Three photographers, one planet, many stories…

The planet we inhabit has many a story to tell.

My invitation to the team at PlanetVisible included a request for each member to select one photograph which they felt captured the essence of their project. The response – three powerful images encapsulated with poetic and heartfelt words.

The collaboration between photographers Jean-Luc Grossman, Justin Hession and Pascal Richard sets out to explore, document and share photography stories from around the world.  Together, they travel across the planet – vast and hugely rich in its beauty and complexity. The collective passion for their craft is highly reflected in their work!

´Cape Verde Kids running down the Sand dunes´. ” The children of Cape Verde are an epitome of ´zest for life´.  At Salamansa Bay on the island of Sao Vicente, a large sand dune and a few old tires are enough to delight a whole horde of children. “Um, dois, três, shouts the elder, and soon everyone is whizzing down the slope at a blinding pace. Tirelessly, they climb the dune again and again with the tire over their shoulders. And every time they have the same happy smiles on their faces. “Sodade” is what they call this feeling, which means the longing for a beloved place, a loved one, or both, that seem inaccessible. We feel safe against it. But soon after returning home, it also affects us and the feeling will not disappear until the next trip to Cap Verde is booked.

´Burning Man photo of three whales and a bike´ “We are all on a journey, an inner journey…experiencing Burning Man from a photographers perspective was both challenging and rewarding. Leaving camp and wandering out into the desert sandstorms where 70,000 people could just disappear before your eyes leaving nothing for one to see but an impenetrable wall of sand. The reality mingled with fantasy and l loved that feeling…There was an inner peace in me. A time in which the essentials become visible to the heart…this is how the series of the “Silent Burningman” was born”.

´Man standing on isolated island´Solitude can bring negative emotions yet it’s the times of solitude that offer the greatest classroom. High up in the Norwegian Arctic we had plenty of time alone to contemplate the surroundings. Big wide open spaces void of all other humans with just the odd visit from the Arctic Terns. Some days were mystic, some angry, some calming but floating for 15 days like a cork tossed to the sea allowed us to explore our creativeness unhidden by any expectations. 

The carefully selected photographs for this posting reflect three very different journeys. yet all three images have the ability to captivate, and provoke further thought, each reflecting their own distinct perspective – capturing a wondrous moment in time.

For their next project the talented trio are looking to explore social issues, bringing their own visual approach to the subject matter.

With much gratitude, l invite you to explore the world through the eyes of PlanetVisible. Their photography stories may indeed inspire your own travels.

Photograph credits: Courtesy of PlanetVisible

Focus on Marlow Moss

Top image: Marlow Moss `Composition, White, Yellow, Blue, and Black with Black Lines, 1956-1957, Private collection, The Netherlands. Above: ​Marlow Moss `Exhibition View Museum Haus Konstructiv, 2017. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Upon first entering the Marlow Moss exhibition at the leading institute and internationally known Museum Haus Konstruktiv,Upon first enter l must admit the work of Piet Mondrian sprang to mind. However, this train of thought was swiftly swept aside upon closer inspection of the work and life of artist Marlow Moss.

Layer by layer, the exhibition “Marlow Moss – A Forgotten Maverick”, (curated by Museum Director, Sabine Schaschl and Art Historian, Lucy Howarth), drew my attention to this artist – whose work has been long overshadowed by the famous male artists of the constructivists movement, namely Mondrian.

The exhibition itself allows you to view the work of Moss in fine detail, within a carefully curated contemporary structure. Based on mathematical principles, Moss explored the structural framework of straight lines using blocks of primary colour, as well as black and white, l found the original drawings exhibited in-conjunction with the actual finished compositions extraordinary and richly insightful. As the observer, we get to enjoy her compositions from intricate pencil drawings to full-scale artworks, as well as sculptural pieces, which include wire adaptations of her compositional line work.

The additional art lecture given by Art Historian Lucy Howarth gave further insight into the life and work of Marlow Moss. We soon discovered that the “double-line element (also a well-known element of Mondrian’s work) was in fact invented by Moss…it was (to my dismay, yet not overly surprise) subsequently made apparent that Mondrian did not point this out. During the lecture, their work was presented side-by-side, which l found hugely revealing, as you could clearly see how Moss was aspiring to break away from the boundaries of the black compositional lines.

l rather like the idea of Moss and Mondrian having a ‘double line’ conversation via their art compositions. Leads me to wonder …perhaps Mondrian felt challenged by Moss and her compositional approach.

l was left questioning the female artist presence or more importantly lack of within the art world. Briefly talking to Lucy Howarth after the lecture, l feel that Moss was indeed a true maverick, which l believe came natural to her. She is certainly an artist who requires our attention, and whose work demands to be an imperative part of the constructivist conversation.

l may have walked in thinking of Mondrian, but l walked away positively focused on Marlow Moss.

‘Marlow Moss A Forgotten Maverick’ – All images are courtesy of the museum.

Beyond words…introducing D.B. Miller

I feel most fortunate to have struck up a friendship with the writer D.B. (Daryl) Miller in the spring of 2003. We met through a magazine project which we were both working on at the time. From the outset she inspired me not only as a creative, but as an individual whose outlook in life carried an air of authenticity and richly cultured prose. The words “raise my game” sprang to mind when l happened to glance over her impressive achievements as a writer.

Blending her passion for music and her gift for telling a story, l believe Daryl’s gig-based essays capture a plethora of heightened emotions that arise when watching a band perform live – in her words “the power of something much harder to name”. Her acute observations allow the reader to truly feel.

Daryl’s writings also extend to other creative individuals and spaces, whether it be a floating theatre, a bookstore or a guitar shop in downtown Zurich, her ability to tell their story goes beyond words. The poetic construction of language which features in her work evokes a powerful sense of truthfulness layered with emotive depth and richness.

