Category Archives: UK Talent

Tuesday With Vous: Liam Rogers {take 2}

Name: Liam Rogers
Location: Tunbridge Wells
Occupation: Photographer / Film-maker
Camera Used: Nikon D7000

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

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Good morning world. What’s up? TWV_2

Look there’s condensation on the car. Good morning autumn!

 

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Driving to work has been a breeze during the summer holidays, then it all goes down the drain for 10 months. Good morning traffic. TWV_4

Bit late for work but check out that view! Tonbridge is not my favourite place but I love that little glimpse of countryside. It never gets old. (Disclaimer: Taking photos whilst driving is not cool but I’ll happily risk my life for Lady Sims.) TWV_5

Offices don’t generally inspire vast amounts of creativity but I think I was on to something when I created this masterpiece. TWV_6

Brian is my man. My rock. My one and only. TWV_7

Apart from my awesome colleagues, this is the best thing about my office. TWV_8

My boss (coolest boss ever BTW) always supplies us with weird and wonderful snacks. Her brand new lippy was added to the mix because she is the Queen of impulse buying. TWV_9

My bestest office buddy Laura wearing the poster for the Electric Lantern Film Festival.

Annoyingly, the rest of my afternoon was spent doing stuff where is wasn’t ok for me to whip out my camera and be like, ‘can I take your snap for TWV?’. Soz. TWV_10

One last picture of the weirdest thing I have on my desk. It kind of creeps me out. TWV_11

Now to Trinity to see my film being shown on the second evening of the Electric Lantern Festival. It’s always weird watching something you’ve created with a room full of people, suddenly an 8 minute video feels like the longest thing ever! TWV_12

After the film screening we headed to the ever classy ‘spoons for a quick drink. Surprisingly, this light chandelier thing is pretty amazing. TWV_13

Potential film for Electric Lantern 2014? For sure! TWV_14

I return home to find a pile of books on my desk. I’d love to pretend I’m super cultured but they’re all Nicks. (@cllrrogers) TWV_15

Seeing your photos all big and in the flesh is so exciting. Before I go to bed, I must must must frame my photos to be installed at Woods tomorrow. (edited to note that the Woods show is now TONIGHT as of this posting.) TWV_16

This is how I feel. Bedtime. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Okay, everyone, follow Liam on Twitter and go and see Liam’s photos at Woods! GO GO GO!

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Caro Spinette Studio Visit {behind the scenes}

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A few weeks ago, Liam and I had the great pleasure of making the acquaintance of Caro Spinette on Twitter and, after meeting her in real life, immediately bonded over our shared love of the local art scene, the film The Fountain, and the fact that we’re all transplants that have come to love life in Tunbridge Wells.  Caro, who’s originally from France, was gracious enough to invite us into her lovely home (a converted schoolhouse, so cool) for brownies and a nose through her studio. The scope of her work is vast, ranging from hand-painted ceramics to cityscapes and Eastern-inspired paintings.  Whatever the subject, her work is colourful and full of passion (she’s French, after all!) and we’re thrilled to count her as a coconspirator and friend.

To see more of her fabulous work, hope over to Artists Unveiled to see part one & two of our studio visit!

Tuesday With Vous: Jason Wain

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Name: Jason Wain
Location: Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK
Occupation: Freelance Photographer (and check out his blog, too!)
Camera: Nikon D7000 with Nikon 17-55 f2.8 lens

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The alarm goes at 07:00. I usually do battle with the snooze, which goes every five minutes, for about half an hour. Sometimes even up to an hour. Today I manage to reach consciousness after only 15 minutes or so. Bravo.

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After dragging myself out of bed, I go for a jog to wake myself up. Also, I know that most of the day will be spent indoors, so I want to make sure I at least get some fresh air, even if only a measly 15 mins! Exercise followed by standard shower breakfast etc, etc.

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I like to start the day (after the jog and before the work) by reading a little bit from my Bible. Sometimes it provides inspiration, sometimes encouragement, and sometimes a challenge.

