Wednesday, October 31, 2012

FOCUS ON: ADAM-PETER HICKS


I first heard of Adam-Peter Hicks when I saw the IRL LDN Summer 2012 Lookbook featured on Byron London's Tumblr (Byron was one of the models) a couple of months ago. I was so impressed by the photography in the shoot that I immediately googled the photographer and came across Adam-Peter's site, and the rest of his work. I love the way Adam-Peter works, I love the fact that he doesn't over-edit the colours or photoshop the models (major pet hates of mine) and how the models pose in these weird but really interesting ways. When I look at his work, it seems like all the shots could be taken on a polaroid, they have that rawness, and he's not afraid of breaking conventional rules of how a photo should be taken. There's a lot of experimentation in his style, a lot of trying original ideas which I find really interesting, which often results in the kind of photos that make me go 'damnit why didn't I think of that'. Some shots even seem like he took the photo by accident, but that's exactly the kind of thing that I love to see, catching something that you didn't mean to, because they're the photos that you don't realise would be really interesting shots until you've already taken them. That's when the model is the most natural and the photo is the least forced and it's definitely something that I would think about in my own photography since seeing how well it works in Adam-Peter's.


Adam-Peter's worked with some pretty high up clients, and considering the fact that he's only 19 years old (a year younger than me), I'd say he's well on his way to a pretty successful career! I wrote Adam-Peter a short interview, to get to know him a bit better and to introduce him to you all. 

Hey Adam-Peter, First, some background info. What age are you? Where do you live?
Hey, I'm 19 and I live in Norwich but work in London
 
How did you get into working with photography? Is it something you've always wanted to do?

I have always liked art and from that I developed an interest in photography. Ever since I was 15 I've wanted to be a photographer.
 
Did you have any education or training in Photography?

I did photography at A-Level and went on to do a foundation based in it.
 
Are there any particular photographers or artists whose work you feel has inpired your own? Why?

Corrine Day and Nan Goldin, because there work is raw and emotive but my work is quite different to their style.


One of my all-time favourite photos, 'Misty and Jimmy' by Nan Goldin

 
Who would you most like to work with on a photoshoot and why?

Tim Walker as I would like to see another side of photography.
 
What is the most memorable (for reasons bad or good) project you have worked on?

The project for Volt Café as I feel its the project that flows the most and has most story behind it.
 
What have been some big milestones in your career so far?

Working with designers such as Simon Preen, and Signor Jester. My work going in Fiasco magazine & working with David Motta several times.
 
Are you working towards a goal? At what point would you think to yourself 'I've made it'?

I would think I've made it when my work has been published in an internationally known publication. I always try to refine my work with every shoot I do, so I would say I have made it when I achieve my definition of perfection.
 
Besides photography, what else are you interested in?

Fashion. Actually im working on a new project at the moment, making silk scarves in collaboration with a Graphic Designer/Illustrator called Amy Worrall from Norwich (see some of the designs on ahxaw.tumblr.com). This is an extension of my photography and me experimenting with other ways of working.
 
What 2 songs should we all be listening to at the moment?


Check out more of Adam-Peter Hicks' work on his site: http://www.adampeterhicks.com/ or like his page on Facebook by clicking here https://www.facebook.com/AdamPeterHicks


Thursday, October 25, 2012

EXHIBITION: TENTAMEN

I have to say, if I hadn't seen someone post a link on Facebook on Wednesday morning, I would have never known about Tentamen, but after reading the blurb on the event wall, I was immediately psyched to ditch working early that night and head over to 13 North Great Georges Street, whether anyone wanted to join me or not.



The event blurb said: Tentamen is an exhibition by seven contemporary artists in a historic Georgian town house that currently lies idle...This building, in its raw, semi-derelict condition provides a rich and distinctive backdrop for contemporary art very different from the typical ‘white cube’...The exhibition is born out of a desire to make work, to bring together artists, and to celebrate the vibrant and diverse artistic community that exists in the city today. Without knowing anything about the artists or the works that would be shown, I immediately wanted to go just to see this old abandoned house 
with art hanging in it!

Featured as the 'stand out art event of the week' in Le Cool Dublin, the art was incredible! There was a watercolour artist, David Eager Maher, who creates obscure visions of classical images, such as angels or gods with paper bags over their heads, or wearing baseball caps. I thought his style was so interesting, it reminded me of the way Banksy works in the same way, depicting classical images such as Jesus Christ holding shopping bags. Through velvet curtains off the hallway, a video piece played in a dark room, John O'Connell's eerie black and white pencil-drawn animations on a tv reminiscent of The Ring. 


