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Oh, such a perfect day [20060124|22:23]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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(Top row, L to R: Trafalgar Square, ripperlyn and me at the café at the square, fountain at Trafalgar Square. Bottom row, L to R: ripperlyn choosing a whisky at the Albannach, me at the Albannach, antler chandelier at the Albannach)

ripperlyn and I went to the National Gallery to peer at, and wank (verbally) about, the Tom Hunter photo exhibition today. (The short version - the quick frot? - he creates painstaking, achingly unlovely interpretations of master paintings located in his run-down home neighborhood, Hackney.) Next we had a spot of tea at the cafe on the square. Afterwards we went to the nearby whisky bar, The Albannach, which features a fine selection of Scottish whisky and very pretty waitstaff, and drank the afternoon away. Finally we ate pizza in Leicester Square and rode the bus home.

All in all, a 100% successful trip.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-25 22:14 (UTC)
Heh. I wonder, if I were to go back there again, would they simply wave me onto campus? Now that I've cut my dreads, they might actually stop me because I no longer have a badge. Did you get to see all the cool stuff in the viewing galleries?

Lovely campus but all in all, I'd rather be in London.

Yeah, that's about right. ;)
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[User Picture]From: minirth
2006-01-24 23:07 (UTC)
I really like the antler chandelier picture! The angle and lighting puts me in mind of a deep-sea creature with the transparent body of a jellyfish and the tentacles of a squid. It has that (... damnit, lost the word) deap-sea creature lighting: soft lights glowing in its body and lights that run along the tentacles. You froze it in time, and we're seeing it as nothing ever has, because it's never that still and perfect.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-25 22:08 (UTC)
Phosphorescent?
Also, thank you. It's pretty neat what you can do with a camera phone these days.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-25 22:05 (UTC)
Were there visuals from Trainspotting as well? ;)
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[User Picture]From: becala
2006-01-25 00:41 (UTC)
I want a whisky bar in MY town!!!!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-25 11:09 (UTC)
Well, you could always make London your town. :-D
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-25 11:10 (UTC)
Or open one in Oly; that would be super double-plus awesome.
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From: enzeru
2006-01-25 00:46 (UTC)
Duuuude, the square and the antler shot are awesome. I swear it's not just the cold meds talking. But I'll check back later, just to be sure.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-25 11:13 (UTC)
Thanks! I like the way the sun overloaded the sensors in the square. Oh, and if the antler chandelier ever came down to swallow me, I would simply give myself over to the sacrifice. There's no arguing with the artifacts of the Elder Gods.

BTW, I took all of these with my camera phone, which has 0.3 MP resolution. Heh.
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[User Picture]From: sadira42
2006-01-25 15:00 (UTC)
Deer antler chandelier! I want one!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-25 21:07 (UTC)
Time to get yer gun and go a-huntin'!
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[User Picture]From: omniana
2006-01-25 16:00 (UTC)
Ah, I'd seen an article about Tom Hunter's work. I was curious. What did you think? Striking thumbnails, do we get to see higher resolution versions, please? I'm confuzzled by the first picture, it looks like there was a solar eclipse.
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[User Picture]From: omniana
2006-01-25 16:03 (UTC)
oh poop. I'd wondered if they were camera phone pictures. The most fantastically artistic camera phone photos I've seen.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-25 22:04 (UTC)
His earlier stuff (pre-2001) seemed to adhere much more closely to the original works than his later images (2004-2005). He paid a remarkable amount of attention to all sorts of little details, in the settings, the lighting and the facial expressions and body language of the models. I mostly preferred the ones that strayed less from the originals. Some of the later works were highly effective at returning the subject matter to its true (and very harsh) meaning - for instance, Leda and the swan. (Zeus, in the form of a swan, raped Leda, queen of Sparta.) The master painting, like many others, shows intimacy and affection between Leda and the swan, while Tom Hunter's photo pretty clearly implies violence. I found some of the others to be ineffective copies, or else not particularly moving, because I didn't find much of a meaningful relationship between the photo and the master work it purported to interpret.

In my opinion, the more painstaking reconstructions actually worked better on their own. I mean, even if you weren't familiar with the original, the work would still be striking.
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