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And thus the day at the ‘office’ begins. Sorting through and answering emails takes the first hour and a half of Tuesday. It really shouldn’t, but I’m always über thorough at checking things through and editing before I send it. Once you’ve hit the ‘send’ button there’s really nothing you can do about embarrassing mistakes.

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Coffee time. Sometimes I take a break (particularly if it’s very sunny), sometimes I just plough on with the work. Today I just get on with it. I used to think it was just a thing in our family to have coffee at 11:00, but more and more I seem to notice references to 11:00 being coffee time everywhere I go. Do you do it?

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Still at the computer working on dull admin. This week is the first week of August, so I have all the end-of-month stuff to do, such as archiving, spreadsheets, printing receipts and invoices blah de blah blah. This is my only ‘office’ companion, a basil plant who I imaginatively named Basil (it says a lot about the great heights of my creativity, does it not?).

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It’s pretty much lunch time but I can’t be bothered to do anything about it at the moment, so a kiwi and a bit of staring out of the window will suffice until then.

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After lunch I set about editing some photographs I took last week of a ‘Chilled Tomato, Lime, Basil and Lemon Grass Soup’, for food writer Rose Prince’s website. The recipe comes from her second book, The New English Table. That mark on the cloth will have to be removed…

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Early to mid afternoon is traditionally the low point of my day, especially on miserable, grey, rainy days like today. Inspiration is at an all-time low, and I just can’t focus. In the same way that a king can be held prisoner in his own castle, I am held captive by my various to-do lists. My brain is rebelling right now and is arguing against every single item on that list.

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Time for a cup of tea and cake. Things usually get better from hereon in. There’s nothing like a little break and a cup of tea for helping to recharge one’s motivation. I am currently working on my Grandfather’s WWII stories at the moment, so I opt to grill my Mum whilst she’s sitting still on a few of the many small details that need checking.

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The advantage of working off a laptop: I can move to another room, which for some reason often helps a lot in terms of productivity. Continuing with the war stories, I work on mapping out my Granddad’s journey. Not very photography-related, I confess, though I do feel that it is a task that simply has to be done.

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Early finish today as I have dinner with an old pal, Matt, who is back in town from depths of Norwich. We decided to check out the new Côte Brasserie, as they have a good set-menu offer before 19:00.

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Going for a three course menu, one expects to be seated for at least one-and-a-half to two hours. But no, service is so efficient that by the time it’s 19:00 we are already on pudding. Incredible, but almost too efficient. The food was great though, (hence no good pictures – too busy eating!) and the meal finishes with the chocolate pot topped with crème fraîche, pictured. A complimentary shot of a fruity liqueur is a welcome surprise too, considering the set menu only costs £11.90.

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We head off to the private view at the (new?) Art Pull gallery in Camden Road, where we are joined by my brother, a web designer. Here we meet Lady Katherine herself, and Liam who is exhibiting some pictures. The room is very, very hot. And crammed with people.

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After a rather nice banter with Liam and the Lady, my brother, Matt and I depart. We fancy a drink and decide to head to Pulpito, the (relatively) new Spanish place in Camden Road. They have done a great job of creating a wonderfully mediterranean ambience. An Estrella and some complimentary nuts go down nicely with more good bantah.

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In between the last part of 21:00 and 23:00, I come home, make a nice cup of spiced fruit tea and sit down in an armchair with a book, where I am greeted by purring Pippin.

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Finally hit the sack. Happy Wednesday!

                                                                                                   

Awe, that was lovely!  Because I’m a terribly nosey person, I just love seeing what other people get up, how they live, what they eat, etc.  Even when they’re taking horribly unflattering photos of me (seriously, do I really stand like that?!), I’m thrilled to see the world through their lens.  So thank you, Jason, you are a shooting star and I loved your photos!

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Ed Liddle Studio Visit {behind the scenes}

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Ed+Liddle+8Last week, Liam and I visited the studio of local artist Ed Liddle and spent three delightful hours treasure hunting through his space.  What I admire about Ed is that he allows himself to be imperfect, to experiment, and to create with a raw energy that really comes through in his work .  His pieces are tactile, honest, confrontational, and his space is packed full of inspiration.