As the iconic Glastonbury festival kicks off, l warmly invite you to explore online the published works of D.B. Miller.

Visuals: Elizabeth Hitchman

Welcome to Flow – an exhilarating paper playground

l was introduced to the creative charms of Flow by artist friend Sandra Ondraschek, who on a trip to Edinburgh wrote, “I thought of you as I picked up a copy of ‘Flow’ (magazine) and wondered if we had talked about it?”. lt was early morning when l read her e-mail, yet l felt immediately compelled to discover this sparkling jewel for myself…

Pure delight swept over me as l set out on my journey and explored my first port of call – the Flow app. Smiling to myself, l read the editors note to the tapping sound of the typewriter – just lovely! The attention to each (imaginative) detail was a wonderful start to my design day!

Founded by Creative Directors, Irene Smit and Astrid van der Hulst, Dutch-based Flow magazine celebrates its fifth anniversary and l have a feeling it will continue to flow for many more years to come.

Published eight times a year and with a recent international launch, (English copy being published twice a year) Flow is a visual feast, offering inspiration, insights and solutions for paper lovers. A paper playground which brings enjoyment to me on a daily basis.

It’s pure joy to plan my agenda, write letters and cards utilising the various “Flow” items as a source of visual creativity.

Welcome to Flow, a gloriously vibrant hub of paper innovation, a positive energy field which lights up the path of inspirational creativity!

* Photograph credit: ‘Flow Book for Paper Lovers’ by Elizabeth Hitchman

 

A Vision of June

Despite the unpredictable weather, my ‘minds eye’ view of this glorious month is resolute.

June is…a glowing fireball of orange sunsets, sailing boat on the lake, the summer solstice, brighly lit lanterns hanging in the forest, al fresco gatherings, the scent of freshly cut grass, long lazy afternoons in the park, the circus coming to town, dragonflies hovering in the sunlight, a hammock swinging gently in the breeze, open-air music festivals gone wild, a country garden in full bloom, strawberries & cream, walking barefoot, a warm wind rustling through the overgrown reeds, sipping fruity cocktails with friends.

It’s the first hazy glimpse of summertime…

Safari reflections

It’s astonishing how quickly time passes by, as it feels like only yesterday that l took flight and explored the vast wilderness grasslands of Kenya.

Wayfaring Art journal certainly proved to be my perfect pocket companion…a blank canvas wrapped in leather, waiting to be filled with visuals and story-telling recreated by gaslight…

The above extract taken from my journal, reflects the area that l was most fortunate to experience – the breathtaking Tsavo National Park.

On the right-hand page, is a winding path, which leads to a circular campfire place. It was here, that we were told African stories late into the night. And by day, the majestic beauty of Mount Kilimanjaro could be admired in all its glory!

Following the campfire evening, our local guide graciously gave me a hand-crafted gift, which in English is known as the Toothbrush Tree. 

Karithca kindly wrote down the different names directly onto the dental tool. The Maasi name is Oremit, in Swahli it means Mswaki, and the botantical name is Salvadora perscia.  l’ve placed this heart-warming gift in the middle of my journal montage, as a symbol of the culture embraced, and the friendships made throughout my travel.

Observing wildlife in their natural habitat was simply a dream come true – generating treasured memories that remain close to my heart and have become part of my Safari reflections.

Midnight magic

Upon recently discovering these exceptional lightboxes, l was immediately struck by their fairytale charm – radiating a glow that is original in concept and structure. Created by Deidra, owner of The Rekindled Page, these night lights celebrate all that is beautiful, within the repurposed, upcycled ethos, which is the creative basis of this inspiring platform of work.

Merging imagery and text from vintage dictionary prints, in-conjunction with exploration of re-purposing, the traditional lightbox has been perfectly transformed into a visually vibrant night light object with a twist, allowing the imagination to take flight, upon the silent arrival of the midnight hour…

Magical starry nights surely await…

How does your garden grow?

Indeed! How does your garden grow? A question l asked myself, when l discovered these intricate bowls of nature. Created by Yorkshire Dale textile artist, Anne Honeyman, each bowl vibrantly tells its own botanical story, from meadow, hedgerow to cottage garden.

Alongside the intelligent use of colour, and delicately crafted structure, l also like the way the bowls tilt at an angle, allowing movement to subtlety reflect the natural flow of nature’s habitat.

Anne Honeyman specialises in machine embrodiery, and yet also draws on a broad range of techniques from felting to metalwork to reflect the recurring theme of the environment – questioning man’s impact upon it, as she weaves her textile magic.

Nestling gently in the palm of your hands, these richly embroided creations, truly capture the vivid impressions of a warm summers day!

Creating a visual voice = playtime

My love for making “visual ideas” sketchbooks began during my student days, and it is an activity that continues to nurture my playful and creative spirit.

l tend to start visual thinking in my minds eye, which then leads to carving out my visions onto paper via my A5/A6 sketchbooks. l have started to see my sketchbooks as a journey – a space that evolves over time with the development of ideas – capturing a colourful reflection of a “moment in time”, documenting various moments of my creative path.

It’s always exciting to start a new fresh book with bare crisp white pages, as l never quite know the direction l may go in, and the vibrant forms that start to take shape never ceases to give joy in my quest to quench my creative thirst.

Whether it be a textured piece of paper, a tactile cut of fabric, a charming illustration that perfectly fits a visual that l am creating, or the written word that matches the mood, for a vision that is taking form in my mind…l have fun playing around with concepts, giving them a visual voice that l eagerly seek as an artist/designer – generating a long-lasting piece of “pictorial happiness” for the intended recipient.

Such sketchbook playtime makes my soul sing.