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Sunset delights on the South Bank

There is something about the light at this time of year. Perhaps because there is less of it so we cherish it more. But when there isn't a cloud in the sky it usually means that there is a fabulous sunset. I was lucky enough to be on the South Bank (for work again) when the sun was starting to set behind the Houses of Parliament. Here is what I saw look up and down the Thames.







Reflections and graffiti

After I visited the Crafty Fox Market the other week it was such a nice afternoon I decided to walk down the canal then through Brick Lane down to Liverpool Street to get the bus home. It's a rare treat to do a bit of exploring on my own without my trust OH by my side. Here are some of my favourite mix of reflections and graffiti with a sprinkle of autumn colour.


Gavin Turk and more Autumn

I thought last week would be the last of the autumn colour but no, it seems to be the gift that keeps on giving. OH and I headed down to the Newport Gallery this weekend to see the new Gavin Turk exhibition 'Who What When Where How & Why. I must admit we went last week as the weather was pretty grim only to find we were a week too early, the exhibition hadn't even started!
The gallery is in an unassuming part of  South London and the easiest way for us to get there is by bus then a short walk through the back streets. We stumbled across  these fabulous mosaics of Charlie Chaplin while we were doing the, sorry I mean walking, down Lambeth Walk. Chaplin was brought up in the area before setting off to make his fortune in the USA in the early 20s. 

There was also what was probably a street of old shops with colours that punched you in the face. 
I made OH take a short detour to see the colours of these trees below but also spotted this community artwork celebrating other landmarks and well known faces linked with the area. There was also pictures celebrating Pearly Kings and Queens and the Lambeth Walk.


But just look at the colours of those leaves! Simply devine
But enough of Autumn for now, don't worry there will be more later on! Back to the exhibition
I really like the Newport Gallery as it's free, friendly and  you can take photographs (a huge tick in my box). 
 Gavin Turk isn't really my think, I don't really understand much of Modern Art but this exhibition did make me smile. Above is the infamous 'Gavin Turk worked here' blue plaque which was the only thing he submitted for his end of year degree show. I did like the fact that it was the only thing in one vast gallery. 
This was my favorite room as you could interact with these mirrored cubes and got different views of the room as you walked around. 
Legs are photographer's own with OH's legs in the background...... 
When you go upstairs the first room hits you in the face with Warhol inspired parades of the artist as Sid Vicious. After the muted colours of downstairs it was a massive sensory hit. 
Next room had several different installations depicting the human form. The figure wearing the grubby blue shirt is actually a sculpture rather than a person. 
I was torn by this exhibition as I did find some of it pretentious but I did enjoy some aspects. 
The final room was full of erm rubbish - literally which I just didn't get. BUT I really like this image of people viewing it reflected in a mirror. 
And as we made our way back to the bus stop there was even more Autumn Colour. 




And back in the flat I popped outside to enjoy the last of my dahlias. Frost is on it's way so I'm not sure how much longer they will be with us but love these. I've had such pleasure from these since late Summer. 

Shadow Puppet Theatre at the British Museum Work

Last week at work I joined a class of Masters students visiting the British Museum, specifically the Shadow Puppet Theatre from Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. I was there to photograph the visit but I was blown away by what I saw so took a few minutes at the end of the visit to take these pictures. I had always assumed shadow puppets would be black and white yet these were so bright and vibrant, depicting the fashion of the time. The first set of photographs are of puppets dating back to the late 1700s and they are painted hide. I'll just repeat that, these date back to the late 1700s! They are so beautiful and are decorated on both sides.


 The shadow puppets are often associated with life changing events and rituals such as marriage and death and as such were treated as sacred objects.






There were also some incredible instruments 
 So the puppets above as mentioned date back several centuries but each culture has also created new puppets that reflect the fashions of the times. Above and below are from the 1970s 

And here are some examples from this century. I certainly prefer the first puppets but it was so interesting to see the changes down the years to ensure the practice remains part of the culture. I was lucky enough to hear a talk given by the curator but the art work is stunning. If you are in London the exhibition is free and is up in room 91 at the British Museum next to the Prints section.