My personal favourite though was by Alan Butler who, as Tentamen describes, 'makes use of appropriation and remixes cultural artifacts and icons by taking items that possess specific lineages and combines them with disparate elements in order to create works that represent other ideas and ‘truths’'. The piece can not be photographed properly, it can not be described, it needs to be seen, it was one of the most incredible works I had ever seen and everyone in the room, I'm sure, was thinking the same. Upstairs, in this run down Georgian house, with walls crumbling around us, in the darkness, a grave radiated with flowing colours.


I'm sorry, but I'm not even going to describe this work, I can't do it justice. Except that what I got from it was the idea that death is beautiful. And believe me, for a person who is constantly troubled by the concept of time passing by and never coming back, this piece really resonated with me.

Besides the art, even if you are not interested in art, or at least think you aren't (because personally, I don't believe there is a person in the world who can't find a single piece of art that they can connect with), the setting was hauntingly stunning. I underestimated just how dilapidated the building would be, when they said it was abandoned, it really did look like the setting for a Tim Burton movie. There were holes in the walls, peeling paint, exposed rafters and brickwork, definitely an eerie place to be around Halloween when it's pitch black outside and the only light in the room comes from a faint red glow in the fireplace.


If you have time, I would recommend this exhibition highly to anyone in the Dublin area. Very close to the City Centre, just off Parnell Street, this is certainly one of the better exhibitions that I have been to recently, particularly because it was just so different from all the big-name exhibitions that seem to get all the attention, but lack in any originality in the same old whitewash galleries. Sometimes, the best, and most memorable things we do are those spontaneous 'why nots' that we don't have huge expectations of. Tentamen really showed me that Dublin has so much more happening in the arts scene than I actually realise. I'm so glad I found out about the event only that morning, and that I was introduced to seven new incredibly talented artists.



Friday, October 19, 2012

STYLE: RÓISÍN PIERCE


This is Róisín, and Róisín really REALLY likes vintage clothing. I would never have thought that a teenager would be able to pull off layers of cream lace, I would have definitely thought that it would be only reserved for the 65+ category but she looked so good in it!

I think I just really appreciate anyone who is able to dress in a way that you don't see every day. I like when a person actually thinks about what they like personally and not what other people are telling them is in at the moment.

Cream print jacket - Oxfam Vintage €9
Cream lace cape - ASOS €35
Cream lace dress (worn underneath) - Camden Market £30
Black velvet skirt - She made it herself
Suede wedged boots - Penneys €18
Vivienne Westwood bag - "Borrowed" from her Mum

Thursday, October 18, 2012

FOCUS ON: AOIFE DUNNE


Who is she:
17 years old Art student
Stylist/blogger/artist/graphic designer
Gymnastics assistant & choreographer on the weekends

Why you should know her
She has been styling shoots with clients such as Golly Gosh Boutique since she was 15
She is a contributor to the Vice network and BLEND Magazine
Her blog One Word Five Letters has had 13,429 hits this week alone
She is soon coming out with her own line of t-shirts, printed with her drawings of 
crazy picasso-esque people
Did I mention she's only 17?


I met Aoife one day in lectures. Only a couple of days into art college, I looked down the line of seats and saw sitting alone at the end was a girl with tie-dyed harem pants, layers and layers of vintage shirts and cardigans, a spiked choker and a do-rag on, the tassels coming down the sides of her head braided into two pig-tales that were dip-dyed green at the ends. I'm not going to lie, the first time I saw her I was like 'so this is art college then'. I guess I was expecting everyone to be dressed like that, but to my surprise, the majority of people stuck to the regular t-shirt and hoodie that I saw everywhere else! I loved the fact that Aoife was wearing stuff that definitely stood out and she wasn't trying to hide it at all! I didn't speak to her, however, for another couple of days until friends introduced us. It wasn't until I added Aoife on Facebook and saw the long list of mutual likes we had, from the unusual (eg. Maria Ke Fisherman, Glint Barcelona, Yard 666 etc) to some of my all-time favourite things (Joyrich, Dazed And Confused, GRIIIMES!!!). Yeah, that made it pretty clear that we'd get on juuuust fine.

I wanted to show off Aoife because I just think that with all that she does, from the art to the designs to the blogging and styling, she's pretty inspiring for me to see someone so young doing so much, makes me feel like I'm way behind! Here's a sample of some of her work, a couple of photos that we took on an impromptu visit to the Francis Street car park (note: she did not dress up for this, this is an everyday outfit, and in my opinion, a pretty dressed-down one compared to usual! In my brother's words 'she's fuckin alt!'), as well as a little interview I made up.


Here's a sample of some of AD's work, from her crazy doodles and photo manipulation to the shoots she's styled





You can contact Aoife through her blog One Word Five Letters


Photography by Killian Fallon
Photo editing by Aoife Dunne