found & inspirational · journal

Odysseus’ return

“For twenty years he had thought about nothing but his return. But once he was back, he was amazed to realize that his life, the very essence of his life, its center, its treasure, lay outside Icatha, in the twenty years of his wanderings. And this treasure he had lost, and could retrieve only by telling about it.

After leaving Calypso, during his return journey, he was shipwrecked in Phaeacia, whose king welcomed him to his court. There is was a foreigner, a mysterious stranger. A stranger gets asked “Who are you? Where do you come from? Tell us!” and he had told. For four long books of the Odyssey he had retrced in detail his adventures before the dazzled Phaeacians. But in Icatha he was not a stranger, he was one of their own, so it never ocurred to anyone to say, “Tell us!””

From Milan Kundera’s ‘Ignorance’.
I feel a lot like this at the moment.

exhibitions · nice things · practitioner

RCA Summer show

I went to see the summer show at the RCA (now finished, though you can look through the work online). Here are three graduating students that I particularly liked:

Dan Ojari, Animation
Beautiful beautiful creations/models in his animations. The tiniest moments are captured with such humour and detail.

Catherine Hyland, Communication Art & Design
Incredible photos of half-created theme parks in China.

Rachel Pedder-Smith, Communication Art & Design
Beautiful botanical illustrations.

exhibitions · practitioner · things to go see

Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier @ German Gymnasium, King’s Cross (Until 24 July) £3.50
One of the more unusual stories in the London Street Photography Festival – a prolific street photographer who shoots over 10,000 negatives, keeps them secretly in storage and to herself, but eventually has to sell them all in poverty and dies before anyone can take notice of her huge body of work.
If you can’t make it to the German Gymnasium, there’s an ongoing project through her website to catalogue all her work, so there are plenty of photos to view online.
Her portraits of children playing on the street are particularly intriguing.