PRIDE IN HULL 2018

PRIDE IN HULL 2018 WAS SO GRAND AND AMAZING THAT IT DESERVES ITS OWN BLOG POST. INITIALLY I PLANNED TO INCLUDE PRIDE IN MY CULTURE REVIEW FOR JULY, BUT LOOKING AT THE SCALE OF THE EVENT – I NEED TO DO JUSTICE.

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HIGHLIGHTS:

ABSOLUTELY CULTURED AND HULL17 VOLUNTEERS

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BACK TO OURS

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FACE PAINTING 4 YOU AT PRIDE IN HULL 2018

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PRIDE DOGS

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THE FEELING

The feeling of love, unity, happiness, joy, equality, acceptance, celebration. And the colours. It is mad to think that decade ago this would be a forbidden parade. The Pride in Hull is far from in-your-face screaming for attention, it brings city and people together. And that is all we need.

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MY CITY OF CULTURE – MY HULL – WEEK 40

HELLO CULTURE
HELLO HULL
HELLO LEMONS.

Freshly brewed photos from HULL FAIR 2017 and tiny bit from Humber Mouth Literature Festival celebrating 25th anniversary – science workshop HANDS ON! + Hall For Hull @Trinity Square

Sunday had high expectations that didn’t exceed, so I squeezed in a bit of mind blowing science and pretended to be under 15 years old.

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HANDS ON! where family activities inspired by the shortlist of the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2017 – basically book content that could be difficult to pick up by reading only, so the workshop made science and other subjects come alive. Entertainment with learning at the top scores. My mind was blown by some of the characteristics of electricity, fossils and enthusiasm from the people running the workshop. Yeah!

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SATURDAY OF COURSE WAS THE HULL FAIR.

There is so much love with a bit of hate dose for HULL FAIR and every year it is my autumn Christmas.

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HULL FAIR 2017 is an extravaganza with crazy rides, smells, colours, sounds, people and everything, everything that you can imagine. It reaches both ends of spectrum – it is one of the best events of the year making so many people happy, providing a week long entertainment that roots down to 1278. recently celebrating its 7th Century….
And then it is the worst event that shows the how the society behaves in the 21st Century, how deep in to a consumer dream we have sunk [cheap China shit toys is my fave example] and that people are PIGS! The amount of rubbish and food is extreme. Pushing and exhaling close to a strangers ears is only one thing, the second most annoying thing is the silly grown ups smoking near children and allowing children to pick up food that they’ve dropped and put them in their mouths…
And then we return to fun – rides, laughter, joy, juicy burger, candy floss, butterflies in the belly and weeks wages gone! Is this close to your experience?

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HULL FAIR 2017 for a photographer is something to experience – slow shutter speeds and rides, different weather, night/day, people and food stalls….
And I have done it for quite a few years – first year was to nail the rides and perfect movement of the lights, second year it was the rides and the food stalls and on the third year I pretended to be Peter Dench in Ibiza taking photos of the drunken Brits – right in the face flash to expose the light and the dark of the average HULL FAIR 2017 visitor. Last year I couldn’t be asked, but this year I took my camera for one more time in the honour of my photographic challenge.
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I was snapping rather than creating the perfect photograph and my second curtain Speedlight skill reflects the madness walking along Walton Street.
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HULL FAIR 2017 IS CRAZY. IT IS EXACTLY THE SAME EVERY YEAR, BUT I WOULD NOT MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.

Working my way backwards  – on Thursday, when the sun was kissing my face in the early morning I went down to Trinity Square to see the HALL FOR HULL

HALL FOR HULL are steel constructions celebrating two architects designing an ambitious temporary outdoor structure in response to the historic heart of Hull specially designed for Trinity Square.

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The rigid geometry of the columns ware carefully distorted and redefined by the artwork of Varini, who explores the illusions of geometry through eye-deceiving photographic techniques, together with the tradition of pictorial representation. 

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I purposely went there guided by the sunlight and it looked spectacular. It was the sun shining through the sculptures and shaping the early morning rush. Moment for real culture wonder when you really feel like this year, every week, everyday you can get to see some incredible things.

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And just as I was waving goodbye to the sculptures school kiddies came for a tour so I stick around to see how they get on with the sculptures. I guess that I was hoping for the perfect shot with a child engaging with the culture – but you must remember that taking photos children without a permission looks dodgy in is not appropriate.

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These sculptures are beautiful, but they are cold and without a context look sad. So the connection with the sculptures and people is the blood line for them, without people touching them, getting in to the skin of the sculpture, they make no sense. GO AND TOUCH THE For Hull @Trinity Square

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THIS WEEK IS LOOKING RATHER BUSY, CULTURE IS OVERWHELMING, SO I NEED TO SWALLOW THE LEMONS AND CRACK ON!