For more, check out our Liam’s fantastic Artists Unveiled posts (part one & two) about Ed’s work  and be sure to follow Ed on Twitter, too.  Ed’s a mighty fine guy and we’re looking forward to seeing a lot more of him in the future.

Tuesday With Moi

 Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Where does time go?

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Do you dream, dear reader?  I dream every night with an intensity I that sometimes scares me.  I’ve fallen in love in my dreams, I’ve experienced betrayal, jealousy and anger that I’ve never felt in my waking life, and I’ve been terrified by the images and stories my mind sometimes creates.  Yesterday was particularly alarming, and I awoke paralysed with fear and feeling as if my body was weighed down with lead and my mouth was mute.  My sinuses were throbbing and I felt so sleepy so, after turning off my alarm, I curled into a ball and decided to sleep for “five more minutes”. I woke up two hours later at 9:45 with a head cold and sleepy eyes.  11

A yellow leaf drifted through my window yesterday morning as a breeze blew through the trees outside.  I closed my eyes and I could’ve sworn I was back in Boston, walking through the Public Garden on my way to work, leaves swirling at my feet and a hot coffee warming my hand.  Sometimes it’s the little things– a leaf, the scent of roasting coffee, the way a gust of wind pushes me forward– that makes my heart ache for Boston the most.  David and I booked our tickets to visit at the end of August and I’m so excited to go back! 12

Sick.  And sleepy.  I’m incredibly lucky that I can work from home on days when I feel unwell, but I sometimes wish I had the ability to just call in sick.  ”Can’t come in, can’d do anything, feel like crap.” is not something I’m able to say in my position.  So instead, I put on my big girl panties and soldier on.  But only after I lay on my yoga mat and cry for a little while.
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And then I soldier on, with some green tea and snotty loo roll as company. (Loo roll. Isn’t that so much cuter than “toilet paper”?) 14

Feed a cold, starve a fever.  Over the weekend, David and I visited his brother in Cambridge and stopped by the Gog Magog Hills Farm Shop (which is adorable) and stocked up on all kinds of goodies.  Suffice to say that we’re eating extra well this week and I happily loaded myself up with greens and goodness before slipping into a brief and necessary nap.  15

But even after a little shut-eye, I felt as droopy as my Norfolk Island Pine, which I repotted this weekend.  As I repotted it, I accidentally broke the little support beam that keeps it upright, so I guess I should go out in the woods and find a stick to replace it with.  Or a kebab skewer or something.  I dunno.  I kinda suck and keeping my plants alive and healthy, you guys.  It’s sad. 16

I’m also kind of crap at keeping my computer alive.  Yes, my friends, the inevitable is happening Methuselah’s power cord has stopped working.  My poor sweet Macbook, with whom I’ve had my longest and most intimate relationship, is slowly but surely dying.  Piece by piece, little by little.  But I’m not going to quit Methuselah yet! Oh no! Though maybe soon… :(  17

I love Le Chat.  Even when I’m feeling very small in a world that is very big and my computer is breaking and I’m tired, so tired, she’s right there for cuddles and nose nuzzles.  I’m so pleased we brought her with us on this English adventure.  I’m so pleased she’s so cute and little and loves me. 18

To address my earlier point about keeping plants alive, David’s son’s money tree died whilst in our care (oops).  It rotted, to be specific, and though it was living in our house, I technically do not feel responsible for its death.  However, we still feel kinda bad, so David researched how to save it from complete and total death and it turns out you can actually plant one of the branches (leaf things?) in soil and it will grow anew.  I’m not holding out too much hope, but I’d love for it to work.  Just so I could brag about something, you know?
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After a delicious dinner of farm-fresh sausages and pasta, David and I got ready to attend my friend Liam‘s private viewing party at Art Pull.  Sometimes it is very difficult to decide which shoes to wear.  You feel me?
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The gallery was packed last night, which was fantastic!  This is Liam chatting about his work with someone in an awesome striped blazer.  I haven’t had time to catch up with him yet, but I believe Liam sold a piece last night.  WELL DONE, LIAM!  21

