Love not hate

This week has been a very unsettling time for the UK particularly for young people. As they were the targets of a cowardice act that took place only a few days ago in Manchester. On the news there is lots of info about how to explain to children and young people the events that unfolded at Manchester. But as a mother of a twelve year old girl what can you say except the truth. And to emphasis the importance of love and not hate. They are the generation of change and hope. Not just here in the UK but all over our beautiful planet.
Young people are living in an age where communication to the world is at their finger tips, they can unlock knowledge from just the click of a button. Social media is there main ingredient of communication. With more emphasis on body image than ever. And mental health issues at an all time high.

The pressure for young people in the UK can be overbearing at times. However young people are more open than ever and they are freer now than ever to access the world and grab it by two hands to love and preserve it.

This post is dedicated to young people and I respect you, love you, you make me laugh, cry, listen, learn, share and what else can I say but never change.

Figure In the Staircase

Conway Street

 

Learning sleep family roots,

Secrets, painful, past.

Memories nostalgia, protecting let go, holding alone tear.

 

Sad secret young love hold love.

Murphy dream catholic.

 

Open brother play, shout, simple.

Fortunate rich Irish.

Poor old new cry.

 

Change share secure safe.

Unconscious hope breath.

 

Welsh life laugh faith silent, childhood star.

Conway street sister, divorce.

Source: Nurtured In Concrete Form

Worth £10,000 Edition 1 of 5

Is photography art? I recently watched  interview with Grayson Perry asking him ‘what is art?’ this is what he said.

“This is a very good question, a hundred years ago Marcel Duchamp famously brought a urinal from a hardware shop and tried to exhibit it in an exhibition. Pretty much from that concept anything can be art was  brought into the art world. What is art? is a socially constructed thing that  certain number of people can agree on and there are various tests you can do to sort of work out what your looking at is art. The first thing you might ask is who is it made by? or whose chosen it? Ernest Gombrich the famous art historian said that ‘there is no such thing as art there is only artists’ the other thing you might ask is where are you looking at it? is it in an art gallery? because Duchamp the very act of bring the urinal into the gallery context, was hoping that it would redefine this object as art. I mean one of the areas I think its quite sort of blurry about what could be art is photography. I mean we all take photography now it rains down on us like sewage from heaven, the number of photographs we are all taking now but is this art? So I asked Martin Parr the famous photographer can you give me the definition of art photography? he said ‘if its more than two and a half metres high and its worth more than £10,000 and 1 of an edition of 5 it is art”.

Honestly I was disappointed about the last part of his answer, referencing Parr’s answer, is art only valued by its price? Does art need to be in a gallery to be called art? This question is asked so many times but what I find interesting is how it is answered. For me Duchump and Tracey Emin are pioneers of this.

2001.

Just start taking, cinematic film stills. Mullholland Drive.

Ray of light, building visual discourse, hot and cold, you don’t push all my buttons.

Cindy Sherman, red rose.

Eye liner, untitled film still, potions of love.

Feel no shame. The smell of summer.

American Beauty, Barker’s clothes shop, lipstick, coming of age…………..

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