I’m feeling so proud and very honoured to have been a Finalist in this year’s Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year Awards and to see my work hanging in The Mall Galleries London. I’m delighted to announce that my shot ‘Apple Tart’ took 3rd place in the ‘Apple a day’ category. It was a really fun night and such a great experience! The exhibition is running from today until the 29th April and it’s free, pop in if you can!
I’ve lived in Milton Keynes for over ten years and yet I never realised that there was an MK Museum. I was even more surprised to discover what a wonderful, interesting and interactive museum it was. Lots of rooms to explore in and old house, with Victorian musical instrument to play, vintage toys, an old school room, a Victorian kitchen where we were encouraged to cook toast on the fire. There was an old village with all the shops to look in… it was just wonderful. We had the place pretty much to ourselves, with a few volunteers around to reassure you it was okay to touch, turn and pick things up.
I loved it… I saw so many things that I wanted to use as props in my food photography, lots of lovely old tins, plates, kitchen equipment… everything! What a magical place!!
On Friday evening Sarah and I decided to take a little wander around MK Gallery, before going to the cinema.
The gallery is currently exhibiting embroidery and needle work by local craft artists, organised by MK Embroiders Guild and Mr X – who also happens to be one of the head NSO in Roller Derby.
These were some of my favourites.
On our day off we visited the wonderful and nostalgic Museum of Childhood.
Oh yes… Chocolate Museum! I especially loved the vintage coco tins and vending machines.
Me and the giant Lindt Bunny
Me and Mr Lindt
Whilst in Cologne I visited the modern art gallery, Museum Ludwig. Which includes works from Pop Art, Abstract and Surrealism and has one of the largest Picasso collections in Europe. I loved seeing the work of Roy Lichenstein, Andy Walhol and Picasso close up… so close you could see the brush marks, cracked paint and sometimes the drawing underneath. I also saw, for the first time, some of the mad and marvelous work of Claes Oldenburg, I especially loved his collection of ray guns and things that look like ray guns.
Me and Andy
Picasso close up
Me and Pablo
One of Claes Oldenburg crazy kistch collections
Thursday and Friday I was in Germany for Photokina, a huge photographic expo held in Cologne. It was so massive… there was so much to see; equiptment, accessories, cameras, talks, workshops and random models… everything. I was thrilled to see a large Lomography display, showcasing some of the great Lomo cameras that I’d love to own. And saw some great exhibitions of work, my favourite was a large collection of work by Uwe Ommer & Regine Feldgen of Teens & Families in Europe..Amazing!
It was so exhausting, I’d been up since before 5 to catch the plane, then after travelling we walked the 2 miles to the exhibition and then spent the next 5 hours walking around all the stalls before embarking on the walk back to the hotel… It was so worth it though.
After Tintagel we travelled a little further North to the very pretty harbour town of Boscastle for some lunch and so I could look around the Museum Witchcraft which is full of display cases full of all things witchy.