

8 Aug

beautiful day @fielddaylondon on saturday: sun ra arkestraanna calvi, warpaint and wild beasts.

all topped off with great company, beers and even a go on the fairground ride.

party party

 

 

 

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