7 March 2017

Lost in London || Week 2

My second week in London took me to all sorts of weird and wonderful places- which included meeting some wacky people. I probably enjoyed this week the most of them all. An early adventure in the week took me to Camden, where I fell down the rabbit hole and landed in Wonderland. Of course, a tea party was in order.

 
 
In true tourist fashion, I hopped onto one of those double-decker red 'hop on-hop off' buses you always see buzzing around on tourist videos and parked behind  famous monuments in pamphlets. I was so incredibly impressed by the architecture, historicism and attention to craftsmanship that I don't see that anymore.








This street art was aptly produced outside of the National Art Gallery, by Trafalgar Square. These artists had painted several country's flags. Being the cosmopolitan city that London is, travelers from each country were urged to put money on the country that they come from- how's that for patriotism, creativity and entrepreneurship in one artwork. Just in case you're wondering, I did put money on the South African flag.

 
 
I love the impermanence of these works. Rain or the rubber on people's shoes will eventually remove all remnants of the work, and the work will be almost non-existent, except for photographic evidence.

 
 

One of my favourite places in London is definitely the Tate Modern. You could leave me in there from opening to closing and I would still ask to stay some more. I think this particular exhibit was so special to me as I had come across many of the works in the museum, over the past three years in booklets or online, whilst studying art at school. It was mesmerizing to see these works or similar works within touching distance.

You know those clichéd forbidden 'red buttons' that we're taught from young to never touch? Whilst approaching a Picasso or Warhol from across the room, I was filled with so much temptation to just touch it or to intentionally brush past it. I have so much respect for art and museums, so I obviously did not touch any of the works...but that doesn't mean the temptation wasn't there.


 


 

Fountain signed R. Mutt. 1917. Marcel Duchamp. Found Object.
'25 Marilyns'. 1962. Andy Warhol.
'Weeping Woman'. 1937. Pablo Picasso. Oil paint on canvas.

The tower of glistening lights consist of several hundred radios all tuned into different frequencies and blasting outwardly towards the audience, simultaneously. The concept behind this work is to demonstrate how people are constantly hit with media from all angle- almost attacked- with no way to turn off or away from the constant bombardment of information.






I probably won't end up doing a third installment of this series- it'll just have to be a two-part wonder (the wonder bit is up for debate). London was so incredibly good to me- the food was delicious, the people were lively and helpful and the atmosphere was immersive. Till next time, London!

Till next time-
Steph

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  1. This sounds super cool! I have never been to London but I have always wanted too. :)

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    1. I hope you get the opportunity to go...and if you ever do, take it with both hands!

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  2. Hey,
    I love these photos. Furthermore I would like to visit London this year and your post inspires me for looking for the trip. I mean time runs away.
    Thanks a lot.
    Love,Lea

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    1. You're so right in saying that time runs away! We always say we want to do things...but hardly end up doing them and somehow always have an excuse for it!

      I really hope you make the time and end up in London one day!

      Thanks for the comment, Lea!

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      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  4. These are beautiful pictures- London sounds amazing. I kind of have mixed feelings about England because I feel like it's such a crowded place but at the same time, there's so many great things cramped together that you don't have to waste a lot of time commuting and booking hotels and travelling. So that's one reason why I really want to visit London some day.

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    1. Thank you! I can't say I'm a photographer- not at all- but I enjoy trying! b vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvyhuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu (My cat just climbed over my keyboard, I thought it was cute so I'm leaving it in.)

      Back to human hands now: You're definitely right about the crowdedness...but it also depends where you are in England; Central London is a mess, other parts aren't.

      The transport and overall organisation is impeccable!

      Thank for stopping by and leaving a comment, K!

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  5. One of my favorite "European" cities for sure despite the big mess it could be whenever the tubes don't work as they should hahaha in fact, England is one of my favorite countries!!

    Regards from Spain!!

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    1. Hello from Sunny South Africa,

      Luckily, I haven't quite experienced the mess that a broken tube system would result in, but I can definitely imagine the chaos!

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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  6. The Tate Modern looks amazing! I can't believe I've never been. That's clever photography with the red triangle. Speaking of, you have great photography skills.
    As a MASSIVE Wonderland fan, I have to ask, WHERE did you meet the Mad Hatter? I've heard of Camden but you'll have to explain, is there a Wonderland shop? Festival? Actual Rabbit Hole?! ^_^

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    1. Marian!

      The Tate is incredible. You have have have to go!

      Haha, thanks! I like the red triangle shots, too!

      I took the Wonderland photo in Camden. The Mad Hatter and a couple of his Wonderful friends have a table set for a wacky and weird wonderland-themed tea party. It's a little set up on the side of the road. So, no, no rabbit hole or shop, just a small table.

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  7. the best of the cities is the art! The museums of London must be amazing! you had a cool trip!

    You were faster than me and you saw the post before I could tell you! (well, I've been busy this week... hahahah) I don't obligate you with a gun to do the tag, but if you have time, will be nice to read your answers ^^

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    1. I had a lovely trip indeed!

      I love seeing the art from other countries and eras!

      Thanks for the comment, Cilia!

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