HAPPY CULTURE

MY CITY OF CULTURE – MY HULL – WEEK 34

I am just going to pretend that it is Monday, although clearly I have broken the routine FIRST TIME IN 34 WEEKS by doing this on Tuesday.
My excuse – Bank Holiday and unexpected health issues.

 

The week was something between a recovery and back to work mode… so I packed in dose of culture in one day, predicting that no other days will be suitable.

I had a plan:
TIGER RAGS – THE FABRIC OF HULL CITY AFC

BLEACHED BY TANIA KOVATS

THE DINOSAUR EXPERIENCE HULL @DINOSTAR

THE HOUSE OF KINGS AND QUEENS

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When heading to the TIGER RAGS – THE FABRIC OF HULL CITY AFC display, I was pretty clueless that it will be about the famous Hull City. Which easily proves that I am not in the game at all.

For me the display perhaps didn’t mean the same as it would to true fans and believers, but I felt a bit of a legacy when entering a room. There was a family that looked at the whole history of the Hull City kits and memorabilia, watched the video about the players and I recognised the importance of the little exhibition in the most bizarre place.

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BLEACHED BY TANIA KOVATS as part of the day came on my way to Humber Street. The building, its location and potential to amaze me was present when approaching.

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Without making things up – genuinely one of my favourite culture visits in the recent weeks. There is no photo proof, but I had two guys helping me to soak the culture, we talked and chit-chatted, criticized and praised the work of Tania Kovats. Complete strangers, but the culture brought us together for those 15 important minutes. And the story behind their visit – old friends, both retired, now living in different areas, come together to see the culture and have a lunch/brunch/coffee/pint every now and then. How cool is that? This is why this year has changed things around, this is why everyone can find something beneficial about Hull 2017.

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Sculptures exploring the beauty of coral and its fragile position in the world’s ecosystem, was something that we evaluated as potentially upsetting – if beneath the white coat was real coral, we could not accept the sacrifices made to create the art.
Off course it turned out that The Deep was able to save a large quantity of modal (artificial) coral after refurbishment for Tania to work with, so the artist used representation to raise awareness of what could potentially happen with the corals if the humans don’t start to think environmentally friendly.

It remains stunning sculpture with exceptional amount of fine detail that I had the pleasure to view.

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The sculptures Ocean Bowls are just as stunning as the corals. And mystery at first glanceI thought that each metal piece has been saved from a different ocean and we see the different effects that it had created. But NO, under each piece was a great idea hidden for us to find…

Each piece has been cut out as Planet Earth, metal part being ocean and cut outs being land. So if pieced together it will create a planet that we know so far.

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As before – it was so interesting to puzzle this mystery with strangers that become your friends for the moment and find Great Britain, Philippines, Baltics or Mexico.

There was a third art display – a bit of paint on paper that we called to be a fish planet – because so many things are to do with water, sea, river.

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After the amazing experience I walked into almost electric skyline overlooking Hull Town and was in a good mood – being busy even with photo-jobs can sometimes be difficult, because there is no real freedom. However the culture photo challenge gives me the freedom, so something to celebrate.

And then it was spoiled – by Dinostar – The Dinosaur Experience Hull.
I am really sorry, but I was very shocked when I noticed the price for entry -not a symbolic £1 but £3 for an adult. And to make it worse, finishing my tour I felt like that was my worst £3 spent for an entry to culture.
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It turned to be funny – this place has always been on my sight, interested of what is hidden inside the building. Every time I walked past there, it was closed, so to finally get in should’ve made my day.
The whole thing is ridiculously outdated and 90’s entertainment. Even for children in our generation this must feel like a joke.
But then – I have seen some spectacular exhibitions and art spaces, so the stacks are high.

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I came out with my hands stamped with blurred dinosaurs and a conclusion – Dinostar need to apply for a funding and re-do the place, because the idea behind it is great and keeps the world of the mystery and wonderful alive for the kids.

Whilst heading to THE HOUSE OF KINGS AND QUEENS I bumped into something really cool – Building Block Hack!

The workshop run by artist and FORMCard founder Peter Marigold is part of the States Of Play Workshops – the incredible exhibition that I visited few weeks ago [see the photos here: MY CITY OF CULTURE – MY HULL – WEEK 29]

In short – kids and grownups playing with Lego’s and bits of melted plastic creating monsters, hero’s, unicorns and random bits.

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The last one of the day was THE HOUSE OF KINGS AND QUEENS.

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First impression – stunning display and beautiful photographs covering a content that surprisingly remains taboo amongst society [noticed that when hanging about near the entrance – parents by accident brought kids thinking that it is the States Of Play exhibition and rushed out as soon as realised that the story behind the heartfelt photographs is transgender].

