Sunday, 16 November 2014

Flashback #23

Random photos from my negative/digital files #23
Valeria - London 2008

Suppose they gave a Christmas and nobody came...

These shots were taken using Hipstamatic on my iPad in a deserted department store on 11th November 2014 (Yes, November!) featuring my good friend, Tim Dry.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Chris Stein/Negative

Last week I was lucky to get to meet Chris Stein and Debbie Harry at the book signing for Chris Stein/Negative at Waterstones in Piccadilly. I was also pleased to discover that Chris used my own camera of choice during the seventies and eighties, the Nikon FM. There was a camera ban that evening, but after the talk Chris announced that although they wouldn't be doing 'Selfie's' with everyone, if people wanted to take a shot to prove they were in the vicinity, they were cool with that. Here are mine, taken during a 20 second window of opportunity!

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Fantastici Quattro

Another comic that I found in the box, that I'd picked up on my travels.

Friday, 31 October 2014



My friendly neighbourhood neighbour, Ben Eshmade was lucky enough to get a ticket to the preview of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar yesterday (envy... envy...), so I asked him if he could say a few words about it for Oranges, and this is what he said...

Interstellar is a lot to take in, to absorb, to consider, to understand. At just under three hours and with the whole fate of the human race at stake it's not a film to go and watch on a whim. Visually rich, immersive and constantly inventive, it feels like the film couldn't exist without those that went before in particular 2001, Tarkovsky's Solaris, Alien or even the more recent Gravity. As usual with Nolan it treads the line between arthouse surrealism and thought provoking mainstream shock and wow. I'm not sure I took it all in on the first viewing, but maybe that's the point. It's a love poem to the sixties space race, to the science fiction cinema of the era, and put simply a bold must see film from one of our greatest British filmmakers.

Ben Eshmade
Freelance Audio Producer, Presenter & Writer

Happy Halloween!

Monday, 27 October 2014

This month Ben Eshmade gets immersed in the BFI London Film Festival to get the jump on the best blockbuster and art house cinema for the year ahead; Rachel Williams from The London Word discusses the highs of Ethiopian sci-fi, the lows of Adam Sandler's beard, and the reason everyone is talking about Whiplash. Plus Cigarette Burns Cinema's Josh Saco introduces us to the crazy, sexy and often cannibalistic films that comprise our series The House of Walker. And as we wait impatiently for Christopher Nolan’s new film Interstellar, BEV’s Sonia Zadurian takes us on a journey through his astronomically successful career.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Belle: The Art of Junko Mizuno

Atomica Gallery, in association with Comica Festival, are currently showing “Belle: The Art of Junko Mizuno”, a retrospective solo exhibition from celebrated Japanese artist Junko Mizuno. Bringing together a collection of original paintings, rare limited edition prints, iconic gig silk-screen posters and other works from throughout her esteemed career, “Belle” is the first ever showing of Mizuno’s work in London. I attended the opening night, along with a few of the comics fraternity and took a few shots, I also bought one of Junko's limited edition prints which will soon be on my wall.

Junko Mizuno by Steve Cook

Born in Japan and currently residing in San Francisco, Mizuno is a self-taught artist who is recognized for her unique style of powerful and erotic female imagery. Juxtaposing childlike cuteness and horror, her psychedelic female characters exude positive energy and playful sexuality. Submerged in 70s Japanese cute-culture whilst growing up in Tokyo, Mizuno is also inspired by countless other pop-cult sources including toys, comics, food and music, as well as fetish, folk and religious art.

The evening began with an amusing intro by Jonathan Ross who is a keen advocate of Junko's work.

Manko, Jason Atomic and Junko

Someone was sporting a tattoo of one of Junko's illustrations.

Jessica S Kemp was there too. Check her blog.

Rian Hughes and David Hine.

Vikki Liogier and Jessica S Kemp.

Manko and Junko.
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