If you find yourself in Londontown this month, make sure you go visit the Cornershop (above). Artist Lucy Sparrow has filled an abandoned shop with 4,000 items, from biscuits to lager, chocolate and chips, and ALL of them are made out of felt. Read more over here, here and here (you can buy goods online, too)
Be full of yourself — loved this from Julie
[Podcast] The science of Mindlessness and Mindfulness
This desk collection | this mini printer
“Living the life of an artist, Gisèle is a woman of imagination. She still finds herself wondered by this world.” — 100 years old and so inspiring
More reasons to adore Jeff Bridges
How to make your anger divine
[video] The coolest tattooed grandma ever
Green goddess sandwiches | cherry + amaranth panzanella | green powerhouse salad
Everything is wonderful. Everything is terrible. — thank you for this, Kate
How a password changed my life
Happy weekend, loves! xo
Well, we’ve got over
1,500 2,000 people signed up to get the daily emails so I think it’s fair to say this year’s August Break is going to be a lively one! We start tomorrow and there’s still time to sign up to get the (totally free) daily emails — I’ll leave the list open so if anyone wants to sign up during the month they can.
I’ve been prepping the emails (from my sick bed – summer sickness sucks. Fact) and there’s been so much goodness coming in from the contributors I think you’re going to love it. I’ll be mainly sharing on Instagram this year as I don’t feel the need to take a break from the blog — there’s still plenty of stuff I want to talk about — but however it all unfolds, I’m looking forward to taking my foot off the pedal a bit this month. August only happens once a year, amiright? ;-)
Happy August Break, everyone! xo
I’ve been shooting photos for my new book and it’s starting to take over my life — which is as it should be because I want this book to be beautiful and inspiring and, well, good. So no pressure then! We’re having a heatwave here in the UK so the last few weeks of shooting have been pretty intense but thankfully the Circle line has air conditioning so I’m planning my travels accordingly. Pro tip: avoid the Central line at all costs. It’s like sitting in hell’s kitchen.
This book is going to be a portrait of the city and with a population of 8.3 million I’m inevitably photographing a lot of passers by. I’ve never felt comfortable taking photos of people in the street, but the more places I go the bolder I get. Like actors in your own private play, people bring life and character to the shots. I’ve been fantasising about creating a Humans of London blog in honour of the wonderful Humans of New York, but the truth is, I prefer wandering the streets unobtrusively. I like to observe rather than interact.
Of course, when you have a 40 year-old Polaroid camera hanging across your body, you tend to become a people magnet. Each day I speak to at least five or six souls who are curious about the camera. I’ve chatted with policemen outside the Houses of Parliament, the old boy in Camden Passage and Jesse, the Spanish dude I met on the Southbank who insisted I take his picture. There was the girl in Chipotle who said she had a Polaroid at home, the charity worker in Islington who wanted tips on shooting at night, and Darren in Chinatown who was so inspired by the Vivian Maier film he was out snapping strangers.
You are never stuck for conversation when you’re shooting with a Polaroid. This is turning into quite an adventure…