But I loved it. I truly did. First of all  the photographer Lee Price has done an amazing job with storytelling through photographs, curating the notes underneath the photographs. Secondly – the context is easy to relate to. You don’t have to be transgender or gay to not feel free in today’s world. There are so many other reasons why people feel like that. I found it touching and really encourages me to be more open mined.

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Also seeing this exhibition I really need to find out more about Sierra Leone and its relationship with Hull. It has popped up before in my culture wonders, or event at Uni. Now it is time to find out more, so a little homework for coming weeks.

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This exhibition is 10/10. Thank you for the viewing and observing experience.

 

 

THIS WEEK IS THE FREEDOM FESTIVAL 10th ANNIVERSARY AND I AM SO EXCITED TO WORK WITH FREEDOM FESTIVAL THIS YEAR.

I might have a bit of none Freedom Festival culture for you – THE HESSLE ROADERS

but we’ll see.

HAPPY CULTURE PEOPLE

MY CITY OF CULTURE – MY HULL – WEEK 31 – HUMBER STREET SESH 2017

I have just minutes into the Sunday/Monday gap that usually is my own deadline for the previous weeks culture indulgence, so I will keep it sweet and short.

As I was landing from Latvia to the Queens property less than a week ago, I was thinking what a strange land it is. So many beautiful things here, so many doors opened for me, but still  – are we in the perfect relationship?

Few days of sulking and thinking and I was thrown into the madness – Humber Street Sesh 2017

I was not sure if the holiday hangover was over, but I was left with no choice – four years in a row I missed the Sesh for various reasons and last year I swore that 2017 will be THE YEAR.

+ someone offered a “brief”, so the festival visit was on the full work mode.

The gallery is less than a half of “reasonable” photos taken in the 12 hrs because on time pressure for post process – some of the photos are random, some acts/bands photographed not even sure where from/named after…a mess.

Plus half way I lost my precious map, work list and wish list, so that made me even more of a mess.
I was a mess photographer, but I think there is a great message in my photos – Hull likes a good party and Hull can also host a great party.

Highlights

Silent Disco 

Nineties Boy Bunker Pop JackJames

people

and all those who said hello to me and I said hello to.

Enjoy Humber Street Sesh 2017 mess that comes from my photographers heart.

 

 

MY CITY OF CULTURE – MY HULL – RADIO 1 BIG WEEKEND

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HERE WE ARE A WEEK LATER…

RADIO 1’s BIG WEEKEND AND ALL THE LOVE RECEIVED AND GIVEN.

THIS SUNDAY IS EMOTIONAL, THIS BLOG POST IS WRITTEN WHILST LISTENING THE ONE LOVE BENEFIT CONCERT IN MANCHESTER AND BEING AWARE OF THE LAST NIGHTS TERROR ATTACK IN LONDON.

This is my way of paying tribute to everyone affected – the horror did not stop me to go out to the festival, celebrate life and music. It was a magic and unforgettable experience. I live my life through photographs, for that reason I brought a 35 mm Minolta film camera [my work gear was not allowed in cos classed as professional].

The photos arrived on Thursday and I looked through them with true joy.

Highlights – Christine and the Queens and Stormzy. The best feeling was the sense of unity and I will never ever forget the energy that the crowds spread through every inch of my blood vessels. It was so special to be part of the same moment.

This isn’t going to be my usual Bible, just want to give share my love for life. Because love is all that matters.

And stay strong.

 

MY CITY OF CULTURE – MY HULL – WEEK 12

THE 12th  WEEK OF THE CITY OF CULTURE HAS BEEN AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING!!!!

I was asked to cover ReRooted Festival on Friday and bit on Saturday and I had a blast.

Top highlights:

  • Give Me A Sign by artist Mark Waddell.

    I had the pleasure of meeting him, he spared his time to display his posters in front of some very Hull landmarks and he was a good crazy character.

  • Meeting Gillian Dyson and Mike Stubbs

    Gilliant Dyson was not only the curator of the festival, she also has a diverse portfolio that incorporates socially engaged practice, higher education pedagogy, academic research, and performance and visual art [yes, the info is taken from her website. Over the weekend I found out that she is curating the festival, then I found out that she is the lecturer of the contemporary theatre students and on Saturday she also did an art performance].

    Mark Stubbs was the co-curator of the Lineages: The legacy of Live and Media art in Hull. The talks aim is tackling themes of life after Brexit, feminism and the decline of western civilisation, the festival seeks to spark debate and celebrate the lasting legacy of former commissioning agency Hull Time Based Arts.

  • Dave Lynch and his old-tech BULWARK.

