Alan Yentob’s latest series of eclectic arts, Imagine has just concluded on BBC1. I have a goodly number of the episodes taped and ‘kept’ on my SKY player.
One I will struggle to delete. Vivian Maier, your black and white photographs are amazing.
They take my breath away.
And may never have been seen. Fortuitous fate has given her works of street life, her daily diary in monochrome to a receptive public. I don’t have funds enough to buy a print but the book of her works is winging its way to Casa Carmichael.
Her life was as extraordinary as her life’s work. French, American, rootless she nannied to survive and took photographs to fuel her soul.
Undeveloped the rolls and rolls of film sat in storage to be discovered, sold on and latterly heralded as pictorial record of place and time.
She never knew her fame.
Book – £35.00
Richard Rogers, architect and cityscape guru. Lloyds of London, once reviled now elevated to Grade 1 listed status and a masterpiece in my eyes (too bad his partner designed the Shard but that’s another blog entirely, Weekly Photo Challenge (The World Through My Eyes) A Rant About the Shard).
I’m off to his exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly tout suite.
Station parking plus tube fare – £15.00. Entry – £8.00
Running total – £58.00
Ah, a double bill of Woody Allen – warts and all. Brilliant.
Film clips, interviews, bio, commentary from everyone of note (except Mia) – gripping stuff.
Out of date but updated biography by Eric Lax -£10.00. Hannah and Her Sisters – Amazon -£3.40. Luckily have bootlegged Bangkok copy of Vicky, Christina, Barcelona – n/c.
Running total – £71.40
And finally, thank heavens finally, another top architect, arguably the top architect (and a woman to boot), Zaha Hadid. Oh My Days, Mrs Carmichael is in awe of this London based Iraqui who, despite professional setbacks, has achieved so much and who continues to change the face of design and stretch the frontiers of imagination.
And one I took earlier:
Round the world air ticket to visit Hadid designs – £8,256.00. Accommodation – £10,000ish.
Running total – £18,327.40ish.
Bankruptcy lawyer – £?????????????
Alan, Alan, Alan what have you done to me?
Mrs Carmichael cannot wait for Imagine 2014.