Exhibition: ‘Out of Office’

  The Visual & Digital Arts Department at Morley College London is led by a team of inspiring Programme Managers. This group of inventive artists and creative practitioners teach a range of specialist courses at all levels. Out of Office explores what happens when they leave work at Morley and return to the studio.  It will…

Stonehenge: Monumental Disappointment

I recently spent a brisk and stormy day walking in Salisbury. I went initially to visit Stonehenge which, after over half a century of my life, I have somehow neglected to see with my own eyes. I have to say its a bit of a let down: surrounded by ropes and  guarded by walkie-talkie men it sits like…

KEITH RICHARDS, THE DIRTY STRANGERS: ALAN CLAYTON’S 60TH BIRTHDAY BASH

Last  night I’m back at the excitingly-grungy nether-world Acklam Village Bar 58 under the Westway Flyover in rainy Portobello. I have had a few (mis)adventures shooting here (see this previous post) But tonight I am here to photograph a band and their friends, celebrating their lead singers’ 60th Birthday. The Dirty Strangers – are a garage pub-rock…

CLOWNS DAY OUT. JOSEPH GRIMALDI’S MEMORIAL SERVICE

On the first Sunday of each February around 70 clowns (and 500 photographers!) gather in Holy Trinity Church in Dalston to remember the life of Joseph Grimaldi, English actor, comedian and dancer, who became the most popular English entertainer of the Regency era. The ‘godfather’ of clowning, he created and refined many of the play forms…

HOSTEL BEDSCAPES

A tangle of sheets and neon lit pillows, a pencil of fire creeps through a curtain. My boots tucked under and another night passes. Green mattresses, yellow walls, seven beds and five languages spoken – in sleep and dreams. Stacked allotments. Boston, El Paso, Flagstaff. A cotton land in which to drift and a boulder…

‘Hush’ – Work in Exhibition: ‘Align’, Kensington and Chelsea College

‘Hush’ 2012 ‘Hush’ is a collection of Photographs I shot on a sunny September morning in 2011, very soon after the doors to Kensington and Chelsea College’s original Hortensia Road building were closed for the last time. The building stands today just next door to the new Hortensia Road building, quieted and deserted, waiting for…

BIG SOCIETY ALIVE AND WELL HERE!

During the Summer of 2011 I interviewed and Photographed the members of The West Eleven Housing Co-op (of which I too am a member) and talked with them about the trails and tribulations of membership and the management and maintenance of the co-operative housing project that began its journey in 1976. The results eventually formed a…

EXHIBITION – ‘HOSTEL’

DATES: 6 March 2012 to 21 April 2012 TIMES: 06 Mar – 21 Apr 2012 Tue – Sat 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Closed Easter Monday, Good Friday VENUE: Cuming Museum Each year the MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography students from the London College of Communications work on a project documenting the Elephant and Castle. They are…

‘THE INVISIBLE CIRCUS’ – ‘TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS’

I had a great time making these images from a night presented by the ‘Invisible Circus’. In the Old Street Magistrates Court; disused since 1996 and now an occupied building as part of the ‘Occupy’ movement, they staged an elaborate evening where clowns, performers and other such wastrels were put on trial by a judge…

‘BLOCK THE BRIDGE’ – ‘BLOCK THE BILL’…DEMONSTRATION

Today I joined the demo on Westminster Bridge to stop the NHS Reform Bill which, if it goes through will hand over portions of the NHS to privatisation and radically alter healthcare provision as we know it. On one side of Westminster Bridge is Parliament. On 7th September, MPs in the Commons voted for the end of…

THE CLOSING OF OLD HORTENSIA

Kensington and Chelsea College’s ‘Southern’ campus was housed, up until this Summer, in a red-brick Victorian school originally called ‘Sloane School for Boys’ on Hortensia Road, Chelsea, London. The building has been sold off and a new College building erected next door. The classrooms and corridors are abandoned and await demolition, remodelling and refurbishing into…

‘Vietnam: The Filmic, The Photographic & The Graphic’

‘Vietnam: The Filmic, The Photographic & The Graphic’ The Vietnam War has become embedded in the cultural imagination, memorialisation and self-image of Americans (and indeed South-East Asians). This paper serves to unpack some of the issues surrounding the mediation of the conflict through the Vietnam War Cinema of Hollywood. This genre of The Vietnam War…

FULL TRANSCRIPT – INTERVIEW WITH ILLUSTRATOR, PHILIP CASTLE, POSTER DESIGNER FOR STANLEY KUBRICK

An Interview with Illustrator, Philip Castle © Steve Mepsted 2011 An edited version of this interview is published in Blueprint Magazine, December 2013 (Issue 331) Introduction: This interview arose by chance out of my involvement in a research project called ‘NAM: Media, Popular Culture and the Vietnam War’, a project promoted by the ‘Masters in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography’…

FOUR PHOTO FILMS: AN INTERVIEW WITH ILLUSTRATOR, PHILIP CASTLE

I talk here with Philip Castle, a British illustrator, most widely known for his iconic creations of the posters for Stanley Kubrick’s ‘A Clockwork Orange’ and ‘Full Metal Jacket’ but also Ken Russell’s ‘The Boyfriend”, Tim Burton’s ‘Mars Attacks’ and Jack Nicholson’s “Goin’ South”. He has also created artwork for album covers such as David…

“RALLY OF THE GIANTS” – PRE 1950’s AMERICAN CARS

The Rally of the Giants – known as the RoG – is the Club’s main event, held Annually, usually in July at the splendid Knebworth Park in Hertfordshire. First held in 1965, this year marks the 46th anniversary of the BEST AMERICAN CAR SHOW IN THE UK. Quality, not quantity is the benchmark of the…

“Hostel” – a ‘Week in the Life’

INTRODUCTION: There are hostels all over London. They typically cater for travellers from Canada, America, Europe, the Middle East and Australia: people working and studying in the UK for short periods of time, adventurers on a budget. However ‘The Cricketers’, in Elephant and Castle, seems to attract another, more motley bunch. UK residents, older than the…