Belated journal update for 2nd-15th June which included: Photographing Queensdown Warren, visiting Curiosity: Art & the Pleasure of Knowing exhibition at Turner Contemporary, jam session, attending the Crouch End Arts Festival and the St James’ Concert… And having, what should have been a brilliant week, absolutely ruined due to a horrific insect bite!
Photographing the Kent countryside (Monday 3rd – Tuesday 4th June)
I made the most of a sunny week back in Kent by taking my camera along with me, and capturing some of the beautiful views I saw during long walks with my Dad. On the Monday I visited Queensdown Warren. The landscape is not only picturesque but is also filled with rabbits at this time of year. Very cute – but be careful, or you could end up falling down the rabbit hole!
Speaking of rabbits, I was a happy bunny after ending a stroll down the riverbank at Sandling in Maidstone, with a visit to the Malta Inn. A camera in one hand, a glass of vino in the other, & the sun shining = good times! The riverside views of locks & narrowboats, and the abundance of wildlife, makes this a perfect spot for an afternoon of photography. I’ll be updating my Beside the See Side photoblog with some of my pix from these trips soon.
Curiosity: Art & the Pleasure of Knowing exhibition, Turner Contemporary, Margate (Wednesday 5th June)
The bizarre, the thought provoking, the inventive & the puzzling are all on display at the Turner Contemporary in Margate, in an exhibition that looks at the links between the inquisitive mind and artistic vision.
Curator Brian Dillon described the exhibition as: ‘Like the cabinet of curiosities of the 17th century, which mixed science and art, ancient and modern, reality and fiction, this exhibition refuses to choose between knowledge and pleasure. It juxtaposes historical periods and categories of objects to produce an eccentric map of curiosity in its many senses’
A sense of wonder & intrigue is essential to allow the imagination to explore new artistic territories. This exhibition includes pieces by Turner and da Vinci – which offer interesting counterpoints to the work of contemporary artists such as Tacita Dean and Katie Paterson. In addition, books and objects that have inspired scientific curiosity are displayed, such as ivory anatomical models from the 17th and 18th centuries, and the ‘face’ of the exhibition – the over stuffed Horniman Museum walrus.
Jam session, Medway (Wednesday 5th June)
A trip back to Kent wouldn’t be complete without a jam session with both Steve Lelliott, guitarist for Medway based band Revenge Road, and my musical guru (aka my Mum) on guitar & vocals. We tried out some familiar and not so familiar songs and had a great evening.
Lunch time concert, St James, Muswell Hill (Saturday 8th June)
I’ve mentioned St James’ lunchtime concerts in this journal before and I’ll reiterate the same point – if you live in (or near) Muswell Hill definitely do pop along to one of the free monthly lunch time concerts in the beautiful setting of St James Church. It’s always fantastic – & free!
The caliber at June’s concert was as high as ever. Pianist Peter Fitzsimmons started the show with Debussy & Schubert pieces. The stage then became very crowded with the 11 members of the Chambery Ensemble, who performed a memorable rendition of Dvorak’s ‘Serenade in D Minor, Op.44.
Singer Emily Bleakley & guitarist Charlie Hulme provided a contrast to the classical music, with some rock music. I’ve seen them perform before and they are always really impressive. They dedicated Forever Young to Charlie’s baby daughter before launching into a strong version of the Dylan classic. The next lunchtime concert is Saturday 6th July at 12.
Crouch End Festival (Sunday 9th June)
Last year’s Crouch End Festival was so well received that they decided to do the whole thing again – only bigger. I missed the festivities last year but managed to catch some of the events this time around.
There were plenty of creative activities to be enjoyed over a few weeks – drama, painting, poetry, but I decided to check out the local music talent. It was a shame that there wasn’t a bit more sunshine, but I still enjoyed listening to some live music on the Town Hall Stage in the Centre of Crouch End. I also paid a visit to the Railway Tavern to hear the fantastic Stacey Cohen performing some melodic, folky tunes – ideal for a Sunday afternoon.
😦 10th -16th June
I had an amazing week planned for the 10th–16th May which should have included photographing the Breast Cancer Care Pink RibbonWalk, photographing The Damsels Most Daring’s live show at Bloomsbury, photographing artist Anna Masters in the studio as she worked on the Elephant Parade project, and a recording session.
However an incredibly nasty insect bite ruined ALL of that. 😦 I was bitten by an insect (possibly a horsefly) that was carrying something really nasty, the bite was infected and very painful, and I had an allergic reaction to the bite as well. So I returned back to Kent (after only 3 days in London) to be fussed over by my family instead.
I couldn’t walk on my leg as it was so painful and inflamed and kept swelling, and the allergic reaction meant that I hardly slept at night. Easily the worse week of the year! After a heavy dose of penicillin antibiotics, and antihistamines I am feeling a lot better now and I’m really keen to be creative again.
Thanks for checking out this journal. Please visit again in a few weeks, I’ll be aiming to make up for lost time, so the next installment should include (insect bites permitting) – attending west end musical & live TV filming, photographing actresses & comedians, rehearsal sessions… & my all time favourite band the Wildhearts are touring to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of their album Earth Vs Wildhearts! Ahhh, can’t wait!