    BULWARK is a technological barricade created from fragments of abandoned technology using the age-old construction technique of drystone walling. The installation was way cool and I think for a split moment I cracked the shy artist about the wall and if he has got any relations with the tech-pieces seen in the wall.

  • HOI POLLOI: LEEDS BECKETT PERFORMING ARTS STUDENTS


    A series of solo performances by Leeds Beckett University Performing Arts students informed by an exploration into how we are shaped by our actions, how others see us, and the changing conditions in the world.

    The performance turned the Humber Street into a society/stereotype zoo. Or changing times display… Each character was well thought out, costumes, props, actual performance and sound effects…amazing.
    The best thing was to over-hear people reacting to what they are seeing.

On Saturday there was also some skateboarding workshops, good sausages and sunshine for everyone to enjoy the festival.

One thing I was hoping to see was the respected artist Anne Bean performance [She returns to Hull for ReROOTed, having taken part in the first ever Hull Time Based Arts public exhibition at Ferens Art Gallery in 1984 with the Bow Gamelan Ensemble. This time, Bean will tap into the principles of Sympathetic Magic to conjure up fragments of her 45-year art practice LINK BELOW ]

POST REALITY – LAWS OF SIMILARITY AND CONTAGION: ANNE BEAN

 

I am sharing the 50ish best moments, really grafted over the weekend to be able to share this with you on a Monday…so have a look and spread the #getcultured movement.

 

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LOTS OF LOVE
ANETE SOODA

“BEFORE I DIE” WALL AT YO-YO FESTIVAL

The “BEFORE I DIE” wall is something that was mentioned to me whilst discussing my Final Major project. It seemed like a fantastic idea that unites people from all over the world, allowing anonymously say something that you might not discuss with your family and friends. We don’t seem to live our lives constantly thinking about the day when we might die, we want to live and do great things.

The wall is world wide project created by artist Candy Chang . He created an interactive wall on an abandoned house in her neighbourhood to create an anonymous place to help restore perspective and share intimately with neighbours while remaining an introvert.

BEFORE I DIE WALL WEBSITE

The success of this idea is incredible. As website describes “After posting a few photos online, the images spread and she received hundreds of messages from people who wanted to make a wall with their community. She created this website with resources and now thanks to passionate people around the world, over 1,000 Before I Die walls have been created in over 35 languages and over 70 countries, including Kazakhstan, Iraq, Haiti, China, Ukraine, Portugal, Japan, Denmark, Argentina, and South Africa.”

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I was super keen to set up one in Hull. City of Culture/2017 is coming and this could extend the community involvement, be creative and show the greatness of the people living in Hull.

Photographic aspect would be used to spread the word and record the “life” of the wall.

I happened to have great people around me being interested in the wall as much as I was and that’s where the project was born and started to take shape.
John and Jenni from eskimosoup had a realistic idea of how to make this happen. The first stage is to set up a smaller version of the wall [low cost] and see what the public reaction is. Jenni had a great idea to test the wall at the Bank Holiday Weekend YO-YO Festival on Princess Avenue created by organisation established in 1995 YO-YO THE FAMOUS INDIE ROCK N ROLL DISCO.

The festival was family friendly, covers different times of the day and pretty much is an ideal festival for the first “BEFORE I DIE” wall.

We set up in the morning, I felt like the preparation is essential to photograph as we are doing this from scratch.  Jenni already had prepared the wall [great job] and we just had to set it up. We also thought to extend the wall to the pavement and allow people to express themselves.

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Later on the day, when festival was two hours in, I popped down to the venue and checked if people have been near to the wall. We really hoped that people will get involved and we will be able to take the project further, responding to the thousands of interests [high expectation haha].

I was happy to see that people have written they wishes and some have used the pavement and chalks to express themselves.

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Then later on the night we went down to see what is happening again, plus enjoy the festival – music and atmosphere.

We were super happy that people have continued to write on the wall and pavement.
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It was interesting to see what the messages are.

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The experience was a learning curve for the “BEFORE I DIE” wall. We have learned that people will get engaged we just need to give them the space and tools.

We know that kids love it too, so do we need to create a kids “before I die wall” in the future?

My personal preference would be 3x bigger wall and we will be working towards that for the future reference.

We have some great plans for Hull and “BEFORE I DIE” wall, so keep you eyes and ears open.

As for the festival, I did love the atmosphere and so I did love a bit of live music.

My personal favourite was NINETIES BOY and his “gang”. Just loved the 90’s cheese and tackiness, his presence was ace and OHH, the lyrics…

 

Overall – happy to announce that the wall and the festival was great success, thanks Jenni and John for great work and support, it’s my honor to be part of this.