A List for April

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Do you remember last month when I mentioned that things were about to get very hectic for me?

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Well, they have been, hence the lack of posts and overall silence on the site. I've spent some time in the United Kingdom and am now on the west coast in California spending a bit of time with my father before returning to life in the city. I did manage to develop about half of the rolls I took on my trip abroad in the five free hours I had between my flight back to the states and my flight to California, but as the rest remain untouched, it will be a few more days before I start posting much about my trip.

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In the meantime, I thought I'd share a few of my current favorite things (and people and places...).

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1.  While in London, I made a trip to Brick Lane Market. Full of vintage clothing, handmade jewelry, artwork, and unique finds, the market stretches on over several blocks in the neighborhood into two different warehouses and borders another large, well known market--Old Spitalfields Market. Wandering through the market was one of my favorite mornings in the city because it was nestled in such an interesting neighborhood and featured so many interesting people and things. If you get a chance to browse you definitely should and plan on having lunch there--almost every type of food imaginable is available and I had a great Indian lunch for £3. But the highlight for me was leaving with two cameras that, with a little haggling, I acquired for the price of one. This ninety year old Zeiss-Ikon is one of the two and may be my new favorite. I've been having a ton of fun with it so be on the lookout for some very vintage images.

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2. I don't watch many movies but when one of my recent flights featured the movie, Hugo, I decided to tune in as I had heard many good things about it. Well, all of the good things I heard were true. It's fantastically creative  and has such an amazing perspective on one's purpose in life. Young Hugo is quite philosophical for his age and the visual exploration of film-making was inspiring: I may have to indulge that inclination I've had to venture into black and white silent films....

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3. While in London, I was able to visit both Tate Britain and Tate Modern, finding a slight preference for the former.  I was able to see some amazing art by amazing artists but was particularly moved by a series featured at Tate Britain of photographer Don McCullin. A portion of the series was devoted to McCullin's fifty year old images of the homeless in London, which were distinctly touching. Beneath the introduction to the series was a great quote from McCullin himself which invoked a great deal of contemplation within me, "Photography isn't looking, it's feeling. If you can't feel what you're looking at, then you're never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures."  On a lighter note, while doing a bit of research on the artist later, I discovered these interesting shots he took of the Beatles per their request.

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4.  I've mentioned the photographer Sally Mann and her haunting work on here once before; recently, I came across a documentary called What Remains that follows a series Mann is working on from start to finish while also discussing some of her past work and future intentions. It's definitely worth checking out if you've ever been curious about the creative process. It's available in three parts on YouTube.

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It's a short list this month but come back later this week for a new artist featurette and photographs. And in the meantime, be sure to "Like" Cats Like Scotch on Facebook! 

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