After I wilted in the Art Pull gallery (seriously, it was so marvellously crowded!), David and I stopped in a pub for a chat and drink.  He’s been working a lot lately and needs to get out of the house to relax and distance himself from everything he needs to do.  We both do, to be honest, and it’s important for both of us that we’re able to sit across a table from each other and talk about normal things like, well, work and how work is stressing us out.  Ha. 22

After our decompression time was done, we paid the tab, checked our teeth in the shiny reflective  bill tray, and headed home. 23

Despite the fact that I was exhausted, we stayed up to watch an episode of Orange is the New Black before going to bed. Now I know you’re all like, But I thought you were sooooo tired and whiny and wanted to go to sleep, but instead you went to a pub and stayed up watching television?! and my answer is this: red wine has lots of antioxidants in it and you can never be too tired to watch OITNB.  Seriously, if you’re watching it, you’ll know that it’s like crack.  Your body’s telling you to go to sleep, but your brain is like BUT WHAT’S GONNA HAPPEN TO PIPER?! It’s not ideal, but it is what it is.

And that, dear reader, was my Tuesday.  How was yours?  How are YOU? I know I’ve been a lazy sharer lately, but look forward to tomorrow’s post where I share some behind the scene’s photos of local artist Ed Liddle‘s studio! I visited it last week with Liam for Artists Unveiled and it’s totally adorable– I think you’re going to love it.  Until tomorrow, xx!

Tuesday With Vous: Ellen Fife

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Name: Ellen Fife
Location: London, UK
Occupation: Writer/Photographer
Camera: Nikon N70

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Leaving the house 13

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The people at Waterloo Station 16

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Script meeting with Kes and Karen, actors at Central School of Speech and Drama 18

Charlie after work 19

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Holding hands at dinner in China Town 21

Ben and Charlie in Camden 22

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The train home

An enormous thank you to Ellen for sharing her photos with us.  Isn’t film photography the greatest?  So full of character.  Anyway!  Check out Ellen on Flickr, Facebook, & Tumblr, too.

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Artists Unveiled PRESS

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Liam and I have so many ideas to share over the next couple months and we’re thrilled that people are being so lovely about our festival.  I’ll share major developments with you here, but we’ll be regularly updating the AU website with tid-bits, events, and features on local artists, so tune in there if you so desire. And we sincerely hope you do so desire, dear reader, because that would make us very happy and we like being happy. 

Enjoy the sunshine!

Tuesday With Vous: Matt Senior

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Name: Matt Senior
Location: Alton (Hampshire)
Occupation: Church Administrator (in the mornings), School IT Technician (in the afternoons).
Camera Used: Nikeon D60

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As usual, my morning starts by being woken up by this guy.

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Before leaving for work I need to wrestle my iPad from my daughter.

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At my desk at the church. The piles on it have grown. That’s what I get for taking a day’s leave yesterday.

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I take a stroll to the sound desk. Time for Sunday’s sermon to go online.

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This fly has been buzzing around in an annoying way this morning. No longer. Indiana [the best bit of lost property ever to come into my office] thinks it may hold some archaeological value.

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My colleague’s new desk fan is still amusing us in the office. A multi-lingual USB fan. Bleib Cool. Good advice.

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Looking somewhat disheveled as I arrive at my afternoon job. That’s what wearing a motorcycle helmet does to you (that and not having got round to shaving for quite a few days).

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In the library checking if a laptop has the relevant software.

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Sorting through a tangle of headphones to see which work and which don’t.

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Primary school science experiments: Sometimes they work, sometimes they really don’t.

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Riding home through rural Hampshire.

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Tea time.

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 Looking out the bedroom window, waiting for the kids to fall asleep, and I spot the first hot air balloon of the season.

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Making bread and listening to Bellowhead. Excellent.

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It’s definitely time for coffee now.

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Time for some uke practice. (We ukelele players never use its full name. Maybe? I don’t know, I only really starting playing 4 days ago).

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This guy is up again. And he’s hungry.

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So with tomorrow’s lunch cooling, I reckon it’s probably time for bed.

Many thanks to Matt for sharing his Tuesday with us.  Maybe I’ll rope him in for a bread recipe post one of these days, too.  Yum!